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Blog Tour with Review – Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia WildensteinRowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein
Series: The Lost Clan #2
Published by CreateSpace on August 14th 2017
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 294
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SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves.

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend.

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…


Fans of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series will adore Wildenstein's Lost Clan series.

In an Oyster Shell – Another thrilling installment of The Lost Clan series.

The Pearls – I like the epic conflict between fairies and hunters. The main character is caught in the middle. This makes for all sorts of exciting circumstances. Its almost like the conflict you find in the Twilight series except you’re dealing with fairies and hunters rather than the vampires and werewolves.

The idea of fairies is a concept that draws me in. I like the story that is told about these fairies. It’s interesting the hunters are there to keep them in line. The history between hunters and fairies is interesting.

There is a little bit of a love triangle which adds to the before mentioned conflict. The end result is unexpected and thrilling. I like the two love interests. Though one is more interested in the main character than she is in him.

The characters are distinctive and add a lot of depth to the narrative. The main character is strong enough to stand up to the trails the author throws at her. The supporting characters add an interesting perspective to the story. It’s intriguing that the main character has to balance her life between normal and the paranormal. It makes the book worth reading.

The Sand –  It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

 

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August 14th

A Weebish Book Blog     http://aweebishbookblog.wordpress.com   Review

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August 15th

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August 16th

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August 18th

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4 Stars

About Olivia Wildenstein

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

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Blog Tour with Review – Dream Frequency by S.J. LomasDream Frequency by S.J. Lomas
Published by 8N Publishing on June 30th 2017
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 413

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she's just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a friendship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine's fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she's anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl, Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters to them - or die trying.

In an Oyster Shell –  It was an ingenious story with great writing craft to tell a fanciful story.

The Pearls – 

I liked the first book, so I was eager to read the second book. The second book does not disappoint! The idea of a dream world that the characters can influence is a good one. The concept was well conceived and well executed.

The characters developed nicely. They pressed forward despite the constant conflict they encountered. Gabriel was an underdog character that rises to the occasion.

The romance was a surprising subplot through the story. It was surprising because it concluded in an unexpected way. I liked that the author put a twist in the amor side of things. It was very refreshing.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4.5 Pearls!

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About S.J. Lomas

S.J. is a cheerful Michigan girl who writes strange and somewhat dark stories for young adults and those who love to read YA literature.

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ARC Review Presidential Bargain by Rebecca Gallo

ARC Review Presidential Bargain by  Rebecca GalloPresidential Bargain by Rebecca Gallo
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicist

I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Jameson Martin was the presidential candidate who needed a wife. I needed a way out of debt.

The moment I agreed to be his pretend fiancée, all our problems should have been solved. Instead, things got complicated.

Publicly, we were the picture of patriotic perfection.

Privately, we struggled with the one thing that wasn’t in our plan – more.

I didn’t realize how lonely my life was until Jameson filled it with everything I was missing. His passionate commitment to public service earned my vote; his icy blue gaze and the way he gave me a purpose stole my heart. But I wanted to be his partner, not his secret. And I wanted the one thing that Jameson struggled to give me – his heart.

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Rebecca Gallo was first indoctrinated into the romance genre by her babysitter who watched hours upon hours of daytime soap operas. She harbored many inappropriate crushes on fictional characters such as John Black from “Days of Our Lives,” Orry Main from the mini-series “North & South,” and Edward Fairfax Rochester from Jane Eyre. She is still in love with Davy Jones from The Monkees. 
Rebecca currently lives in the Southwest with her husband, tiny four-year-old terror, and a tuxedo cat with a limp. When she isn’t swooning over book boyfriends or dreaming up romances, she can be found educating the youth of America. Or eating tacos. 

 

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Georgie is struggling to keep her family home. Presidential candidate Jameson Martin needs a fiance′ to boost his numbers in the polls. He proposes that Georgie be his fiance′ for five million dollars. The deal would get Georgie out of financial ruin. She takes the job. What they don’t plan for is feelings developing. Jameson does not want to be distracted from getting to the Oval Office. Georgie is putting her heart on the line no matter if they make it to the presidency or not.

In an Oyster Shell – A steamy story with a solid, intriguing story.

The Pearls –  The concept was interesting. I liked that there was a single Presidential candidate in need of a wife. I like stories where couples pose in relationships and have the potential to become something more.

Georgie was a strong character. Her capacity to love was moving. I liked that the author gave her quirks like a palate of a toddler as Jameson said about her. Jameson was a stoic character that had a lot of internal conflicts that made the story enjoyable.

The book had a lot of external conflicts that ensued in a lot of action. It made for a page turning read. The conflicts that came up were imaginative and exciting. The storyline was rock solid with all the right elements.

The romance was steamy with a side of sweet. It took most of the book for the romance to develop. It was paced nicely.

The Sand – It wasn’t a clean novel.

4 Pearls!

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Book Spot Light and Guest Post – Interpretation by Dylan CallensInterpretation by Dylan Callens
Published by Cosmic Teapot Publishing on August 1st 2017
Genres: Si-Fi
Pages: 254
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Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster.

Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above.

Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.

Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.

Inspiration for Interpretation

As a media arts teacher, every year in March I supervise a group of high school students that compete in a skills competition in southern Ontario, Canada.  Last year, while sitting on a bus, a few of them started to discuss their favorite scenes from science fiction movies.  Some of them were surprising – scenes from Soylent Green, the original Planet of the Apes, Total Recall, and the Matrix.  To name a few.

And that’s where my mind began to wander.  I was a pretty big fan of the Matrix.  Originally, I enjoyed the movie for its fresh cinematics (which have been re-hashed to death at this point), but its lasting power, in my mind, is because of the Cartesian philosophy that drove the story.  The complex question of what is illusion versus what is real.  I’ve always been someone who comes back to this question.  And their conversation brought me back to ask it again.

I started thinking about different scenarios where we wouldn’t be able to decipher the difference between what’s real and what’s illusion, which led me to write a short descriptive piece while on the bus.  You can read the original chapter on Cosmic Teapot here. I liked what I wrote, so I outlined the rest of the book.  I had the entire story mapped out (I later made a number of alterations, but that’s to be expected) within two days.  Considering that it took me nearly a year just to decide on the story for my previous novel, Operation Cosmic Teapot, I felt accomplished.  I finished the first draft of Interpretation in under a year.

A number of dystopian classics also inspired me.  I wanted, in some ways, to write an homage to Nineteen Eighty-Four.  I wanted to include little easter eggs from Brave New World.  And the barren wasteland that the protagonist, Carl Winston, enters is inspired by The Road.  

But the biggest source of inspiration came when I happened to come across a man named Dr. Jose Delgado.  Dr. Delgado was a neurobiologist who researched physical mind control devices.  He even implanted some of these devices in animals’ heads, the most significant being a bull.  This man went as far as to say, “The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electronically control the brain. Someday armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain.”

I started to wonder what logical ends this kind of thinking could produce, which is where the story really took off.  Not only with the ‘what if’ of having a civilization with mind control devices implanted in them, but also ‘what if’ other psychological experiments were brought to their extreme ends.

But back to the beginning.  I wish I knew who those students on the bus were.  They were from a different school and I had never met them before.  I wasn’t a part of their conversation but it was the moment that sparked this book.  I’d definitely like to thank them for that.

About Dylan Callens

Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.

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Review – Man Candy by Elise Sax

Review – Man Candy by Elise SaxMan Candy by Elise Sax
Series: ,
on August 19th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 100
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Raine Harper is in love with Wade Gates. But Wade likes women who are model thin, and Raine is model thin plus a lot of pounds. Desperate to make him love her, she trains just a little too hard and passes out in the arms of superstar movie star Dirk Adams. Dirk thinks Raine’s junk in the trunk is perfect and proposes to make Wade jealous by becoming her pretend boyfriend. Pretend soon seems very real. Is Dirk a great actor, or is something really developing between Raine and the movie star?
Wish Upon A Stud...A happy ending is just a coin toss away.

Raine Harper wants to get Wade Gates attention. She has been in love with him for a long time. The problem is he dates model thin women and Raine is a little bigger than that. Raine is trying to lose wait for Wade’s homecoming. She runs into Dirk Adams. He proposes that they pretend to date to make Wade jealous. Dirk thinks Raine is perfect as she is. Will Raine see that same thing in herself?

In an Oyster Shell –  A steamy romance that had a great storyline.

The Pearls – The whole storyline was cute and well-done. I liked that Raine is going after one man and another even better man is interested in her. He’s right under her nose. She doesn’t get it. Dirk is relentless in showing Raine how beautiful she is. Just the way she is.

Dirk was my favorite character. He was an actor but was really down to earth. He was a great hero. Raine was a clueless heroine it could be frustrating at times but made for an interesting story.

The romance was cute. It was a full story even though it was a novella.

I like how in these books heroine’s make wishes. They get their wish but not how they expect. The endings are very clever.

The Sand – It wasn’t a clean romance.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Elise Sax

Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. An Affair to Dismember is her first novel.

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Review – Dream Girl by S.J. Lomas

Review – Dream Girl by S.J. LomasDream Girl by S.J. Lomas
Published by Scribe Publishing Company on November 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 258
Source: YA Bound Book Tours

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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For Christine, dreams have never meant much. Until she meets Gabriel. Everyone thinks Christine should stay away from her new coworker at the library—thanks to his bad reputation—but when her dreams grow more vivid and she becomes entangled in a dangerous dream world with Gabriel every night, she can’t stay away. Soon it’s clear there is far more to dreams than Christine ever imagined, and now she’s on the path to making the biggest, and strangest, decision of her life.

Christine’s parents have moved to Texas. They expect her to follow after the summer. Christine has other plans. She is looking for a way to stay in Michigan for her senior year. She’s not expecting to meet Gabriel who turns her world upside down. Gabriel introduces her to the dream world. The dream world is a place that is dangerous for Gabriel. Christine tries to help him make sense of it. She has to keep the secret from her friends. Her plans are falling to the wayside. She knows one thing she has to help Gabriel and keep him safe.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a compelling read that was creative and intriguing.

The Pearls – The whole book is good. The writing was well done. The concept was well conceived and well executed. I liked the idea of a dream world.

The attraction between Gabriel and Christine was electric. It compelled Christine to join Gabriel in his world. The tension this caused among her friends was tangible. The conflict and tension made me turn the pages quickly.

The world building was well done. The work that went into building up the dream world was intense. It paid off in the end. I like how the author used Gabriel’s stories to describe his experiences.

The Sand – I didn’t like all the stories that Gabriel shared with Christine.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About S.J. Lomas

S.J. is a cheerful Michigan girl who writes strange and somewhat dark stories for young adults and those who love to read YA literature.

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Review – Going Down by Elise Sax

Review – Going Down by Elise SaxGoing Down by Elise Sax
on August 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 101
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Marion MacAlister wants to nail her audition, not get nailed. Truly. Honestly. All right...maybe she does want to get nailed, but that's just because her hottie landlord and local diner owner Mack Ryan is confusing her with his mouth. Can friends become lovers? Especially friends who might not even be friends in the first place?
Going Down is the sexy and hilarious first novella in the five-part Wish Upon A Stud series. Each novella is roughly 100 pages with no cliffhanger.
Wish Upon A Stud...A happy ending is just a coin toss away.

Marion MacAlister is looking to ace her audition. She has to make it there on time. First, she stops by the diner in her building that his own and run by her landlord. Mack Ryan sends mixed signals. Marion just can’t read them. When she gets stuck with him she might not make her audition. Instead, she might get Mack.

In an Oyster Shell – A cute and quick read.

The Pearls – I like how the books open with Marion wishing at a well. The action is fast-paced. The story goes quickly and is worth the read.

The characters were well developed. It was quite the feat to develop characters with such a short novella. The author did this well.

The romance was really cute. The two characters compliment each other well. I like how the romance ended it was clever.

The Sand –  I feel the story could have been fleshed out just a tiny bit more.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Elise Sax

Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. An Affair to Dismember is her first novel.

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Blog Tour with Review – Under Fire by Scarlett ColeUnder Fire by Scarlett Cole
Series: ,
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 300
Source: Barclay Publicity

I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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HE CAN TAKE THE HEAT.
Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.
CAN SHE HANDLE THE FLAMES?
Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.

Dr. Louisa North is dedicated to finding a cure for the disease that was responsible for taking her father’s life. She is committed to the laboratory and doesn’t like people too much. When a dangerous sample goes missing she gets concerned. Six is fresh out of the Navy Seals and starting a security company with his military buddies. Six starts a friendship with Louisa that is bound to turn into something more. Things get complicated when Louisa life is in danger and she must hire Six and his company to help her. Six tries to keep his distance while he does his duty but his attraction to Louisa is something he may not be able to fight.

In an Oyster Shell – A steamy romance with strong characters that will have you turning page after page.

The Pearls – I am starting to like these military romances. The characters come with interesting backgrounds. This usually makes for a suspenseful exciting read and this book was no exception. I liked the military background that set the tone for the whole book.

I talk about characters a lot but they really do make or break a book. The characters in this book were strong and well defined. I really like Louisa she was quirky and not your typical heroine. Her idiosyncrasies were what attracted Six to her and really made for an entertaining read.

The romance was steamy with a side of sweet. Six could look past Louisa’s awkwardness. It was one of the more intriguing romances I have read in a while. There were a lot of obstacles for the couple to overcome and that made for a great story.

The Sand – The transitions of POV’s were not distinctive and made for confusion at times.

3.5 Pearls

 

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About Scarlett Cole

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream.

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ARC Review – Breathless by Leigh Lavelle

ARC Review – Breathless by Leigh LavelleBreathless by Leigh LaValle
on May 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 388
Source: Netgalley

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A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author...

After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She's sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation--and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can't talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn't fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in. He doesn't expect that while she's healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds...and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.

Hannah Roberts has moved around a lot. She has finally decided to settle down in Colorado. She has invested in a Yoga studio. One day she goes hiking and she is injured and she is rescued. She’s attracted to her rescuer but doubts she will ever see her again. She is surprised when he ends up being the contractor that owns the building that houses her yoga studio. Jake Marshall doesn’t stay in one place for long. He’s not looking for a relationship but cannot deny his attraction to Hannah. Hannah negotiates with Jake quiet hours for her Yoga studio in exchange she gives him Yoga lessons. The lessons help his knee when western medicine has been exhausted.  Neither of them is looking to get involved but they can’t help themselves.

In an Oyster Shell – It was a steamy romance that was a little too explicit for me.

The Pearls – I like the idea of a Yoga teacher helping a soldier rehabilitate. Hannah is a non-traditional Yoga teacher but that’s part of her charm. The charm that Jake can’t resist. I like how the author constantly intertwines Jake and Hannah.

I like the conflict that happens with Hannah and Jake. Hannah has been burned by relationships before. She makes a list of traits that she cannot date and Jake about fits them all. Jake has is own reasons for not wanting to get involved. The tension between the two is palpable.

The romance is steamy and redeeming.

The Sand – The steam level was a little too high for my taste.

3 Pearls!

3 Stars

About Leigh LaValle

Leigh LaValle lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she is not writing, mommying, or reading, she is rarely seen cleaning. More often she is found hiking or, when she is really lucky, in the white powder of the ski slopes. She holds an honors degree in English Literature and is a devoted yoga practitioner and instructor.

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