Monday, December 22, 2014

A.Z.Green's BEAST OF BURDEN Tour & Giveaway


(Book Two in The Hidden Blood Series)

By A.Z. Green

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Pages: 320 pages

Pack Leaders who were allies at the time of the Vikings, had rings made to remind them of who they were and what they stood for. Weremen of peace, justice and loyalty. We try to stand by that principle.

After the attempt on Nik's life, he and Jaz leave Deer Creek to escape the dangers and judgements on both their heads. But many are determined to find them and drag them back.

Curs are creeping out of the woodwork and making themselves known by the increase of deaths, kidnappings and rapes but it seems the Head Council are looking the other way.

Jaz and Nik put their differences aside to begin her training in self-defence and controlling her ability to Change. Jaz allows herself to trust him again despite their rocky start, and in doing so, she soon understands the true reasons behind his past actions.

Things aren't what they seem.

Packs are stirring, enemies are coming out to play, humans will be caught in the crossfire, hybrid Weres must fight for their survival and sides must be picked.

Which side are you on?

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(Book One in The Hidden Blood Series)


Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Pages: 390

The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once.
Stop, she ordered. What are you doing?!
So hungryyyyy, snarled a primal voice deep within her.
Don’t you dare! she screamed back.
But the primal hunger ignored her pleas and took over her body, forcing her rational voice deep within the crevices of her mind.

What would you do if you discovered you weren't human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will?

What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?

If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn't, make you say and act in ways you wouldn't and overwhelm your whole existence?

If everything you'd ever known about your life was a lie?

In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.

When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal-side she's willing to let in.

And if it is worth the risk…

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A.Z.Green was born in 1989 and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She met the love of her life aged 16 and moved to London, finally settling down near Brighton.

She has written various novels and short stories in her lifetime but has only recently decided to publish. She writes a wide range of genres such as Dark Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Horror and Paranormal. Her books tend to fit better into the New Adult genre as they usually have a more mature theme.

Beasthood is her first published novel.

Besides writing she also loves designing blogs, websites, covers for others' books as well as her own and various graphics. She has four blogs/websites and counting. Pinterest and Tumblr keep her busy, as does reading, drawing, painting and watching films. That's if she gets time to do any of these things with a three-year-old jumping around.

When asked in an interview, 'What books have inspired you to write?' she replied, 'I write books I wish existed, not because I'm inspired by a book that already exists.'

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Fusion Paranormal Urban Fantasy

Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Date Published: December 16, 2014

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FUSION: Nine outstanding fantasy stories merged together to create a bestselling reaction.

An anthology designed for readers of fantasy . . . Paranormal, urban/contemporary fantasy, science fiction and dystopian fused together in one epic fantasy bundle. Make your way through fire and ice, love, lust and hate as NINE International Bestselling Authors come together to spin their tales of magic and destruction. This is a truly unique bundle that successfully blends all aspects of the Fantasy genre.

"ELEMENTALLY PRICELESS" an EXCLUSIVE Novella by SHANNON MAYER (International Bestselling Author)

Urban Fantasy, Heat Rating: 2

"My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker."

A missing child, a deadly prophecy, and a world of unusual supernaturals slam together in this EXCLUSIVE novella from Shannon Mayer. Meet Rylee, a Tracker of missing children, and Lark, an Earth Elemental as they tackle a case neither could crack on their own dodging the world of the supernatural and FBI alike. Separate, they are deadly, strong, and determined. Together, they are unstoppable. Or so they think.

"ETHEREAL (Celestra Series, Book 1)" by ADDISON MOORE (NY Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author)

YA Paranormal Romance, Heat Rating: 2

The Celestra Series has been optioned for film by 20th CENTURY FOX

Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking. With her life in upheaval, she finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds and has knowledge she desires. If only he would share. Skyla’s bloodlines to angelic beings may not be able to save her from those who want her dead, but Skyla is nowhere near done living --- and she’s not going down without a fight.

"HERE (On the Otherside Series, Book 1)" by DENISE GROVER SWANK (NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)

YA Science Fiction, Heat Rating: 2

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend in a car accident. But guilt can’t explain howshe can suddenly draw, has false memories of the accident and how a bracelet engraved with her name ended at the scene. Suddenly, Evan Whittaker is interested in her and her life. Why he was missing for two days and returns wearing a pendant she’s been drawing for months leads the two on a journey to find out how Monica is still alive and just where Even is really from.

"INESCAPABLE (The Premonition Series, Book 1)" by AMY BARTOL (International Bestselling Author)

YA Paranormal Romance, Heat Rating: 2

I’m Evie and this was to be the making of me-my first year of college. I’d hoped that once I’d arrived at Crestwood, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t. At 17, I may be inexperienced, but I’m sane. When Reed is near, however, nothing makes any sense. He’s not what he seems to be…and neither am I. I’m afraid that the nightmare my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

"THE CURE” by STEPHANIE ERICKSON (Bestselling Author)

YA Dystopian, Heat Rating: 1

“One life will make the difference.”  Macey Holsinger has heard that phrase her whole life, in the name of fighting a disease that has claimed so many lives.  How much will she be willing to sacrifice in the name of the cure? 

"UPRISING (A Collide Novel, Book 2)" by SHELLY CRANE (NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)

YA Science Fiction, Heat Rating: 2

Sherry and Merrick come face to face with old friends and new enemies in this sequel to Collide. When a little girl is found, things change for everyone and loyalties will be tested. New romances, drama and rivalries may upset the delicate balance they established while transformations on both sides of good and evil will arise as the series continues.

"ARCADIA’S GIFT (Arcadia Series, Book 1)" by JESI LEA RYAN (Bestselling Author)

 YA Paranormal, Heat Rating: 2

When teenager Arcadia Day wakes in a hospital after what can only be described as a psychic episode, she finds her family in tatters. As her home life crumbles and her emotional control slips away, she begins to suspect that her first psychic experience was just the beginning.

"BIRTH (Allie’s War, Early Years)” by J.C. Andrijeski (Bestselling Author)

Contemporary Fantasy, Heat Rating: 4

High in mountain caves, surrounded by kind-hearted monks, the shadow of the Rooks hangs over Revik’s head, a constant reminder of the dark warrior he used to be. When strange, militant Seers appear, asking for his help, his first impulse is to say no...until he learns it is Kali who needs saving… the one person he cannot refuse.

"WICKEDEST WITCH” by EVE LANGLAIS (New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)

Paranormal Romance, Heat Rating: 4

Evangeline is not a very nice witch, and she’s not afraid to show it. She lands a job where she is forced to work with a rude, cocky and totally unsuitable shifter. Despite it all, she can’t help craving his touch. When Ryker is partnered with the witch, he does everything he can to fight her allure. And fails. Vampires, a wedding from hell, and a cackling boss make this an action packed and humorous romance to remember.

About the Authors

Shannon Mayer

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.
She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances.  Please visit her website at  for more information on her novels.

Addison Moore

Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading. Addison’sCelestra Series has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.

Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots.

She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)

Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

You can find out more about Denise at or email her at

Amy Bartol

Amy A. Bartol is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Premonition Series, which includes: Inescapable, Intuition, Indebted,Incendiary and Iniquity. She has also written the Kricket Series, which includes: Under Different Stars, Sea of Stars, and Darken the Stars. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. Visit her at her website:

Stephanie Erickson

Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English Literature. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition.
After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie's passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it's her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.  Unseen, released in November, is her first book since she started writing full time.

Stephanie has three projects planned for 2015. Her next release is well underway and is slated for a March, 2015 publication date, with the sequel to Unseen—Unforgiven—slated for release in July.

Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on Florida's Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are head over heels in love with their baby girl.

Shelly Crane

Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south.

She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

Jesi Lea Ryan

Jesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and two exceptionally naughty kitties.

JC Andrijeski

JC Andrijeski writes urban fantasy, dystopian and paranormal romance. Current works include the gritty, epic, urban fantasy series, Allie’s War, which follows Allie Taylor and her antihero partner, Revik, in their attempts to save the world from a dark, psychic force bent on controlling Earth. She also has a new adult dystopian series, Alien Apocalypse about Jet Tetsuo, survivor and slave under alien conquerors, and the Gate Shifter series, about a shape-shifting alien and a tough-girl PI.

She also writes crime fiction, children’s and some literary under different names, although her first love will always be of the supernatural, especially when it involves kick-ass superpowers and people fighting for the light and against their own inner demons.
JC currently lives and writes full time in Bangkok, Thailand, although she tends to get itchy feet on a fairly regular basis, so can’t quite commit to that as a final resting place...

Eve Langlais

Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who pens steamy romance--usually with shapeshifters, cyborgs or aliens lol.I love to write, and while I don't always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous, and most of all romantic because I love a happily ever after.I look forward to seeing you again, whether online or between the pages of a book.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Keepers of the Dawn by Herb J. Smith II (The Dawn Cycle, #1)

Keepers of the Dawn
by Herb J. Smith II

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Dawn Cycle - Book 1
Publication Date: September 18, 2014
Publisher: Bright Realms Publishing
Genre: New Adult Epic Fantasy
Print Length: 668 pages
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For two thousand years the Teeth have stood, three immense barriers of divine light rising high into the heavens, encircling the world, dividing it from Paradise. Like others of the Penitent world, Dreen and his telepathically impaired son, Bartu, cling to a dream. A dream that one day a savior will arrive to fell the imprisoning Teeth. Unlike others, however, their dream rests on more than mere faith. It rests on the promise of an artifact that came to their family centuries ago. A holy relic that is key to a future savior’s success.

To keep the relic safe, Dreen and Bartu must keep it secret. A task not easily accomplished in this world of telepaths. Making the task even more difficult is an obscure prophecy that foretells of the sacred artifact. A prophecy that Rue-A-Kai, the Destroyer, knows well. With the strength of a hundred wizards, the reincarnated savior of the Vile hordes imperils not only the Penitent kingdoms he now threatens to overrun, but also the promised arrival of a true future savior. Were the demonic Rue-A-Kai to acquire the holy relic, his perverse interpretation of prophecy would transform the relic from a device of deliverance to one of damnation, ensuring that the Teeth never fell, that the world never saw Paradise.

Yet the relic remains safely hidden, as it has for centuries. And there is no reason to believe it will not continue to remain so for centuries to come. No reason at all, that is, until the accident. . . .

Keepers of the DawnMy Review
Keepers of the Dawn by Herb J. Smith II

In a two thousand year battle between good and evil, the Penitent world holds fast to their faith in a paradise beyond “The Teeth” that separate their world from eternal salvation. A prophecy tells of an evil and demonic Destroyer, the reincarnated savior of the Vile Hordes who will come armed with dark magic to decimate the Penitent believers. The prophecy also says a savior will rise to defeat evil and tear down the Teeth, opening Paradise to true Penitents. The key to the outcome of the final battle will be in an ancient relic hidden by one family for generations.
Dreen has secretly kept the relic hidden in a world where telepathic powers are the norm. His son, Bartu, will carry this trust when his father no longer lives, but Bartu is a telepathic deaf-mute. He cannot hear, nor be heard by others, leaving him vulnerable to attack and ridicule. He looks different, he is feared and considered some type of bad omen, but will his weakness become his strength when the world is on the brink of damnation?

Will the fate of the world rest on the young shoulders of a man scorned for not fitting in? Does a true hero’s heart beat in Bartu’s chest? Follow his often pain-filled journey as he attempts to keep the world safe from evil. When the biggest deceivers are thought to be his greatest allies and the world begins to fall into the hands of evil, who will Bartu trust? Who will help him? Is he the savior everyone has been waiting for, or is he only the keeper of the relic?

Herb J. Smith has penned the first part of what is sure to become an epic fantasy with Keepers of the Dawn. A journey to be embarked upon with the knowledge there is much to learn, a new world to explore and a huge cast of relevant characters and scenes, this is not a read to expect to breeze through. Mr. Smith takes his time with great detail in developing the atmosphere, the feel of having left the world we know for his and for bringing his characters to life. There are no wasted words as this world comes to life and each scene plays out, from battles to tragic loss, to travels to faraway places with different races, powers and emotional expressions. Bartu will be a stranger, one not to be trusted and alone, attempting to prepare the world for what is to come. Can he rally those he touches to heed the call to arms? Will the savior be found in time for battle or will divine assistance come too late for the Penitents?

Do you like leaving this world for the fantasy of magic, wizards, betrayals and war? Can you let go of what you believe and embrace another way of life, in another world? If so, let your imagination take you into the world that Herb. J. Smith has created and stand shoulder to shoulder with a young man who was taught to do the right thing, no matter what.
I was lost in this tale, and I became a believer that I was there, the prophecy could be a nightmare or a joy and the future was precariously balanced on the shoulders of one young man who never quite fit in. When an author can transport you out of your reality and into his, he has done a remarkable job.

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You've Been Gone
by Mary Jennifer Payne

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN-10: 1459728181
ISBN-13: 978-1459728189
Age Range: 12 - 15 years
Paperback: 224 pages
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Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country.
Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them.
Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life."

Since You've Been GoneMy Review
Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Can you imagine running and hiding in fear from a person you should always be able to run to for love and protection? Edie and her mother have finally had to cross an ocean to step one step ahead of the monster that is stalking them. Will live in London open new doors for Edie and finally give her a chance to become a true part of a school community or will the experience turn into just another nightmare she doesn’t deserve in her young life?

Her new school is anything but warm and welcoming when she becomes the object of bullying and scorn. Even the weather seems to be against her. When her mother leaves to start her night job, little did Edie know it would be the last time she saw her. Desperate to find her mother, alone in a strange country, broke and friendless, Edie concocts a plan that involves getting her hands on the funds she needs to conduct her search and is receives the help of the most unlikely of sources. Afraid of calling the police, because they would contact her abusive father, she and Jermaine, the school delinquent form a bond that goes beyond two outcasts helping each other. With his street smarts and her determination, the hunt is on to find her mother, but the heartbreaking discovery she makes becomes secondary to her own survival.

Mary Jennifer Payne has given us a dark and heartbreaking story, part adventure, part horror and part discovery. Since You’ve Been Gone is well-written, edgy and seen through the eyes of a teen, completely terrifying at times. Her characters are strong, misunderstood, young and not ready to trust authority, due to past experiences and fear of the unknown. I’m not sure there are many people of any age that are equipped to handle what Edie handled in spite of or because of her fears. Still, she feels alive, her emotions are raw and her bravery is amazing. Ms. Payne has presented a tale that will take you to another place and time, wanting to help in the search as well as the hiding, followed by clearing the name of a misunderstood and mislabeled young man. She has managed to pull every instinct and emotion out of me as she tells her story in bold and confident strokes! Is it all completely feasible to my mind? This is where that leap into good fiction snags you and holds on tight!

We've Always Got New York by Jill Knapp (What Happens to Men, #2)

We've Always Got New York
by Jill Knapp

My rating: 4 stars

Series: What Happens to Men? - Book 2
Publication Date: November 20, 2014
Publisher: HarperImpulse
ISBN-13: 9780007594689
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 182 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


The second book in Jill Knapp’s fabulous series about dating in New York picks up after Amalia Hastings returns to Manhattan from her trip to Brazil – and finds that life has indeed gone on without her.
Fresh off the plane, Amalia’s feeling anxious and unresolved; left alone to pick up the pieces and deal with the repercussions of choosing her own path over Michael.
Without an apartment, without a job, and starting to wonder if she’s even without a best friend, she finds herself holding on tightly to the one thing she is familiar with, New York City.
Sometimes you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be…

We've Always Got New YorkMy Review
We've Always Got New York by Jill Knapp

 Amalia has faced some hard revelations, takes a break from her new found life in New York, and in a huge leap summers in Brazil, while gathering up her courage and fortitude to face the next step in her life. Did she really think her friends would put their lives on hold while she was gone? Did she expect to come back after three months away and just fall back into the world she ran from? Big surprise, life went on, people changed, but none more dramatically than her best friend, who now gives her the cold shoulder. Homeless and feeling like the square peg trying to fit into a round hole, Amalia’s life needs to be set on a new course.

Olivia, on the other hand finds the return to school and her relationship with her boyfriend to be complete, satisfying and she has found that comfort zone in life where she is content and well, happy! Together these two young women tell their stories of life in NYC, the daily highs and lows, the surprises, the disappointments and the confusion they face as they make their way through the maze that is life.

What author Jill Knapp has accomplished with We’ve Always Got New York is to tell the tales of a group of young people, learning to be independent, facing the uncertainties of life and trying to cope with the ins and outs of love, attraction and day to day living when there are so many uncertainties to face. The emotions overflow as each young woman tells her story through her own POV. Character driven, we’ re taken on a journey through a slice of life, seeing people as individuals and being able to discover what makes each tick. There are moments of high tension, doubt and fear of the unknown, the action is in the day to day trials of normal people living normal lives. I found I needed to understand the way these characters ticked, but I did NOT have to necessarily agree. For that reason, this came to life for me, kind of like reading someone's daily journal.

Melissa Foster's Seaside Sunsets Tour & Giveaway

Seaside Sunsets 
by Melissa Foster

BOOK 3 in the Seaside Summers Series
Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.
For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.
From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

About Melissa Foster
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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Tourwide Giveaway
3 ecopies of Book 2 in the series Seaside Hearts.   
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Ends December 19, 2014