Dec 18, 2014

{Release Day: Promo Trailers + Giveaway} Enforce by Rachel Van Dyken



There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
Even closer...

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com



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Dec 17, 2014

{Promo Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway} Enforce By Rachel Van Dyken



There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
Even closer...
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EXCERPT NIXON:

I held out my hand to help her up.
She eyed it like it was the plague.
I couldn’t blame her.
Reluctantly, she took it, and I used the opportunity to pull her into my arms and carry her down the hall.
She gasped, and then the fight left her as she leaned her wet head against my chest.
And suddenly everything clicked into place.
It felt so right, having her in my arms, protecting her. I was half-tempted to growl “mine,” as professors watched us walk down the hall. I’d deal with them later, what the hell? A girl gets bullied that bad, and they’d just watched, sipping their coffee like it had been a normal occurrence. Assholes.
Trace’s hand pressed against my chest.
My breath hitched. I fought to keep the moan in. Touch from girls had always been something I loathed because it always seemed like there was a selfish reason behind it. They wanted to be screwed, they wanted to say they’d been with me, or they wanted my money. It was never what was behind the mask of Nixon Abandonato, but what I could offer them.
Touch had been made worse when I was little.
My father used to beat me within an inch of my life, making me shy away from any sort of human contact. Could you blame me for not wanting to show weakness? It just seemed better to hate touch — to hate pity, to hate everything — than show that it was actually a huge chink in my armor. The longer her hand stayed there, the warmer I felt, as if the heat from her palm was cracking through the ice, reaching into my chest and massaging my heart back to life.
Thump, thump, thump. It picked up speed, like it had been starved for years and was finally getting fed.


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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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Dec 16, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of The Best Kind of Love by Kerri Carpenter


The Best Kind of Love by Kerri Carpenter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Chick Lit
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

After twelve years away, organized consultant, Penelope Walker, doesn’t expect to return to Blue Lake, Virginia. But when her parents unexpectedly die, she returns to her hometown and finds out that general contractor and former love of her life, Ethan Callahan, is back too. Their relationship transcended the typical high school romance and his mere presence is enough to have all those feelings of passion return full force. Only she can’t forget that Ethan didn’t show up for their secret elopement and left her brokenhearted.

It doesn’t take long for Ethan to realize he wants Penelope back, but he knows she won’t let go of the past that easily. When she finds out what her parents asked him to do all those years ago, she’ll never let him back into her life. Even though he did all of it for her.

Penelope’s determined to unravel the mystery of their shared pasts, while Ethan wants nothing more than to move on to their future. If these two former lovers can learn to forgive and forget, will they be able to remember that they had the best kind of love?

REVIEW:

I knew before I started this book that it was going to be an emotional roller coaster and I I hoped that it was going to be HEA. I’m a huge sucker for second chances and this couple seriously needed saving emotionally.

The Best Kind of Love follows Penelope Walker who has come back to her hometown after her life takes a turn for the worse. But she’s struck will facing her past and broken heart, when the lover of her life is now her new neighbor. Ethan and Pen had planned to marry 12 years ago but Ethan broke her heart and the pain hasn’t gone away. Now Ethan and Pen are faced with dealing with what might still be love but Pen will have to forgive and understand the reason behind Ethan’s decisions.

Pen is a tough cookie, she’s a bit stern and serious, with everything that happened to her and the loss of her job she is a bit broken. Ethan coming back into the picture doesn’t really help. The tension and sparks that are in every scene they have together is fantastic. It was hard to see them struggling when I can see how good they are together. Neither moved on in their lives and Pen still doesn’t know what happened all those years ago. I was so rooting for these two to figure things out and the back and forth was seriously frustrating me too no end. But I knew these two had to come to a resolve or at least find some happiness.

Ethan was a hard guy to be mad at, I totally felt for Pen and how hard it would be to be have your heart so badly broken. But Ethan has a secret and has made some pretty tough decisions. In the end I adored him, loved his determination and protectiveness.

Overall this was such a great story and its only Carpenters second book, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her next story. What I enjoyed most beside the wonderful character development was the family side of things; Pen has three sisters who were introduced, each having an interesting story to them. I’m hoping that we get to come back and see where their lives are heading. Another piece that hooked me was the pace, the story hit all the elements of heartbreak, angst, sadness, humor, secrets, and love to bring together two people who were truly destined to be together.


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Kerri Carpenter Bio:

Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times.

Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn’t get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.

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{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Unleashed - The Complete Collection by M. Keep


Unleashed - The Complete Collection by M. Keep
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Romance, Mature, Erotica
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

Kanika has just barely entered adulthood when her world is thrown upside down. Her school is magically cut off from the rest of society, and she’s risking expulsion.
She entangles herself in an immoral and erotic sexual awakening with the half-demon administrator in exchange for her continued education, but her life will never be the same.
Devastated by the fact that she callously threw away her virginity to a powerful man she’s just met, she’s easily seduced by her charismatic and tender linguistics professor, Cyril Thackeray.
When she learns that she can’t judge a person by their appearance, and is left uncertain as to whom is lying to her, she spirals deeper into depravity and promiscuity, embarking upon a dangerous exploration of her new sexual desires.
A paranormal fantasy novel for new adults, Unleashed is a powerful and unflinching novel that will leave your morality in tatters.

REVIEW:

Oh man I don’t even know where to start; I’m still trying to wrap my head around the twisted, magical and steamy story. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew this wasn’t going to be nice but a lot whole lot of naughty.

Overall this was a quick read, I’m glad the authors decided to combine all three short stories into one, as it would of left me with so many more questions. Be prepared for some steamy scenes, there is a ton of hot and heavy and a two men that had me questioning their intensions.

I liked Kanika’s innocents, but her shyness and sometime bad decision-making had me a little frustrated at points. But I could tell how desperate she was to continue her education, even if it meant giving away a piece of herself. As for the men in her life, Cyril and Sager were intriguing men who seriously needed to be bopped on the head a couple of times. However Sager totally one me over, even though he was so different, I loved Kanika and his chemistry. Cyril was someone many people will love to hate and be shocked by.

In the end I really wanted something to go right got Kanika, with black mail, betrayal and sexual awareness involved I was curious on how it would end for her. The ending is a bit of a shocker and I feel like I needed more, or at least the authors wanted it that way.



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J.E. & M. Keep love to combine fantasy, scifi, horror, romance and mystery into exciting and titillating novels.

They are long term, loving partners in a very happy relationship and because of this, they love to torture their characters. Dark romance touches all of their stories in one way or another, from elicit trysts to forbidden love.

Some of their work contains dubious consent and erotic pain, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Their stories are often called twisted and arousing -- at the same time.

All work is 18+, trigger warnings available on the second page of every book. If you want to hear about new releases, sign up for the newsletter!

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Dec 15, 2014

{Review} of Because You're Mine by K. Langston

Because You're Mine by K. Langston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:

Madison Waters knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She was already working for one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston as a research assistant, and in a few short months, she would finally graduate from Harvard and collect her law degree. Everything Madison had worked so hard for, was well within her reach.

But when Madison has to take an unexpected trip back home, she's blindsided by the one thing she'd never planned on.

Desperate to escape his wicked past, Holden Brooks moved to Madison's hometown five years ago. It was a struggle at first, but he eventually overcame the demons that nearly destroyed him back in Texas. Holden is in a good place in his life and love is the very last thing on his mind.

Everything changes the moment their two paths collide and they soon find out, fate has a plan of its own.

You never know when love will come along and change...everything.

REVIEW:

Woosh I’m totally Team Brooks now, author K. Langston writes a quickly paced romance with an alpha male that makes a tough future lawyer very weak in the knees. Even though I wanted the tension and angst to go a little longer, I felt this was a sweet and sexy story to enjoy over the cold winter break.

Because You’re Mine follows Madison Waters who moved to Boston to earn her law degree and is now working for a very successful law firm. But she leaves all the behind for a couple of weeks after the sudden ailment of her father brings her home. Madison isn’t prepared for the oh so irritable and cocky Holden Brooks, whose been helping on her parents farm as well as works for a local hot spot. The thing is Madison has a plan for her life in Boston and even though she and Holden have been getting closer, he’s not part of the plan or is he?

Madison is a tough cookie when it comes to her smarts and dedication to getting her law degree. With graduation coming soon and her complicated romance with her boss going nowhere, she really didn’t need the bad news about her father. Even though I love romance, I adored the small interaction between Madison and her parents. There is so much love in their family and you can see how proud they are of their daughter. Madison loves her hometown but I could tell Boston was her escape. Madison has a lot of angst towards Holden at the beginning, I felt mostly because it was almost like he was replacing her in helping on her family farm. And of course because of the obvious chemistry between the two was off the chart. In the end Madison had a tough decision to make in her career and her heart.

Holden is a stubborn and cocky man who has some issues when it comes to family and the guilt of a friend’s death on his shoulders. Madison brings him back to life but also challenges his patients when it comes to their connection. Holden confused Madison and complicates her life is good and bad ways. I felt even with all his flaws, his heart was in the right place when it came to his friends and Madison. He’s a total alpha male and sometimes needed to think first before he acted. But I adored

Overall I loved the laid back guy taming the smart and stern woman and both finding that fate really did have a plan. My only real issue was with Madison and her boss, their relationship was smoking hot and heavy at the beginning. But its resolve was almost quickly thrown under the bus, I actually at one point thought he’d come back in the picture. So that tidbit was a bit of a bummer for me. The secondary characters of Katherine and Archer were freaking amazing a sizzling secondary characters that I knew would be the focus in the second book, I felt their chemistry burning off the pages, that’s for sure! I can’t wait to read more of the Mine series and see what K. Langston comes up with next.



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Dec 12, 2014

{Review} of Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

REVIEW:

I went on a binge with any and all Mia Sheridan titles but when I got to Archers Voice I never wanted this story to end. The characters and emotional triggers that were set off just grabbed all my heartstrings. Sheridan is fantastic at hitting readers with a big tear jerking back-story, beautifully developed characters and a romance that hits all the right spots.

Archer’s Voice follows Bree Prescott who moves to a small town in Main hoping to get away from the pain of her terrible loss and horrible memories. Bree recently lost her father who was murdered in front of her and she is scarred from the man who got away. But her new small town starts to bring back the life in her along with the mysterious Archer who is also scarred from a terrible loss. Together they heal their old and deep wounds and try to find that little bit of happiness they both deserve.

Bree is as sweet as they come; she is a person who is easy to care for and a friend until the end. But the loss of her father and nightmare of everything that happened keep her from feeling normal. Her new home is a safe haven and the community of people seem to bring her slowly back to life. Bree is such a carefree person; I enjoyed watching her journey with her recovery and finding that freedom from her demons. Once Bree meets Archer and their beautiful communication through sign language begins, I fell head over heels for the couple and wished so hard for a happy ending. Bree has to deal with a lot of negativity toward her new friend Archer as well as be his teacher when it ones to social skills and the outside world. It was such a wonderful relationship to watch grow.

Archer…there are literally no words; just like the man himself, to express how much I adored him. He has been through hell and back and all his life remained a peaceful quiet person just wanting to be left alone. But what he really needed was to be shown kindness and love, everything he lost when he was a child. Bree is his light and someone who finally understand him. I adored watching his innocence and devotion to Bree, he really came into his own.

Overall I wish this story never ended, I loved living in Bree and Archers beautiful world watching them grow. Sheridan was very clever on how she unraveled Archers past, what happened to him, why is happened and how much he needed to learn to love and trust again. I can’t wait to see what romance Sheridan brings to life next.


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Dec 11, 2014

{Guest Post: Trivia + Giveaway} Spellbound Series by Sherry Soule

Which Spellbound Character 
Would YOU Most Likely Be?

Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! The next epic installment of the thrilling Spellbound series, DESTINY DISRUPTED (older YA paranormal romance) has been published.
To help promote these thrilling serial novels, Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers.

This giveaway is open internationally! So let’s tell the blogging world!
Take this quiz to see which character in the Spellbound universe you’d most likely be similar to, and score an eBook version of the first book in this unforgettable YA series, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN!
Answer this quiz, then post your results in the comments. Be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.


1.    What’s your favorite season?

a)            Winter - Cloudy, Chilly, Rainy, Stormy
b)            Fall - Windy, Misty, Foggy, Mild
c)             Summer - Hot, Dry, No Wind, Sunny
d)            Spring – Warm, Breezy, Greenery, Brisk

2.    I detest using labels, but what would others call you at school?

a)            Normal or Jock/ Cheerleader
b)            Preppy/ Student Counsel
c)             Amateur Fashionista
d)            Girlish tomboy

3.    Which of the following best describes your personality?

a)            Snobbish, Eccentric, Perky
b)            Haughty, Moody, Smart
c)             Tough, Snarky, Weird
d)            Playful, Vivacious, Straightforward 

4.    Which genre do you read most often?

a)            Urban Fantasy
b)            Horror / Dark YA
c)             Paranormal Romance
d)            Dystopia

5.    You are at school and witness a student bullying someone. What do you do?

a)            Run in the opposite direction before they pick on you
b)            Laugh and join in on the fun
c)             Stop and tell the bully to knock it off or else!
d)            Go tell a teacher what’s going on

6.    What’s your hairstyle?

a)            Short and sassy
b)            Long and straight
c)             Medium with highlights
d)            Curly or wavy

7.    What’s your typical breakfast?

a)            Eggs and bacon
b)            Oatmeal and orange juice
c)             Coffee and a Pop tart
d)            Heaping bowl of my fav cereal

8.    What type of pet would you like to have or do you own?

a)            Hamster
b)            Small Dog
c)             Shade
d)            Cat

9.    How often do you shop or hit the mall?

a) Only on sale days
b) Once or twice a month
c) Every week—duh
d) Hardly ever
If you answered...

Mostly a's: You and Kayla are a lot alike! You both love a good sale on shoes, and you’re energetic and sassy.
Mostly b's: Ashley and you could be sisters. You each enjoy autumn days, hanging at the mall, and you’re more of a leader than a follower.
Mostly c's: Shiloh and you could be besties! You both love to shop for the newest trends, enjoy reading paranormal romance novels, and you even have a snarky-side.
Mostly d's: Sounds like you and Ariana have a lot in common. You each love to read YA books, adore cats, and can often be straightforward and super fun.

Random winner will be picked. Please check back to find out if you’re the lucky winner. Your eBook will be delivered via email to download onto your e-Reader. Those who enter must have an eReader to redeem this prize. All prizes will be electronically delivered. Please review all terms & conditions before entering. 

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Hunting Demons is One Thing…Dating Them is Another.
Life sucks for Shiloh Trudell. And being a demon hunter who’s in love with a cocky half-demon makes things even suckier.
Especially when she discovers that Trent, her sinfully hot boyfriend, is hiding a few dangerous secrets. Like the fact that he’s losing his humanity.
To complicate matters, witches from the local coven are mysteriously turning up dead, and as Shiloh searches for answers, she confronts her worst nightmare…Trent is being blackmailed into becoming the next leader of the Underworld.
But Shiloh is still convinced that she can save him, even after the impossibly gorgeous, fallen angel Raze tells her that a relationship with Trent is forbidden now. Warned to stay away from the only boy she’s ever loved, she can’t ignore the sizzling attraction that ignites whenever they’re around one another. Especially after a swoon-inducing night of stolen passion.
As Shiloh’s world begins to unravel around her, it soon becomes obvious that her destiny lies in one of two choices: vanquish Trent or join him in the Underworld.
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Dec 9, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of The Accidental Assassin by Nichole Chase


The Accidental Assassin by Nichole Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Click Lit, Humor
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:

Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.

As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

REVIEW:

I absolutely adored Nicole Chase’s Suddenly Royal, the humorous writing and continuous entertainment with every chapter kept me hooked. I couldn’t wait to see what Chase would come up with next and The Accidental Assassin kicked it up ten notches! I was either laughing, or crying from laughing with the extreme holy crap that just happened moments that Chase put her poor heroine in.

The Accidental Assassin follows Ava McKenzie who has come to London to start a new chapter in her life. But everything turns into chaos when she accidently runs over a guy in a parking garage, then saved by a hot assassin and shot at by some crazy person chasing her. So in the end her boring life in America with the same old job doing to the old thing every day, is now running for her life, trusting a totally hot stranger, worrying about her best friend whose car now just ran over someone and not sure if she’ll survive long enough to get her visa.

Ava is one big hot mess, which is putting it lightly. She thought that house sitting and discovering the ins and outs of London would be fun, but job hunting and worrying about what’s next is constantly on her mind. Her best friend was on her honeymoon so Ava has some time left to find and job and extend her visa. But learning to drive in London isn’t easy and running a man over in a parking garage isn’t a good start. Now running for her life with a hot assassin and a target on her head isn’t what she was hoping for her London excitement. Ava is hilarious; she seriously had the worst luck ever but also the best luck in catching the eye of the smoking hot assassin Owen. I wasn’t sure whether she was accident-prone or just seriously having bad luck, but Chase knows how to make a bad situation both hilarious and holy crap dangerous at the same time. Ava is super easy to connect too, I can only imagine trying to drive on the wrong side of the road and people giving you a strange look because of an American accent. Plus how totally not fun would it be being shot at but being dragged around but a mystery man…thank goodness he’s drop dead gorgeous. In the end Ava is awesome, she grows into her own, discovering that her life is about to get a heck of a lot more interesting.

Owen is a mystery at first, a sexy and skilled assassin who’s the best of the best. But after one accident leads to saving an innocent, he’s suck in one serious problem. But his attraction to Ava has to take a back seat with the constant target on her head and the betrayal on someone close to him coming after him. Both on the run they need each other to help not only dodge bullets but to keep their heads in the game. The tension and chemistry is off the kilter with these two, I swear the more Owen smiled that smile at Ava the more I wanted to shake him to just kiss her already! Thankfully Ava’s got some major balls and knows what she wants when she wants it. Anyone who reads this will adore Owen, he’s got some serious baggage but is a good guy who does what he does for a reason.

Overall this was such an awesome start to what I’m going to assume is a series. Ava has found her calling and Owen has a lot to handle when it comes to her. The secondary characters Mavis and Kenny were freaking fantastic, the more humor the better, and these two added some quirk and spunk to the already whirlwind of chaos that was happening. I cant wait to see what this group of assassins are going to get into next!


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About Nichole Chase:

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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