Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Title: Never Date a Doctor

Author: Melanie A. Smith
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Release date: February 25th 2020

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What’s the first rule of nurse’s club? That’s right: Never date a doctor. Which Sasha Suvorin has no intention of doing anyway, since she’s a nurse at Rutherford Hospital by day and working on her master’s degree by night. Who has time for dating, much less dating someone you work with? Bad idea much?

That is, until the sexy British Dr. Caleb Thompson starts at her hospital. It also doesn’t help that he’s exactly her type with his dark hair, blue eyes, and rockin’ bod. Or that he’s not your typical arrogant and bossy surgeon. But Sasha isn’t so easily convinced, and she soon discovers Dr. Hottie has a past that puts a stop to whatever she might have been feeling before anything ever starts between them.

Unfortunately, working together means facing temptation. Every. Single. Day. Is Sasha strong enough to resist what might just be the perfect man? And if she gives in, will Cal’s past stay in the past? Sasha may be used to playing it safe, but life has a way of teaching its lessons … one way or another.



Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.

​A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years. 

After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.

Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.


What is your name and where do you call home?
I’m Melanie A. Smith and right now the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas is home, though I only moved here a year ago. Before that I was in the Seattle, Washington area for fourteen years, which I really think of as home.

Do you use a pen name? And why?
I do not use a pen name. There’s nobody I’m trying to hide this part of me from, and I have other ways of ensuring my privacy. But mostly, I think authenticity is an important part of being an author, and that’s harder to achieve with a pen name, in my opinion.

Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so, what was it?
As an avid reader with too many favorites to list, I’ve read many books multiple times. The one I’ve probably re-read the most, as it’s my all-time favorite, is The Hobbit (Tolkien). Reading romance is a more recent thing for me; my first love was fantasy.

What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
There's one piece of advice I've heard about writing that I've also heard in many other contexts. Because it's universally true. When there are so many things to do that it feels like it's overwhelming to even start, make a list, and just do one thing at a time. Even if you only do it for a few minutes a day, doing something will get you closer to your goal every day.

Do you have any hobbies that aren’t related to reading & writing?
For sure! Some usual ones like cooking, baking, and watching movies. Some less common ones like cross-stitching and cake decorating. And others that I don’t get to do as much as I’d like anymore like hiking and traveling.

What genre would you place you book into?
I only write romance, but to be more specific, this one is medical romance. That’s a bit of a switch, as the first four novels I published were romantic suspense, with the fifth being straight up contemporary romance. Though all of my books are on the steamy side, to the point where they could also be classified as erotic romance.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Absolutely! This is the first book in a series, though each can be read as standalones. Books two and three will be released this year, and I have a slew of other titles in the series in work.

Are there any book covers you would change?
I literally just changed every single one of my covers. When I started, I wasn’t a heavy romance reader, and I didn’t pay much attention to how much a cover really does matter in romance. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved my original covers, but they were a little too abstract. Unfortunately, that didn’t clearly communicate that the contents were romance, and steamy romance at that, so they all got switched to the type of cover I swore I’d never do – hot guys with abs. But I gotta say, I love the new covers too!

Do you have a “Dream cast” in mind for any of your books?
I went to college in Los Angeles and dated a filmmaker for a few years, which means my brain is pretty much wired to start casting books as soon as I read/write them. So yes. For pretty much every book. Though I try not to share my own ideas of who the cast would be, as part of the fun for the reader is to picture the characters how you want!

Do you ever base book characters on people you know?
Definitely, though to varying degrees. I think it’s natural to incorporate elements of people you know, and yourself, for that matter, into characters. The trick is never to admit who they’re based on and always leave people guessing in a “You’re So Vain” kind of way. ;)

How did you get your ideas for Never Date a Doctor?
The core idea started when I had some blood pressure issues last summer (I swear I’m not that old. Turns out a pickle addiction is bad for your blood pressure. Who knew?). In any case, I ended up at a cardiologist’s office. And the cardiologist was ridiculously attractive. My writer brain started working on that immediately, and the idea grew from there!

How did you choose the “Life Lessons Series”?
One of my first ideas for the first book was to introduce an impediment to the main character getting together with her love interest. And while workplace romances aren’t always forbidden by policy, I think most people know it’s not always the best idea. I can attest to that personally. In any case, it got me thinking about how in real life we have all these lessons, that we usually have to learn the hard way, but the joy of the romance novel is subverting reality. In other words, all those guys you know you shouldn’t date in real life you can totally “date” in fiction. But that doesn’t mean my characters don’t learn lessons. They’re just not the ones they expected.

Did you have to any specific research for Never Date a Doctor? If so what/how did you do it?
I took all of the undergraduate classes required for medical school, and my older brother is a surgeon, so between that and my recent experience actually undergoing various cardiac tests, I already had a pretty good handle on the general hospital/medical topics. I did have to do some light research on the specific duties of each type of hospital job included, which I actually enjoyed. I’ll say this book was the least weird research I’ve had to do, and it’s purposely pretty low-level on anything technical.

Do you, basic plot/plan for each individual book in the series, before you actually begin writing it all out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story? 
I do go in with a plan, but the wonderful and maddening thing about creating dimensional characters is that sometimes they take you unexpected places. So I often have to have a loose outline of the major things I want to happen, then attempt to steer the characters there. Attempting to plan the nitty-gritty doesn’t leave room for anticipating how a character would really react to something, and I never want to force a plot at the expense of authentic emotion.

What can we expect from you next and in the future?
Book two of the Life Lessons Series will be here in May! It follows one of the best friends of the main character from Never Date a Doctor and will have a bad-boy love interest (one of my favorite tropes)! After that, book three will jump to the other best friend from NDaD, heading into another favorite trope of mine – billionaire romance! So even though this is primarily a medical romance series, I intend to do something a little different in every book. In other words, there are lots of fun surprises to come!




Monday, 17 February 2020


Title: Edge Of Collapse
Series: Edge Of Collapse
Author: Kyla Stone
Publisher: Paper Moon Press
Genre: Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Thriller
Release Date: 31st January 2020

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In the middle of the deepest winter on record, a super EMP destroys the nation's power grid. No electricity. No cars or phones. Worst of all: No heat. The country is plunged into instant chaos.

But for twenty-six-year-old Avery Sheridan, it's the best day of her life. For the last five years, she's been held captive by a sadistic psychopath--until the EMP releases the lock of her prison.

Avery emerges from her underground cell into a hostile winter landscape with no way to call for help, no vehicle that will drive, armed with nothing but the clothes on her back and her own determination to survive.

Cynical loner and ex-soldier Liam Coleman is headed nowhere fast. He believed he was prepared for any disaster--until the EMP took everything he'd ever cared about in a matter of seconds. When he runs across a fierce, desperate woman who will die without his help, he's forced to make a choice.

One hundred frozen, perilous miles stand between them and Avery's hometown in rural Michigan--and the husband and son who believe her dead. But the lack of power, desperate people, and the treacherous elements aren't the only threats.

Avery's captor isn't about to let her go. He will hunt her to the ends of the earth and beyond, destroying anything and anyone who gets in his way. For she has something he wants. She's nine months pregnant--with his child.


After reading the prequel of this series I was eager to read the first full length book of the series too. The cover fits well with that of the prequel, I would say it is a scene from within this book featuring Hannah, Luke and the dog is named during the book by Hannah and is called Ghost. The genres that I have seen listed for this book are Sci-Fi and Post-apocalyptic which both fit well though I would also add thriller and suspense.

The book begins with a young woman who we learn is called Hannah Sheridan suddenly being left in darkness in a small locked basement room. The light is usually on 24 hours a day so she is shocked that it has suddenly gone off. She takes a look around the room and notices the silent, she can usually hear the generator & fridge running but they have stopped too. Hannah then begins to take stock of what food and water she has. Hannah is totally reliant on the man who has taken her and put her in this basement. Now the power is off what will happen…Will she starve or freeze to death. Where is he? Has he turned off the power? Is he due back soon? Then she wonders if this power outage could be more widespread than her little prison. She ponders trying to escape then decides against it, as if she is caught attempting escape, he will beat her and break her bones again. He seems to enjoy inflicting pain on her and watching her reactions. Hannah has been tortured at this man’s hand for years, she used to count every day, making a mark to keep track but lately she isn’t sure how long she has been trapped now. Hannah has lost count of how many times he has broken and re-broken the different bones in her left hand, leaving it badly disformed. Gradually it seems to dawn on Hannah if all the power is out then maybe the electric lock panel on the door may not be working. She nervously tries the door and its open. She’s free, or is it a trap, is he hiding somewhere waiting to pounce on her. After hesitating Hannah plucks up the courage to leave the basement and searches around the hunting cabin for warm clothes and supplies, for anything that may be useful to help her in her efforts to get away from this cabin and him.
The book then follows Hannah struggling through the heavy snowfall trying to put as much distance between herself and his hunting cabin, because she knows he will come back to the cabin and when he finds her gone, he will search for her. If he finds her, he will kill her and “it”. Hannah isn’t sure she wants “it”, she can’t allow herself to think of “it” as a human baby. She has a son but it’s different this time round her son was wanted by herself and her husband. Hannah wonders how her husband Noah, and their son Milo are now. It’s been such a long time since he took her from her family that dark Christmas Eve night. Hannah had to plough on and get as far away from the cabin as possible. It wouldn’t be an easy task heavily pregnant and so weak and injured. Hannah uses the survival tips her father taught her years ago, but it’s not long until she finds herself exhausted and in the snow.

It’s just when she is about to totally give up that Liam comes to her rescue and takes her to a wooden cabin he has found where they can stay until the storm eases. Liam is heading to his own homestead and though he tries to ignore this strange, heavily pregnant woman’s plight he cannot abandon her in her obvious “hour of need”. The book then tells of Hannah & Liam’s journey with Gavin Pike, the man who had kidnapped and tortured Hannah for years hot on their trail.

I really loved and respected the character of Liam, who has gone through so much already in Chaos Rising, yet he has that little niggling inner voice that takes on the sound of his sister in law Jessa’s voice challenging all the time to do what he should, to look after Hannah. I really liked the character of Hannah, her grit and determination, the way she copes with the gigantic task ahead of getting back to her family. One that may or may not be there, that may have given up on her by now. Her memories slowly return too, she remembers the night Gavin Pike took her, the fact she had recognised him that night. Though scared beyond belief she initially goes out alone into an isolated area knowing full well that Gavin will come after her. Hannah is pregnant and he will want what he will see as his. He will want to kill both of them. Clearly suffering with the trauma of what she has been through she slowly begins to trust and confide in Liam but then second guesses herself thinking should she reveal anything to him and accept his help when that could mean Gavin Pike will want to kill him too. I absolutely adored the character of the large great pyrenees mountain dog that Hannah cautiously releases, then befriends and calls Ghost.  I suppose I should add even though it sounds a little odd that I enjoyed hating the cruel, sadistic Gavin Pike as well as his character is so well written.

To say this book is action packed is an understatement! When I first started reading the book, being introduced to Hannah I was wondering how the post-apocalyptic was going to fit in, I thought it was going to be more about just Hannah’s kidnap and the criminal elements of what Pike has done to her, I was envisioning a Criminal Minds episode. However, this book really has it all! It has the thriller, kidnap, suspense, sci-fi, prepper and post-apocalyptic themes all rolled into one great plot.
Once you start reading this book you really don’t want to put it down. I loved the writing style and the prepper tips and tricks that Hannah and Liam have to use and rely on to survive. Then there’s the different characters they meet along the way, those they attempt to avoid and those they need to win over for help. It takes a long time for Hannah to fully trust Liam and to reveal her own story of torture at the hands of Gavin Pike. Then there’s the poor, ill cared for dog that “guarded” Gavin Pike’s hunting cabin. The one Hannah calls Ghost as he seems to silently turn up when she is in need. In fact, Liam has a hard time winning both Hannah and Ghost over and getting them to trust that he is one of the good guys. I don’t want to reveal much more about the book but there is a section when I became rather upset when one of the main characters is quite badly hurt.

My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were that I shouldn’t have had any doubts about the kidnap of Hannah element at all and that I definitely enjoyed reading this one, not entirely what I had expected ....post-apocalyptic with the thriller, killer, criminal, kidnap, suspense and race against time elements thrown in too, but a totally amazing read.

So, to sum up I loved this book and I am sure it will appeal to a wide range of readers. Also I am really eagerly awaiting the next book!

In a heartbeat, everything grinds to a halt...
On Christmas Eve, the lights go out. Vehicles stop working. Communications break down.

Reclusive former soldier Liam Coleman doesn't want to be anywhere near bustling downtown Chicago the day before Christmas. But his twin brother and his pregnant sister-in-law need him, so he makes the trip.

But mere minutes after leaving O'Hare, their car crashes, along with hundreds of other vehicles. When Liam's phone stops working, he begins to suspect something more sinister than a local power outage. But before he can react, the first plane falls from the sky...

Title: Edge Of Darkness

A devastating EMP. No power. No communication. And no help...

On the five-year anniversary of his wife Hannah's disappearance, small-town deputy Noah Sheridan takes his young son Milo to a local ski resort for some much needed father-son time.

In a blink, the power grid goes out. So do the resort's brand new generators. Noah and Milo find themselves trapped on a chairlift thirty feet above the ground.

Help is not on the way. Night is coming, and with it the killing cold. Getting down before hypothermia sets in is only the beginning...
When an impending blizzard cuts off the town from the rest of civilization, it'll take everything Noah has to keep his family and friends alive. The only things more dangerous than mother nature's wrath are the desperate people willing to do anything to survive.

My review will be coming soon!

Title: Edge Of Darkness

A world without power, lights, transportation...
Liam and Hannah continue their dangerous journey home. But they're hunted by a deadly adversary. Back home, Noah fights to protect both his son and the town of Juniper Springs, though someone is sabotaging his efforts.

Title: Edge Of Anarchy

After battling blizzards, hypothermia, and hundreds of miles of dangerous wilderness, Hannah comes face to face with her worst nightmare. Is she strong enough to fight for what she loves most?

Goodreads Link coming soon.....

Cover: coming soon . . . 
Title: Edge Of Despair

The EMP stole their way of life. They've survived the brutal cold and violent enemies. But the threat to Fall Creek has never been greater. To survive this battle, Liam and Hannah will have to sacrifice more than they ever thought possible. This time, it might be too much...

Goodreads link coming soon . . . .

Saturday, 15 February 2020


Title: Finding Forever
Authors: Rachel Blake, RJ Gray, & Stella Moore
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications

Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance
Release date: February 12th 2020

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Three sisters, separated at birth, identical down to their DNA. For over thirty years, they lived without knowledge of the each other’s existence until one fateful night changed everything.

Now, a new revelation is testing the bonds of their relationships. Hidden family secrets and broken promises threaten to tear them apart and destroy the family they’ve just begun to build. And it’s not just their relationships with each other on the line.

Can they work past their differences and face these trials together? Or will these three sisters become nothing more than strangers who happen to look alike once again?

Publisher’s Note: The conclusion of the Missing Pieces saga contains mystery, secrets, and a theme of power exchange.


Rowena turned back, resting her chin on the duvet. “I need this. We need this connection.” Hiding her smirk in the blanket, she let the next words fall from her lips, “Do your worst.”
His first spank connected as his chuckle bounced around the room. “Be careful what you wish for.” He focused first on her right cheek, smacking the same spot until she started to squirm and whine before moving to the left to give that cheek the same treatment.
When he paused, she clenched her cheeks. She knew her sit spot were about to receive the same treatment only to be followed by her thighs. “Bear?”
“Yeah, sunshine?” Without words, she held the hand that wasn’t pinned to the side of her body back. “Need some help, baby?”
“Please.” She relaxed as soon as his long fingers wrapped around her wrist securing it to the small of her back. “Okay, I’m ready now.”
Octavius continued his assault as she knew he would. It didn’t take nearly as many smacks on her sit spots to get her squirming this time, but he didn’t stop. Instead, he gave them the same treatment as he did her full ass.
It was when he moved to her thighs that the struggle to stay still became all too real. Gone, was the good girl who wanted him to hold her hand for comfort; in her place, was the wife who suddenly wasn’t so sure she wanted or needed this spanking.
“You have your safeword. Use it or settle down, baby.”
The final word he spoke broke her. Tears she had previously thought all cried out raced down her face. “Stop calling me that. Fucking stop.” A bitter laugh left her lips as a particularly hard swat connected, her reprimand for the curse. “I can’t give you a family, I sure as hell don’t deserve the pet name.”


Rachel Blake
I have been writing since high school, but truthfully never thought it would go any further than a few short stories hidden deep within my laptop. It wasn't until my family moved away from everything we knew that I started writing stuff worth sharing. Now, my husband, three kids, our plethora of animals, and I live in the Midwest. When I'm not running around like your stereotypical soccer mom (sans the minivan) I am writing the type of stories I have always secretly treasured. Love stories with a sexy alpha male and a strong submissive female.

RJ Gray
RJ Gray romanticizes life with a slightly kinky mind. She resides in Virginia with her husband, two young sons and naughty beagle lab puppy. Her hobbies include whipping up delicious meals, capturing life's beauty with her camera and spending time in the strong arms of her husband of fifteen years, Bomb Dom. RJ brings her over two decades of experience in BDSM and domestic discipline to the page, writing books with dominant alpha males and feisty, stubborn females. RJ holds college degrees in both social work and criminology, topics that can often be found in her novels. Having spent the past fifteen years married to a military bomb technician, RJ has a passion for military and veteran causes.

Stella Moore
Stella has been writing spanking fiction off and on for years, but she's just recently taken the plunge into writing full on novels. She is from the school of "write what you know", and her husband is always willing (sometimes too willing!) to assist with any research she needs.



Thursday, 13 February 2020


From USA Today Bestselling Author, Alison Ingleby, The Wall Series is an emotional rollercoaster packed 
with heart-pounding adventure, vivid 
characters and slow-burn romance. Perfect for fans of Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth and Marie Lu.
Title: Expendables
Series: The Wall Series
Author: Alison Ingleby
Genre: YA, Dystopian

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What would you sacrifice to discover the truth?
For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one.
When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt government. Then she’s introduced to Trey, an Insider who’s been brought up with everything she longs for: wealth, privilege, education.
An Insider who, like her, is being hunted by the government’s sinister militia.
Aleesha wants to hate him. But Trey may be the only person who can help her find her father – the man who could be her ticket out of poverty. If she can learn to trust him.
But discovering the truth comes at a terrible price. And too late, Aleesha and Trey realize that they’re just pawns in a much bigger game…


“Tell me, Aleesha, why does the Wall exist?”
The question takes me aback. “To stop us getting Inside. To keep us separate.”
“Yes, but why? Why does there have to be Outsiders and Insiders?”
I find myself squirming slightly under his gaze. “’Cos they want to keep everything for themselves. All the food, all the water, and with the Wall there they don’t even have to look at us. They can pretend like we don’t even exist.” The words spill out and I sound so harsh, so bitter, that I surprise myself.
Bryn nods and stands back, seemingly satisfied. “Well, you’re in the right place, then. We want to break down the barriers between those who live on either side of the Wall. Make London society more equal.”
Interesting. I wonder what rank this guy has in the Chain. Murdoch defers to him, but from the look on his face, Bryn’s told me a lot more than he thinks I should know.
“You’ll go through the Wall together tomorrow. Meet at Pollard Square at nine.” Murdoch stands up straight and leans slightly towards the door, clearly eager to get away.
I glance over at the boy. Trey. He wanders to the window, in a world of his own.
“Oh, I forgot to mention,” Bryn says. “The Metz are after Trey. You’ll need to go carefully to avoid them.”
I roll my eyes. Well this is going to be a party. It’s hard enough keeping one person away from the Metz, and by the look of him, this kid will only be a liability. They’ll spot him a mile away with that hair; it lights him up like a bloody beacon. “Great.”
I push myself off the wall and turn to Bryn. “Nice meeting you.”
He nods in reply, but his gaze is still on the boy standing by the window.
“You too, Trey. See you tomorrow!” I raise my voice slightly and the boy starts. As he turns, he disturbs the net curtains and sunlight peeks through into the room. It lights up his hair, making it glow around his face. It reminds me of a picture my mother once showed me in an ancient book. An angel, that was it. A messenger of hope.
I stifle a laugh as I turn to leave, toying with my own dark braid.
I don’t believe in angels. Or hope.


Title: Infiltrators
Series: The Wall Series
Author: Alison Ingleby
Genre: YA, Dystopian

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They thought the truth would bring people together. Instead, they started a war.
When Aleesha and Trey hand over the secret files they found in the basement of the government headquarters to the media, they hope it will bring Insiders and Outsiders together. United, they would have the power to rebel against the oppressive government.
They're wrong.
While the Insiders turn their backs, protected by the Wall that divides the city, Outsiders rebel in the only way they know how: riots, death and destruction.
As London erupts in violence, taking down the government's sinister militia seems to be the only viable course of action. But what Aleesha finds inside the Metz compound will change her life – and her relationship with Trey – forever.


Title: Defenders
Series: The Wall Series
Author: Alison Ingleby
Genre: YA, Dystopian

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The battle for control of Area Four is over. Or is it?
Aleesha is determined to give the captured Metz officers a chance to change. But as tensions rise between Outsider gangs and the newly freed officers, events take a devastating turn and Aleesha is forced to confront her darkest fears.
Still reeling from the battle of Rose Square, Trey has his own decision to make. Does he remain Outside or listen to his mother's pleas and return to his family's aid?
Forced to decide between family and friends, duty and their hearts, Aleesha and Trey must decide which path to choose and if that path involves each other.
The explosive third book in The Wall Series features complex plot twists, heart-stopping fight scenes, romance and betrayal, plus all the characters you've come to love. Will they all survive? One-click to find out.


Title: Liberators

Series: The Wall Series
Author: Alison Ingleby
Genre: YA, Dystopian

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When it comes down to it, what do you do – protect your family or follow your heart?
Captured by the government, Aleesha is slated for execution. Only her father can save her, but doing so will put the Chain's plans in jeopardy. Is it worth risking the future of a country to save the life of one girl?
As Trey investigates the mysterious additive in the Outsiders' food supply, his sinister boss closes in. Acting on his suspicions could risk his incarceration and his family's safety. But can he turn a blind eye to the truth?
As the balance of power shifts and alliances are made and broken, Aleesha and Trey must decide who to trust.
Because trust risks betrayal.
And betrayal means death.


Alison Ingleby is a USA Today bestselling author of sci-fi and fantasy fiction. She loves writing cross-genre books featuring complex characters, twisting plots and fast-paced action with a dash of romance.

When not writing, Alison enjoys reading, drinking tea and spending time outdoors. She lives in Yorkshire, England, but her heart loiters by the sea in north-west Scotland.

You can find out more about Alison, sign up to her Readers' Club and get a free story by visiting her website: https://alisoningleby.com/


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