Fulfilment by Anne Stormont

The Blurb

The path of true love rarely runs smoothly…

When former Edinburgh police detective Jack Baxter met local author and crofter Rachel Campbell on the Scottish island of Skye, they fell in love. It was a second chance at happiness for both of them.

They both had emotional baggage. Jack helped Rachel cope with unimaginable grief after the death in combat of her soldier son, and Rachel was there for Jack after a criminal with a grudge almost ended his life. There were many bumps along the road but they believed they’d worked through and settled their differences.

However, Jack is struggling. Still suffering from post-traumatic stress, haunted by his past, and taunted by the demons of self-doubt, he feels Rachel deserves better.

Meanwhile, Rachel is busy preparing for the launch of her latest book – a book in honour of her son and aimed at promoting peace. So at first, she fails to notice just how troubled Jack is.

Can Jack overcome his demons?

Can Rachel convince Jack he deserves to be loved?

Can they finally resolve their differences and fulfil their dreams together?

Fulfilment is the third and final part in Rachel & Jack: The Skye series.

It follows on from Displacement (book 1) and Settlement (book 2).

If you like mature, emotional and thought-provoking contemporary romance in a dramatic setting, then this is a book for you.

The Author

Anne Stormont was born in Scotland and although she has travelled all over the world – including a teaching exchange to South Africa, four trips to Australia and several visits to the Middle East – it’s where she still lives.

She began making up stories as a child in order to entertain her four wee sisters. But as an adult, being busy with motherhood and working as a teacher, it took a long time and a mortality wake-up call for her to get that first book written.

She’s a compulsive crossworder, yoga practitioner, avid reader, keen walker and enthusiastic gardener. She can be a bit of a subversive old bat, but she tries to maintain a kind heart. She also loves tea, penguins and being with her grandchildren.

Fulfilment is the third of the 3 books in the Rachel & Jack: Skye Series. Anne’s books are all set in Scotland and are contemporary romances where the main characters may be slightly older but are not necessarily wiser.

You can find out more about Anne and her books at her website anne-stormont.com

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The Review

I have loved this series. With all its ups and downs, twists and turns it has stayed realistic and readable.

It’s a great story and brings to an end the story of Jack and Rachel. Both are lovely, interesting characters who you want to know more about.

There’s times you’re going to want to shake one (or both!) of them, others you’re cheering them on and the characters have grown and evolved as the series has gone on. I have loved the series since book one. Unlike other series, it didn’t tail off and feel forced as some do. It felt natural the whole way through. I have thoroughly enjoyed this and will say this. Go and treat yourself to the three books and then just ignore the world and read them.

Thanks to @LoveBooksGroup and @writeanne Anne Stormont for the review copy of this book.


The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick


Now we have equality. Now we’ve outgrown our biology. With FullLife’s baby pouch, women are liberated and men can share the joy of childbearing. Holly’s whole family knows the benefits, but Eva doesn’t believe society has changed for the better and Piotr has uncovered a secret behind FullLife’s glossy facade. What separates them may just bring them together, as they search for the truth about FullLife and each face a truth of their own.


I was sent a review copy of this book from the author and it’s a book that I knew was slightly out of my comfort zone, but had a feeling I’d enjoy.

I was not disappointed.

Helen Sedgwick backs up what could have been in other hands a simple black and white scientific discussion. Until you involve people who have real issues, feelings and emotions. The characters all have their reasons for believing their standpoint at the beginning. At the end some views are changed and others are softened or just more open to seeing what is going wrong around them.

It brings to mind echoes of Brave New World and serves as a warning to not only look before we dive into “better” futures but keep checking on what our world turns into and give open choices. Sometimes what appears dead and outdated is, though frequently it’s a stark reminder that although new things work not all older ideas should be thrown away.

Excellent read Helen Sedgwick

I make no apology for starting the blog with a book from a few years ago. I am always finding books new to me, and also read new release books. This book is one of those that sticks with me, haunting me with it’s possible ways for the world to go in the race for a more evolved future and like every future move has drawbacks and advantages. The more we hear from scientists and breakthroughs I’m brought back to this book and the insight of Helen and other scientists who look beyond the obvious.E6B21040-CE97-4F86-835B-8241A5A0B2A2

If you haven’t yet read this book buy it as soon as you can. If you have, feel free to let me know your thoughts. I’m sure I don’t need to ask, but whatever your opinion now or in the future by all means be honest, but always be kind. 🙂

Helen can be found on Twitter at @HelenSedgwick



You Need Me by Sharon Bairden

The Blurb

‘Your secret didn’t die with me.’
The mysterious note tucked inside the pages of a recently returned book leaves librarian, Morag McLaughlin, chilled to the bone. She knows it was meant for her.
Someone out there knows her darkest secrets and they could destroy everything. Torn apart from her own family, she will stop at nothing to create a perfect new one.
Why are they all so ungrateful? She’s only looking after them… Isn’t she?

The Author

By day Sharon Bairden is the Services Manager in a small, local independent advocacy service and has a passion for human rights; by night she has a passion for all things criminal. She blogs over at Chapterinmylife and is delighted to be crossing over to the other side of the fence to become a writer.

Sharon lives on the outskirts of Glasgow, has two grown up children, a grandson, a Golden Labrador and a cat. She spends most of her spare time doing all things bookish, from reading to attending as many book festivals and launches as she can. She has been known to step out of her comfort zone on the odd occasion and has walked over burning coals and broken glass – but not at the same time!

Buy links

Limited Edition Hardback—numbered, with signed and dedicated bookplate.


Standard formats (eBook, Paperback, Hardback)


Publication date: October 12th 2021

The Review

This is a deep, dark look into the minds of people. Broken people who try to break other broken people under the guise of fixing them. So chilling that you feel the characters ooze from the pages, expecting a tap on the shoulder and hoping you don’t get one!

It starts off slowly and builds and building, ramping up the tension until you’re sitting there with your heart in your mouth needing the end to come. Yet, not wanting it too, because of the exploration of people, their problems and their basic humanity or lack of it.

I loved the character of Jess and Ronnie. I felt Ronnie was a great exploration of mental health issues without trivialising them.

Morag I’m sure is as Sharon Bairden wanted her to be. Unlikeable, even when her story is revealed.

This is Sharon’s second book and her writing is immensely seasoned and she’s going to go far. If you haven’t read her first book, get it from Red Dog now! She’s a talented woman to watch out for in the writing world.

With thanks to Red Dog Press and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Cold as Hell by Lilja Sigurdardóttir

The Blurb

Estranged sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries, and are not on speaking terms. When their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to look for her. But she soon realizes that her sister isn’t avoiding her … she has disappeared, without a trace.
As she confronts Ísafold’s abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend Björn, and begins to probe her sister’s reclusive neighbours – who have their own reasons for staying out of sight – Áróra is drawn into an ever-darker web of intrigue and manipulation.
Baffled by the conflicting details of her sister’s life, and blinded by the shiveringly bright midnight sun of the Icelandic summer, Áróra enlists the help of police officer Daníel, to help her track her sister’s movements, and tail Björn. But she isn’t the only one watching…

The Author

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in the town of Akranes
in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, her English de-
but shortlisting for the CWA International Dagger and hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap soon followed suit, with the third in the trilogy Cage winning the Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year, and was a Guardian Book of the Year. Lilja’s standalone Betrayal, was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja is also an award-winning screenwriter in her native Iceland. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

The Review

Over the last year I’ve fallen deeply in love with the Nordic Noir crime scene. They are all brutally honest and haul you in in a completely different way to any other crime genre. The sheer deepness, darkness and totally up front way of storytelling is addictive and wonderful!

This latest from Iceland’s royalty of the writing world is no different. I loved this story of sisters and their lives changing and how they got to where they are is so interesting and exciting.

This series is a perfect setting for a new protagonist to begin. The characters are all hiding things of their own and only want to give so much of the truth away. I thought I was 100% sure of the killer at the start and then thought I’d maybe made a mistake about who it was nearer the end. Then BANG! The truth in full came out and wow.

I love the simmering possibility between Áróra and her not-uncle uncle. This is once again a triumph for Lilja Sigurdardottir and with the translation skills of Quentin Bates it’s a truly gripping and remarkable piece of writing.

With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

You Brand by Julia Goodman

The Blurb

A manual for Confidence will help you develop your unique voice and you self-belief as a communicator, by uniting head, heart and body. Rooted in the psychology and techniques of the professional theatre, the You Brand method will teach you the craft of ‘performing yourself’ – wherever you are.

The Author

Julia Goodman set up Personal Presentation Ltd in 1989 after a European tour playing Lady Macbeth. She had the idea while lying in the bath , contemplating how to keep her head above water in a major recession as a divorced single mother of two children. She was surviving – when not working – on £90 a week social security. Within three years PPL had become a world leader in communication coaching.

Amazon – https://lnkd.in/emsM994

The Review

This is a down to earth, honest no-nonsense book that I’d been planning on buying since seeing the launch. Why? It made sense. It ticked boxes. It didn’t seem pie in the sky nonsense. What it did do was resonate deeply.

I started to evaluate the lessons therein this wonderful little book. If I’m honest, I’m not finished with it, yet. It’s not a book I feel I can skip through quickly and learn properly.

If you feel that other people have defined you, by accident or design, then you really need to get this book. It’s self help, yes. But not in the usual sickly sweet trite format, with no giving back from the author. It feels like a two way road. And one well worth traveling. I bought this book just before the tour was announced, and offered to review it for Lovebooksgroup and for the author.

I can’t recommend it highly enough and I’m really enjoying working through it. Everything the Author says makes sense and it is a book I will treasure. Maybe will come back to over time. It most definitely will be a book I work through gradually.

The Impossible Truths of Love by Hannah Beckerman

The Blurb

From bestselling author Hannah Beckerman comes a moving story about memory, secrets, and what it really means to feel that you’re one of the family.

When Nell’s father makes a deathbed declaration that hints at a long-held secret, it reignites feelings of isolation that have plagued her for years. Her suspicions about the family’s past only deepen when her mother, Annie, who is losing her memories to dementia, starts making cryptic comments of her own.

Thirty-five years earlier, Annie’s life was upended by a series of traumas―one shock after another that she buried deep in her heart. The decisions she made at the time were motivated by love, but she knew even then that nobody could ever understand―let alone forgive―what she did.

As the two women’s stories unravel, a generation apart, Nell finally discovers the devastating truth about her mother’s past, and her own.

In this beautifully observed and emotionally powerful story of identity, memory and the nature of family, Hannah Beckerman asks: To what lengths would you go to protect the ones you love?

The Author

Hannah Beckerman studied English at King’s College, London and for a Master’s degree at Queen Mary and Westfield. She spent twelve years working in television, first as a Producer for the BBC where she was responsible for The Big Read, which won the prize for Innovation In The Book Industry at the British Book Awards, and subsequently as a Commissioning Editor for Arts and Documentaries at Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel USA. 

She then spent two years working for the BBC in Bangladesh, devising and running a Friday night TV show which became the most viewed factual television programme in the country’s history. 

She is now a full-time author and journalist, writing features for the FT Weekend Magazine and book reviews for The Observer and The Sunday Express. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

The Review

This novel is heartbreaking and life affirming all in one.

I devoured this book as it was mysterious and got me hooked from the start. It felt like things you hear, where mistakes are made, people feel different and wonder what if? I felt it answered most questions but I was left wondering what happened after. It definitely leaves room for a follow up.

The characters were all really well developed and they all had their reasons for being the way they were. It showed family relationships in a very honest light. Even families without this particular scenario in the background. I don’t often cry reading a book, but this book did dig so deep into the psyche of people and their actions/reactions to certain situations, how we remember things or don’t that I not only found it an emotional read, but I did cry.

If you enjoy stories about family, secrets and basically just relationships between people, you will love this book. An utterly beautiful read.

Thanks for the advanced reading copy of this book to the author, publisher and Rhiannon at FmCm.

Always the Dead by Stephen J Golds

The Blurb

Scott Kelly is a World War Two Marine veteran and mob hitman confined to a Tuberculosis sanatorium suffering from consumption, flashbacks and nightmares from his experiences of The Battle of Okinawa and a botched hit for Bugsy Siegel. 
When his movie actress girlfriend disappears, he bribes his way out of the sanatorium to search for her. 
What follows is a frantic search, a manic murder spree, stolen contraband, and a briefcase full of cash. 
A story that stretches from the war torn beaches of Okinawa, all the way to the playground of the rich and famous, Palm Springs, California. 
An exploration into the depths of L.A crime, PTSD and twisted love. 
A semi-fictional novel based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler.

Publication Day: 01 October 2021

The Author

Stephen J. Golds was born in North London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life.
He writes primarily in the noir and dirty realism genres and is the poetry editor of Close to the Bone Press. Some of his writing influences are Charles Bukowski, John Fante, James M. Cain, Tobias Wolff and Jim Thompson.

He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling the world, boxing and listening to old Soul LPs. His novels are Say Goodbye When I’m Gone, I’ll Pray When I’m Dying (Red Dog Press) Always the Dead, Poems for Ghosts in Empty Tenement Windows and the story and poetry collection Love Like Bleeding Out With an Empty Gun in Your Hand.

Will Carver, author of incredible books such as Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trap, said today: “Stephen J. Golds is the best writer you’re not reading right now. Rectify that.” And he’s right.

Perhaps because he doesn’t fit with the mainstream, perhaps because he shows us the truly darker side of humanity, warts and all, in painful poetic prose — who knows, but I am desperate to get this author recognised as the immense talent he really is.

The Review

I was asked by the author to read his upcoming novel, and I’m glad he did.

Before I dive in, I’ll say you need a strong stomach to read this tale of severe PTSD, obsessive love and crime. Not normally strong, very strong.

That said I was absorbed into the world of Scott Kelly from the first page. He is a man who will consume you, upset you, and shock you. Everything that happens is a car crash of a human, who gets deeper and deeper into mental illness and violence. Scott is a severely damaged man, yet Stephen Golds goes deep into the psyche of a man dying and determined to find out…. what happened to Jean?

The book is so dark and violent that if you don’t want to read the darkest noir, full of raw emotions and honesty, you will walk away.

If you’re a lover of the deepest, darkest noir and can basically read anything you will start this book and not move until you are finished.

It’s deep, dark, dangerous and delicious to read. It asks the question time and again Where did Jean Spangler go? Who was the mysterious Kirk. Lots of questions from a time when PC wasn’t heard of, and another girl just disappeared into the night.

Thank you Stephen J Golds I loved this. You are a unique talent. If you’re not majorly big very soon, due to your new approach to writing, I don’t know why not! Bloody brilliant, triumph of a novel.

Thanks for the advanced reading copy of this book to Red Dog Books and Stephen Golds. I never can resist a book by this author.

** Cover Reveal ** The Beaten Track by Louise Mangos

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Are you ready? I’ll share the Blurb first. Don’t forget there’s a special limited edition version too so take a look and get your orders in quickly, when they’re gone, they’re gone!!

The Blurb:

She thinks she is safe now that she’s home from her travels… but her nightmare has only just begun.

After her stalker takes his life and she’s jilted by a holiday lover, Sandrine comes home from her round-the-world backpacking trip perturbed, penniless and pregnant. She meets handsome, rich Scott who offers her love, security and all she and her new baby could ever wish for. 

But their dream is about to turn into a nightmare…



Publication Date: 12 April 2022

Isn’t that a great cover??
The Author

About the author:Louise Mangos grew up in the UK but has spent more than half her life in Switzerland.

 Her debut psychological thriller Strangers on a Bridge was a finalist in the Exeter Novel Prize and long listed for the Bath Novel Award. Her second novel Her Husband’s Secrets(previously titled The Art of Deception) was published in June 2019.

 She lives on an Alp with her Kiwi husband and two sons, and when she’s not writing you can find her on the cross-country ski trails or wild swimming in the lake, depending on the season.

 She also writes short stories and flash fiction which have won prizes and been published in various anthologies. She has recently completed her MA in crime writing at UEA.

Find her on twitter @LouiseMangos

Pre-order link :https://bit.ly/beatentrackspecial— Limited Special Edition Hardback – Signed, Dedicated and Numbered by the author on bespoke Bookplates. Only 50 available. When they’re gone, they’re gone.
Other link:https://bit.ly/thebeatentrack — eBook, Paperback and Standard Edition Hardback

The Case of the Missing Firefly by Chris McDonald

The Blurb

The notoriously hard-drinking, backstabbing Stonebridge Radio crew are having their Hallowe’en party on Winkle Island, rumoured to be the most haunted place in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, Adam and Colin are there too, having accepted an easy payday from Colin’s event organising mother.

At dinner, a shocking announcement is followed by an even more shocking murder, and the theft of a priceless Firefly necklace. To top it all, thanks to a raging storm, everyone is trapped on the island.

Faced with devious radio presenters, a strange tour guide, and a rampaging murderer, Adam and Colin are back in business.The Case of the Missing Firefly is the fourth in the Stonebridge Mysteries series of cosy crime novellas.


Stonebridge is a small town on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Most of its inhabitants are friendly, happy people. Most of them…Because bad things happen even in the happiest of places. It’s a good thing, then, that Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin call Stonebridge home. Armed with an encyclopedicknowledge of detective shows, a misplaced sense of confidence and a keen desire to see justice done, these two are the closest thing the town has to saviours. Which isn’t that reassuring…

The Author

Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime. A Wash of Black is his first attempt at writing a book. He came up with the initial idea whilst feeding his baby in the middle of the night, which may not be the best thing to admit, considering the content. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs.

Buy Links:

Available in paperback, hardback or eBook direct from Red Dog Press: https://bit.ly/missingfirefly

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-case-of-the-missing-firefly


The Review

Yet another cracking book that charts the lives of accidental heroes Adam and Colin. These are always very easy to read. Not just because they’re short, cosy crime stories, but they’re cleverly plotted and interesting.

Think Agatha Christie set in a modern day and you have the Stonebridge series. Yes, there’s more than one. No you don’t have to read them all. But seriously, you really should! The covers are an absolute treat. Another throwback to the old Christie-esque style books of yesteryear.

These books are in no way a rip off of other stories, don’t be mistaken. They are fantastic purely in their own right. Chris McDonald is a very talented writer and he shines in every book. Whether it’s police procedural or cosy crime there’s always humanity, humanity and completely brilliant plots.

The Shadowing by Rhiannon Ward

The Blurb

Nottinghamshire’s infamous Southwell workhouse.

When well-to-do Hester learns of her sister Mercy’s death at a Nottinghamshire workhouse, she travels to Southwell to find out how her sister ended up at such a place.

Haunted by her sister’s ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth, when the official story reported by the workhouse master proves to be untrue. Mercy was pregnant – both her and the baby are said to be dead of cholera, but the workhouse hasn’t had an outbreak for years.

Hester discovers a strange trend in the workhouse of children going missing. One woman tells her about the Pale Lady, a ghostly figure that steals babies in the night. Is this lady a myth or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse?

As Hester investigates, she uncovers a conspiracy, one that someone is determined to keep a secret, no matter the cost…

The Author

Rhiannon Ward is the pseudonym for Sarah Ward, the bestselling and critically acclaimed crime author. Sarah has a masters degree in Religious History and has long been fascinated by the long tradition of spiritualism in England and is a member of the Institute of Psychical Research. Sarah is also a crime reviewer and book blogger at Crime Pieces.

The Review

What a fantastic read! I was immersed in the world of Hester and her family from the beginning, reading this book in one sitting because I needed to know how it turned out.

The book is engaging and twisty and full of suspense. Heater’s ‘shadowings’ are wonderfully written. This is a book full of sensitivity, grit, grief and the main character goes from a girl to a woman in the blink of an eye. Believably so.

I loved Hesters determination to find out the truth, even when she puts herself at risk of being harmed.

An enormously well written book that will be perfect for those who enjoy gritty historical fiction and characters who are believable. I cheered the characters on the whole way and loved every single second of this story. A perfect read for Halloween.

With thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers, the publisher and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

Resilience by Bogdan Hrib

The Blurb

Stelian Munteanu has had enough of fixing other people’s problems: all he wants to do is make the long-distance relationship with his wife Sofia work. But when a notorious Romanian businessman asks him to investigate the death of his daughter in the north of England, he reluctantly gets involved once more.

This time it turns into a tangled web of shady business dealings and international politics. Moving rapidly between London, Newcastle, Bucharest and Iasi, Resilience shows just how easy and dangerous it is to fall prey to fake news and social media manipulation.

The Author

Bogdan Hrib was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1966. 

Former journalist, civil engineer by training and now professor at a Bucharest university, Hrib is the co-founder of Tritonic Books (1993). He has been instrumental in bringing foreign crime writers to a Romanian audience, but also introducing Romanian crime writers to the English-speaking world.
He was the vice-president of the Romanian Crime Writers Club (2010-2012), and the director/organizer of the International Mystery & Thriller Festival in Râșnov (2011-2015), as well as the PR coordinator of the History Film Festival also in Râșnov.

He is the author of the crime fiction series featuring Stelian Munteanu, a book-editor with a sideline doing international police work. Kill the General (2011), the fourth book in the Munteanu series was Hrib’s first novel translated into English, won the Special Award of the Bucharest Writers Association (2012). The Greek Connection is Hrib’s second novel to be translated into English.
The novel Resilience, the sixth of the series, was published in May 2020, by Tritonic.

The Translator

Marina Sofia was born in Romania but has lived in the UK for half of her life. She was a reviewer for Crime Fiction Lover for more than seven years and has also worked for Asymptote Literary Journal. Her previous translation for Corylus Books was Sword by Bogdan Teodorescu. She is on Twitter and https://twitter.com/MarinaSofia8 and blogs at https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/

The Review

I really enjoyed this story of political intrigue, the obsession that we all have with social media and the ‘image’ we feed to people who are watching and the story of what actually happened to a young woman on a visit to Newcastle. It shows how well the public are manipulated by the media into believing and doing whatever it wants. An extremely astute look at the world we live in today, and hardly even a footstep away from it!

From the beginning I wondered if we were being led astray, as there are so many characters that could be doing something other than what they seem.

The characters are likeable and believable and you are carried along with the plot woven around them quite easily, and I also found there was a thread of humour running through the book which made it so readable.

Anyone who is a fan of spy thriller, political thriller and general mystery stories will definitely find something in this book. As will anyone who likes looking at relationships between people. A thoroughly enjoyable read from Bogdan Hrib. My first, I hope from this author and from a Romanian author.

With thanks to the publisher and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.

**Cover Reveal ** Always The Dead by Stephen J Golds

The Blurb

Los Angeles, California. 1949. 

Scott Kelly is a World War Two Marine veteran and mob hitman confined to a Tuberculosis sanatorium suffering from consumption, flashbacks and nightmares from his experiences in The Battle of Okinawa and a botched hit for Bugsy Siegel.

When his movie actress girlfriend disappears, he bribes his way out of the sanatorium to search for her.

What follows is a frantic search, a manic murder spree, stolen contraband, and a briefcase full of cash.

A story that stretches from the war torn beaches of Okinawa, all the way to the playground of the rich and famous, Palm Springs, California.

An exploration into the depths of L.A crime, PTSD and twisted love, this is a semi-fictional novel based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler.

Buy links

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