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Shines On

The ever-engaging Stacy Hoff who brings us her latest captivating book Building Love in Vegas. Be sure to get your copy today!

     Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.
     Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.

***

     Like any astute businessman, Ty knew when to act fast. To make an offer so appealing it could not be refused. He got into the batter’s box, ready for anything Cat threw his way. “We had a great time downstairs at the bar, right?”

     “I hope you’re not implying I now owe you my land because of it.”

     Strike One.

     “Of course not,” Ty said hastily. Despite his firm, confident words, he was sweating. “What I’m saying is, we may not bond on a business level, but we seem to connect on a personal level. Am I right?”

     Cat remained silent.

     Ty arched an eyebrow at her, daring a confirmation.

     “Yes,” she relented.

     “Then if you won’t let me buy your land, our business transaction has concluded for tonight. Correct again?”

     “Yes. Correct.” Her eyes narrowed, probably wondering what was he getting at.

     “Great. We’re leaving. Together. If you want to take a coat, get it and let’s go.”

     “What? Don’t take me wrong, I’m glad you’re giving up so easily, but I’m . . . surprised.”

     Foul ball.

     “Surprised? Why?”

     “You’re not going to harangue me about my land anymore?” Her eyes were wide. She seemed afraid to believe him, yet hopeful.

     Well, he was trustworthy. Mostly. “Oh, I might.” Ty grinned slyly. “But tonight both of us are done talking business.”

     Slowly she smiled back at him.

     Home run.
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About Stacy HoffStacy_Cartoon_v2

Stacy Hoff is a contemporary romance author, as well as an attorney. She has practiced law for over two decades, primarily handling contracts. Romance novels have always been her secret passion. She writes her romantic stories until the wee hours of the night. Stacy lives in New England with her husband and two boys.

Stacy’s full-length contemporary romance novels are:

JOCKEYING FOR YOU, LAWFULLY YOURS, DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES (DESIRE series #1), and DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC (DESIRE series #2). BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (BUILDING LOVE series #1) released 3/22/17. Book #2 in the BUILDING LOVE series will be released October, 2017.

Author’s websites

Amazon Author’s Page.

Twitter.

Author website.

Publisher website.

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Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

The Real World vs. the Writer’s World


The Internet offers plenty of distractions from writing. Tons of websites provide viewers with a steady stream of world news. Some news is positive. Most news is negative. I try to be savvy about current events and yet still shut out the world so I can focus on my writing.When I feel anxious about world events, it’s hard for me to create my own world—one for my characters to live in.
I need to focus. It’s important that . . .

For the rest of the blog go to:

https://nightsofpassion.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/the-real-world-vs-the-writers-world-by-stacy-hoff/

Friday Features’

Guest

Confessions of a Serial Writer

by

D.R. Grady

The Trouble with Nerds is my newest contemporary romance release. This is Clay Morrison and Sara Newton’s story and is book eleven of The Morrison Family Series. Throughout this series, I’ve made an observation about my career. I’m a serial writer.

I’ve tried with all five of the series I’ve written thus far to write a single, standalone book. I was certain The Nerd and the Marine (book one of The Morrison Family Series) would be a standalone book, as I was already in the middle of writing a romantic suspense series. (The Me Series – comprises five books.)

Imagine my surprise when book one’s heroine’s brother obviously needed his own book, and their cousin needed one, and pretty soon I have eleven books in that series. (And more coming!)

The cousin mentioned above had a long lost sister he didn’t know about, but who found him in the second book, and her story is book five. Now, she and her husband are major secondary characters in The Trouble with Nerds.

I marvel at how favorite characters from preceding books keep popping up in the newer ones. Perhaps I’m just nosy, but I love new opportunities to interact with beloved characters from earlier stories. And wanting to know more about them after their story ends must be the basis of my serial writer tendencies.

I adore knowing how the characters from previous books are doing. Are they still in love? Do they have kids? Are they happy?

I believe we human beings were made to be interested in other people’s lives. This is why we enjoy books, movies, and hearing about the lives of royalty and celebrities. (Perhaps I’m trying to justify my nosiness here…) Yet I take comfort in knowing my favorite characters are content and continuing with their promised happily-ever-after.

The Trouble with Nerds has been especially gratifying because I’ve been able to introduce new characters, while also bringing in some favorites from prior books. Again, the main characters from book five (and seven) help the heroine in book eleven. Book eleven’s hero, Clay, is a cousin to the heroine in book five, Janine, and he’s worked extensively with her husband throughout his career.

I’m happy to report that the characters from book five (and book seven) are still happily in love. And they’re still the amazing people we fell in love with then. Now, they’ve helped us get to know the newest characters, Clay and Sara, who we met in books nine and ten.

By the way, yes, book twelve, The Nerd Who Spied Me, is already written. (I told you I’m nosy, and I couldn’t wait until I finished edits on The Trouble with Nerds before writing the next book.) This is the curse of serial writers. I’m not unhappy about that…

Pick up your copy of The Trouble with Nerds today!

     Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJ3CK1G

Blurb:

Odd things keep happening to Dr. Sara Newton. She’s a soon-to-be-unemployed pediatrician with an alleged stalker, a hot cop on her heels breathing dire warnings, and way too much student debt.

It doesn’t help that the hot cop is Clay Morrison, her best friend’s older brother. The man has made her heart pound and her palms sweaty since puberty. The trouble is, he only interacts with her when he’s expounding on new security measures. He sees threats everywhere.

Clay Morrison is frustrated. He hates his new job, misses his Army Ranger days, loves his well-meaning, pushy family—and when did sweet Sara Newton grow up? She won’t admit she has a stalker, and she won’t keep out of his thoughts. He can only protect someone in denial for so long. No matter how attractive she is…

Clay and Sara are circling each other, trying to meet in the middle. Then a brand new threat sends them in a completely different direction.

EXCERPT:

The man in front of her grinned. In a twisted parody of a grin as he reached for her. She eluded with a slick move from Janine, but the man flowed with her. As though he had anticipated her action. This time she thrust forward to jab him in the knee, then followed through with a shot to the crotch. He dropped to the floor, grabbing at his damaged goods as she stepped over him to flee the small room.

And slammed into a solid object. The hard hands circling her arms weren’t friendly. This man’s gold tooth gleamed in the dimmed light, and the flash made her heart sink. To the catacombs. She spun, trying to break his grasp, as Greg had taught her.

His grip didn’t falter. Instead, he used his hold on her upper arms to sweep her off the rug and over the men all around them. She shrieked. Just because they wanted to keep quiet didn’t mean she had any intention.

Especially with fear now clouding her thoughts, because her heart thumped and sweat coated her top lip. She knocked her head into his chin and let out another scream. Putting as much volume into it as possible. He countered with a fist to her chin.

The blow snapped her head back, and blanked her mind as pain ratcheted up her jaw into her head. Everything blurred before she yanked up a hand and thrust two fingers into his eyes. Greg had warned there was no need to play fair in battle, so she jabbed at his eyes and used her aching head to free herself, head butting him whenever the opportunity arose.

Her feet were free so she aimed for his knees. Desperation and pain fueled her actions, no matter how cliche. The man laughed at her efforts. Red slashed across her vision as she thrust away her aches and the nasty taste in her mouth. At the clamoring of her common sense, yelling at her to shrivel into a sack of pleading.

She wiped blood off her lip as the images in front of her narrowed to this leering man with his ugly golden tooth. Maybe she wouldn’t win this, but she’d do her best to make Clay proud.

This time when she jabbed him, she did so with her medical expertise. She hit him in the solar plexus and then followed through with a blow to the nose. Next, the money shot. A swift knee to the groin. It was gratifying when he cried out, and crumpled.

Her success surged to her head. Triumphantly, she spun, right into the chest of the largest man she’d ever seen. This might be a gorilla pretending to be a man. He was hairy and needed to bathe, and he leered at her just like the idiot she’d just toppled.

Sara’s bravado faltered and scuttled away with a whimper as she stared at this person so much bigger than her. This is why guns had been invented. Because there was no way . . .

“Sara, run,” Clay bellowed.

Not about to disobey, she darted between the gorilla’s legs and slid across the rug. Her sweater caused drag, but she scrambled to her feet, and sprinted down the hallway. Away from the terror behind her. Her heart pounded in tune with her fleeing footsteps as her breath came in short, staccato gasps.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJ3CK1G

 

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

Website: http://www.drgradybooks.com/

Twitter: @drgradybooks  https://twitter.com/drgradybooks

Amazon Author page

Facebook Page: D.R. Grady

Google+: D.R. Gradybooks

 

Other works by D.R. Grady

The Morrison Family Series:

The Nerd and the Marine

The Corpsman and the Nerd

The Nerd and the SEAL

The Nerd’s Pocket Pets

Shadows and Spice

Macy’s Parade

Bad Nerd Rising

Bad Nerd Falling

Nerds on Fire

Nerds Unite

The Trouble with Nerds

The Nerd who Spied Me

Free Short Stories:

Math Nerds and Mechanics

Tall Golf

The Me Series:

Treasure Me

Save Me

Trust Me

Heal Me

Love Me

The Dragon Chronicles Series:

The Dragon Chronicles Book 1: Learning

The Dragon Chronicles Book 2: Shifting

The Dragon Chronicles Book 3: Healing

For additional buying options and updates, please visit D.R. Grady’s website

http://www.drgradybooks.com/

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Visits with

The talented author Leigh Goff who is here today to introduce you to Sophie Goodchild, the heroine from Disenchanted, a wonderful fantasy which Leigh has written.

Thank you for coming out today, Sophie. I won’t take much of your time. Please tell us how old are you?
I just turned sixteen and what a crazy ride it has been since my birthday. My magic was always less than expected and hard to control. My Aunt Janie thought my ordinary half was affecting my spellcasting witch half, but I recently learned that my diamond bloodcharm, a gemstone pendant from my mom, enhances my magic, and it has really made a difference in my spellcasting, but don’t tell anyone! I have a surprise in store for my coven.

Are your parents alive? Are they married? Are they divorced?
Sadly, my parents passed away when I was a small child. I have some memories of them, especially sitting on my mother’s lap and the warmth of her embrace. Their deaths haunt me because I have a feeling the mystery surrounding what happened has something to do with black-hearted Judge Mather. He is the father of the guy I’m falling hard for, but he is an unethical man who stops at nothing to get what he wants. He’s locked up half of my coven’s witches for magical slip-ups, and I fear he had something to do with my parents’ deaths.

If you were sent to a deserted island what three things would you take?
My godmother Phoebe’s sugared pansy petals because they are delicious and they melt in your mouth. I would bring my red diamond bloodcharm for sentimental and practical reasons. It belonged to my mother and it enhances my magic, which would come in handy on a deserted island. I would also include my hot boyfriend because he’s fearless when danger is near and that’s been a lot lately.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can make a mean purple spaghetti sauce. It requires purple tomatoes and pink Parisian garlic along with a few special herbs from my Aunt Janie’s enchanted garden. I cast a simple puree spell on it to blend the ingredients together and it’s delicious.

Do you consider yourself and introvert or extrovert?
I’m an introvert. I’m not sure if being an introvert is my true nature or from a habit of keeping secrets and trying to blend in. The ordinaries in Wethersfield, a small Connecticut town steeped in Puritanical history, just can’t handle witch magic, so it’s best for everyone involved if we keep our talents hidden and being an introvert helps.

What is your idea of a perfect day?
A perfect day would be a day full of swoony kissing with my forbidden boyfriend, Alexavier. He’s an ordinary and a Mather. In case you don’t know your American history, the Mathers played a big role in condemning witches to hang in New England. Alexavier is a descendant of the man who condemned my ancestor, Rebecca Greensmith to hang at Gallows Hill so I get that he’s forbidden, but his bad boy ways and his hot British accent are so irresistible. Plus he’s hiding a secret that I just have to know. Did I mention he’s tall, dark-haired, and has lips that taste like sun-ripened peaches?

If I asked you to write an entry in your journal what would it be about?
A journal? I’ve been trying to unlock entries from my ancestor’s enchanted journal from three hundred and fifty years ago. So if I had a journal of my own, I might want to repay the favor and write something down that would help my descendant sometime in the future.

Tell me something no one else knows about you?
I love living in Wethersfield. It’s a small town, but I think in time, the people here will come to embrace the witches living among them. Fingers crossed!

Here’s a brief intro to Disenchanted where you can learn a little more about Sophie Goodchild.

Sophie Goodchild is a sixteen-year-old witch living with her eccentric aunt in the small town of Wethersfield, Connecticut—the sight of the first American Witch Trials. She is descended from a powerful black witch, but struggles with her erratic white magic while dealing with a mean girl witch clique known as the Glitterati, who love to make Sophie feel like she is less than they are.

Sophie is beautiful with wild waves of sable-colored hair, eyes the color of dark blue sapphires, and heart-shaped pillowy lips. More importantly, she is beautiful on the inside, although she hides it well behind her impatience and impetuousness, which makes her very relatable.

It is those heart-strong characteristics that lead her into trouble, and since she is ruled by her heart, she’s all in once she finds trouble. She is fiercely loyal, determined, and fearless and there is nothing she wouldn’t do or sacrifice for the ones she loves, especially when she learns of the true love curse her ancestor cast on the Mather family.

When Judge Mather, a descendant of the reverend who condemned Sophie’s witch ancestor to hang, finds out his handsome son (who has recently returned to Wethersfield with a sexy British accent and a face that could melt a black witch’s heart) has fallen hard for Sophie, things get even more dangerous for her. Dark secrets come to light and impossible choices are made as Sophie sacrifices everything, including her soul to save her forbidden true love.

Leigh’s next enchanting ever-after, Bewitching Hannah, will release this September.

Buy Links:
Mirror World PublishingAmazon

Leigh Goff loves writing young adult fiction with elements of magic and romance because it’s also what she liked to read. Born and raised on the East Coast, she now lives in Maryland where she enjoys the area’s great history and culture.

Leigh is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College and a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and Romance Writers of America. She is also an approved artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. Her debut novel, Disenchanted, was inspired by the Wethersfield witches of Connecticut and was released by Mirror World Publishing. Leigh is currently working on her next novel, The Witch’s Ring which is set in Annapolis.

Learn more about Leigh Goff on her website and blog. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Tell Again Tuesday

A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.

Author Assistants – What Are They and Can I Have One, Please?

Several months ago, I realized that with a day job, a non-profit foundation to run, and two books under contract, I needed some help. The book review submissions, the book tours, the social media posts, the contest submissions, and all the other PR and marketing that comes with being an author today left me with little to no time to write. What’s a poor, overworked author to do?

I turned to an author assistant. And before you think . . .

For the rest of the blog go to:

https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/author-assistants-what-are-they-and-can-i-have-one-please/

Friday Feature

Special Guest

S.B.K. Burns

Today we turn the blog over to S.B.K. Burns, (Susan) to talk about her Sci-fi, time-travel, steampunk romance entitled FLY LIKE AN EAGLE. Take it away Susan.

My Theme today: Spirituality vs. Science

Many think that science and religion should be adversarial, but they’re really two different perspectives on reality. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: Religion requires faith, and science requires proof. For writers these different perspectives can fuel conflicts in our stories. Especially when lovers exist on opposite sides of the fence.

In FLY LIKE AN EAGLE, Samantha as a tomboy does connect with nature, but is also aware of science and mathematical descriptions of it. Half-Native American, Eagle, designs hang gliders—kind of an applied scientist—but he is also immersed in his people’s flow, a blissful state of nature that allows all sorts of supernatural things to happen. So the world view of this novel is something like man against nature.

BLURB:

It’s 1824 Philadelphia at the opening of the Franklin Institute of Science, and one of its founders, Samantha’s father, wants her to marry his business partner, a much older man, to keep their war industry dealings secret.

Looking for a way out of the arranged marriage, tomboy Sam finds it in Eagle, the half Native American son of the man she is to marry.

Eagle brings Samantha into his spiritual world, his bimijiwan, in order that she might stop their father’s preparations for an ironclad Civil War at sea. To do this, Sam might have to convince Benjamin Franklin to abandon his kite experiment.

 

EXCERPT: Tomboy Samantha investigates her father’s factory to discover secrets about the dirigibles he seems to be building there.

She examined the images along the wall more closely, making her way to the door, then slipped out.

The thumping and screeching of machinery, metal against metal, overwhelmed her hearing and rang out, vibrating the narrow bridge on which she stood. Below her, workers intent at their duties hadn’t looked up.

Too much noise. The factory workers down below didn’t notice a young woman holding her skirts up and exposing the bottoms of her frilly silk drawers as she did from time to time in performing her clandestine research. She should get an award for how deftly she descended ladder after ladder, floor-to-floor, unseen, until reaching the bottom.

Oh, my. A mild sulfur smell accosted her, and blackened oil from the bridge railings smudged her hands, petticoats, and gown.

Without thinking, she entered a room at the base of the ladder and saw something that reminded her of Vaughan’s painting—Migizi, naked to the waist, and shoveling coal into a small steam mechanism—a locomotive engine.

Because of the noise, he’d been unaware she stood behind him. And, God help her, she took in the magnificent sight—his skin much darker than hers, and his sizable muscles tensing as he lifted the shovel to deposit coal into the engine’s hopper. It would be hard to think of him as an intellectual after that.

He stopped to wipe his brow with a cloth and turned to see her.

She caught herself sliding her hand across her sweaty neck.

Moving toward her, reaching out, he handed her the cloth. He seemed mesmerized watching her wipe her hands, her neck, then dipping down below into the depths of her bodice. It was like an oven inside the room—her whole body damp, her pulse quickening.

“Come.” Migizi raised his voice against the noise filtering in from the plant as he closed the door to the outer factory, then the heavy black iron door to the furnace.

From his stare returning to her person, he was anything but unaware of her state of disarray.

Migizi motioned toward the other end of the room, where sheets of newsprint, some rolled into cylinders, rested on a table.

Getting a nod from him, she unrolled one, recognizing it as a diagram of what could have been the wings of the monster she’d seen out back of her manor house.

“Another form of art,” she said aloud, realizing she wasn’t just speaking of his drawings, but of his muscular torso. When finally she looked up, he’d moved too close to her and was breathing a bit strangely. Was it the hot and humid conditions of the room or something else?

With every muscle she’d seen illustrated in her anatomy books gloriously evident on his smooth chest, he didn’t seem embarrassed or aware of his level of disrobement. No, not in the least.

 

About the Author:

RWA Award winning author of sci-fi romance, S.B.K. Burns (Susan), led a first career life as a science teacher in junior high school, then as an aerospace forensics expert on the F-16 assembly line. She went on to publishing her work on two-dimensional, low energy instabilities in an expanding universe. Her last position before developing her philosophy website and storytelling, was as an applied mathematician developing computer models of irrigation emitters from crops planted on sloping land that needed differential watering amounts.

 

My work in progress, now in editing:

STAND ALONE WIP: FLAT SPIN, a space opera romance, in which a kidnapped alien girl is to be returned to her people by an American aerospace-plane test pilot. Much of the aerospace forensics that make up this world is based on my own experiences at the F-16 Materials Lab of General Dynamics at Carswell AFB.

 

Other stories on the backburner:

LEGENDS OF THE GOLDENS SERIES: in LOVE ME, BITE ME, we meet Chastity, the most powerful Golden/Human hybrid who falls for a vampire, Drake, from the Dacon clan of vampire baddies. The next book in the series, a space opera (VAMPIRES IN SPACE?), Drake and Chastity’s combative love story will be front and center. All the posturing, arguing, and sexual tension is part of their foreplay.

 

AGES OF INVENTION SERIES: The third book in this series will feature a romance between Naomi, the quantum, time-traveling machine pilot and her “schizophrenic” fiance, Maxwell. Scientifically it will cover the scientific history of electrical flow (coming out of Franklin’s Kite Experiment) and leading to Einstein’s theories.

 

CONTACTS:

Author Website

Author Philosophy Site

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Goodreads

Amazon Author Page

Email

Wednesday Special Spotlight

Shines On

The talented S. C. Mitchell who brings us his latest entrancing, steamy novella that makes you smile. Be sure to get your copy today!

THE SOUL MATE TREE, BOOK THREE:

BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS

An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

     Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

     Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

     A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.
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When series collide:

      Between Venus and Mars is not only set the multi-dimensional worlds of the Soul Mate Tree legend, but also ties into my Hearts in Orbit series, a futuristic universe filled with starships, aliens, and new technologies. And, of course, romance. The Soul Mate Tree project offered me a great way to play with some new characters and further develop my universe, while partnering with some of the best authors in the business.
     The Hearts in Orbit universe is a place where galactic marshals keep the peace in the cosmopolitan Core Worlds as well as the wild-west type rim world planets. While this book works as a standalone, and you don’t have to have read any of the others, I consider it Hearts in Orbit 2.5, fitting nicely between Pirates of the Dark Nebula and my soon-to-be-released Hearts in Orbit 3 novel Captives of the Kratzen.
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Hidden strengths, adventurous hearts.
     S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.
     As a writer of paranormal and sci-fi romance, fantasy, and science fiction, Steve crafts unique and wondrous worlds where his characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, his heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

You’ll find Steve at:

Blog , FacebookTwitterAmazon Author Page.

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Tag Line: An intergalactic adventure filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

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