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Releasing Tomorrow! Jax – Mavericks Book 3 By Dale Mayer


What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:

The Mavericks
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Jax
The Mavericks Book 3
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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No time to rest.
The world is a mess …

He’d barely made it home from helping Griffin only to find himself called to rescue a doctor on a cruise ship overtaken by pirates in their search for Abigail Dalton. The pirates had no trouble killing passengers until they found the right woman. With one man at his side, Jax sneaks onto the ship to rescue her.

When she heard the gunfire, Abby hid in the venting on the ship. When a man susses out her hiding place, she’s sure her world is about to end. Only Jax is on her side; yet he came with just one man to help. Stunned, she stays close as Jax frees the ship and keeps her safe—until they find out the real reason for this nightmare, when she’s forced to England to face the two-legged monster of her nightmares …

The safest place is at Jax’s side, but Abby knows all too well how slippery this monster really is and how easily he steps from the shadows to grab his victims …

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Jax had just finished the mission with Griffin and landed in California when he got the call. It was Griffin on the other end, with Jax’s mission. Pirates have taken over a cruise ship and Jax with the help of Beau were to go in ahead of the military. The Pirates want someone specific, one Abigail Eleanor. She’s a doctor a supposed colleague needs to fix something he can’t.

Now Abby has been working her way through duct work to get closer to topside. Her fear that the pirates would sink the ship motivating her. Instead of getting there she runs into Jax.

This is a favorite scene.

Jax stared at Abby. “As in Abigail Eleanor?”

She nodded slowly, but the look on her face was one of terror.

He grabbed her before she had a chance to run, his fingers wrapping snugly around her upper arm. He pulled her close against him. “Well, I’m Jax, from the US government,” he said. “Apparently the pirates are looking for you. Do you know why?”

She stared at him in disbelief.

“Answer me,” he said. “Do you know why?”

Finally she shook her head.

“Social media says your methods don’t work. They need you to help somebody in their family.”

“So it is connected to my work,” she said in a daze.

“Only because their doctor botched it,” he whispered.

She shook her head. “That makes no sense. I have pioneered a way of collecting stem cells. Lots of doctors are doing it around the world now. It’s not something you can really botch.”

“Well, maybe it’s more a case of,” he said, “it didn’t work.”

“Meaning, it didn’t make the person well?” she said with a shrug. “Of course not. It’s only one technique in a long line of medical arsenals.”

“Right,” he said. “Well, apparently the pirates want to kidnap you and take you back to wherever this family member is, so you can fix him.”

She stared at him. “But I don’t even know what the problem is.”

“Well, I don’t think they’re too interested in waiting around and asking questions,” he said gently.

She nodded slowly. “So you’ll turn me in then?”

“No,” he said, frowning. “Why would I do that? I’ll take you back to one of our ships and then come in and take out the rest of the pirates.”

He saw the relief on her face, but then she frowned. “What about all the other people here?”

“What about them?” he asked. “I can’t have them hurt because of me.”

“Understood,” he said. And then he smiled. “But what will you do about it?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve been hiding in the ductwork, figuring out exactly what to do. I was thinking that, if the pirates sink the ship, I should at least make my way up a few more decks, but I was trying to avoid contact with anybody.”

“Well, guess what?” he asked. “You screwed that up.” But he let humor rest in his voice. He studied her; she couldn’t be more than five foot tall. She looked like she was eighteen. He hardly believed that she was even a doctor. Suspicious all of a sudden, he asked, “Do you have any ID on you?”

Her eyebrows shot up. “No, I wasn’t trying to save anything but me when I heard that pirates were taking over the ship.”

“Surprisingly,”— he stepped back—“ it’s the first thing every woman normally does. They grab their purses.”

“Maybe, but I’m not every woman,” she said coolly.

Just then a noise came from the left. He pulled her beside him, up against the door, and held his fingers to his lips.

She rolled her eyes at him. “Like I don’t know to stay quiet.”

He tilted his head at her but didn’t say anything. Jax waited and waited and waited, but no more of the same noise came. He frowned at that. He wanted to poke his head through to the other side but knew it was almost a guarantee of getting his head shot off. He studied his options and then said, “We need to change levels.”

“Better to go down a level,” she whispered. “It was deserted.”

“Well, that works in some cases,” he said, “but it won’t get the rest of the people off this ship.”

“I thought you only wanted me off,” she said.

He looked at her, smiled, and said, “Good point. Let’s go.”

And he led her back into the stairway, forcing her down the stairs again and again.

She protested the whole way. “Don’t take me off the ship. We must do something to save everybody else.”

“I hear you, but I can’t take the chance.”

“It’s me the pirates want. You’re not making any sense. If they kill the others to get to me, that’s just a numbers game, and obviously we’ll all lose that one.”

A loud voice snapped orders close by.
Dale Mayer. Jax (Kindle Locations 257-292). Valley Publishing Ltd.

Between Beau, himself and even Abby, they take back the ship before the other teams arrive. Now they have to figure out who the patient is and how to help without Abby being taken.

I love the snark in this one and Jax realizes rather quickly he’s falling for the lovely doctor.

Again there’s lots of action, suspense, some sizzle and even some jealousy in this page turning read.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series, I pretty much inhaled the first three.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Releasing Tuesday! Griffin – Mavericks Book 2 By Dale Mayer


What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:

The Mavericks
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Griffin
The Mavericks Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Helping Kerrick was one thing,
getting tagged for a mission of his own quite another …

His heart ached to hear a young girl had been kidnapped while at a hotel in Thailand, waiting for her father to arrive. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this case isn’t even close to simple.

Lorelai spent the last seven years enjoying her young charge, Amelia Rose. Tutoring the daughter of a wealthy business owner added perks to the job, like holidays around the world. In all these years Lorelai had never once seen the downside to having big money–until the holiday in Thailand where Amelia Rose is targeted, and they were both kidnapped.

Griffin managed to rescue the kidnapped victims, but tracing the kidnappers was a whole different story and brought the group a little too close to home …

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We met Griffin in the first book of this series. He was Kerrick’s back-up, now he will get his own one and done mission. It comes fast on the tail of the last mission but time is critical. This time he’s given a choice of who he’ll have as backup, he chooses Jax. Kerrick will be working with him behind the scenes as well. Getting to Thailand is going to be interesting and very speedy.

What was to be a family holiday in Thailand has turned into a nightmare for Amelia Rose, her tutor Lorelei and her nurse Mary. They managed to escape once, but as a punishment they killed Mary in front of them. Now they had to hope the message Lorelei gave to a maid reaches someone to help.

Help in the form of Griffin and Jax comes and intercepts them at a most fortuitous time. An accident blocks the road and they sneak the girls into their vehicle and leave.

This is a favorite scene.

Griffin kept a warning hand on the girls’ heads, whispering, “Stay low. Stay low.”

Jax was at the wheel. He’d slowly backed up, turned around their car, and drove away, trying not to make it look like he was escaping, but, in truth, they were not only escaping but doing it as fast as possible but inconspicuously. As Griffin turned to look behind them, the two men returned to their car, only to stop and scream and yell at each other as they realized the girls had vanished.

“Now they know they’re missing,” Griffin said. “Pick up the speed a bit but not to draw any real attention.”

Jax already had goosed his gas pedal, waiting for Griffin to give him the all clear to get this vehicle in high gear.

As Griffin watched, the other vehicles now joining in this traffic jam had pulled up behind the kidnapper’s vehicle, effectively boxing them in, filling in the void their leaving had opened. Another one pulled out of the row and turned around, doing what Jax and Griffin were doing, rather than waiting for the vehicles in the accident to clear off. It effectively jammed in the kidnappers’ car.

“They’re on their phones, calling for help,” Griffin said, “since they can’t get out of the traffic jam.”

“Good,” Lorelei snapped from behind the front seat. “They deserved that.”

When they rounded a bend in the road that cut them off from the kidnappers’ sights, Griffin told Jax to floor it.

Jax put the pedal to the metal, but then he coaxed it up another gear. “Let’s hope we have enough of a head start.”

Griffin leaned over his seat and looked down at the two girls. Lorelei’s eyes were brown and wide, filled with a bit of temper and a little bit of uncertainty. But Amelia Rose’s eyes broke his heart. She was clearly terrified. He smiled at her and whispered, “It’s okay. We’re the good guys.” But it didn’t look like his words had any effect. He looked at Lorelei. “Do you know what they wanted from you?”

She pointed toward Amelia Rose. “They want her.”

“We heard from your dad,” Griffin said gruffly. “So, Amelia Rose, you’ll be okay. We just have to get you to safety.”

At the mention of her father, her eyebrows rose, and her eyes widened. “Did Poppy send you?”

“In a roundabout way, he did,” Griffin said, not having a clue who was behind his orders. “The bottom line is, we were sent to rescue you and to get you out of here safely.”

“I’m not going without Lorelei,” Amelia Rose said, her tone stubborn.

Griffin chuckled. “We’re taking both of you.” He kept an eye on the road behind him. “Looks like we’ve lost them for the moment, but I’m sure they’ve radioed ahead. We have to switch vehicles.”

Just then his phone buzzed. He glanced down to read an address, punched in for the map, and held it up for Jax.

Jax looked at it and nodded.

Griffin typed in the address into the car’s GPS. As soon as Jax understood where the address was, Griffin wiped the GPS from their car and from his phone. Griffin then forwarded the image he’d taken of the kidnappers’ license plate to his Mavericks contact. They should be able to track the car and, with any luck, the drivers.

“Can they really track your car, your phone, see your recent activity?” Lorelei asked in confusion, having seen what Griffin had done.

“We don’t want to take the chance that they can,” he said. “Worse than that is if they’re tracking us via satellite.”

She stared at him in horror and then cried out, “We have to ditch this vehicle.”

“Like I said,” he said, “we have to switch vehicles.”

Just then they went through a series of turns as Jax took the vehicle on a roundabout trip and pulled into a parking lot. There wasn’t much in the way of decent vehicles here, but Jax obviously had a plan. He headed to the far side where two vehicles had pulled up beside each other. The men stood off to one side, arguing something fierce, and they didn’t notice Jax slide into the driver’s side and take off with one their vehicles toward Griffin and the girls.

“Move,” Griffin said, “now.” He was out and opening the door to assist Amelia Rose. Lorelei was already out on Jax’s side. She had yet to notice that there was no sign of Jax. She came racing around to Griffin’s side of the vehicle and held out her arms. Amelia Rose ran into them.

Their new transport pulled up; they dashed inside and hit the road. Griffin watched behind them again, but neither man, still intent on their argument, had yet to notice that one of their cars had been stolen. A few blocks later he smiled and said, “Clear.” He turned to face the girls in the back seat. “Now”— Griffin pulled the armband he’d been carrying in his pocket for just this moment—“ Amelia Rose, lift your right arm please.”

Shocked, she slowly lifted it to rest on his seat in front of her. “Why?”

He smiled, reached around, and placed the band in the middle of her upper arm. “You have a tracking chip in your arm. This will block the signal.”

She twisted her new accessory. “It should come in better colors.”

He laughed. “No such luck. Black is all I’ve got. Don’t take it off, unless you become separated from us. And then we’ll use that signal to track you two down again.

But blocking it now should stop the kidnappers from tracking you again.”

“That’s how they knew where we were after we escaped.” Lorelei cried out, studying the new arm band. “We never had a chance.”

Jax took another rough corner, sending the girls sliding along the back seat.

“Wow,” Amelia Rose said. “He doesn’t drive very well, does he?”

Jax snorted from the front seat. “I drive better than you think,” he said. “I just have to make sure that we’re not being followed.”

At that, Amelia Rose stayed quiet.

Griffin looked at her and said, “My name is Griffin, and that’s Jax.”

She looked up at Griffin and said, “You’re a winged horse?”

“Winged lion,” he corrected with a big smile. “And you’re Amelia Rose, and you’re Lorelei, right?” When both nodded, he could feel their relief settling inside. “Now that we got that straight, I need to know if either of you are hurt.” His gaze was searching as he studied the child and then the woman. He didn’t want to ask if they’d been assaulted in any way, but it happened so often that he knew he had to be sure.

Immediately Lorelei shook her head and whispered, “We’re both okay. I don’t know for how long that would’ve lasted though.”

“Any idea why you were being moved?” Jax interrupted.

“No, not really.”

“They had to move us. To get us away from what they’d done to Nurse. She’s in heaven,” Amelia Rose said tearfully. “They killed her so we’d behave.”
Dale Mayer. Griffin (Kindle Locations 695-750). Valley Publishing Ltd.

Getting the girls to safety once again utilizes some unconventional means. The investigation into the who and why though, that becomes even more intriguing and scary.

I’m loving this new series, it has lots of intrigue, suspense, action, love and some heat.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Coming Tuesday January 21 – Kerrick – The Mavericks Book 1 By Dale Mayer


What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:

The Mavericks
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Kerrick
The Mavericks Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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On the precipice of change …
Just not the way he’d expected …

Kerrick is tagged to join a new elite group, where he’d have more say and less rules on missions. Working mostly alone, he’s to track down a kidnapped victim suspected of being in England, and likely she’s not the only one. This is his kind of job; finding out a longtime friend is his backup makes this mission a go.

Amanda is snatched at the end of her workday while walking to her vehicle. Days later she wakes to find she’s imprisoned, alone in a small cement cell. One rotting meal a day is provided, and that is it. Once she realizes someone else is here–a young boy—she’s even more determined to escape. And to take him with her. Running into Kerrick wasn’t the plan …

Escaping is only one part of the puzzle as the truth drags them to Europe and beyond as they sort out how the two kidnappings are related, who’s behind it all and why … Before they are run aground and imprisoned all over again …

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This is the start of a new series, a black ops group just starting out but with plenty of resources. Kerrick is approached by a friend as he is counting down to leaving the SEALs. The mission would be a one and done, with only one other person for backup.

This mission is to find and rescue kidnapped scientist Amanda Berg, she’s been in the news lately for her discoveries in cancer research. Not an easy task since apparently whoever was watching over her lost her trail.

Amanda had woken in a small cell, without a watch she couldn’t determine how much time had past exactly, but she figured about a day. She knew someone would be looking for her, she just hoped they’d hurry. She also heard crying so she wasn’t totally alone in captivity.

As Kerrick methodically follows the steps from the ferry where she was last sighted, Amanda hears morse code, and discovers there’s a young boy being held on the floor above her. Now she’s even more determined to escape and take the boy with her.

Finding what he was looking for, Kerrick makes plans to get in and get Amanda. His backup is a pleasant surprise, Griffin is a former SEAL as well. They’d get this job done. However Amanda has a surprise for both of them.

This is a favorite scene.

Kerrick opened the door and flashed his light in the man’s face. Eyes bright and deep emerald green stared back at him. They were twinkling. Kerrick reached out a hand, and Griffin caught it and squeezed hard. Kerrick didn’t have time for explanations or questions, but he pulled his buddy in and shut the door tight. In a low whisper, Kerrick asked, “Are you up to speed?”

Griffin nodded. “Have checked out the grounds. All clear. But doubt it will stay that way.”

Kerrick nodded and stepped through to the stairwell and said, “Down here first.”

But Griffin pulled him back and pointed down.

Kerrick couldn’t see anything.

By his ear, Griffin whispered, “Somebody’s on the landing below us.”

“Got it.”

He stepped off to the side to peer down the stairwell, seeing two bodies pressed tight against the stairwell below. So, they heard him coming? That was just too damn bad. If they got in his way, he would take them out. But … one was small, in baggy coveralls. The other smaller. He held up a warning hand to Griffin, who joined him at his side, and they studied the two in shock. They looked at each other, and then, in a sudden move, Kerrick, using the railings, jumped up to the landing below in two moves, his weapon up tight against the taller of the two people frozen in front of him. And damn if that same clear and directed gaze from one of his photos didn’t shine back at him.

“Who are you?” she snarled. Even with his gun poking her in the ribs, she raised her fists as if to clock him.

He quickly grabbed her hand, twisted it around her back, and pulled her tight against him, so she couldn’t hit him. The child beside her immediately punched and kicked at Kerrick, but Griffin grabbed him and wrapped him up tight.

Kerrick whispered in the woman’s ear, “Amanda?”

She froze, then slowly nodded.

“Good,” he said. “You’re the one we came for.”

“But Brandon comes too,” she was quick to demand.

With her in his arms, Kerrick raced back to the door where Griffin had entered. With both captives safely in their custody, they stepped outside into the cool night air. Kerrick whispered, “Don’t make a sound. Don’t make a move. Not until we tell you.”

“How do I know whose side you’re on?” she asked in an angry whisper.

He could see the fear in her gaze and also her determination to not let that stop her. But, as she stared into his eyes, she seemed to relax a bit. He smiled and said, “Well, I have a code word for you. Would that make you feel better?”

She frowned and said, “I don’t know any code word.”

“And why is it that you do cancer research?”

She stared at him, shook her head, and he whispered, “Because of your friend Alice.”

She sagged against him, and he picked her up and carried her off into the night.
Dale Mayer. Kerrick (Kindle Locations 924-948). Valley Publishing Ltd.

Now getting rescued appears to be the easy part, the getting totally away is another story entirely. Very interesting thought processes involved all of them including Brandon who has a very useful photographic memory.

Fast paced, action packed, with lots of mysterious connections, plenty of suspense and I fell in love with Kerrick just as much as Amanda does.

I love that Dale is releasing the first three books in this series on the same day, it just confirms that am already hooked on this series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Ice’s Icing – Heroes For Hire Book 21 by Dale Mayer


Ice’s Icing
Heroes for Hire Book 21
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USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Ice wanted only one thing in her life, and that was Levi—and maybe someone who was a blend of both of them. When he asked her to marry him, she was thrilled, but now she’s struggling to pin down a wedding date for fear he’d been caught up in the moment and didn’t really want to go through with it. When the compound is attacked, and they are forced to go on the offense, she realizes what’s truly important.

Levi is infuriated that Ice refuses to set a wedding date. He’s always loved her, and there will never be anyone else for him. This fact is reinforced as they come under attack by a military group trying to overthrow a government that he aided.

As the bullets fly and the body count mounts, who says you can’t have your cake and your icing too!

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Levi and Ice are the ultimate team. They compliment each other from the battles to the Homefront and more than that they are deeply in love. Ice however is reluctant to set a wedding date and Levi is getting impatient. She’s really afraid he’s not ready.

The compound has gradually become a home with the pool area and apartments for the team and their significant others. It’s also been a while since they’ve been attacked there. As Levi and Ice are discussing possible wedding plans, the compound is attacked, let me rephrase that, there is an attempted attack. This team is a well oiled machine and it won’t take all that long to squash this attempt.

This is a favorite scene.

Icelite Danning spun on her heels and walked away from Levi. It was hard to do, but she was getting better at it.

He reached out, grabbed her arm and spun her around again, his face twisted with anger. “What do you mean, no?” he roared. “I asked you to marry me. You said yes, but, anytime I try to set a date, you keep pushing it off. Why?”

Ice stood firm, her hands on her hips. “You’re not ready,” she snapped.

“It’s not for you to tell me when I’m ready or not,” he said, his voice gentle as he stared at her searchingly.

She smiled up at him. “No, it isn’t. But it’s a momentous time. And I don’t want you to make a mistake.”

His eyebrows shot up at that. He crossed his arms and said, “Really? You’re telling me that I don’t know what I want?”

“Really?” she said, mimicking him. “Of course you don’t know what you want. You’re a man.”

She laughed. He reached out, snagged her up and kissed her hard. Immediately passion swept over them, as it always did. He held her close, murmuring against her ear, “Ever since I asked you, I’ve been trying to set a date. Please put me out of my misery.”

“Okay,” she said, “but I want to think about it. An awful lot of people live and work here with us, and we’re likely to start something.”

He winced at that but bravely said, “Maybe we should do a group wedding then, like Badger’s crew did.”

She shook her head. “I don’t think that’ll work. We only got caught up in that one because of other people’s plans. That’s not something we do here.”

“Maybe that’s a good thing,” he said. “I have to admit, I was a little concerned about that.”

She chuckled. “I’m sure you were. But the bottom line is, a group wedding is not a good idea here.”

“So what do you want to do?”

She frowned. “I know Bailey and Alfred will want to do the cooking. I don’t want anybody else here but family and friends. I want my father to give me away.”

“What about Bullard?”

She stared up at Levi. “I would love that, but I don’t know if you would.”

He gave her that lazy sexy smile she adored. “Sweetheart, I don’t mind in the least. But I don’t know if Bullard would want to come.”

“Then we’ll leave it to Bullard to decide,” she said. “He’s a very good friend, as are many of his people. I wouldn’t want to exclude them.”

“In that case, you just doubled the numbers.”

She scrunched up her face and shuddered.

He leaned closer and said, “Maybe you’re the one getting cold feet.”

Heat flashed between them again, and she shook her head. “No cold feet here. I can think of nothing I want more than to be your wife.”

At that, he kissed her again, but, just as they were deepening their kiss, the alarm sounded throughout the compound. They broke apart and bolted in different directions. Ice headed for the control room, and Levi headed downstairs to the garage. In the control room, Stone watched the cameras. She stepped inside, and he said, “Lock the door behind you.”

She closed and locked it and hit the security button. “What’s going on?”
Dale Mayer. Ice’s Icing (Kindle Locations 27-53). Valley Publishing Ltd.

Now planning a counterstrike and a wedding may seem like opposite things but in this case both appear to require some subterfuge.

Pissing off bad guys is a talent both Levi and Bullard have, they’ve both worked for governments that are in conflicted areas.

There are injuries, and plenty of action in this one, along with many long awaited events. I laughed, cried and held my breath more than a couple of times.

I love this team and their interactions and we see many folks from previous books. From the battles, to recoveries, to the bedroom you won’t be able to put this book down.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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From The Ashes – Psychic Visions Book 16 By Dale Mayer


From the Ashes
Psychic Visions Book 16
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Dale Mayer

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Born and raised in a cult with a fanatical father who believed she was destined for greater things, Phoenix endured a childhood of pain and torment. Not only was her father preparing her for the future he saw, he hated that she was stronger, better than he was.

When she’s finally rescued, her life slowly improves, but still her past hinders her future. Her father has gifted her with one special note, written on a material she has yet to destroy. In order to get rid of it forever, she travels to Iceland to her father’s hometown to visit a fissure of lava that opens every summer. Surely the material will burn in the lava? And she can then be rid of her father and the special note forever …

Detective Rowan Einar hates when the damn fissure opens as it always signifies the suicide season—a despicable time of year where people travel to his small corner of the world to end their lives. When a waif shows up with huge eyes and scars, both external and internal, he wants to ensure she won’t be the next suicide in town. But, when he hears her story, he wonders what is going on …

Then the deaths begin, … and he witnesses the visions and energies that he’s always been able to see have now merged with Phoenix’s energies, making the two of them stronger and more powerful. What they see though is even more terrifying …

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Phoenix had been through more in her life than anyone ever should. She did come out the other side better, more educated, and far more stable. Now she has just one more thing to do. She needs to get rid of the last thing of her past, something given to her by her father that up to now she hasn’t be able to destroy by conventional means.

The town where Phoenix’s father was born is noted for the lava fissure that opens every spring and closes in the fall. The Burning Fires as they are called, signal what the locals refer to as the suicide season. It is a time of year acting police chief Rowen Einar dreads.

As Rowan watches the bus loads of tourists, one woman attracts his attention. He doesn’t know why but he has a feeling about her and if she’s planning on suicide he wasn’t going to let it happen on his watch.

While we do meet the troublesome entity and get to understand the disappearances through it’s eyes, he calls himself a supplier to the Elders of these burning fires.

After exploring a little and hearing some strange sounds with no apparent cause, Phoenix encounters a local woman who seems concerned about her. After trying to reassure her she was fine, Phoenix makes her way back to the hotel for dinner.

When Rowan joins her, the conversation that ensues is enlightening.

She stood at the open door of the dining room and waited to be noticed. Soon a waitress approached, and she was seated at a table for two. Maybe it was her energy, maybe it was something else, but, no matter where she went, she was placed off to the side alone— never with a group or even another individual traveling on the same bus. She’d long gotten used to it, but it made her wonder if she was putting out energy that said she didn’t want anything to do with anyone or if people were picking up on that on their own.

And she didn’t understand her impulse to always be alone. She didn’t want to be alone, but neither did she want to be left with inane conversation from people who asked questions she had no intention of answering. She sat, staring out the window, her back to the door, a menu in her hand. A shadow fell beside her, and a man pulled out the chair across from her and sat down.

She looked up only to rear back in surprise. It was the cop. She gave him a quick frown. “What’s the matter?” she asked.

He looked at her, surprise lighting the deep gaze in his eyes. “Now why would you look at me and ask what’s the matter?”

“You’re a cop,” she said bluntly. “You sit down without asking and just stare at me.”

“I’m staring at you now,” he confirmed. “But I wasn’t when I sat down, and I did sit down abruptly because I figured you’d probably get up and run away.”

Again she could feel herself withdrawing, looking for a way to run. Because of that she jutted out her chin and glared at him.

“And now you’re looking to run again but then got mad,” he said.

“Interesting.”

She let out her breath slowly. “How do you know I was running away?”

“Because I can see it in every line of your frame. You’re tense. You’re worried. You’re afraid. Possibly afraid something will come up in this conversation you might not want to answer.”

At his observation, her eyebrows rose slowly. “Did you read my aura or something?”

He inclined his head, but all he said was, “Or something.”

Frustrated, she stared back at him. “I don’t understand what you want. Have I done something wrong?”

“Not that I can see,” he said cheerfully, shifting closer to the log wall.

“Yet.”

“So why are you here then?” “Because I heard through the grapevine how you appeared nervous and unsteady earlier this evening.”

“Grapevine?”

“We’re a tight-knit community,” he affirmed. “Somebody spoke to you on a bench, and she was worried about you. So much so that she called me as soon as you took off.”

“She doesn’t need to be,” Phoenix replied, surprise raising her eyebrows as she understood this was a compassionate visit. “She made a comment about family that hit a nerve. I had gone down an alleyway that ended up taking me to some other streets, and I got a bit turned around. I ended up on an overpass, coming back into the main part of town.”

At that, his mouth dropped open. “You found Fellow Alley?”

“I have no idea what I found,” she said bluntly. “But, by the time I made it back to the center of town, I was a bit frazzled and more than happy to just sit there for a moment. Then this woman sat down beside me, so you must see I was already geared to be upset. If you see her again, please give her my apologies. I am fine.”

“I’ll pass the message on.” He leaned forward, his hands clenched in front of him. “Did you see anything down the alley?”

“Some stores that were open. An apothecary masquerading as a tea shop,” she said with a half a smile. “A couple shops with nothing I wanted to pick up for myself. Everything was dark and ghoulish. Plus a couple empty stores. It was the cries in the woods that got to me. I presume some bird of prey is around here that makes a cry like a woman’s voice.”

“Where was it?” he asked, his voice low and urgent, his eyes narrow and glinting. “Where did you hear it?”

Surprised and a little daunted by the tone in his voice, she replied, “At the bridge,” she said. “I mean, I was standing there, looking down, when I heard it in the trees again.”

“Did you go looking?”

She shook her head. “Not when I was walking across the overpass. I heard it again, and I thought maybe it was a bird. It was so very clear though.”

“Why would you think it was a bird?”

“Because it was exactly the same pitch and length,” she said. “Nothing differed between the two cries, so I figured it must mean something about it was normal. Like the call of a bird.”

His expression eased back some. He nodded. “That’s good to hear,” he said. “We always have to watch out when we have so many transient people through the place.”

“Does transient equal tourists?” she asked.

“In some ways, yes,” he replied.

“There’s also the worry we are some sort of a suicide destination,” he said, and this time his tone wasn’t light at all. “And that’s the last thing we want to become.”

“Suicide season.” Her face fell at his nod. “The bus driver mentioned something about that,” she said slowly. “Honestly that sounds terrible.”

“Exactly. But that overpass you were standing on? We’ve had four people jump off it.”

She gasped. “Really?”

He nodded. “Absolutely no way to survive that fall. Two were locals, and two were tourists. The locals were several years ago, and, once the events were on the internet, it seemed like that became the next favorite spot.”

“I thought they were all committing suicide at the Burning Fires,” she said in surprise.

“We still lose several there a year,” he admitted. “We’ve extended the security on the place. There’s rope and all kinds of measures to keep people back from the edge, but it never seems to stop people from trying.”

“The barrier would stop those looking for attention or those easily persuaded off their path but not the serious ones.”

He smiled at that. “We don’t get too many just getting attention,” he said. “This is a permanent answer.”

“I’m sorry,” she said. “That’s terrible.”

“Indeed,” he said. “So make sure you don’t become one of the victims, okay?”

She sat back with a slump and stared at him. “Is that what you think I am? Somebody who came here to commit suicide?”

He watched her for a long moment. That was exactly what he thought. The woman she’d been speaking with on the bench had likely found their conversation upsetting. Phoenix had been distressed before the woman had asked her a question, and obviously the combination had been enough for the older woman to worry about the young tourist’s mental health.

“I didn’t come here to commit suicide,” she said, her voice hardening and low. “I get that woman might have been worried, but that’s not what this trip is about.”

“Good,” he said. “Then I’ve nothing to worry about, right?”

“Not in any way,” she said in a neutral tone.

“So, why are you here?”
Dale Mayer. From the Ashes (Kindle Locations 319-376). Valley Publishing.

It’s when they see the missing woman that Rowan and Phoenix have a shared vision. A strange and interesting occurrence.

Everything starts to escalate from here in this tense and intriguing tale.
We see more of Stefan and Dr. Maddy after Rowan calls for some assistance.

There’s a lot happening and it all seems somehow tied to Phoenix. Of course a love story also develops and it’s an interesting one.

There are many books in this series and I really need to go to the beginning and start catching up. With luck I may accomplish this before then next book in this series!

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Heath – Hathaway House Book 8 By Dale Mayer


Heath
Hathaway House Book 8
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Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Hathaway House.
Rehab Center. Safe Haven.
Second chance at life and love.

Overjoyed at his transfer to Hathaway House, Heath Jorgenson is anxious to maximize his potential and to get better from the multiple injuries that sidelined him. But rest is necessary for recovery, and Heath’s body won’t give him any. Even when he buckles under and accepts the need for drugs, his body rejects them. And all the determination in the world won’t matter when your own body is working against you.

Just when he’s about to give up, respite comes from the unlikeliest of sources. The sound of the cleaning lady slowly and methodically washing the hall floor outside his room lulls him to sleep and allows him to see some of the progress he’s desperate for.

Hailee Cisco is grateful for the part-time job of washing floors at Hathaway House. Sure, it isn’t glamorous, but it’s honest work, and, along with her other job, it’s enough to pay the bills—of which Hailee has many. When Dani, the heart of and the partial owner of Hathaway House, offers Hailee a full-time job, Hailee is delighted at the chance to cut back to just one job.

Until she realizes that her change in hours has an unintended impact on Heath’s sleep patterns …

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The patients at Hathaway House have many different injuries they are healing from both mental and physical. The setting here is tranquil even as the therapy both psychiatric and physical can be brutal. It’s the balance, the staff and the animals, that make this center unique and very effective.

Heath had been a patient at the VA, he’s hit a lull in his progress and after researching found Hathaway House. He truly feels he will benefit from the treatments there.

Hailee is not a patient but part of Hathaway House’s cleaning staff. It’s one of her two jobs. She is suffering in her own way, both financially and mentally. It’s her way of mopping the floors that gives Heath some peace so he can sleep although she doesn’t realize that.

This is a favorite scene.

By the time midnight hit, she was damn-near done. But now it was time to start the floors. That always took her a couple hours. She checked her watch and realized she was running a little bit behind. She headed back to the utility closet and switched out some of her cleansers. And then, with the mop and her bucket filled with hot water and the floor-cleaning solution, she started mopping on the main floor and then moved upward. It would take her over two hours tonight. It looked like the floors were dirtier than usual, which meant changing her bucket of water more often. But she was up for it. Every time she did this, she imagined each stroke cleaning the pain and sorrow of her own soul.

She moved steadily through the hallways, washing and scrubbing, moving the mop back and forth to a natural rhythm that seemed to ease something inside her. The routine movement and the sense of hard work, knowing that she was doing something necessary and in some way contributing to somebody else’s healing, it all helped. Maybe that was good for her own soul too. She moved in a steady rhythmic motion, absolutely loving to see the clean floors as she moved backward down each hall. By the time she came around to the final hallway, she knew she was running almost half an hour behind. She headed down with a bucket of fresh water and started working on the floor.

She heard a sound. She stopped, frowned, and then softly called out, “Are you okay?”

A ghost of a voice answered, “No.”

She immediately went to the door, knocked, and opened it slightly, poking her head around the corner into the dark room. “Do you want me to call a nurse?”

“Yes, please.” She immediately closed the door and raced to the closest nursing station. Tina was there. Hailee told her about the patient in the far room. Tina followed her and headed inside the room that Hailee had only ever stuck her head into once. She could hear their voices on the other side in the darkness. She hadn’t actually seen the patient, but he needed somebody. Happy that she could help, Hailee picked up her mop and resumed working again.

By the time she finished, her soul was a little lighter, and she realized that, on a scale of one to ten today, she was running around an eight.

Considering she’d been working closer to the six or seven range every day for the last three weeks, this wasn’t bad. But today, well, was a little bit better. She cleaned up her mop and put away her bucket, then headed back to check that she’d collected everything. She’d left her Wet Floor sign, and she snatched that up.

The door to his room opened. Tina walked out, smiled at Hailee, and said, “Thanks for calling me.”

Hailee nodded slowly. “I didn’t know what I heard. I felt terrible even knocking.”

“In this specific case,” Tina said, “it was the right thing to do.”

“I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “I really don’t have much to do with any of the patients here, so I never really know.”

“Not to worry,” Tina said with a smile. She headed back to the nurse’s station.

Hailee followed ever-so-slowly. She returned to the utility room to put away the floor sign but returned to the main floor to once more look around and make sure she was done for the night.

Tina saw her. “Time for the end of your shift?”

“I hope so,” she said. “It’s been a bit of a long day.”

“Is this your only job?” Tina asked with a frown.

Hailee hesitated and then shrugged. “No, I have another job too.”

Tina nodded. “I figured as much. It’s probably not enough hours here, if you’ve got bills to pay.”

Hailee’s smile slipped. “Bills to pay, yes, that’s one way to look at it.” She turned away, and then she looked back at Tina and asked, “Will he be okay?”

“Who?” Tina asked, looking at her in surprise. “The patient I called you for.”

“I hope so,” Tina said with a smile. “He’s such a handsome man with his dark Moorish looks,” she said. “You probably couldn’t see for the lighting, but he’s got dark hair, thick eyebrows, and an immaculately chiseled jaw.”

Hailee nodded and hesitantly said, “He seemed like he was in a lot of pain.”

“Well, he’s doing better now,” Tina said. “He has not been too forthcoming about asking for help, and sometimes, well, sometimes you just don’t know when people will need more care.”

“I can understand that,” Hailee said. She wasn’t even sure why she was talking to Tina. It was so opposite to what Hailee usually did. But finally feeling a little awkward, she smiled and said, “Have a good evening.”

“You too,” Tina called out.

As Hailee grabbed her purse and readied to leave, she found herself taking the long way around and going past that same door. As she walked by, she whispered, “Good night. Sleep well.”
Mayer, Dale. Heath: A Hathaway House Heartwarming Romance . Valley Publishing, Ltd. Kindle Locations (304-344). Kindle Edition.

The interaction between her and Heath starts and stops almost at the same time. They have never been able to really see each other and when Hailee takes the position of accountant at Hathaway House her mopping and brief talks stop rather abruptly.

Heath hasn’t been sleeping since the cleaning person stopped mopping outside his door in the middle of the night, he doesn’t know what happened to her but the two days she said she was off became so many more.

Now these two do have more interactions but at meal times and they start talking to each other and meet up periodically. They just sort of click, but Heath has no idea Hailee was the cleaning person.

Lots of interesting things happen in this book not the least of which involves a Bobcat and a regular cat. I love that the Vet Clinic is downstairs from the rehab. Both the people and the animals benefit so much from these interactions.

An inspiring tale with a start to a relationship that is slow and healing for both Heath and Hailee.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Parker – The K9 Files Book 6 by Dale Mayer


Parker
The K9 Files Book 6
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Dale Mayer

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Heading back to Iraq was never in Parker’s plans …

But, when his brother is killed in action, he makes the journey to bring his brother back home to his final resting place.

When one of the K9 War Dogs disappears at the military airport in transit, and all attempts to locate him fails, Parker agrees to investigate during the few days he’s there.

Sandy is making the same journey as Parker—both of their brothers were killed in the same incident. Both brothers had been the best of friends, but this is the first time she’s met Parker. From that initial moment, she realizes something odd is happening in his world. When they find a K9 dog in a rebel stronghold, she’s sucked into a much more dangerous trip than one of compassion and grief.

There’s a reason why the first investigation didn’t turn up anything. … As Parker rattles cages and shakes up a ring of thieves, the bodies start dropping, one by one.

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Parker is going to Iraq to escort his brother’s body home. Saying goodbye is never easy and having been injured himself, he’s made the decision not to re-up.

Sandy’s brother was also killed in the same incident as Parker’s brother. The two men were best friends so it’s not a hardship for her to get to know Parker. A military nurse, she has also decided it’s time to leave the service.

After visiting with some friends at the base, both are restless and Parker invites Sandy to accompany him as he tries to find out what happened to the missing K9 Samson.

This is a favorite scene.

Parker used the ground cover to his advantage, crawling up the hill far away from where he’d seen the light. As he crested the top, he could see a little bit of a rise, and nestled on the other side were several huts and small buildings. A compound with dogs was around the back. He was too far away to see if the shepherd was there, but it would make sense that, if these guys had the shepherd, it would be with the other dogs.

Time was tight. He didn’t want to leave Sandy too long. He’d rather not leave her alone at all. It would be inexcusable to have something happen to her from this decision. But the opportunity was here. And if there was one thing he’d learned from his navy days, it was to make the most of those.

Making a quick decision, he slid down the hill along the back behind the dog compound. As he approached the fence, he saw a big black male shepherd. He gave a slight whistle that he knew the dog should have heard many times in the military. The dog jumped to its feet and came racing to the back fence. Parker gave a second whistle on a different octave, wondering if the dog was capable of jumping to that level. The dog, from a standstill, soared over the fence and ran toward him. Parker had no lead for him, but, carefully maneuvering back the same way he came, Parker slid down the hill on the other side, keeping the dog at his side.

Once they got to the trees, he stopped and hugged the dog. Samson still had a collar on him with his name. Parker crept to the jeep, holding the dog by the collar.

Sandy stared at him. “That easy?”

“It’s never that easy,” he said. Just then shots were fired over his head. He swore and got the dog into the back seat of the jeep.

Before he could head to the driver’s side, Sandy slid over and already had the jeep running. “Get in, get in.”

He jumped into the passenger side. At his feet, he found a piece of rope for a lead for the dog.

Sandy drove like a crazy person, leaving a huge plume of dust behind them. As they hit the small village, everybody was already undercover and hiding, but Parker knew people were coming after them.

“We have to be prepared for them to gain on us,” he cried out as he watched behind them.

yelled, “I’m going as fast as we can.”

He nodded. “After the village we have to find a place to hide. We don’t want to hide close to the village, in case the rebels attack the villagers.”

“No, that’s not happening,” she said. “If we can get to the base or to the airport, that would be the best.”

He nodded. “They were at least prepared for us. I don’t have any weapons. Do you?”

“No,” she said. “I wasn’t issued one. I’m just here as a visitor. Remember?”

“I know. Me too,” he said. “Doesn’t matter what we used to do. It’s what we currently do that matters.” He looked behind them to see a vehicle coming faster than they could drive. “Do you want me to take over?” he yelled.

She shook her head and noticed the vehicle behind them. “I can drive faster.”

“Go cross-country. We should be able to lose them on the other side of the village.”

She didn’t hesitate. He really admired that. She took directions and drove fast.
Dale Mayer. Parker (Kindle Locations 438-464). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Finding the dog and being chased by rebels is only the beginning. They’ve managed to open a whole can of worms and now don’t know who they can trust.

Samson is an awesome dog and is quite the hero in this one. I love how he bonds with both Parker and Sandy.

Lots of action, hold your breath scenes, and a romance that blossoms in the midst of the chaos and grief.

In addition the lead in to the next book has me wanting it now!

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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