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  1. I read and reviewed D.L. Finn’s “No Fairy Tale: The reality of a girl who wasn’t a princess and her poetry” and gave it four stars.

    Being an empath I found this a very difficult read, not that it isn’t well written, it is. I felt the author’s feelings of abandonment. I suffered her physical abuse, even her suicide attempt. Reading that her mother had said, “I wish I could have had an abortion” was especially troubling. Forty years later, on her deathbed, the mother said “I am so glad that I had you.”

    Later on, in the book, I learned that the author is also an empath. She has learned to heal her physical problems by discovering, through trial and error, nutrition that she found especially suited to her unique metabolism. This is the happy ending I was looking for.

    While reading the author’s poems I was transported to my happy place where I hear the wind whispering through the trees and the surf crashing upon the shore.

    This book has proved to be a wonderful experience that I would recommend to everyone.

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  2. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed The One Awakened by Yvette M. Calleiro. My review is live at Amazon.

    I’ve never read any series faster than ‘Chronicles of the Diasodz’ by Yvette M. Calleiro. What a fabulous closure! Though it was predictable that evil would never win over love and light but it has been accomplished in a magnificent manner by bringing all the elements of life together. Once the darkness grows murkier, it has to edge out or it would be banished by incandescence. Those who choose the Goddess and believe in her power can never be vanquished by the sinister designs of demons. Damiana could never understand it, as she was evil incarnate. She tried to draw strength from her daughter, gloated over her power and planned to win the war against Diasodz.

    Willow tree with brilliant golden leaves symbolizes all that Sophia is endowed with – love, light, courage and dependability. She shines despite being a youngling and a Raizyn. I admire how each character is given the time to grow out of his/her fears and insecurities to act according to their own wishes. The conflicts within their minds have been handled in a perceptive manner and even the secondary characters like Mel and Khameel develop beyond expectations. However, there is a lot of repetition through thoughts of various characters and therefore it drags a little. The ending is also unnecessarily pulled out. I highly recommend Chronicles of the Diasodz – to be read in order.

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  3. Hi, Guys! After two month’s break from reading, I am back again, reading! I took two months break to do some writing and I’ve missed out on some great reads. I have read the following books:

    1. Treacherous Love A short Story of Misdirected Passion by Karen Black

    2. Brazos Wind by Jan Sikes

    3. Brother’s Keeper by Jan Sikes

    4. Unhinged by John Podlaski

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  4. Hi All, Just posted my review of Jan Sikes Short Story Brazos Wind on Amazon. A *****Sweet Little Short! Here is a portion of that review ….

    Author Jan Sikes uses the 1880s in Texas as the background to her western short story. The hardship that Jack McClean faced after the war kept him moving, unable to find the right place to settle down. When he spots smoke from a fire, he decides to check it out. He discovers an unconscious wounded woman, Savannah Logan.

    Jack is not the sort of man to walk away if there is a chance help. Ms. Sikes creates a man who cares for others. He is the hero of this story. Savannah has given up. The following excerpt, early on in this story, made me like this man and root for this woman. Their friendship begins with kindness.

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  5. Good morning all. I posted my review of Yvette Calleiro’s Short Story Breathless on Amazon. Here is a portion of the that review. It will also post on my RoxBurkey.com blog later today. ***** Wishes Can Come True!

    Author Yvette Calleiro takes the readers on a fairy tale adventure. Silena is a widowed mother who sets her sights on the wealthy, debonair William. She is also the hired help and server to many of the functions where she first noticed him.
    The setting for this romance fantasy is the Roaring 20s. Here parties happened often, with drinking and dancing always on the menu. The research that Ms. Calleiro did on this period in history, is rich with the vernacular of the day. It allows the readers to be immersed into the story. I found the example below from this short story charming and descriptive.
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  6. Hello everybody! I just completed my review of “Jewel” by Jan Sikes on Amazon. Here’s my five-star review :

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading, “Jewel” by Jan Sikes. Although I am not familiar with the song that this story mimics, I see it as a mix of “Cinderella”, “Pretty Woman”, and “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

    Jewel, her young sister, and mother live in squalid surroundings – a shack that’s as wet inside as it is outside when raining – by the father who left them behind, disappearing forever after an accident leaves him unable to support the family. Momma is now terminally ill and arranged for her two girls to live with others in hopes of having a better life than she can give them. Jewel, just shy of eighteen years old, is sent to live in a close friend’s brothel, and her younger sister to a well to do family. You’ll have to read the book to see how they fare.

    Jewel if a fast and smooth read without errors and held my attention to the very last word. Well done Jan Sikes! Highly recommended read…even if you don’t know the song(s) this story commemorates.

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  7. I just finished reading Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer. My review is posted below and is currently pending on Amazon.

    I chose this book hoping that it would help, in some small way, to fill the void left by the absence of baseball in 2020. The story however has little to do with baseball. Empty Seats follows three Single-A teammates named jimmy, Bud and Bobby in the Montreal Expos organization in the early 1970’s. Although two of the three become relatively close during that first season, they bond with a third irascible teammate after a defining event following the end of the season. From that point forward, the book meanders along with little substance. At times, some chapters reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. “I get up in the morning. I get dressed. I go to work. I come home. That’s a show.” Only these chapters about nothing had no Seinfeld humor and precious little baseball. This book has a great deal of potential. The author does a nice job of creating the three main characters and their backstories. What it needs is an infusion of tension in each chapter and some polish to make it come alive.

    I gave this book two stars mostly because it is littered with errors. At one point the baseball team in question is the Jamestown Expos. Later, it is referred to as the Jamestown Falcons. Throughout the book, compound words are written as two separate words. For example, curve ball, seat belt, home town, etc. The author uses the phrase, “in the knick of time” in lieu of “nick.” These are just a few examples of errors. There are literally dozens. It was like reading an unedited manuscript.

    Another problem with the book was that one of the three main characters’ stories was told in the first person while the other two were told in the third person. Sequencing was also an issue. In one chapter, Bud tells Jimmy that Bobby is in the hospital in Buffalo. In the next chapter, Bobby is being transported to Buffalo. Point of view shifts within each chapter which I also found distracting.

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  8. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa. My review is live at Amazon.

    Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa is the story of an aspiring actor who responds to an acting job advertisement but lands into the hands of a private investigator who hires him and makes him Malachi from Mike. He is too young to think, as dreams seem all-important at such a stage of life and therefore he falls into a trap willingly though he is a man with a conscience. All the assignments that Jack gives him are superbly handled but he grows with each lie he has to tell. Could he follow his dream? Did his job prepare him for a promising future? Pamela keeps you guessing.

    On the surface, the narrative seems to move from one situation to another, with a little sub-plot thrown in but you have to delve deeper to understand the relevance of ruse master. This book conceals subtle messages about the need for responsible parenting and makes an appeal to understand youngsters. Canepa underlines that there could be many such persons like Mike and Clinton at the crossroads of life, who need to be heard and mentored without any judgment and criticism so that they could follow their aspirations. Her characters are realistic and know how to deal with the worst phases of life.
    -Balroop Singh.

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  9. Hi all, Just finished Robert Fear’s Summer of ’77. Freedom, Friends, and Fun without any of the SM clutter of today. Life was simple. Great read, Fred!

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  10. I just finished reading Pregnant Future by Joy Lo-Bamijoko. What an incredible glimpse into the life of a young woman from a different culture! I truly enjoyed it. Here is my review:

    This was such a great coming-of-age story about a young Nigerian woman who fought against cultural and societal norms to find her place in the world. The author did a wonderful job pulling me into the Nigerian culture. Tina’s voice was very strong, and I couldn’t help but admire her inner (and outer) strength. She was bullied and abused by those she knew well and trusted. The author did a phenomenal job of showing Tina as multi-dimensional. Her experiences felt authentic, and I easily felt for her on her journey’s highs and lows. I loved that she was just a regular human being trying to make it in a world that kept throwing hurdles in front of her. I would definitely recommend this book to others. 🙂

    https://www.amazon.com/review/RB4KUWT1H7ZK6/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  11. I read Visitors by WJ Scott and gave it four stars. Here is my review:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R135ERN1KJDBC2

    Visitors is an intriguing short read about two small boys who are sent to live with their aunt in a small town in the USA. Brody, the older boy, aged twelve, is aware that his mother is very ill, possibly dying. He feels responsible for looking after his younger brother, Tom. The boys haven’t seen their aunt for a few years, but when she collect them from the airport, Brody immediately notices how youthful she looks. As they drive through the small town that is near Aunt Sally’s small holding, he also noticed that the cars and certain other features of the town are old fashioned and are from the 1950s. His aunt gives him a glib excuse for this but it makes him curious. Other strange occurrences and odd restrictions on the boys freedoms make their presence known and the two boys set out to determine what is going on in this strange town.

    This is a well written tale with a happy and fulfilling ending which I would recommend to readers of family dramas with an interesting twist which makes this a sci-fi book.

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  12. I just finished reading Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1) by Suzanne Burke. I found this to be a real page turner, with an exciting plot and real-life characters. Who is killing men, and why? Follow FBI Agent Mike Matheson as he attempts to unravel the clues and put the puzzle together before another body surfaces. This is the first novel by Suzanne that I’ve read, and it won’t be the last!

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  13. Hi, Here is my review of ‘The One Revealed’ (Book – 4) by Yvette. It is live at Amazon.

    ‘The One Revealed’ by Yvette is the finest of the Chronicles of the Diasodz, as it is fast-paced and reveals many secrets and reactions of all the main characters. Parallel plots intersect in this book and reveal the plans of Raizyns and Diasodz. Rafe uses his special skills and brings his childhood friend, Sofia home, thinking it to be his greatest achievement but Sofia is upset with him for doing so and his mother is indignant. Before his shock wears off, the real action begins, as Rafe sees through the true intentions of Damiana. It is ironic that the “savior of entire race” is trapped! Who would prove to be smarter and powerful?

    Yvette keeps you on tenterhooks by imprisoning Liana in an underground cell. She was the only hope, the only person who could’ve helped. Rafe agrees to assist Damiana with her so-called “poetic justice.” Rafe’s superb plan, Drake’s hatred for the queen who tries to usurp all the power and Sofia’s helplessness would keep you glued to this book till the last page and make you dive into the next one immediately. I highly recommend Chronicles of the Diasodz – to be read in order.
    Thanks. Balroop.

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  14. I just read Yvette Callerio’s “The One Discovered” along with my 16-year-old great niece, who’s visiting from Atlanta. This is the exact genre she likes, and I encouraged her to read this book as part of a reading list I assembled for her when she came a few weeks ago.

    The story focuses on 17-year-old Sofia, who lives a fairly standard life. She’s a high school senior, looking forward to going to college. She has a steady boyfriend, Rafe, who’s been her best friend since birth. Her mother and his mother are also best friends. Everything is moving along swimmingly until a mysterious (and overwhelmingly handsome) stranger, Ar’ch, shows up in her dream. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s also cocky and a big flirt.

    Ar’ch then begins showing up in other parts of her life–in the flesh–not just in her dreams. Ar’ch’s brother, Angel, also enters the scene as a new student in the school that both Sofia and Rafe attend. Angel becomes friends with Rafe and Sofia, and they begin hanging out together.

    I don’t want to give away the story; however, I will say that the writing is outstanding and contains subtle breadcrumbs about what might happen, and the reader should pay attention to those clues. I am now anxious to read the other two books in this series.

    My 16-year-old great niece comments that she believes this book would be one that her classmates in the ninth- and tenth-grade classes in her school district. (She’s going into the tenth grade.) She said this genre is attractive to students in her age group, and she, too, is looking forward to reading the other two books.

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    1. Thank you, Wanda, for such a great review! I’m so happy that you and your niece enjoyed it. I actually taught tenth grade when I began writing this series, and I wrote it with that audience in mind, so it makes me very happy to hear that she enjoyed it. 🙂

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  15. I just finished reading Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer. Here is my review:

    Empty Seats follows three guys (Jimmy, Bobby, and Bud) on their journeys to make it to the big leagues. The main character, Jimmy, tells his story in first person, while Bobby and Bud tell their stories in third person. Each of their journeys is quite different. The story starts with all three of them meeting in the Single A division for the Montreal Expos. Bobby has a chip on his shoulder from not getting picked up the previous season. He’s had a hard life with an absent father and a mother who struggles to provide for her two sons. Bud comes from a wealthy family and has the most talent (and the most opportunities). And Jimmy was the baseball star in his small town and was fulfilling his dad’s dream of trying to make it to the big leagues since his dad gave up that dream to marry Jimmy’s mother.

    The story goes back and forth through the trials and tribulations that each of these boys face. I loved learning their backstories and watching their interactions with one another. I loved the baseball practice and game scenes as the author did a great job putting the reader’s butt right in one of those empty seats. But the season flew by and then they were heading back home. I wasn’t expecting that. I thought the story would focus more on their games and their struggles within the game, so that threw me for a curve ball.

    As the characters headed home, the real problems began. I don’t want to give away what happens, but Bobby and Jimmy’s lives take a turn for the worse. And even then, Bobby’s story became more uplifting and had a better turnout than Jimmy’s. I completely wasn’t expecting the ending, and it left me feeling empty in my heart.

    Overall, I loved the three characters and I enjoyed their backstories. The book could use a bit more editing. There were time gaps that were a bit confusing for me. I think part of that was caused by the short chapters and switching from one character to another so quickly. And I feel that the ending was just a bit too dark for me. I just kept thinking that someone would come to Jimmy’s rescue because it just didn’t add up. But I guess things like that do happen in life sometimes. Still, the situation with his dad felt over the top for me. Again, that’s just my personal take – it didn’t feel realistic to me. If you like baseball stories and you don’t mind shocking endings, then you would probably enjoy this story.

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R167RPHGFTFE15/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  16. I posted a 4-star review for “You Can’t Fence Time” by Marie Drake. Author Marie Drake explores the powerful theme of unconditional love and loyalty. By the end of the book, I was engaged with the characters and moved by the challenges they faced. There is a dark, underlying edge to the story which I had not expected. For the full review, you can check it out at the following link: htttps://www.amazon.com/review/R21VGAHAMF5SQQ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  17. I recently read The Enigma Factor by Breakfield and Burkey. I gave it three stars. This story has many strong elements including the plot line and the unique quality of the tech world. At times, I struggled with the novel due to the unnatural dialog that made it difficult to get to know the main characters. I can also see where many will get lost in the world of penetration testing, encryption, and algorithms. If you have an IT background or a strong knowledge of technology, then this is a novel you will likely enjoy.

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  18. I read Wendy Jayne’s Tequila Rose Virginity Blues and gave it four stars. Tequila Rose gives the reader an honest glimpse of her life views and difficulty recalling her first encounter with a man she finds attractive. Through colorful expression, this quick read will provide you with a smile or two.

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  19. I read and reviewed “Unhinged,” a micro-read by John Podlaski. I gave it Five big stars!
    Scared Silly
    This short micro-read is extremely well-written and the author drew me right into the flight for life! Two teenage boys scared out of their wits by a movie have to walk home late at night. I was right there, walking/running, with them. From the way this is written, I’d say this author knows a thing or two about fright and he transfers it to the reader with ease. If you are looking for a short (ten minute) read and want to be sucked in, this is the micro-read for you!

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  20. Review of UNHINGED (A Micro Read) by John Podlaski – 5*****HE’S GOT A NEW FAN!!!!!

    I began reading my first read by John Podlaski a couple of weeks ago but, due to my extremely busy schedule, I haven’t finished the read yet. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that John recently penned and published a Micro Read! This was my chance to find out if this guy had made his way onto RWISA-Island based on his great smile or merely via his writing prowess. Don’t be disappointed when I tell you the truth.

    The truth is – this guy can write his buns off! This cute short **jule** took me 15 minutes to read and when I had to put it aside to take an important phone call, I found myself rushing through the call just to get back to finish it.

    I don’t ever bother detailing what a story is all about (I mean, that’s what the blurb is for on Amazon), but, what I will dig deep into here, is letting you know that this Micro Read is the first one you should pick up! (Even when I’ve finally published my own first Micro Read, as of today, I’d want you to skip past mine to devour this one first!) I found not one single editing issue and the quick (and very interesting) storyline … amaze-balls all the way! I felt like that 14-yr old kid running for his life! (That’s the only tease you’re getting from me, by the way.)

    The one fault I found with the book was – he left me wondering what happened to Nick, the other kid in the story. I wondered, ‘How did this all end up with Jerry as the only main character?’ But, it was still a great read in spite of that missing detail.

    John, you got me believing in the bogeyman again! Thanks for nothing! LOL! Great job!

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  21. I’ve read and reviewed The Enigma Factor by Breakfield and Burkey. What an education! We have a family member in charge of cyber security at a large bank, and this is my first peek into that world. I posted my 4 star review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Getting ready to read book two. Here are the links:

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2EHQJ1F5APUJ?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_srp

    Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-enigma-factor-charles-v-breakfield/1117495580

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  22. Here is my Review of The Enigma Factor (The Enigma Series Book 1) I have given it FIVE STARS.
    I’m not the most tech-savvy humanoid on this blue marble, lucky for me that my oldest daughter is into coding, so at first, I was a bit overwhelmed by the lingo. There is a glossary of terms at the end of the book, so you may wish to read that first.

    That being said, I soon found myself intrigued and completely immersed in the world of cyberwarfare and the unseen forces at work in this world. A wonderful ‘cloak and dagger’ mystery in binary code.

    There are more plot twists than a rogue power cord, each one a pleasure to unravel. I loved the challenge!
    I’m not naïve, but the technical expertise possessed by these authors, opened my eyes to the vulnerability of the general population. The skilled hacker can erase and/or steal an identity in a few keystrokes.

    There was also an emotional and human side to the story. Our brilliant main character, Jacob Michaels, struggles with everyday desires and hurts.

    This is the first in a series and you can bet I’ll be filling my Amazon cart with the next book, The Enigma Rising.

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    1. Many thanks for the detailed review. We appreciate your consideration. The Enigma Rising 2nd edition went live yesterday, so you have the latest and great.

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  23. Wow take me back. I just completed the review of The Altar Boy and posted it on Amazon. Nice job Phil and a delight to interview you.

    Author Phil Stephens delivers a historical fictional memoir centered around the Catholic Church, family, and the 1960s. The story is told through the eyes of Carl Sanders when he and his brother, Mike, get together for drinks and reminiscing in the 1980s. In many ways it truly is a dark tale, because it feels so realistic.

    The duplicitous church clergy was pivotal to Carl during these years even as he sought the position as an altar boy. The shameful behavior of the priest and Madeline led to arguments and destruction of the family. Dean and Madeline have five children, which was typical of Catholic families of the period. The family dynamics shifted as Father Jacobson further inserted himself into their family. Whether Madeline or Father Jacobson overstepped was difficult for a young boy to clearly identify. It was clear that mom and dad could not cohabitate.

    Author Stephens description of characters is very detailed. He optimizes the prose yet brings all the senses of the reader into play. A great example of this is illustrated in the following segment from the book.

    “It all came down to a Catholic priest – a Father Jacobson – and the pitched battle between him and my dad for the souls of our family. Father Jacobson was not the normal, run-of-the-mill Catholic priest. He didn’t even come close. He had been the superintendent of the two high-profile Catholic high schools in the area. Not a tall man, he had a hearty laugh, good wit, and a love for Scotch whiskey. I rarely saw him without a fat cigar sticking out of his mouth. To this day the smell of cigar smoke reminds me of Father Jacobson. A friend and counselor to the rich and famous, he was politically well connected with Bridgeport politics and was the chaplain of the city’s police department. He was also one of the most narcissistic human beings I have ever known.”

    References of those times in music, freedom in suburban neighborhoods, rise of the hippie influence, and demands of the Catholic Church are realistic. There are highs and lows, laugher and tears, and a desire to recover the innocence of a young boy that was cruelly lost. The dysfunctional behavior between the adults, even with the father giving up only negatively impacted the children and family.

    I liked the viewpoint of the story and references to the 60s. If you’re looking for support of the behavior of the priest and parents, you’re not getting it from me. This is a story that you will enjoy if you like historical fictions and want to see it from the eyes of a youth rather than the typical older adult looking back. I would like your feedback.

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  24. Hello all! I just completed my review of Vanished by Mark Bierman on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety: I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Vanished” by Mark Bierman, a story of love, hope, despair and redemption. Two Americans, John and Tyler come to Haiti to help missionaries hoping that the distraction will help them get on with their lives.; John’s daughter, who was married to Tyler recently died of cancer and both are devastated.

    When the seven-year-old daughter of their housekeeper is kidnapped and possibly sold into slavery, the two Americans vow to find her and bring her home. Since human trafficking is a major business in third world countries, few want to get involved in fear of reprisal. Setting out on their own in a foreign land becomes a major undertaking for the two men, who are pulled into the criminal underbelly of that trade market.

    The two encounter major roadblocks, twists and turns, and both have to fight for their lives on several occasions. Their quest finally leads them to a mine on the other side of the country, and with help from the inside locate the missing girl.

    The author does a great job in his descriptions, especially in showing the squaller in which these children slaves live. There are different subplots in the story which all come together at the end. I do have mixed feelings about the ending and think it could have been shortened. – unless, of course, the author is contemplating a sequel.

    Even if this is a work of fiction, I’ve learned more about human trafficking and how widespread it is. I’d recommend “Vanished” to anyone interested in an edge of your seat roller coaster ride. Great job, Mark!

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  25. Good day all! I posted my review for Slimmer last week on Amazon and my blog. 5 Stars of fun and laughst

    Wendy Jayne delivers a fun short story of a woman who wants to shine at an upcoming wedding. One of the guests is the brother of the bride, Alex. In Pippa’s mind this man, whom she has not seen in years, was destined to be hers. Time, however. has rounded her figure. She wants fit into a smaller size, which she bought as an incentive to help her gain his attention.

    Pippa’s weight loss journey is supported by her friend, Simone. The various weight loss options she tries made me laugh aloud. Her struggle is totally realistic. I really enjoyed how Simone tries to help her friend by finding different things for Pippa to try, including this concoction discussed below. Only a true friend could offer this type of solution.

    “I stirred the red pulp in the bowl. “Stewed tomatoes taste awful.”
    “You’ll dislike having to wedge yourself into your sheath dress even more if you don’t downsize. With less than two weeks until W-day it’s time for desperate measures.” She pointed to Alex’s picture I’d pinned on the fridge. “Or don’t you care anymore? Just give me the nod, and I’ll order in a couple of super-sized pizzas, large chips, and chocolate caramel thick shakes. I have a pink duvet cover that could convert into a tent dress.”
    Behind her back I mouthed, “I hate you right now,” before plunging the spoon into her tomato stew. The sprinkling of spices did little to improve its bland taste. It had the consistency of snot.
    Simone opened my pantry door and began unloading all my groceries into bags, before raiding my fridge.
    “Why are you robbing me?”

    The primary characters, Pippa and Simone, are well-developed. I could easily relate to this story and I suspect other women will feel the same. I recommend this story for its interesting approach to a problem many women face as well as the witty conversations between the characters. Definitely an entertaining read in a compact delivery mode. Well done!

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  26. My 5-star review of Reflections: Inspirational quotes & Interpretations by John Fioravanti:
    This book is a wonderful collection of quotes from a spectrum of people who have all achieved great success. The manner in which each individual has aspired to his/her goals or greatness is reflected in most of the quotes and the author provides an interesting interpretation of what each quote means, for everyone, but also in terms of his own life, aspirations and achievements.

    I related strongly to many of these quotes and enjoyed the variety of thoughts shared in this book. The quotes are attributable to people from all walks of life and from a number of different eras throughout history. It was fascinating to see how many characteristics and driving forces within highly successful people in life are still relevant today. Some of the historical figures whose quotes are included in this book are Florence Nightingale, Aristotle and Anne Frank.

    There are also a number of quotes by motivational speakers, writers, poets and political activists all of whom share the common goal of striving towards a better world for all people. I did not know all of the people quoted, as many of them are American, but the author has included a mini autobiography at the beginning of each analysis so I was able to appreciate each persons contribution to society and mankind even if I had not previously heard of them.

    A great read and one I highly recommend.

    You can find this review on Amazon US here: https://www.amazon.com/REFLECTIONS-Inspirational-Interpretations-John-Fioravanti-ebook/dp/B01MSJUPDI

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  27. Here is my review of Book – 3: The One Betrayed by Yvette:

    The One Betrayed disappointed me in the beginning, as I was eager to know what happened after Sofia is kidnapped but the story goes back to Rafe, his parents and his training. Yvette brings in Drake and Damiana to share their perspective of the Diasodz world. I could decipher the shadier side of Damiana in the first book but could never imagine how ruthless she would be in accomplishing her goals. If you haven’t met a perfect vamp, here she is, drawn with an impeccable darker stroke.

    Characterization is the hallmark of this book; it overflows with negative energy, which is handled brilliantly. It does mention the training of Rafe but he could never be as good as Sofia and I missed her. I liked Drake despite his atrocious thoughts and actions. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and highly recommend Chronicles of the Diasodz – to be read in order.
    Both my review are live at Amazon. Thanks.

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  28. Hi, I have been reading the brilliant Chronicles of the Diasodz by Yvette M. Calleiro. Here is my review of Book 2: The One Enlightened by Yvette M. Calleiro.
    The One Enlightened by Yvette M. Calleiro continues the story of Sofia – the one chosen by the Goddess. If you have read the first book and loved it because of its speed and brilliance, you would be a little disappointed by this one. Since the fantasy had been initiated and the foundation set, something new was needed to enthrall and hold the attention of the reader but this book drags on despite interesting secrets and stunning historical lessons of Nolan. Due to the developing relationships and repetition of training sequences, the story slackens at a number of places. The guilt factor is exaggerated, sibling love overdone and imaginative flight remains low.

    Sophia’s eagerness to learn catapults her growth and she wins the heart of everyone around her, even the readers would admire her for her confidence, fortitude and perseverance. The way she fits into the Diasodz’s world and is ready to absorb all the energy is amazing. Ar’ch’s suggestions that “any thing is possible if you believe in it,” “hone in on the positivity” and “destructive energy envelops you in its destruction” are spot on. The story emphasizes that love emits a powerful energy whether it is self-love, love for others’ wellbeing or love for Goddess. If choices are made with love in your heart, they never disappoint. I liked how adroitly Yvette keeps the interest in the series alive by reviving the mystery element just before she ends this book.
    Thanks for wonderful series Yvette.

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  29. I just finished and reviewed Susanne Leist’s The Dead Game… My review:

    In a sleepy Florida town, a group of friends go to a party at a haunted mansion, and like a ride in a carnival house of horrors, they go from one paranormal event to another as they choose to pass through a series of doors. Two party-goers disappear, and Linda, the main character, along with her remaining friends, start investigating the dark forces at play.

    The pace of the story is quite fast with numerous scary episodes. The “house of horrors” feel of the book persists as new and different horrors continue to pop up. They seem loosely connected to the plot but do become more relevant as the villains are identified. Another reviewer mentioned that the read seemed structured like television episodes, and I had the same sense of the story. Be prepared for some romantic tropes amidst all the horror.

    Descriptions are well done, and the horror scenes are fantastical as well as appropriately gruesome. There are times when the dialog struggles, as well as a number of chapters where the main characters waffle and make decisions that put them in greater danger than was plausible. I would have preferred more narrative to understand their motivations since their inconsistencies and indecisiveness made it difficult to connect to them. A fast read for fans of horror.

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  30. I have read and reviewed “Shaman,” by Sam Polakoff. While the book gets off to a slow start, by the mid-point, I was 100% sucked into the story. It has so many different elements – dual timelines, reincarnation, world destruction, visions, psychics, and of course, Shamans. 🙂 Amazon hasn’t posted my review yet or I’d share the link. I gave it four stars.

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  31. Here is my review for If Only There Was Music – The Poetry of Forbidden Love by Nonnie Jules :

    I enjoyed this book of poetry. It’s a story, told through poetry, that shares how two people fell into a forbidden love and the journey of that love. The poems touched upon each stage of their love and exposed the beauty and the heartache. I loved that these two authors collaborated together to show this love’s journey from both points of view. I’m not a fan of rhyming poems or repetitive poems, but there were plenty of poems that I enjoyed. Some of my favorites were:

    He, Who Controls…
    Yesterday
    New Love
    Be Not Afraid
    What I Know for Sure
    Color of Things
    The Poetry is Gone
    Words…

    I also enjoyed the section called Through THEIR eyes. I was hoping the end would have shared the final outcome of these two lovers, but I guess I’ll just have to leave that to my imagination. This is a great poetry book that share the love and the angst of two people who fall in love but can’t be together. 🙂

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  32. I have read and posted a 5-star review of “The One Awakened” by Yvette M. Callereiro at
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R17Z45CUL4U379?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_srp

    Even though I read the final book in the Chronicles of the Diasodz series as a standalone without having read the others, I was immediately drawn into the story and was engaged with the array of characters, making me want to read the previous books. Below is an excerpt from my review.

    The final book, “The One Awakened,” in the epic fantasy series is rich with world-building and unforgettable, complex characters. Author Callero masterfully tells the epic tale from the various points of view of a cast of characters you love or hate. These are three-dimensional characters that not only battle each other, but they must also confront their internal conflicts of competing loyalties. Every chord of raw emotion strikes you as the forces of light and darkness clash in the epic conclusion. Unconditional love is the ultimate victor in this riveting adventure that will leave you breathless with unexpected twists at the climax. I highly recommend “The One Awakened” to readers who enjoy reading epic fantasy with universal themes of love, loyalty, and friendship.

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  33. Hello all! I just completed a review of Ronald L. Powell Missing in Action by Shirley Harris-Slaughter and posted it on Amazon. Here is the review in its entirety:

    Ronald Powell snuck away from home and entered the Marines without telling anybody. By the time family learned of his whereabouts, he was in basic training and destined for Vietnam. When two Marine officers visit the home, the family is devastated by the news they delivered: There was an accident and Ronald is MIA.

    Ronald Powell is listed on the WALL in Washington DC, but it took decades for the family to discover what actually happened.

    This tribute, written by Ronald’s sister, cites memories of their time growing up together and of the difficulties the family experienced in dealing with the government for answers. Thank you, Shirley, for keeping his legacy alive. As a Vietnam Veteran, I salute the memory of Ronald, my brother in arms.

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  34. I have read and given a 5 Star review of Hieroglyph (TC’s Adventures Book 1). From the beginning of the book, the reader is presented with questions. Why is TC outside the principal’s office? Why is she named TC? A ring was found. Is TC a thief? She wears gloves even in the hottest weather. What’s that about?

    During an archaeological exploration with her uncle, Max, TC  sees a group of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. After touching one with her bare hand she has immediately transported thousands of years into the past. We are introduced to two Egyptian cousins, Kanefer and Prince Setka who are on a seafaring journey the day before Setka’s marriage to a foreign bride who he has never met. Kanefer hopes to marry Setka’s sister Tepe. This marriage is encouraged by the Pharoah.

    Hieroglyph is a story that unites the ancient past with the present. Read it, you will find the journey fascinating.

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  35. Here is my review for Mind Your Goddess (Wytchfae Book 3) by Flossie Benton Rogers:

    I love mythology and anything with goddesses in it, so this book was perfect for me. This is book three in the Wytchfae series. I read book 2, and I don’t believe they need to be read in order since each book follows a different goddess’ story, but there were a few references to book two’s characters.

    I really enjoyed this story. Not only was their great chemistry between Epona and Eshigel, but Darla’s character was fantastic. The author does a great job of making her characters come alive through dialogue and character development. I love the twist in Darla’s identity. I also love that none of her characters is perfect. They each have their flaws, and there is a redeeming quality with that.

    If you enjoy stories with magic, mythology, chakras, and goddesses, then this is the story for you. 🙂

    https://www.amazon.com/review/RQOBUSJWOIOEM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  36. Here is my 4-star review of Growing Pains by JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIKO
    Chike is a cute and precocious toddler who makes use of his cuteness and his parents devotion to twist them around his little finger, getting all the things he wants. He has an older sister, Ada, who competes with him for attention and the pair get up to a bit of mischief and often end up in trouble with their mother. This book reminded me a bit of similar styled children’s books like My Naughty Little Sister and Horrid Henry where two siblings pit themselves against one another in order to manipulate their parents and other relatives. These sorts of books always give me a good giggle as they hit the nail on the head when it comes to sibling rivalry and the frustrations of the parents in trying to balance work and home life while giving their children love in a firm and disciplined environment. A difficult task and one that we do all need to step back form and laugh at all the players every now and then.

    No area of life is safe from the author’s humorous pen and she shares hilarious stories about toilet training, sucking a finger as a calming technique and celebrating a birthday. I sucked my thumb as a young girl and could relate to Chike’s anguish over having his finger bound up so he couldn’t suck it. My grandmother used to cover my thumb with a cloth covering when I was little and I also used to take it off. Poor little Chike’s despair reminded me of my own experiences.

    This book also includes some lovely illustrations. My only concern about this book is it is unclear what age group it is targeted at. It is to sophisticated and lengthily for very young children and the topic is a bit young for older children who could read it alone.

    Amazon review link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3RVXXTCFU4JUW

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  37. I have left the following 4* review for The Enigma Factor by Breakfield & Burkey on Amazon UK.

    Unexpected twists and turns

    This is the first in a lengthy series of books (eleven to date) so the authors must have a keen group of followers that appreciate their style of writing.

    I was apprehensive that the techno-thriller nature of the story might be confusing. Although I stumbled on the technical complexities several times, my fears subsided as I got drawn into a well written and structured narrative.

    The plot was interesting and even educational to a degree. I found the characters believable and soon empathised with Jacob, around whom this story revolves. Unexpected twists and turns led me through a convincing storyline I could not stop reading.

    My only minor criticism is that the ending felt too contrived and abrupt, as though the authors wanted to tie up the loose ends in a hurry. I was expecting more of a cliff-hanger to lead on to the second book.

    Despite my last comment, I do not think it will be long before I am embarking on the next in the series.

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    1. Thank you for the detailed review, Robert. Your comments are truly appreciated. The send book is on Pre-order for the 2nd edition but it will be released on June 5th. It has been re-edited and we feel improved.

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  38. Hello all, I’ve just completed “The Reckoning Squad” by S. Burke and left a review on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:

    The Reckoning Squad by Ms. S. Burke grabbed my attention from the very start and made it difficult for me to put this story down. Readers are introduced to Chastity / Chaz when she is thirteen years old. She is a typical sixth-grader who befriends a fellow classmate, one who is always picked on. When something happens at school, she is forced to do something that she’ll never forget. Unknowingly, a certain witness to the event, marks her as ‘special” and monitors her life going forward.

    Chaz makes it into the FBI and after a few years, she is asked to join a special top-secret special black ops group. Chaz is the only female and one of only twelve members who survived the intense training. This new group is quite successful in achieving their missions. But, somebody wants them eliminated.

    On a day when all twelve members and their leaders are together, their top-secret training center is breached and almost everyone killed. Only a handful of government officials were aware of this group and its special facility – somebody from the inside gave them away. Chaz and a prisoner survived the bombing and made their escape per the group’s protocol. They were on their own now as nobody could be trusted.

    No matter where they went, killers were on the heels of Chaz and her prisoner. The only solution to their survival was to find out who was trying to kill them and why. It’s a roller coaster ride and readers continue to be surprised by all the twists and turns. The story seemed so realistic, I wondered if the author was a former spy and is now writing of her past experiences.

    I highly recommend The Reckoning Squad and feel that readers have not seen the end of this group. Great job Ms. Burke. Looking forward to reading more about your former experiences! Five Stars!

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  39. I just finished “No Pedigree” by Nonnie Jules. Here’s my review:

    Baylee is biracial and lives with her hardworking single mom. Mom wants her to get the best opportunities for a successful future and part of that means getting a great education in a posh high school. But in Oklahoma, racism is alive and well, and Baylee is the victim of both verbal and physical abuse. A lucky break enables her to get justice in the end.

    This story is a 90-minute read and geared toward young adults, though I enjoyed it as an old adult. Lol. It takes on the important topic of racism and injustice as it still exists today in schools, communities, and the criminal justice system. I enjoyed Baylee’s strength of character and that of her good friend Carson. My only struggle with the story was the somewhat implausible way Baylee skyrocketed out of her situation, but her ability to get justice was satisfying.

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    1. I also completed No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules and can relate to your comments. My review was posted today on Amazon.

      Author Nonnie Jules writes a sad, yet viable account of the cruelty young people can bestow upon their peers in the name of “being better” than someone else. In this case, money and position were the heart of the problems in a small town that condoned that sort of behavior. The problems passed from parents to children in an uncontrolled manner.

      Baylee, at 5’9” with blonde hair and a tan hue to her skin, was of mixed heritage. In small town Oklahoma, this was a problem. High school is a trying time for most children as they try to rush their metamorphosis to adulthood. It is awkward and painful without trusted friends. Any youth transferring to a new high school in a new city can be exceptionally challenging. For Baylee, it was life changing.

      I really liked the description that Nonnie paints when Baylee met Carson on her first day at the new high school. They clearly were able to immediately size each other up. It emphasized the possibilities of real friendships. At this point I was caught up in the story due to the great quality of the writing.

      “Baylee, huh? More like Baylee badass yourself! I like that! OK, I’m Carson Beckett. Nice to meet you, Bayleeee!”
      “Carson? Isn’t that a boy’s name?” Baylee asked, her curiosity about this girl, growing by the second.
      “What can I say, my dad wished for a boy that he could name Carson, so when I showed up – well, ever heard of half-a-wish? That’s what my dad got. He didn’t get a son, but he did find a way to keep the name, so he got one half of his wish,” Carson laughed. “Now, enough small talk about me, Bayleeee. C’mon. I’ll show you around this joint.”
      Carson was funny. Baylee had just met the only real friend she’d ever have at Mount-Barron High.

      I didn’t really see the foreshadowing of this section until much later in the story. The tragedy of the story, and surprising conclusion, is not exclusive to America. Societies over hundreds of years, even with all the lessons that have been given, seem unable to learn that hatred, prejudice, and jealousy are horribly outdated and simply put, poisonous.

      The story is worth sharing with teens and young adults as a guide on what to avoid, even if their parents forgot to tell them. The ending was unexpected, so don’t skip a page.

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  40. Hi, I have read and reviewed Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers. My review is live at Amazon.

    Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers transports you into the world of fantasy, with wings of magic and romance – just an amusing escape for few hours, acquainting you with the weird powers of goddesses and demoness of dreams and nightmares – Lamia being the most creepy! This is a quick read; it moves at an amazing pace and is quite focused.

    I was surprised at the demeanor of Epona, Eshigel and Darla. It is nothing different from human beings, highlighting the fact that fantasy of the other world is inspired from real life. Darla’s vindictive nature, Eshigel’s passion, Epona’s hope and Lilith’s arrogance would remind you that all the characters have been crafted with human virtues and vices. Only Lamia has been portrayed to be different. Rogers has a way with the words and wins hands down with her fantastic vocabulary. I like how she concludes the story.
    Thanks. Balroop.

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  41. Two more reviews posted today!! It’s so nice to have time to finally catch up on some reading!! ❤

    *MIND-SHAFT* by S. Burke: I chose not to read any of the blurb before diving into the book. The fact that the book claimed to be a paranormal anthology was enough for me. From the first story, I was hooked. There are twists and turns throughout the pages. You truly have no idea what to expect in any of the 6 stories. I love that about this collection. So unpredictable! I like the author’s writing style. Great characters and beautiful descriptions. She doesn’t give too much away at the beginning of each story, but the intrigue is still there. There were comical bits, stories that gave me chills, stories that left me asking questions. I enjoyed every moment.

    *SATIN & CINDERS* by Jan Sikes: Since this is a micro read, I feel it requires a shorter review. Otherwise, I may give too much away, and I detest spoilers. 😉 First and foremost, five stars. Easily. This was the perfect quick read with flawless writing. The story grabs you and takes you on a sweet journey all in one sitting.

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  42. Good Morning, everyone. I have just reviewed ‘Hieroglyph’ By Wendy Jayne Scott. Here is my review:
    My REVIEW: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A delightful read.

    I’ve heard so many good things about this author and I’m delighted to find that praise well deserved. This short should capture and hold the attention of its targeted audience. It’s well written and doesn’t make the mistake of talking down to its intended readers. Beautifully done.

    As an Australian, I was immediately drawn to the story and found all the descriptive and visualizations of my beautiful country to be accurate and well described. Bravo.

    The plot is multi-faceted and intriguing. Did the ancient Egyptians visit Australia? Ah, but see it matters not if they did or they didn’t. This talented author involves all the senses throughout her book and makes all she writes seem utterly feasible. You become a believer.

    The characterizations could perhaps have been fleshed out a little more, we all read things differently after all. However, nothing distracts from the story. Others have written much about the inner workings of this book, so I’ll be brief.

    Young protagonist TC is developed very well and has the strength to carry that throughout this short read.

    She joins her Uncle Max in Australia, whilst he is enveloped in his research into the possibility that the Ancient Egyptians may have visited its shores.

    Members of the media are going out of their way to discredit him.

    TC’s special abilities allow her to envisage that time as if she were right there in the midst of it. Author Scott has marvelous descriptive abilities certain to transport the reader into a time and place of the authors choosing. I highly recommend the book to the young teens and the young at heart. Well done.

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  43. Hello all, here is my review of A Soldier’s Children by Jan Sikes.

    Author Jan Sikes grabs at your heart when the heroine of the story, Jennifer, fears she has lost her sister in an amusement park. As you take a breath to continue reading the emotional pull moves swiftly from page to page.

    Being a grown up fourteen, but alone without parental support, and the caretaker of Emily, who is seven, is a huge responsibility. The strength of this young girl shines through as she works to make ends meet. Jennifer lies about her mother’s whereabouts, and to a degree denies her father’s disappearance when fighting the war in Afghanistan. Jennifer works to keep their family of two intact.

    Jennifer’s perspective really hits home for me as she purposely runs from one destination to another hoping for success.

    “I sprinted through the amusement park gates.
    The look on Mr. Parker’s face told me they hadn’t found her yet. I swiped at my tears, shoved the cell phone back in his hand and muttered. “Thanks, Mr. Parker. She wasn’t home.”
    Mr. Parker narrowed his eyes. “Where is your mother, young lady? She should be here.”
    I cast my eyes to the ground. “She was out.”
    “Well, no matter. Put your thinking cap on. What is Emily’s favorite part of the park?”
    “She loves the house of mirrors. She goes in there every chance she gets.”
    “Then, let’s go look there.” I walked alongside the man who had shown me nothing but kindness. More tears threatened to spill, and I blinked hard.
    “Why do I have a feeling there’s something you aren’t telling me, Jennifer?” He asked.
    “I don’t know, sir.”

    This short story builds quickly and takes you to a surprising ending that allows you the time to take the breath you lost at the beginning. I recommend this story to any young adult and beyond. Another good one by Jan Sikes.

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  44. Hello. here is my review of Tiger House, by Wendy Scott.
    A well-constructed plot that has more twists and turns than a theme park waterslide. Tiger House serves up plenty of action. Imagery is this novel’s forte. Wendy Scott has a wide and colorful pallet of descriptions that say more than the average photo.

    It was easy to connect with the characters emotionally, to cheer on the protagonists and to despise those evil Xjiangsuans.
    The conclusion sets the stage for a second book and creates the anticipation of another exciting round of adventure.

    The book would have earned a Five Star, but I found the first competition, at the beginning, to be unoriginal, and for that it will be designated a Four Star.

    I recommend Tiger House for those who enjoy High Fantasy and who look to the skies and wonder, “What If?”

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