Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#Cover Reveal - Born, Madly by Trisha Wolfe


Born, Madly
Trisha Wolfe
Publication date: January 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Duet: a performance by two.
But who is acting, and who is devolving?
As a buried past is unearthed, Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially freed him. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.
Sequel to:

Author Bio:
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
For more information on Trisha Wolfe and her works, please visit: www.TrishaWolfe.com
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Miracle on Aisle Two by Beth Carter Promo Tour

MIRACLE ON AISLE TWO
by Beth Carter

Visionary Investigator by Yumoyori Wilson Blitz and #Giveaway


Visionary Investigator
Yumoyori Wilson
(Paranormal INC, #1)
Publication date: December 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
What would you do if everything you touched told a story?
Life for Scarlet hasn’t been easy.
Being a 25-year-old criminology student with a tiny Netflix addiction, you’d think life would be simple. Too bad everything she touches induces a series of visions.
As Scarlet attempts to avoid her reputation as the crazy, fainting lady, she’s assigned her final project: examine a crime scene with five righteously hot, attractive men.
When she accidentally bumps into a crystal ball and triggers a vision, Scarlet believes she can kiss her dream of becoming a criminal investigator goodbye.
To Scarlet’s surprise, her troublesome gift is about to be her ticket into an apprenticeship with the top private investigator organization in the country. Unfortunately, she missed the memo about the existence of the paranormal race. What’s more shocking? She might be one of them.
Every person has a past. Every object holds a tale.
Visionary Investigator is a new paranormal reverse harem series.
WARNING: M/M action will appear in this book. If it’s not your cup of tea, please DO NOT READ. Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language.
NOTE: VISIONARY INVESTIGATOR is written in CANADIAN ENGLISH – meaning both American and British English is used.
SNEAK PEEK:
“Well damn. I have a boyfriend, but you know…I’d totally be down to party one day.”
The words flew out of my mouth before I regretted them. I could hear Cece giggling on the other end on my phone.
“I’d totally take you up on that offer, Miss Sinclair. When I’m not working.” He gave me another seductive smile before his eyes returned to the road; the car moved forward as we made our way to the toll highway entrance.
I lifted my phone to my ear, realizing Cece was on the line, still.
“Cece, I’m going to call you back when I get to campus.”
“There’s condoms in the side pocket of your back–”
I hung up the phone, letting it drop on the leather seat as I relaxed.
Yup, my best friend is a bad influence.


Author Bio:
Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can't wait to share them with everyone.



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Forevermore by Cristiane Serruya Blitz and #Giveaway


Forevermore
Cristiane Serruya
(Ever More, #2)
Publication date: December 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
A father desperate to save his little girl. A doctor fighting for a cure. And two broken hearts that can only be healed together.Ava Larsen is too busy finishing her pediatric oncology residency to find love… and she knows what it feels like to have a broken heart. She assures herself that kissing the gorgeous alpha stranger the night before was nothing more than a dangerous yet delicious mistake— one she won’t repeat.
Widower billionaire Aleksander Maximilian is one of the most powerful men alive, but he’s helpless to save his daughter Olivia from cancer. Doctors have assured him it would be best to enjoy her last days at home. To make Olivia’s wish to spend her last Christmas on Lake Tahoe come true, he hires the best home care team in the business.
It turns out the head of the team is the breathtaking woman he shared an unexpected kiss which ignited sparks. But this is the worst time for Aleksander to have finally have passionate feelings for someone, not to mention it’s strictly forbidden to Ava to get involved with her patient’s father.
Tragedy brought them together. A miracle might rip them apart.
An emotional gripping love story of hope, redemption, and never giving up, Forevermore is the second book in USA Today bestselling author Cristiane Serruya’s EVER MORE Series. If you enjoy romances by Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Sylvia Day, and Maya Banks, then you will cherish this heartwarming, steamy contemporary erotic novel.
Sequel to So Much More, FOREVERMORE stands on its own, but reading in order guarantees a more enjoyable time.

4 reasons why I LOVE to write romances!
Guest post by Cristiane Serruya
Hello and thanks for hosting me. I’m so happy to be here with you and your readers today.
Since 2011, I’ve been immersed in the written word—penning romance novels, to be exact. The process of crafting and getting a work through the publishing machine—especially the indie world—can be a lonely and hard path but when my new imaginary friends walk out of my romances, they’re worth all of grueling pain I submit my wrists and fingers to. Here are four reasons why I have been hooked by love stories.
1. The characters
The men! Handsome or scarred, funny or brooding, overbearing or supportive. Dark-haired, blond, paled skin, tanned and everything in between! Now put them together with blondes, brunettes or red-heads; thin or curved or toned; opinionated and bold or delicate and shy! Oh, my! To make it even better, throw in a couple of kids—I love stories with smart kids! Of course, makes it even funnier if we have a few criminals in the story, too. There, I have a bunch of new friends—and enemies—for me to play with for a while.
2. I get to create stories
Imagine those said characters meeting over a business meeting, as in The Complete TRUST Series; or fighting for a cure for a sick child, as in Forevermore, and the sparks flying over a heated argument or a nice gesture.
And then imagine them doing it. Yeah! And some revengeful ex-partner or dark secret, which threatens their relationship. I decide who loves and hates; who lives and dies! I can totally transform a person I know in a good or a horrible character. I can even take my revenge on the ones I don’t like much and create a whole new ending for a situation gone wrong. It’s freeing!
3. The research
Learning is a passion of mine. In order to create believable characters, research is necessary. For example, Tavish Uilleam MacCraig, the lead male character of Love Painted in Red, who appeared on my first release Entwined Fates, TRUST Series #1 and was supposed to be a secondary character, grew so much as a character during TRUST Series that he demanded his story to be told. As it unfolded, and from it I have already Damaged Love, which features Tavish’s best friend, Lord Richard Smith, and after comes the story of Richard’s older brother, Lord Hugh Smith.
All the three of them are veterans of war—I am always in awe of those men and women who sacrifice themselves to make this world safer.
We don’t have a strong military here in Brazil and I wanted them to be believable veteran dealing with PTSD, living with disabilities, having invisible scars, for the readers to feel their pains. So I interviewed many veterans online. It was an enlightening and heartbreaking experience and it helped me make Tavish and Richard come out beautifully—or so I like to think—with their physical and psychological scars and yet full of life strength and vigor.
4. The happily ever after
With all the horrible things happening in the world, unnecessary killings, religious and racial strife, it’s great to be able to escape to a world where my characters have survived bad things and are still able to find a fulfilling and healing relationship with a happy ending—and don’t forget the steamy sex I got to create. But sometimes, I get out of a story emotionally tired; so tired, I need a break.
It was exactly the case of Forevermore, Olivia, Alek, and Ava’s heart-wrenching and heart-warming story that I needed a break before I jump into the skin of Benedict, who is blind, and Natalya, from Evermore. Ah, what did I do during my break? I wrote a light, funny and suspenseful romance. So, pre-order already Royal Love, Last Royals Series #1.
Last, I want to share some good news. Almost all my books are on KindleUnlimited, so visit Cristiane Serruya’s Amazon Page and read them for free!
I love to connect with readers, so feel free to stalk me online: Facebook Author Page, Twitter, Instagram, Instagram. And follow me on BookBub, Amazon, and Goodreads.
Those who want to receive my very, very sporadic emails about new releases and promotions can sign-up here: Cristiane Serruya Website and win a free romance, free cookbooks, and so much more!
Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts here and helping me promote my work.
Love,
Cris, author


Author Bio:
USA TODAY and AMAZON best-selling romance author, Cristiane Serruya lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her six-foot-six husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, her Shetland sheepdog. Cris is a writer, a lawyer, a reader; a woman, a mother, and a wife. Not necessarily in this order. Or in any order…
She has a Master's in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, after twenty-two years of practicing law, Cris decided to give writing a go. And--amazingly--it was just the piece that was missing in the puzzle of her life.
She loves to hear from readers so fell free to stalk her online and visit www.crisserruya.com to win a freebie left there only for you.
Those who want to receive Cris's very sporadic emails about new releases, giveaways, and promotions can sign-up on http://bit.ly/CS-VIPlist

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

23:27 by H.L. Roberts

23:27
by H.L. Roberts

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Cadava Publishing (November 24, 2017)
Publication Date: November 24, 2017
Genre: Drama | Social Issues | Depression
Print Length: 196 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don't tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don't tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn't what you wanted at all.

They don't tell you about the pressure that's always on the verge of crushing you when you're forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don't tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No - they don't tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it's time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result...

"Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me." - Lilith Rose.
  

 
 23:27 by H.L. Roberts

23:27Was she a victim or the instigator of the nightmare and the media hype that led her to that fateful night in room 327? Did she really want to die or did she want her knight in shining armor to save her? The one man who loved her unconditionally, the one man she broke with her lies will pay for her actions, again. This is more than the story of a damaged young woman, it is the story of the pressures of fame, of contracts, of friendships, of losing oneself to the Koolaid one drinks to become a star, all at the cost of self. It is the story of love denied through lies, it is the story of emotional and mental illness that culminated in one final show, one solo broadcast, the final curtain coming down, but it is also a chance for one encore that must come from the gut.

Lilith has decided to end her pain and her life. First she will expose her life as a band member in the public eye, the villains, her enablers and just how messed up and weak she is. I found Lilith’s story nearly as painful as she did, but I didn’t hurt for her as much as I railed at her weaknesses and her inability to communicate with both her bandmates and Alec, the man she loved.
The problem with their love was racial. I know, I know…just saying that turns my stomach. As bandmates they had a fa├žade to uphold, so said their promoters and naively, Lilith signed new contracts, took on a false life and left Alec high and dry, no explanation to anyone, not even the rest of the band.

Alec was left with no choice but to sit back and wither. ( I voted for him to cut bait and run.) She wouldn’t talk to him, wouldn’t be honest until the night she decided to take her life, then she shared everything with the world, her fans. No private moment to honor what they had or should have had. Still, I have to say, he handled it better than I would have, band be damned. Pretty sure they would have rallied behind both of them if they had been given the chance, after all, they, too, had secrets.

Fast forward through Lilith’s treatment and the lies and manipulations she is still victim to. Will she never give Alec a chance to talk? Will Alec never take that chance or will they move forward in a macabre dance of life, victims of their own making? Has even Cupid given up on them? I couldn't blame him...

Definitely a tale to evoke strong emotions from its readers on the volatile topics of mental health and suicide. High on angst and pain with peripheral characters that stay just far enough in the background to keep the focus on Lilith and Alec, their insecurities and their weaknesses, all while we wonder if either of them will ever have the strength to grab life by the horns, world be damned. Pretty sure H.L. Roberts had me twisted in knots throughout this entire tale, I was that involved in 23:27.

I received a complimentary review copy from H.L. Roberts


Land of Strength and Sorrow by Cassandra Fear (Secrets of Orendor, #1)

Land of Strength and Sorrow
by Cassandra Fear

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Secrets of Orendor - Book 1
Publisher: Cadava Publishing (November 28, 2017)
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Genre: Fantasy - YA
Print Length: 250 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
One cure can save them all...

Princess Jovi's sheltered life has taught her nothing about Orendor, the kingdom she will one day rule. Longing for adventure isn't the same as being thrust in the middle of one, which is exactly what happens when the Frost Mages attack the castle in Kingsperch.

Determined to save her kingdom, Jovi must gather an army of brave warriors to defeat the Frost Mages and protect the people she loves. She seeks help from the bravest Mammoth Rider in all of Orendor—her fearless uncle, Meical.


Jovi will endure harrowing trials she never imagined she’d face, but as a daring new enemy emerges from the darkness, Jovi will discover a startling truth about herself that might open the door to a brand new future.

Will she choose the lives of many, or the heart of one?

Land of Strength and Sorrow by Cassandra Fear
(Secrets of Orendor, #1)

Land of Strength and Sorrow (Secrets of Orendor #1)It started with the death of a child, the lone act of one mage, but it would create a nightmare that could only end in a bitter war, unless one young princess can open the door to a new world and a new understanding. But first, she must discover the young woman within and learn what her heart is telling her.

Jovi never thought of herself as a warrior, particularly as her father, the King of Orender, kept her locked up within the castle grounds, guards as her constant shadows. Because of the cruel act of one mage, the Frost Mages had been cursed to suffer as the King and Queen did the day they lost their first-born child. Years later and the mages approach, wishing the curse to be lifted but an angry king will refuse and unleash the horrors of war on the land.

Desperate to end the war and save her kingdom, Jovi will undertake a quest to a forbidden land where she seek out the aid of a band of warriors forbidden in the kingdom. Jovi must convince her estranged uncle to return to the castle and protect not only the land of his birth, but the brother he left behind in anger. Time is running out, and a new and terrifying enemy has emerged, strong enough to destroy both the Frost Mages and the kingdom unless Jovi can unite her own unlikely army and arrive in time. She will also have to trust in her heart to choose the right path, does she choose young love over her kingdom or will the choice be made for her? Sometimes, the decisions we make can crush us, sometimes they will help us spread our wings and give us strength and vision.

LAND OF STRENGTH AND SORROW by Cassandra Fear has the magic of adventure, the edge of razor-sharp pain and animosity and the coming of age for a young woman who will discover what it means to be a true leader with heart. Meet magical creatures, feel their loyalties, love and determination to do the right thing against a deadly evil that has come out of the shadows.

An enchanting tale with a touch of darkness, innocence, and battle scenes that will have your adrenaline pumping, because no one is ever too old for a good fairy tale!

I received a complimentary review copy from Cassandra Fear!

Cover Reveal - A Study In Shifters by Majanka Verstraete, coming from Monster House Books


A Study In Shifters
Majanka Verstraete
(The Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #1)
Publication date: June 26th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart
After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder—and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?
Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.
It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.


Author Bio:
Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.
When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.
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Congratulations to the Winner of Eva Gordon's The Stone of the Tenth Realm #Giveaway


Congratulations to:


Will G

The Lucky Winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card from Eva Gordon!
The Stone of the Tenth Realm
by Eva Gordon

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Realms Trilogy - Book 1
Publication Date: 2nd Edition - April 14, 2015
Publisher: Eva Gordon
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Print Length: 504 pages


 
 Sophie Katz, a Jewish chemistry student, harrowingly escapes a Nazi concentration camp. By way of Prague and with the help of a golem and a magic stone, she is transported into the Tenth Realm, a magical dimension that parallels the world she left behind.

Logan MacLeod, a Scottish warrior, hunted for a crime he did not mean to commit, flees to the Bestiary, a forest so dangerous no man dares enter. Drawn by the haunting sound of his bagpipes, Sophie and Logan meet.

Even as love ensues, the dark evil of the Third Reich threatens the Tenth Realm, led by Gustaf Hissler, Adolph Hitler’s doppelganger.

Together they must join the forces against Hissler in the Tenth Realm and help stop Hitler from world domination in Sophie’s realm. Will they be able to stop the Third Reich before its evil conquers all of the realms?



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Excerpt: The Stone of the Tenth Realm, Part I Angel of Death
By Eva Gordon

This time, instead of wearing his fine suit and trimmed beard, her grandfather looked just like the other prisoners: dirty, old and in poor health.
Zayde, what happened?”
“This is my true appearance. What you saw before was an illusion of how you remembered me. You look like a princess.” He sighed. “Although quite a thin one.”
Sophie stared at her fresh clothes. “And is what I’m wearing an illusion? Will it be only temporary?”
“No, Katerina found everything here in the sorting station. Her spirit was in physical form during the time it took to find everything.”
“I don’t know why, but I believe you. I mean, how could I not after all that has happened? I physically touched Katerina. How can that not be real? And Ruth, she said all along that I would soon be visited by an angel.” Her voice trembled. “Zayde, are you…”
“Sha, sha, I’m no angel. Now take the box with the two gemstones and this parchment to awaken Yossel.”
“Why don’t you come with me? If you can conjure a spell for me to leave Terezin, why can’t you do one for yourself?”
He raised a brow, perhaps in offence. “First of all, this is not a spell, and second, I’m destined to soon join the world to come. My only purpose now is to see that you are safely taken from this pit.”
“I see.” She lowered her chin to her chest.
He hugged her and held her tight. “Now, always remember an old man’s dying wish to see his granddaughter live. Once I know you are safe, I can die in peace.”
“But…” she said, sniffing back more tears.
He let go of her and wiped her tears with a rag. “Come with me. A man with a horse and wagon is waiting for you.”
They walked up the stairs and stepped out into the crisp cold night. An unusual thick layer of fog made it hard to see the buildings.
She huddled into her new high quality wool coat, grateful for its warmth. “Besides placing the parchment in Yossel’s mouth, is there anything else I must do?”
He whispered. “Once the golem is activated, you must remain safe in the Altneushul for a while. Yossel will go out and get food and drink. He has the power of invisibility. If you are discovered, then you must allow Yossel to use a mystic stone to cast you into another realm.”
Sophie followed him into an alleyway, stopped, and handed him the box. “Which realm?”
He opened the box. “You must choose between the Ninth and the Tenth.”
“But which stone is which, and how will I know which one is best?”
“The Ninth Realm is represented by this grey gemstone. Your parents and perhaps you would enjoy this realm.” He displayed the shiny silver stone in his trembling fingers. “It is the world of rationality, but at the cost of no spirituality.”
“Really, how so?”
“The Ninth Realm parallels our world, only they followed the path of pure science and rational thought. There was never a Hitler, nor camps. In this world, there are no religions, no spiritualism, no Judaism, for all Jews long ago became part of this ultra secular society,” he scoffed with distain. “In the ninth realm, people are on the verge of traveling to the stars. They will eventually become a society bred for logical thought. As time passes, there will be a loss of human emotions. As a scientist, you might find this realm appealing, but eventually you will realize it leaves you cold and without a soul. It is the ultimate materialistic world. There will be no hate and no love.”
“No hatred of Jews?” Perhaps in this realm, she could work on chemistry, a better world.
“Perhaps, you would rather consider the Tenth Realm. I know less about it, except that your great great-grandfather Saul once escaped to this realm and was never heard from again. Then again, some thought he drowned in the river while on a business trip. Who knows? He was one of the best scholars of the Kabbalistic texts the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar.”
“Does their world accept Jews?”
He shrugged. “No one really knows. It’s a world completely of magic. It never developed industry. In the Tenth Realm, you would have no need for science or industrialization. Instead of being a chemist, you would be an alchemist creating gold out of simple stone.” He handed her back the two stones and the box.
Sophie placed the grey stone back and then ran her thumb across the black stone’s smooth surface. “Tell me about the black stone.”
“Its energy emanates from the world of magic. It is obsidian and used for astral travel.”
Sophie quickly placed the black stone back in the box. “I think I would do much better in the rational world and not the magical one.”
“Well, you have time to think about it. If Yossel sends you off, you must command him to remove the parchment from his mouth. This will put him to sleep, and he will turn into a lifeless pile of mud. Last time I saw him, I left the aleph on his head so that he may be called on when needed.”
Ghosts, magical stones, and the golem? She drew in a breath and released it. The scientist in her clouded her mind with doubts. There had to be a logical explanation for his and her delusions. The wine might have caused her to imagine Katerina. Or maybe it was an act to get her to safety? Perhaps her grandfather had bribed someone to take her to the safety of the Altneushul, which the Germans had mysteriously not touched.
He gently hurried her along by pulling on her sleeve. “We must leave now for it is past midnight and there is no moon.”
“Just search lights and dogs,” she said sarcastically.
They walked to the outskirts of the hospital. The guards and dogs patrolled as usual; however, they calmly walked past them as he had instructed her. None of the guards noticed. It seemed she and her grandfather were invisible. The usually vicious dogs sensed them and looked up. Instead of snarling, they simply wagged their tails as any pet dog would.
“This way,” signaled her grandfather.
Sophie followed him out into a small pasture behind the ghetto hospital. The distant murmur of the German guards talking amongst themselves broke the silence.
When she turned back to look, she stood beyond the gates. Her eyes widened. But the gate remained closed.
Her grandfather waved at a peasant waiting for Sophie with his horse and wagon.
“Please, Zayde, come with me.”
“I can’t. You must hurry now.”
“But it will take at least three days to get to Prague. I’ll get caught,” she said, still doubting.
“No, he will deliver you to Prague long before sunrise. Just listen to the sound of the violinist Dalibor. He will guide you to the secret opening of the Altneushul Synagogue.”
Sophie remembered the story of the ghost violinist of Prague and shivered.
The man on the wagon stepped down and signaled with a tilt of his head to come. She boarded the back of the wagon and teary-eyed glanced back at her zayde.
“Now go, and choose wisely, Sophia Marjeta.”
“I shall,” she promised.
Her grandfather walked away and disappeared into the shadows.
Sophie took one last look at her prison. In the thick fog of the cold evening, she could no longer make out the camp. The rhythmic movement of the wagon and her full stomach soon lulled her into a deep sleep.

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