Wednesday Words – Week 11

Picking up where we left off and stepping right into it!!

Some unusual words for this weeks Wednesday Words.    Here we go…

 

AGASTOPIA (n.)

[agg-uh-stow-pee-ah]

  • love of one part of the body

origin:

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IMPIGNORATE (v.)

[im.pig.no.rate]

  • pledge, pawn, mortgage

origin: late Latin or Medieval Latin

separater

KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA (n.)

[kak.or.rhaph.io.pho.bia]

  • abnormal fear of failure

origin:

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NUDIUSTERTIAN (adj.)

[noo-dee-uhs-TUR-shuhn]

  • of or relating top the day before yesterday

origin:  Latin: 1647

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OXTER (n.)

[/ˈɒkstə/]

  • a person’s armpit

origin: Scottish, Irish, Northern English

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TITTYNOPE (n.)

[   ]

  • a small amount of something left over

origin:

 

I’m still laughing……

 

as always, Happy Reading       Burgundy Namaste

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REVIEW: FLAME IN THE MIST – Renee Ahdieh

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5

This post is short and does not in anyway show how absolutely good this book was.  If you had read “The Wrath and the Dawn” series you would have loved Renee’s writing style and how she created her world.  In that series we were shown the Arabic culture, in what I thought was a wonderful retelling and twist to the story of Aladdin. In this one, we are treated to the Japanese culture and its intricacies, but as always with Renee – somebody has to fall in love with the forbidden or the one we did not expect.

The storyline is perfect and pulls you in from the first page.  We learn that women, when forced between a rock and hard place always thrives and become stronger than they intended or even know they could be.  The protagonist in this one is no different and we are treated to the best of her strength, as she grows and even as she tries to trick people into believing she is something she is not.

I truly enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait to get my hands on Book Two.  I must admit the names were very similar to me and confused me a bit, but once I got into the flow and cemented which name belonged to whom, I was able to flow through quickly and easily.

What will happen next?  Will she be able to chose who her heart belongs to?  Who will have/get the power? Whose side will the brother chose?  Now that the wife has done the deed, and the consort knows, who will triumph? Both mothers want their son to lead but which one will, when they have another contender in the mix?

All of these I cannot wait to get the answers to in Book Two.  If Renee is following suite I know I can expect only two really good books, that give a clean, clear story line and a HEA.

Here’s to Renee and a really good read.

 

as always, Happy Reading        Burgundy Namaste

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Affirmation Tuesday – Week 14

About a year and some months ago (with some motivation from a coworker), I decided to begin something I’ve always wanted to try.  Yoga.  It was something I had always wanted to try and because of my zeal and its amazing properties, it has become a major part of my life.

In my readings of yoga and strengthening my practice, I have come across “The Eight Limbs of Yoga”, that cemented for me the importance of practicing.  No worries, I won’t go too deep, but I must highlight because of their significance.  They are seen as:

  1. Yama (universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Yama also breaks down as follows:

Ahimsa: nonviolence

Satya: truthfulness

Asteya: nonstealing

Brahmacharya: continence

Aparigraha: noncovetousness

 

  1. Niyama – self-discipline and spiritual observances. The five niyamas are:

Sancha: cleanliness

Samtosa: contentment

Tapas: heat; spiritual austerities

Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self

Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God

 

  1. Asana – the postures practiced in yoga

 

  1. Pranayama – generally translated as breath control. Consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process, while recognizing the connection between the breath, mind and the emotions.

 

  1. Pratyahara – means withdrawal or sensory transcendence

 

  1. Dharana – concentration

 

  1. Dhyana – meditation or contemplation, is the uninterrupted flow of concentration.

 

  1. Samadhi – a state of ecstacy

 

My favorite limbs are the yamas, niyamas and asanas, particularly because they focus on refining our personalities.  Ahima (a part of yamas) in particular speaks to me.  This is hard but with practice becomes a common thing. Ahima means non-violence; not only physical violence, but also to violence of words or thoughts.  What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any physical attempt to harm.

With all of that being said, self-love is a must and is extremely important.  According to Dr. Carmen Hara, “maintaining a healthy sense of self-love is crucial to your overall well-being.  The more you accept, understand and appreciate yourself, the more you thrive under any circumstances.”

The following are self-love affirmations from Dr. Hara to uplift your spirit and strengthen your love of self:

  1. Today, I am met with unexpected joys and welcome opportunities.  Today is the beginning of a brand new cycle of positivity.
  2. Love is my birthright. I am a manifestation of this love.  I am loving and loved by many.
  3. I am overflowing with joy, vitality and energy – I am unstoppable!
  4. I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
  5. I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen because I know that everything is towards my highest good.

AND, just because we need all the self-love we can get…

  1. I DEEPLY love & approve of myself.  I am a perfect reflection of my beautiful soul.  I love me!

– adventuresinmanifesting.org

  1. My happiness does not depend on other people. And it is not up to me to make others happy.

– carrieleighsandoval.com

  1. Take care how you speak to yourself because you are listening.                                               – Anonymous

5. When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.                     – Steve Maraboi

6.  I forgive myself and set myself free.                                                                                          – Louise Hay

 

I hope that these affirmations are ones that you can relate to and utilize to build yourself up –  after all there is only one YOU and YOU have to live with YOU for a life time.

 

as always, Happy Reading         Burgundy Namaste

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I’ve missed you…

Like I do with almost everything else in life, I tend to often times step back from things, assess and then step forward to progress and grow.

I did that here and I must admit …I missed you.

In my absence I have read a lot; and because it has been a lot, I will not bore you with how I felt about each book I read but rather, I will just list the books and also my current reads….

READ:

Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

Ride Me Dirty  – Vanessa Vale

The Billionaire’s Voice – J.S.Scott

The RoomMate  – Kendall Ryan

And I Darken – Kiersten White

Hot Shot Brother – Sabrina Hunt

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Black Rainbow – J.J. McAvoy

Virtuous – M.c.Force

Until November – Aurora Rose Reynolds

 

CURRENTLY READING

Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

Playing with Others – Lee Harrington & Mollena Williams

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

 

See you when I complete one of these……

 

as always, Happy Reading

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REVIEW: HOLDING YOU SERIES BY JEWEL E. ANN

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5SPOILERS INCLUDED!!!!

(REVIEWS FOR BOTH HOLDING YOU AND RELEASING ME)

This one I have to do as a single post, because for me it was just one story that the author split in two (to frustrate me into thinking the second part was not yet written and then upon finding the second part – doing the dance; I am ecstatic that I did…wouldn’t want to get too angry at the author).

The passion, the love, the intimacy, the intercourse, the relationship, the friendship… Where do I end?

Holding You series by Jewel E. Ann was quiet a surprise.  I started it because of the cover –  no other reason. I had it for some time on my kindle but kept over-looking it.  But on Friday when I was looking for something new to “catch my eye”, this jumped out…and I am glad I started it.

It was beautifully written and the characters were extremely realistic and close to home. The plot was awesome. It was obvious that the author put all her emotions in this one; I had to wonder at one point if I was actually reading her story.  She had me on the edge of my seat and in tears.

Addy was a beautiful, lovable character to read and interact with.  You couldn’t not love her and take her side in every argument.  Her strength was unbelievable and it could only take a woman like her to be with Quinn.    She was wayyyyyyyy too brilliant –  photographic memory, 5 languages, PhD. , billionaire, yogi, vegan, compassionate – and try as I might, I couldn’t find an instant where I expected her to know better, or felt she needed a reprimand.  Maybe because I understood how depression can cripple you even if you are brilliant. You don’t always find all of these characteristics in a woman; so it was refreshing to see this change.

One thing I appreciated about this was a woman being in the wrong and suffering and have to fight to get the man back.  Most novels like this usually have the men as the “bad” guy and suffering to get back the woman, and refusing to leave her front door and just sticking around and fighting.

Quinn was sooooo yummy.  Author descriptions are the best and once an author describes someone as good as she did Quinn, you could only love him.  He did let me down one or two times but that’s the thing with love and growing into it.

I couldn’t help it….I had to highlight my favorite bits.  Here are the bits that spoke to me.  Many of them were from the heart and some even made me shed a tear.

FROM BOOK ONE – HOLDING YOU

“Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.” – Woody Allen

“He searched my eyes, but he was looking through them into someplace in me that was deeper.  It made me nervous, and scared.  The unwelcome vulnerability shook me to the core.”

“Cradling my jaw in his hands, he grazed his lips and nose across my cheek from my ear to my lips.  He pulled back and rested his forehead on mine as he breathed out.   “My God, you’re so beautiful.””

I closed my eyes and felt his thumb brush my bottom lip.   My sigh came out as a needy whimper.  Then, gliding his mouth back to my ear, he sucked my ear lobe into his mouth and grazed it with his tgeeth. Releasing it he whispered, “Goodnight, Addy.”

“I can’t…I can’t look at you.”   My voice was shaky, my body rigid, and tears were threatening my eyes.  We were silent for what felt like an eternity.  “Then don’t.  Just close your eyes.  Don’t think, just feel…with your body, not your heart.  Just close your eyes, just for tonight, just for this moment, and just… feel.”

“What do you want me to say?  That everything about you drives me crazy.  Your smart mouth, sassy attitude, your mesmerizing blue eyes that make me feel like I’m lost in the ocean, your insanely sexy body, your passion for helping others, or that being with you makes me question everything I thought I wanted in life?”

“Fate controls who walks into your life, but you decide who you let walk out, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.” – Unknown

“Sin ti no puedo respirar. Te necesito enmi vida.”  (Without you I cannot breathe.  I need you in my life.)

“Tu eres mi luz en oscuridad. Tu eres la mujer mas bella que he visto.”  (You are my light in the dark.  You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen).

“Te amo”.  I love you.

“I’m going to be with you for however long I’m going to be with you, regardless of whether or not we’re married.  I don’t want to belong to you, I want to belong with you.  I don’t need a paper certificate that makes it hard to leave; I need a love that makes it easy to stay.”

FROM BOOK TWO – RELEASING ME

“It’s fine, Quinn.  I know how it feels to have everything in your life falling apart around you.  I know how it feels to desperately need someone to take the blame … take the pain”….”I never found that person and so I just lived with the pain.  But I … I love you.”…”So I’ll take it from you.  I’ll take the blame.  I’ll take your pain.”

“She was broken when I met her, and I should have been her rock of support, but instead I was the rock that continued to crush her over and over again.  I tried to let her go.  She deserved someone better than me.   But I needed her too much.  She was giving and nurturing.  Above all, she loved me … she truly, no-holds-barred, one hundred percent loved me.”

This last set was short.  I think because half the time I was in tears.

Sooo, sooo many quotes the yummy was just out and about.

Would I recommend this book to another reader??? Already did ..

If you are looking for hot sex, a little heartache but a good overall ending …this is definately the book for you.  You will enjoy every bit of it!!!.

 

as always, Happy Reading

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REVIEW: A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas

Hey Lovies,

 

 

It has been a minute.  All kinds of things happening but I am back for a little bit….

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5

 

Now, I do not know where to begin…..This book was pure awesomeness.  I enjoyed every. single. breathtaking. bit of this awesomeness in words.   Sarah throughly outdid herself.

The same awesome characters.  The same amazing relationships,  the creation of new ones and the strength (the amazing strength) of family, friendships and bonds (mates and otherwise).

OMG!!!!! Rhysand!!!!!! Every woman who has read this series… I am sure, absolutely positive, wants a piece of Rhysand.  How do authors get it so right??   A man with such strength, the most powerful of all the High Lords and still he has so much passion that brings you to your knees.  Just awesome!!!!  Feyre’s strength and commitment to her family and many others also made her strength of character and strength of self beyond awesome.

Lets roll back a bit to the first book.   I remember when I started to read the first book, I was disappointed to say the least.  I remember saying to my friends when I was sharing the book, that I really did not want the protagonist to end up with who she was with, because at the time I thought Tamlin did not fit her.  This made the book very tedious and it only really got better, for me, when Rhysand came into the picture.    Because of this I was hesitant to read the second book.  Feyre after all was going to be with Tamlin which in my mind was wrong.

Skip to book two when all the juiciness began.  Rhysand and Feyre both grew and became awesome (cant say much as it will totally spoil everything).

Skip to book three and everything is good and everyone is happy, and Rhysand is still the juiciest and studliest mate, male EVER!!!.

I throughly enjoyed this series and Maas really kept us on our toes and gave us a wonderful story.

A lot of conclusion and beginnings happened in this story and in the end we were left happy, but knew that somewhere in there Sarah would give us a fourth book.  If even to only close up the small number of loose ends and questions that we were all left with.

I have recommended this series way too many times already and I intend to continue.  It was beautiful writing and the character development was well thought out and described.

LOVED THIS !!!  I cannot wait to read more from Sarah J. Maas

I had quite a number of favorite quotes from this book but many are not clean enough to be placed here.

Oh how I loved this one!!!!  Now what do I read????

 

as always, Happy Reading

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Review: The Breathless Series by Maya Banks

For the first time, I am reviewing three books in one.

It was a much better idea than reviewing them separately; not only because they are three different stories (and I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order), they are fully interconnected, and after reading the story of one friend, you automatically want to know how the other one found their soul mate.

I enjoyed all three (one more than two), but I did enjoy them all.

Rush

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Main characters:  Gabe and Mia, Jace, Ash

Beautiful characters and extremely handsome men. smiley-face  Who could ask for more??

Gabe’s story was really lovely. The strength it must have taken to love someone from a distance until they grew up (or at least got to an age where age wasn’t significant),must have been a bit difficult. But I am glad he waited and showed her how he felt when he did.

Loved the build up and the relationship that developed between Gabe and Mia.  Though I knew what was coming next it was good to see the outcome anyway.

Fever

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Main Characters:  Jace and Bethany, Ash, Gabe and Mia

The first part for me was unrealistic and it was hard for me to believe a rich man would go out of his way to assist someone he didn’t know. It wasn’t bad but a tad unrealistic for me.  I think I compared Mia with Bethany and found Bethany to be a bit weak. Especially because of her background.  Kinda expected more from her. But then, maybe it had to be that way because of Jace’s supreme need to control.

Burn

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Main characters:  Ash and Josie, Gabe and Mia, and Jace and Bethany

Ash’s story was also quite good. Exerting his dominance and getting what he wanted. Ash would be classified as the bad boy of the group, but I preferred him to Jace. I loved that Josie was strong and knew what she wanted, and because she was already a submissive there was no easing her into the lifestyle, so it really just flowed.

 

Overall all three books were good . I will be recommending them to others as well. As a series I would give an overall rating of 4.5 stars.

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I am not sure what my next read will be. I am having a serious readers block. If I should chose though,it would be one of the following:

 

Best Laid Plans

 

reasonable doubt

bad romeo

wicked

I have already started Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantome and it should be awesome.  Anything from her usually is….all the others look rather interesting as well.  We will see where they take us.

Lets see if i can read everything that’s on this list.

as always, Happy Reading

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Wednesday Words – Week 10

For this week’s Wednesday Words, we won’t be very fancy but we will have some exciting words….and we are stepping right into it.

CONCUPISCIBLE (adj. ) 

[kon-kyoo-pi-suh-buh I]

  • Worthy of being desired

Origin: 1490 – 1500; Middle French

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FRABJOUS (adj.) 

[/ˈfrabdʒəs/] [frab-juh s]

  • wonderful, elegant, superb or delicious

Origin: 1872; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass. 

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TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA (adj.)  

[tris-kahy-dek-uh-foh-bee-uh]

  • Extreme superstition about the number thirteen

Origin: 1910 – 15; Greek

separater

GORGONIZE (v.) 

[gawr-guh-nahyz]

  • To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone.

Origin: 1600 – 1610

separater

POCRESCOPHOBIA (n.)  

[]

  • Fear of gaining weight

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APODYOPSIS (n.)  

[]

  • The act of mentally undressing someone

separater

ACCISMUS (n.) 

[]

  • Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it.

separater

RASASVADA (n. )  

[]

  • The taste of bliss in the absence of all thoughts.

separater

BAKKUSHAN (n.) 

[]

  • A woman who appears to be attractive only when being viewed from behind.

 

…and guess what?  You got extra!!!!

I’m sure some of these words encouraged you to create a sentence or two…

 

as always, Happy Reading

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Affirmation Tuesday – Week 13

Hey everybody,

We have jumped ahead and forgotten two weeks.  Circumstances way outside of my control.

The last time we looked at affirmations we looked at Affirmations for Growth.  This week we will be focusing on Affirmations for Self Improvement.

Steve Handel lists 75 affirmations for self improvement and from his article, dated May 4th, 2011, we will be selecting 15 affirmations that spoke the most clearly to self improvement (at least to me).


Everyday, in every way, I am getting better and better.

Every failure can be a learning experience.

Live in the present moment.

I have many strengths.

My anxiety is motivation to change or improve.

I don’t worry about the things I can’t control.

My past is a big learning experience.

I’m a proactive problem-solver.

JUST DO IT.

No risk, no reward.

I know when to relax and not take life so seriously.

I exude purpose and joy.

All is well, right here, right now.

I am my own best friend.

Today, I open my mind to the endless opportunities surrounding me.

I hope these will help to add some growth to your self improvement journey.

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Source

http://www.theemotionmachine.com/75-affirmations-for-personal-development/

NEW RELEASES – WEEK OF ARPIL 16TH

April 17

the hot spot

TITLE:  THE HOT SHOT
AUTHOR: KRISTEN CALLIHAN
PART OF SERIES:  YES
SERIES/STANDALONE:  GAME ON #4

 

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TITLE:  THE PLAYER
AUTHOR: K. BROMBERG
PART OF SERIES:  YES
SERIES/STANDALONE:  THE PLAYER DUET (VOL. 1)

 

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TITLE:  A CHARMED LITTLE LIE
AUTHOR: SHARLA LOVELACE
PART OF SERIES:  YES
SERIES/STANDALONE:  CHARMED IN TEXAS

 

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TITLE:  DAMNABLE GRACE
AUTHOR: TILLIE COLE
PART OF SERIES:  YES
SERIES/STANDALONE:  HADES HANGMEN #5

 

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TITLE:  THE HOUSE MATE
AUTHOR: KENDALL RYAN
PART OF SERIES:  YES
SERIES/STANDALONE:  ROOMMATES #3

 

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TITLE: GRENDEL’S GUIDE TO LOVE & WAR
AUTHOR: A. E. KAPLAN
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  BANG
AUTHOR: BARRY LYGA
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  WHAT’S BECOME OF HER
AUTHOR: DEB CALETTI
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  MIXED UP
AUTHOR: EMMA HART
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  CHANGES IN LATITUDES
AUTHOR: JEN MALONE
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  FIREWORKS
AUTHOR: KATIE COTUGNO
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  WALK OF SHAME
AUTHOR: LAUREN LAYNE
PART OF SERIES:  YES
SERIES/STANDALONE:  LOVE UNEXPECTEDLY

 

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TITLE:  GONE WITHOUT A TRACE
AUTHOR: MARY TORJUSSEN
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  BENEATH THE SHINE
AUTHOR: SARAH FINE
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  BEYOND THE RIVER
AUTHOR: SARAH MAINE 
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  DISTRACTION
AUTHOR: EMILY SNOW 
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

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TITLE:  REVELRY
AUTHOR: KANDI STEINER 
PART OF SERIES:  NO
SERIES/STANDALONE:  STANDALONE

 

as always, Happy Reading

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