Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Blast and Giveaway: BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum (YA)


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by Beth Fehlbaum 
Release date: April 18th, 2014
Published by: Merit Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardback, eBook

SUMMARY

Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. 

Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. 
From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. 
Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. 

Colby plans her own death. 

A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. 

Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. 

Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Beth Fehlbaum


In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.
Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!
Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #79: THE STEPSISTER'S TALE by Tracy Barrett (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 


This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting on... 

by Tracy Barrett
Expected release date: June 24th, 2014
Published by: HarlequinTEEN
Genre: Young Adult - Retelling
Format: Hardback, eBook

SUMMARY

What really happened after the clock struck midnight?

Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady. She's tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother's noble family-especially now that the family's wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin. It's hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day. Jane's burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow. Despite the family's struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane's stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire. 

When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate...

From the handsome prince to the evil stepsister, nothing is quite as it seems in Tracy Barrett's stunning retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.


Why I'm waiting for THE STEPSISTER'S TALE...

It's a retelling of CINDERELLA!!!

Evil step-sisters!!! Handsome prince!!! Royal ball!!!

I. NEED. THIS. NOW!!!


WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR THIS WEEK?!?!?!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Attention All Indie Authors!!! Introducing INDIE MONDAYS!!!


ATTENTION Indie Authors!!!

When I first started my book blog I was determined to read, promote all books that I loved no matter how or when they were published. However, I don't have the strength nor time to do so lately...

BUT!!!

I have read many good indie books in the last 2+ years, have made a lot of good indie author friends and have always wished I could do more... these authors work so very hard to promote their amazing books! It is a wonder to me how they get it all done.

I am hoping that I have finally found a way to help too.

Since I am unable to take on any new indie requests, I would still like to give a few shoutouts when I can!
SO, I have decided to create a new meme featuring independent authors and their books ONLY: 
INDIE MONDAYS

If interested, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM and I will take your application into consideration to be featured in my new meme that will start on June 2nd, 2014.

The sole purpose of this meme is to spotlight independent authors and their books only. 
All genres will be considered, EXCEPT:
Erotica, religious/political themes, and thrillers.

Please fill out all the necessary info on the form AND feel free to add ONE of the following:
an excerpt, a few quotes, a character interview, etc.

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!!!

Thank you all for your consideration!!! 



Cover Reveal and Giveaway: MORTAL ENCHANTMENT by Stacey O'Neale (YA)


(Mortal Enchantment #1)
by Stacey O'Neale
Expected release date: May 20th, 2014
Published by: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past. 

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more.


MY THOUGHTS

An amazing cover! I'm so happy to see Kalin on the cover too!
Don't get me wrong, Rowan is divine! But yay for girl power!!!

I am DYING to read this!!!


Read on for the Mortal Enchantments novella...
which is still FREE on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!!!


A Mortal Enchantment Novella, #0.5
by Stacey O'Neal
Expected release date: March 25th, 2014
Published by: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Format: eBook

SUMMARY

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 



Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Stacey O'Neale

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.



Release Day Excerpt: DON'T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout (YA)



by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: April 15th, 2014
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary Thriller
Format: Hardback, eBook

SUMMARY

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

EXCERPT

I didn't recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, wanting to be far away from here... wherever here was. 

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet. 
My bare feet? 
I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt... and blood. Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn't wearing any shoes, but the blood... I didn't understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans. 

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks. 

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone. 

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty - a black void where nothing existed. 

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognize the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. 

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver's door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me. 

"Miss?" He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn't know. "We've received some calls into dispatch concerning you," he said gently. "Are you okay?"

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled. "I... I don't know."

"Okay." The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. "My name is Deputy Rhode. I'm here to help you. Do you know what you're doing out here?"

"No." Knots formed in my belly. I didn't even know where here was. 

His smile strained. "What's your name?"

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn't answer his question. The knots started twisting more. "I don't... I don't know what my name is."

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. "You don't remember anything?"

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt. And I knew it wasn't good. My eyes started to tear up.

"Miss, it's okay. We'll get you taken care of." He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. "We'll get this sorted."

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn't want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn't good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders. 

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly. 

"Everything's going to be okay."

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn't work. How could everything be okay when I didn't know my own name?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.




April 2014 New Release Giveaway Hop!!!



Welcome to the APRIL NEW RELEASE GIVEAWAY HOP!!!

Here are some April releases that I hope you are looking forward to just as much as I am!!!

Some middle grade books...


- THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by Jaleigh Johnson
by Christopher Healy


Some young adult books...


- LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira
- DON'T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU & ME by Jennifer E. Smith
- THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting
- REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

Some adult books... 


- TWO SISTERS by Mary Hogan
- SOLSBURY HILL by Susan M. Wyler


Giveaway rules
- Must be 13 years or older, with parents permission, to enter.
- International residents may enter; BUT must be able to receive shipment from The Book Depository.
- Must choose either one (1) Middle Grade or Young Adult or Adult book that is being released in April 2014. 
- Giveaway ends April 30th, 2014.
Happy hopping :) 




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: EVEN MONSTERS by A. J. Smith (C)


Written and Illustrated by A. J. Smith
Release date: April 1st, 2014
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Children (ages 1yo and up)
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: eGalley


SUMMARY

An exciting new picture book-perfect for the little monster in your life!

Everybody knows monsters can be...well, MONSTERS. 
But did you know sometimes even monsters get scared? 
They can be sad, they can be kind, they can miss their mommies. 
Sometimes, they're just plain silly. 
And even monsters need to brush their teeth!

A funny and family-friendly picture book by innovative author/illustrator A. J. Smith, who combines traditional storytelling with exciting interactive digital components.


MY REVIEW

Such a sweet book to share with the little monster... I mean... the child in your life!

Every child at one point or another questions why they have to eat all of their vegetables at dinner before they can have dessert, and why they have to brush their teeth before bed. Most kids also develop a fear or two - of the dark, monsters under the bed, going to school alone... and this adorable book shares with them that they're not the only ones that go through these things everyday; and that it is okay to have these feelings, and that they should be able to share these feelings.

These little monsters are perfectly illustrated - not overly scary, but a fun kind of scary that kiddos will enjoy seeing. And these little monsters are just like them too! Even though they look scary and may growl sometimes, they have to do things that they don't like to do too in order to be better monsters! They still have to take the bus to school, eat all of their dinner, and brush their teeth before bed too.
And, just like the monsters in the book, its okay to be scared sometimes, and with a little help, the people who love them will be there to help build their confidence and ease their fears.

This fun and interactive book will help a child know that they're not alone in their little world - it will also ease a child's anxiety of the things that they fear the most. This book may also be a great way to open a line of communication with your toddler, which can be difficult when they are still learning how to find and use their words. I highly recommend this book for anytime of the day or night! 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #78: THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 


This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting on... 

by Paula Stokes
Expected release date: May 20th, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame. 

Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him... 

Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for.





Why I'm waiting for THE ART OF LAINEY...

I love a good teen - high school - drama!
Sounds like a great quick read and I just adore these type of contemporaries! 

Can't wait :)


SO, what are you waiting for???


Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Tour/Guest Post: THE NINJA LIBRARIANS: THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND by Jen Swann Downey (MG)


The Ninja Librarians #1
by Jen Swann Downey
Expected release date: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Kids
Genre: Middle Grade - Mystery, Adventure
Format: Hardcover, eBook

SUMMARY

Just a little story about your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting ninja librarians.

Dorrie Barnes had no idea an overdue library book would change her life. 
When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase her pet mongoose into the janitor's closet of their local library, they accidentally fall through a passage into Petrarch's Library - the headquarters of a secret society of ninja librarians who have an important mission: 
protect those whose words have gotten them into trouble. 
Anywhere in the world and at any time in history.

Dorrie would love nothing more than to join the society. 
But when a traitor surfaces, she and her friends are the prime suspects. 
Can they clear their names before the only passage back to the twenty-first century closes forever?


GUEST POST

Why mix Ninjas and Librarians???

Ah yes. Why mix ninjas and librarians? Even as a child, I thought of librarians as fulfilling a sort of sacred magical duty. They were the keepers of the books! The keepers of stories, legends, and great fat tomes full of history's unplumbed secrets. As I got older, I began to also appreciate librarians as important players in the long-term struggle by many to nurture and protect notions about the need for citizens to have access to freely flowing information. They understand well the need to protect books and other writings from those who would suppress or destroy them, and the need to protect the authors of such writings from censorship or punishment.

Once I realized that I wanted my story to revolve around a secret society of librarians, it was terrifically easy to imagine librarians not just as intellectual warriors, but literal ones as well, with only a slightly expanded job description, and only a slightly altered typical day. Hm...something like:  1p.m. - catalogue new arrivals: 2 p.m. - assist a patron to find a book when said patron knows only one word in the title, and the author's middle initial;  2:30 p.m. - excuse one's self from colleagues in order to slip through time in order to help break out an imprisoned "heretical" writer in a different century, an hour before he was scheduled to be burned at the stake. 

The lybrarians of Petrarch's Library are not literally ninjas. They don't wear black hoods (unless that works for a particular mission), and are not members of a feudal Japanese society of mercenaries. They do, however, share with historic ninjas, a high degree of training in secrecy, stealth, and specialized skills useful to attaining their goals. That similarity suggested the strangely elastic modern qualifier of "ninja" for librarian.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jen Swann Downey
Jen Swann Downey's non-fiction pieces have appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, Women's Day, and other publications. 
Her first middle-grade novel, THE NINJA LIBRARIANS, will be published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, April 1, 2014. 

Jen divides her time between libraries and other places, and will never stop looking for lickable wallpaper.




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Excerpt: FINDING MY WAY (The Beaumont Series #4) by Heidi McLaughlin (NA)



The Beaumont Series #4
by Heidi McLaughlin
Expected release date: April 14th, 2014
Published by: Self-published
Genre: New Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback, eBook

SUMMARY

Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.

Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.

Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.



EXCERPT

“Liam?”
I turn at the sound of my grandmother calling my name. She beams at me when I step toward her with an out stretched hand.
“I want to you meet a friend of mine,” she says. “Liam this is Tess and her son Harrison James. Tess is the personal assistant to my casting agent.” We spent a day going over all the jobs in the industry. There are so many that I got lost and like a true grandma, she made a list for me so I wouldn’t forget. “Harrison plays the drums at a club called Metro. They have open mic nights if you’re interested in talking to him about it,” she whispers. I nod, acknowledging what she’s telling me.
I step forward and shake both their hands. “It’s nice to meet you both,” I say.
“You too, Liam, your grandmother has told me so much about you. She’s very happy you’ve decided to stay with her.” I look at my grandma who is smiling from ear to ear.
She pats my arm. “Why don’t you take Harrison out back and show him around?”
“Okay, grandma.” I kiss her on the cheek and signal toward the patio door. Harrison follows, stepping out into the early evening sun. I walk until I’m at the back, where there is a table set up.
“Sorry about my grandmother in there. I think she’s trying to make up for all the years we’ve missed.” I sit down and lean my chair up against the tree.
“It’s okay. I was pretty much forced to come here tonight.” I inspect Harrison. He’s a bit taller than I am and far skinnier. He has a few tattoos on his arms, making wonder if they’re a necessity in the music industry. I quickly look down at my arms, curious as to what they’d look like with inked etched on them. One thing is for certain, my parents would flip and that thought alone makes me want one.
“Because of me?” I ask already knowing the answer but needing the confirmation.
He nods. “Yeah,” he says without making eye contact. “My mom is close to your grandmother so they plotted and here I am.”
“I’m sorry. If you want to leave, I can make up some excuse.” I know what it feels like to be put in awkward situations. My dad has done it to me many times, which only spurred me to withdraw from him more and more.
Harrison shakes his head slightly. “I’m cool.” He looks down at the ground or his feet. It’s not like I want to stare, but I’m trying to figure him out. He runs his hand over his beanie, moving it back and forth before leaving it where it originally was.

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PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE BEAUMONT SERIES


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Heidi McLaughlin
Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.



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