COVER REVEAL: Throwing My Life Away by Liz Czukas (+ giveaway!)

If you follow me on social media, you know how much I love Liz Czukas (and Ellie Cahill) books!! I am so excited to help reveal her cover for her upcoming YA book today! Spoiler Alert: I read it and LOVED it! Look for a review next week some time 🙂


I am so excited to share this cover with you all! I am seriously in love with it. Sarah from Okay Creations did such an amazing job! I can’t wait for you all to read the book so you can see exactly how perfect each one of the images she chose is. Seriously when I saw it, I was almost spooked by how utterly perfect they were.

It’s completely surreal to be sharing this cover so close to the release! In only 5 days, Throwing My Life Away will be up on all digital platforms and also available in paperback. Such a change from the usual way, where we have to wait months just drooling over a gorgeous cover image before we get to see it in person.

And you guys, seriously, the paperback is possibly even more gorgeous. I’ll post pics as soon as I can.

Thank you Sarah, for the bee-you-ti-ful cover! I’m proud to have it among my covers. And a huge huge thank you to all the awesome bloggers who have helped to spread this cover far and wide. The support of the book blogging community is one of my absolute favorite parts of being an author.

Now for the giveway! You could win one of three paperback copies of Throwing My Life Away! If the winner is in the US, I can send a signed copy, but that doesn’t mean you international peeps can’t enter! You’ll get a paperback copy shipped to you, and I’d be happy to drop a signed bookplate in the mail to go with it!

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7 photographs, 2 weeks, an entire life to get back. No problem, right?

After her stepfather accidentally throws away her high school mementos, sentimental Mariska is pretty sure the world is over. That is, until she comes up with a plan. She’s going to recreate her past, with a little help from her friends.

It’s not easy to rally everyone into helping, especially Caine, who couldn’t be less sentimental about anything if he were a park bench. But from a guerilla kite festival to convincing her ex-boyfriend to recreate her lost prom picture, Mariska is willing to do what it takes.

With a little nudging from Caine, Mariska starts to realize she can’t actually get her past back. And maybe that’s okay. Because while she’s so focused on the past, she’s missing out on the present, where her friends are busy having the summer of their lives. And where funny, quiet Caine might just be the future she never knew she wanted.

ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL??? Pre-order links to come but you should keep an eye next week for mine (and other bloggers!) reviews to go live.

BONUS GIVEAWAY!!! Click the image below to take you to Rafflecopter!

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Reliquary by Sarah Fine (+ giveaway!)

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Today I am featuring a new title by Sarah Fine! RELIQUARY is her latest novel and is a urban fantasy. I hadn’t heard about this one until recently but I was HOOKED right away. Just sample chapter 1 and tell me this book isn’t going to be awesome. You may know Sarah from her various YA books or perhaps some of her other adult titles but Reliquary sounds like it could appeal to reads on both sides of the spectrum. Make sure to check out when Reliquary is about below and follow along the blog tour for some awesome reviews later in the month.  Also make sure to enter the giveaway below!!

Reliquary CoverABOUT RELIQUARY:

Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.

Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.

LINKS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Sarah FineABOUT SARAH FINE:

Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr 

Tour Schedule:

7/17: Polished Page-Turners – Spotlight
7/18: The Eater of Books – Excerpt
7/19: Behind Closed Covers – Spotlight
7/20: Gone with the Words – Excerpt
7/21: Reading is Better with Cupcakes – Excerpt
7/22: Supernatural Snark – Q&A
7/23: Quite the Novel Idea – Spotlight
7/24: The Book Cellar – Review
7/25: Fiction Fare – Q&A
7/26: No BS Book Reviews – Q&A
7/26: Emily Reads Everything – Review
7/27: Stuck in Books – Excerpt
7/27: Reads All the Books – Review
7/28: Ex Libris – Review
7/28: BCS Reviews – Review
7/29: kimberlyfaye reads – Review
7/29: Wandering Bark Books – Review
7/30: Lost in Lit – Review
7/30: Bookish Lifetsyle – Review
7/31: Don’t Fold the Page – Review
7/31: Miranda’s Book Blog – Review

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of RELIQUARY (US Only)

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Scribd Appreciation Post

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I am constantly telling my book nerd friends how much I love Scribd, and it only makes sense to shout out my love for this service on the blog!

First, what is Scribd? Well, Scribd is a subscription service for audiobooks, ebooks, and more.

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What you get with a subscription to Scribd is 3 eBook and 1 audiobook credit a month that can be used in the HUGE library! There are also comics, sheet music, and documents – which to be honest I’m not quite sure what that entails, but I’m sure it’s a cool feature for those who have a use for it. I use my audiobook credit right away every month, but for the eBook credits I find myself accumulating them (which you can accumulate up to 3 months worth) or just using them on books I know I’ll want to read later. This isn’t for lack of content though, more like there’s too much to choose from and I’m a slow reader. There are so many books to choose from, in every genre you can think of, and a ton of new releases and bestsellers.

Here’s a look a my current library. Some of these books are ones I’ve used my credits on and are in my library for me to go back to whenever, and some are part of Scribd Unlimited or Scribd Selects (which I’ll talk about in a second)

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Scribd Unlimited and Scrib Selects: these are audiobooks and eBooks that you don’t have to use one of your monthly credits on. Unlimited are titles that are always free to read and never expire, while Selects are books chosen monthly that will be free for a certain amount of time and then expire. There are great titles in both unlimited and selects, but my favorite thing to do at the beginning of the month is check out the new selects. This month I was pumped to find that More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera was on the audiobook select list. Last month Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was among the audiobook selects. My point is, these are sought after titles. So many good books are available every month, and then I still have my credits to spend. I have never listened to as many audiobooks as I have in the last few months that I’ve had Scribd.

The best part about all of this has to be the price. You ready for this? All this sweet sweet audio and eBook gold is only $8.99 a month!!! That price doesn’t make me cry every month like another audiobook subscription, I’m for some reason still using, does. Don’t get me wrong, I love Aduible too, but $14.99 for one credit a month is pushing my budget a little too much.

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So let’s recap. 3 eBooks and 1 audiobook a month for less than the price of most paperback books. Have I convinced you yet? Well if I have then use this link to get 2 months FREE! –> CLICK ME! Signing up on your own will gets you a 14-day free trial, but using my link will get you 2 months! That’s 6 eBooks and 2 audiobooks, plus all the selects and unlimited reads you want!

I’ll leave you with this really low quality picture (thanks webcam) of me listening to MHTN while creating this post. Let me know if I’ve convinced you to sign up for Scribd, or just comment if you are a Scribd user yourself and you love it just as much as I do!

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APOLLYCON 2017 UPDATE (+GIVEAWAY!)

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If you weren’t aware I am apart of the Apollycon blogger team! This is one of my FAVORITE events every year and would encourage any one planning on attending to go! Today the AMAZING author line-up was announced on Apollycon social media pages. Check out! And then keep reading for awesome registration information.

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APOLLYCON 2017 REGISTRATION WILL OPEN UP ON FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd!

Apollycon 2017 will feature four different tiered pass levels available to enhance your Apollycon experience: The Titan Pass, the Apollyon Pass, the Demigod Pass, and the FAST PASS.

Here’s a breakdown of each:

TITAN PASS: “ALL ACCESS FRIDAY & SATURDAY” – $85

The Titan Pass includes:

  • EXCLUSIVE FRIDAY SIGNINGapollycon-titan-pass-17 which will feature ALL authors in the lineup, vendors, and hourly giveaways. This 2-hour-long signing event will only be open to the 200 Titan badge holders. Access to the general signing on Saturday will also be included.
  • PARTY PASS – Ticket to the After Party on Saturday night
  • A COPY OF THE STRUGGLE by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • TITAN COMMEMORATIVE TOTE filled with exclusives:

-Assorted ARCs/Books
-Signed Poster (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
-Souvenir T-Shirt (One Size)
-The Struggle Swag including bookmark & postcard (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
-Seth Swag (Signed by Drew Leighty)
-Titan Lanyard
-Apollycon Koozie
-Titan button

APOLLYON PASS: “ALL ACCESS SATURDAY” – $65

The Apollyon Pass includes:

  • Apollycon-apollyon-pass-17TICKET TO GENERAL SATURDAY SIGNING – (You won’t need to register for a Saturday ticket)
  • PARTY PASS – Ticket to the After Party Saturday night
  • A COPY OF THE STRUGGLE by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • APOLLYCON COMMEMORATIVE TOTE filled with exclusives:

-Assorted ARCs/Books
-Signed Poster (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
-The Struggle Swag including bookmark & postcard (Signed by Jennifer & Drew)
-Seth Swag (Signed by Drew Leighty)
-Apollyon Lanyard
-Apollycon Koozie
-Apollyon button

DEMIGOD PASS: AFTER PARTY PASS – $45

The Party will feature:

  • Apollycon-demigod-pass-171,001 DARK NIGHTS GIFT BAGS FOR THE FIRST 300 PEOPLE! – Be among the first 300 people to arrive, and you will get to take home a bag filled with goodies!
  • MINGLE WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS! – Featured authors & cover model(s) will be in attendance!
  • PHOTOBOOTH FUN – We will have a photo booth with fun props where you and your friends can capture the fun!
  • HIT THE DANCE FLOOR WITH YOUR FRIENDS! – We will have a DJ bringing the tunes!
  • GIVEAWAYS, GIVEWAYS, GIVEAWAYS! – There will be chances to win gift cards, an iPad, a Kindle Fire tablet, signed books, and more throughout the party!

THE FAST PASS: “The Saturday Early Entry Pass” – $15

**Limited passes available**

  • apollycon-fast-pass-17This pass grants you early access to the general signing area on Saturday ONE HOUR before we open the doors to everyone else. You will be able to get your books signed during this hour. **You will still have access to the signing beyond the “early entry” time period.
  • This pass can be purchased in addition to the TITAN & APOLLYON Pass. (This option is not included with any of the available badge levels, and must be purchased separately.)
  • This pass is only valid for the Saturday signing.

**The signing taking place on Friday, March 24th, 2017 will be exclusive to TITAN Badge holders ONLY. The general signing which will be taking place on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 will be open to all badge levels, and is FREE for all attendees.**

GIVEAWAY: Click below to enter to win a FRONT OF THE LINE PASS for Apollycon 2017!! You can only win this by stopping by the Apollycon bloggers.

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BEA Part of It – Chicago Edition!

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BEA (also known as Book Expo America) is in Chicago this year and I know it will be a first time in Chicago for people so why not give a small introduction to this amazing city?

Where did the idea of BEA Part of it come from? Estelle from Rather Be Reading started the BEA Part of It series — a guide for everyone who was traveling to NYC for BEA. She wanted to share her home with everyone who was visiting and point out some of her favorite spots, give ideas for places to go, and recommend things to do.

Brittany from Book Addict’s Guide asked me if I would be interested in helping and I said of course! Make sure to check out Brittany’s post here. (Brittany also has a really great post if this happens to be your first year at BEA!) This year, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chicago attractions along with some other Chicago area friends Heidi from YA Bibliophile and Jaime & Erin from Fiction Fare!


Random!

  • garrett-popcornOne thing I will tell you to do while you are at the airport: get some Chicago mix popcorn! What is Chicago mix popcorn? It is a blend of half caramel corn and half cheese corn in the same bag. I know this sounds WEIRD but it WORKS! There are many places to get these in both airports as well as throughout the city. Garrett’s is my favorite but Nuts on Clark is also delicious. Make sure to grab some once you land or before you leave!
  • Most people will not have a car (which is fine because Chicago parking is expensive!) so you will be relying  on public transportation and the use of cabs or Uber/Lyft. My suggestion is to use the Google Maps App. Google Maps allows you to pick public transportation as an option and I have never been steered wrong when navigating to a new place. If you want to save time I would suggest getting an Uber or Lyft. Both of these have Apps that you can hook your credit card up to (or Paypal I believe). I use Lyft to get around the city and my rides almost never go above $15.

Sights to see!

  • cloudgate800The “Bean”/Millennium Park: Cloud Gate (or known to most people as The Bean) is located inMillennium Park. While The Bean is why most people head to Millennium Park, there are a ton of other things to see while you’re there! Hopefully the weather cooperates and you get a chance to walk around.
  • Navy Pier: Navy Pier is a fun place to visit and walk around! Usually I would reccomend riding the ferris wheel (the one featured in Divergent!) but it is currently closed for construction and won’t open until the end of May.
  • The Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the world and is really a fun place to spend an afternoon! Right near there is the Field Museum, which features the really awesome Dinosaur SUE!! I mean I guess there is other cool stuff to do there but come on, DINOSAUR. If space is more your fortay then you want to check out Adler Planetarium!

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  • There is quite a bit to choose from inside the convention hall (including a Starbucks!) This is probably the best option for lunch since there is very little within reasonable walking distance of the convention center!
  • One place I insist you stop while in town is Portillo’s. Chicago hot dog, beef sandwiches, cheese fries, burgers and even amazing salads…I have yet to try something here I didn’t like!!!
  • When in Chicago you need to get some Chicago style pizza! Lou Malnati’s has the more delicious crust but Giordano’s have tastier sauce (also pictured here)o. I like Lou’s sausage pizza but Giordano’s has the best stuffed spinach pizza. It really is a toss up between these two! Honorable mention goes to Gino’s East.
  • Flo & Santos is very yummy pizza and pierogi joint that also has a great selection of beers (plus is close to the McCormick Place!)
  • Yummy breakfast can be found at Yolk (south Loop location is closest to McCormick Place).
  • If you are looking to try some delicious beer while in town Vice District Brewing Tap Room is close to McCormick place otherwise Revolution has a Brew Pub location on the northside.
  • Little Italy/Taylor Street: McCormick Place is about 10-15 minute drive from Little Italy and there are quite a few restaurants worth mentioning! Fontano’s Subs if you are looking for some of the best subs in the city, Big G’s does pizza by the slice plus open late and delivers to McCormick Place and Mario’s Italian Lemonade on Taylor street for yummy Italian ice!
  • Chicago is a big city so if you feel like traveling here are my favorite places: Kuma’s Corner has the best burgers I have ever eaten. I waited almost 2 hours before and it was so worth it. Bang Bang! Pie Shop has delicious pie and biscuits available all day.  Cheesie’s Pub & Grub has the yummiest “gourmet” grilled cheese around. Wasabi is my go to for ramen (plus the most delicious pork belly buns).

Donuts!

I love donuts and Chicago has some amazing places to get some!

  • stans-donuts-tallStan’s Donuts & Coffee: I love Stan’s! They have a very wide selection and I am fairly certainthe 26 East Roosevelt Road location delivers to the hotel connected to the McCormick Place! They also have gelato and make gelato milkshakes!!!
  • Glazed & Infused: Glazed might be my favorite (sorry Stan’s!) but they closed the location closest to my house (excuse you). They don’t deliver but if you find yourself out and about it is totally worth stopping in! I will say the Maple Bacon Long John might be my all time favorite donut.
  • Firecakes: The number 1 thing I can say about Firecakes is that I have never eaten a fresher donut. They don’t have a huge selection but I have yet to have a donut from them that is 100% delicious. Also they may deliver if you plan ahead and get a dozen.

Let me know if you have any other unanswered questions about Chicago and I can hopefully help you out!!

Happy #TMKReleaseDay! (+ GIVEAWAY!)

I think duologies are my favorite thing right now, especially in YA. You don’t have to wait YEARS for the conclusion (love/hate waiting really tho). Originally I started reading The Orphan Queen over a year ago. I was once again falling in love with another of Jodi’s stories (if you haven’t read Incarnate series yet GET ON IT! I mean they are all out now so you have no excuse). I got about 75% into The Orphan Queen and I was like THIS IS SO AWESOME WIL IS SUCH A BADASS. But then the internet had to go ruin my fun. No one spoiled the book but EVERYONE who finished was shouting CLIFFHANGER! I hate cliffhangers. OK hate is not the right word…I just hate the wait between cliffhanger and next book. Since everyone kept talking about the brutal cliffhanger I stopped reading. Yes I totally have it in me to just STOP. I would rather leave a book unfinished then wait after a cliffhanger. So wait I did until a copy of The Mirror King was placed in my hands. I went back a re-read what I had already read and instantly jumped into The Mirror King upon finishing.

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Why am I telling you this story? Well because you are lucky enough to not need agonize between reading book 1 and book 2 because BOOK 2 IS OUT TODAY!! Get yourself to your local bookstore (or library!!) and pick up a copy of not only Orphan Queen but also Mirror King! Also if either establishments don’t have said books you should totally request them to get a copy for optimum consumption.

OR!!! You can enter my giveaway below for an ebook of The Orphan Queen so you too can experience the awesome that is a Jodi story.

ABOUT THE ORPHAN QUEEN SERIES


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by Jodi Meadows
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 10th 2015

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

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Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 5th 2016

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

ABOUT JODI MEADOWS

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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of the forthcoming MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). Visit her at http://www.jodimeadows.com

*A Kippy is a cat.

Happy Four/Four Day!

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It’s April fourth and as any Divergent fan knows it is Four Day! Today not only are we going to celebrate the heck out of our favorite Dauntless cutie, but we’re going to be giving away 4 copies of Four: A Divergent Collection. That’s right initiates, 4 chances to win one of these babies!

And by celebrate Four I of course mean drool over these gifs of Theo James, because is he not the most delicious thing ever?

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I don’t know about you but I could watch Four take of his shirt for hours… also that shower scene from Allegiant?! One of the more captivating moments of the film ((PS. later in the week I’ll finally be sharing my review for the Allegiant movie (plus more giveaways) so stay tuned for that!))

Let’s not forget how much we love Theo when he’s just being himself. Personally I think the movies would be a lot less enjoyable if it weren’t for this gorgeous goofball <4

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Some of my favorite Theo faces!
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Hot damn indeed Theo, hot damn in-deed

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Gotta love a man who knows his flamingos!

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I hope you didn’t drool all over your computer, rendering it useless, because you still need to enter our giveaway! We’re giving two copies away here, on the blog, and then be sure to find both Katie (@polishedpage) and I (@kyliekaemke) on Twitter where we’ll each be having a flash giveaway for a copy. I promised you four chances and that you shall get! So enter our blog giveaway by clicking the image below, hope the rest of your Four/Four is amazing, and we’ll see you on Twitter!

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