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Morning all! In case you missed the big announcement yesterday on FB, twitter & instagram, here’s a blog post about it!

For those of you who don’t know, I LOVE to run. It’s an obsession of mine. April 15 will mark the one year anniversary of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. This tragedy effected me personally, as I went to college in the Boston area and am an avid marathoner.

As a runner, you train for months just so you can cross the finish line of whatever race in a relatively upright position. When I heard news reports of what happened at the Boston Marathon last year, I felt completely helpless. I have so many friends who still live in the city and are runners, and all I want to do was get on a plane from LAX and hug them.

This tragedy impacted the running world greatly, and me. So as my way of giving back to the city of Boston, the running community, and the victims of that tragic day who may never be able to run again, this Saturday at the North Shore Author Signing in Peabody, MA, I will be donating 100% of all of my sales to The One Fund.

Tickets for this event are sold out, but don’t worry. If you’re unable to make it, I’ll be making another announcement on Saturday of a way you can help give back the week of April 13th – 19th and it will make donating all my sales during the signing PALE in comparison… (100% of all sales through all retailers for the entire week… Just saying’!)

So for those of you who have tickets, stop by and see me. Grab a book or two and help to give back to the amazing city of Boston. I’ll only have about 50 books with me, but I will have order forms so that you can order books and have them shipped to you. Every dollar I take in on Saturday will go to The One Fund, no matter whether I have to ship the book out to you or not.

As always, thanks for your support!


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Half Marathon Day in Disney and a Sale Announcement

Happy Saturday morning all! I’ve been down here in Florida since Monday night. See, the fam & I come to Disney World every year during January for the Disney Marathon weekend. The past few years, I’ve done the Goofy Challenge, which is the Half Marathon on Saturday and then the Full Marathon on Sunday. Crazy, right?

Well, last spring, Disney added another challenge to their Marathon Weekend Extravaganza. The Dopey Challenge – 5K on Thursday, 10 K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday… 48.6 miles in 4 days. So you bet I signed up! LOL.

Well, sometimes life throws a few kinks into your plans. I found out I was pregnant in the fall and that was going to make doing the half or full difficult as I would be 4 months preggers at the time. So we decided I would do the 5K and 10K and my brother-in-law would run the Half for me and the hubs would run the full for me. Unfortunately, back in November, I miscarried and lost the baby. It sucked, but what do you do. We weren’t even trying to get pregnant so this whole thing was kind of a blessing in disguise. Six months ago when people would ask if we wanted kids, our response was a resounding “HELL NO!” but now, we’re just going to leave ourselves open to that option. Anyway, after the miscarriage, it took a bit to get back on track with my running. So today is Saturday – the half marathon. And I’m sitting in my room at Old Key West instead of running. In my place is my brother-in-law. I ran the 5K on Thursday and the 10K on Friday. And I’ll be out there running the full marathon on Sunday, but unfortunately I had to sit out this race. And this is the very first race I’ve ever been registered for that I had to sit out due to being unable to adequately train. It sucks, but I’m glad it happened. If I didn’t get pregnant and have to give away my half marathon leg of the Dopey Challenge to my brother-in-law, he may never have began training for a half. His wife, my older sister, is a runner, like all of us Martin siblings are. But her husband was happy just going for short little runs. So I guess it’s a good thing as now he’ll want to keep running these things. But tomorrow, I’ll be out there running 26.2 miles. And next year, unless I’m preggers, I’ll be doing all 48.6 miles. That’s for damn sure.

Oh well… Enough about me and my crazy running family. For those of you who missed the FREEBIE day for “A Beautiful Mess” yesterday, I’ve temporarily lowered the price to just $.99 so make sure you pick it up. The sequel “A Tragic Wreck” comes out on 1/27, so be sure to get your hands on this till the sequel comes out (which has been getting incredible reviews!!!!).


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Merry Christmas!

Hi friends! Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas before the day got away from me. It’s at this time of year we all tend to sit back and think about the year and look forward to the year to come.

This year has been a wild ride for me. At this time last year, I got my very first kindle paperwhite for Christmas. I wanted one because the battery on my iPad only lasted for about 8 hours and I was a reading machine. Eight hours was not nearly long enough. I got that paperwhite and just started reading all day long as I baby-sat various video projects we were working on at the time.

If you told me last Christmas that by this year I’d have published my first novel and would be about to publish my second, I would have laughed. I always admired authors and how they could whisk us to a totally different world for a bit. I loved how the written word could make us feel emotions as if we were right there, living them with the characters. But I never thought in a million years I’d be able to do that.

In January, I started toying with the idea of writing my own book just for fun. Around mid-March I finally sat down and started writing. I would add a little bit to the story here and there and it’s still mind-boggling how the story of Olivia and Alexander came to be. I wish I was blogging back then so I could chronicle the progression. I remember certain parts. I remember getting an idea after dropping the hubs off at the airport to leave for rehearsals for the tour and the entire way home listened to one song on repeat so that when I got home I could write that scene. (It’s in the third book.) At first the Amelia Island chapters numbered just two. And that didn’t make sense to me, so I needed to add some drama and despair, so now the Amelia Island Chapters number around 14 or 15 I think. It’s just amazing how when you write, new ideas come to you and you let the story take you where it needs to. I always say I didn’t write the story; the characters did. And they truly did.

So, on this Christmas, I look back at the amazing year I’ve had and I realize I never would be where I am without the amazing support of my fans. You all picked up and read my book, regardless of the fact that I didn’t have a big publishing house backing me. Thank you for being so passionate about my book that you’ve told your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. Words seem inadequate to truly express how thankful I am for all of you.

A number of fans have commented time and time again how they enjoy interacting with me on Facebook and how they appreciate the time I take to talk to fans through my page. I assure you, no matter what happens, I will always take time out of my day to hop on my Facebook page to post. I refuse to become one of those authors who no longer feel it necessary to interact with their fans because they’ll hit the NYT Best Seller’s list. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but I promise to always make time for my fans. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am.

So thank you. From the bottom of my heart. And Merry Christmas.merry-xmas-flatten

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Big News & A Teaser

Happy Tuesday everyone!!! So I have some big news that is completely unrelated to my writing.  The hubs & I are having a baby! Baby K is due June 9, 2014 and we’re very excited. I’m currently 9 weeks preggers (Baby K is the size of a green olive right now!) and feeling okay, aside from the random bouts of nausea and craving mashed potatoes like no tomorrow. I’m still in my first trimester, so anything could happen, but the doctor (or as we like to refer to him as…  the mechanic..) was very happy with how everything’s going, so I decided to spill the beans. (And hopefully explain why I may not be posting as much as I normally do…) I’m still planning on being able to publish “A Tragic Wreck” on February 4th and I’m hoping to also be able to publish the third and final book in my series “Gorgeous Chaos” before Baby K arrives.

So that’s my big news! So you may see some random blogs from me in the future about weird pregnancy stuff, so just humor me. It’s my first kid!

Now, on another note, it’s Teaser Tuesday!!!  Today I decided to give you all a little snippet from book 2, “A Tragic Wreck.” If you haven’t picked up “A Beautiful Mess” yet, get it now on Amazon!


This excerpt is unedited and subject to change before publication.

“Olivia, please,” Alexander interrupted taking a step toward her, his eyes pleading.

She held her hand up, stopping him from getting any closer. “Let me get this out, Alexander. I need to.”

He nodded, his heart unsure of whether he could listen to her words without breaking all over again.

“Promise me you’ll always remember me. Walking out on you and then coming back here to see you and losing you all over again has been painful enough. But as long as it wasn’t for nothing. As long as it meant something at sometime, then maybe I can move on like you have.” She opened the door and turned around once more, taking one last look at the only man who really saw her and accepted her for who she was.

“I don’t think I can go on knowing that I mean nothing to you,” her chin quivered and she stared deep into his eyes. “I think I could have loved you, Alexander.” She took a deep breath, holding his gaze. “Just thought you should know that.”

Alexander watched as Olivia walked out his door and sank down on the couch, wondering whether he did the right thing.

(Copyright 2013, T.K. Leigh)



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A Day in the Life…

So, I’ve been slacking on blogging lately. I published “A Beautiful Mess” 13 days ago and over the weekend it hit the Amazon Best Seller’s list for Romantic Suspense. YAY! Anyway, Last weekend, I assembled a street team to help me promote “A Beautiful Mess” as well as the sequels to the series, “A Tragic Wreck” and “Gorgeous Chaos.” And these girls ROCK MY F’IN WORLD!!!!

So I put it out to them, what kinds of things they like to read about on their favorite authors’ blogs. And one of the recurring themes was “A Day in the Life of a Busy Author.” So that’s what I’m going to talk about today. What do I do every day and how do I juggle writing, networking, promoting, and my family. Well, that’s easy… I have the greatest husband in the world!

Most mornings, I’m up before 6 AM. I check my phone, frantically trying to update my spreadsheet for my street team to give them credit for all the pimping they were doing while I was sleeping. That’s always the first thing I do. Well, once I have a coffee in my hand thanks to my wonderful husband.

Then, I design a graphic for my street team to post around the web that day. It usually has a quote from “A Beautiful Mess” on it. Sometimes it’s foreshadowing, sometimes it’s sweet, and sometimes it’s downright sexy. Today’s is sexy.

I try to get a work out in, although that sometimes gets overlooked. These past few days it’s been dry dry dry out here in Cali and I’ve been waking up with a wicked sore throat. So a humidifier is in order so that I can get back to training for my next marathon which is October 13th in Long Beach, CA. And then I have another marathon the following weekend on October 20th (MY BIRTHDAY!!!) in San Fran. That one is the Nike Women’s Marathon. I love that race. At the finish line are some of San Fran’s hottest fire fighters handing you a little Blue Box containing a Tiffany’s necklace. LOVE IT!

Anyway, I digress. I then try to get some reviewing done of Book 2. I’m almost done with my one big review / edit before handing it over to my editor. I plan on reading it through one or two more times, but the next few times will be on my iPad instead of on my laptop. I find reading on my laptop is distracting, but when I’m doing a big review with lots of changes, it makes more sense.

All day long, I’m constantly keeping up with what my street team is doing, making sure they’re not bored and that I give them things to share and pimp out, should they so choose. They are such an enthusiastic group of women and in just the week since I’ve formed a street team my numbers have improved immeasurably. I should have formed a street team far before the release of my first book. Now I know better and we can really get the word out about “A Tragic Wreck” far in advance of its release date.

The hubs normally brings me breakfast up to my writing nook. When I first started writing, I would sit in the edit bays in our house with my laptop and write and edit there while I was working on other projects. (The hubs & I own a post-production / media management company. I work as a graphic designer / executive producer / video editor / staff attorney, although I really haven’t been doing much there lately.) Now, I moved my workspace into our bedroom so that I’m not too distracted with everything else going on.

These past few days have been a bit different, as the hubs has been working on the book trailer for “A Beautiful Mess.” So I’m constantly taking breaks from reviewing to take a look at what he’s been working on. We’re sooo close to being done and let me tell you, IT LOOKS FLIPPIN AWESOME!!! CHILLS CHILLS CHILLS!

As I edit, I’m also dealing with mundane tasks such as keeping our production company’s books updated, paying bills and invoices, as well as making sure I’m paying attention to my fantastic hound puppy! I’m also dealing with sending out promotional items and signing them as well. I usually listen to a playlist for the book I’m reading at the time to really help me feel the mood and the emotions of the characters. And then I run to the bathroom, needing a box of tissues. :-(

Around three o’clock, my hubs brings me my 3PM coffee. It’s a ritual. I have two cups in the morning and one cup at 3 PM. It helps me to not be as bad as I could be. I also try to do yoga at around 2 PM. Some of my greatest ideas have come to me while on that yoga mat. It helps me clear my head of all the promotional stuff that goes along with being an independent author.

Around 5, I move from my writing nook downstairs to our living room and plop on the couch, putting on some music, and keep reading, writing, revising, and editing. After an hour or so, I’ll start cooking dinner. I try to use the crock pot as much as possible, but like Olivia in my Beautiful Mess series, I don’t eat meat. There are quite a few vegetarian crock pot recipes, but not as many as you’d like. Regardless, my favorite kitchen appliance (besides my crock pot) is my rice cooker. I can set the brown rice in there and leave it, not having to worry about it. So tonight, dinner will be salmon, brown rice, and some zucchini. Quick and easy. Which is what I like.

Most days, I unfortunately don’t get to do as much work on my book as I wish I could. The promotional side of things now takes up most of my day. I’m probably going to be looking for an intern to start helping me wrangle my street team, as well as deal with the mailing and organizing of promotional items, as well as helping me deal with the social media aspect of being an author. That way I can focus on my books a little bit more.


So that’s it. A day in the life of an author….


Thanks for reading….


And here’s a few little snippets from “A Beautiful Mess” – available now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for just $.99!





The Voice



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Why I Run….

Good morning (or afternoon) all. I’m sitting here in my room at the Disneyland Hotel, looking out the windows at a great view of the parks. I’m sort of de-compressing after running a 10K yesterday and a half marathon today as part of the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. Those of you who know me, know that I’ve been a pretty avid runner since about 2005 when the running bug hit me. My father got me into it, as he was an avid runner. Now, me, my two sisters, and my Dad are all avid runners. And we’ve shared our love of running with countless people, including our husbands. My husband ran his first half marathon in 2011 and then his first full marathon 2012. Before then, he struggled to run a couple of miles. So I started to work with him and coach him through everything. He had it in his head that he couldn’t take any walk breaks at all. I put a stop to that, and we started to use a run-walk-run method. Typically we run for four minutes and walk a minute. At first, I thought my times would take a nose-dive. Boy was I wrong. I actually shaved almost an hour off my half marathon time, and over an hour off my full-marathon time.

In all this, we also dramatically changed our lifestyles. When I first started running, I was also in law school and working full time. Eating healthy wasn’t a top priority. My top priority was graduating at the top of my law school class (CHECK!). And training didn’t always go as planned either. I graduated law school in May of 2009 and moved out to California. My husband and I got married in July 2009. For a frame of reference, my wedding dress was a size 14. In 2011, we started to change our lifestyle. I began working out about 6 days a week. I no longer purchased processed foods. If it’s not found in the produce or refrigerated section of Sprouts (my fav. grocery store), I don’t buy it. And I still don’t, with the exception of beans and my san marzano tomatoes for the sauce. My fellow italians know what I’m talking about… :-) I would do circuit training Mondays and Wednesdays. We would run Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. And a few days of the week, I would add a second workout in of yo-lates (a combination of yoga and pilates). Over the course of approximately 1 year, I dropped from a size 14 to a size 6 – that was a year ago. And since then, I’ve been simply maintaining, but defining muscle and now I’ve dropped another few sizes.

So that’s one of the BIGGEST reasons I run. To stay active and healthy and fit. But another thing about running. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. During races, complete strangers cheer for you as if  you’re their favorite athlete. And those people are the ones that become inspired and start training for their first 5K.

I always hear people in the starting corrals talk about what they hope to finish in. We all set goals, but sometimes you have to re-evaluate your goal for the day. That happened to me today. I was hoping to PR (runner-speak for getting a personal record), but that just wasn’t in the cards for me today. It was humid and hot and this California girl is used to DRY DRY DRY. So I decided to just have fun with it instead. Hell, I ran a 10K yesterday. And at certain points, it got rough. But then I reminded myself that there are people out there who would kill to do what I was doing at that moment. So today, who did I run for? I ran for the four thousand people who were stopped short of the finish line in Boston in April. I ran for the hundreds of people who suffered from injuries that day, some of them runners who had to have their legs amputated. I ran for the four victims of that tragedy that occurred in a city very near and dear to my heart. And part of me thinks that I’ll always be running for those people now.

So tomorrow, whether you’re a runner or not, think about doing something active. Go for a walk. Take your dog with you. Call up a friend and ask if they want to come with you. Make a habit it out of it. And think of all those people who can’t do that. Not just the victims from that tragic day in Boston, but also people who were born without the ability to walk, like my husband’s oldest son from his first marriage. Be thankful you have the ability to be active and don’t squander that opportunity. Embrace it. Enjoy it.

End of rant.

But first, here’s a photo of me at the start line today!!!!


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Book Pirates are worse than….

Regular Pirates. Because at least regular pirates only pillage rum. And that’s not infringing on anyone’s creativity.

I hit the big time! My book has been pirated. For shits and giggles, I did a search for A Beautiful Mess, T.K. Leigh, epub, just to check. And bam! There was my book, free for everyone. Thankfully, the majority of you out there are honest and for the low, low cost of $2.99 would have no problem buying a legitimate version of my book. For the rest of you out there, SHAME ON YOU! And that’s all I’m going to say on the matter.

So I got to have a little fun this morning. You see, before I began this writing career of mine, I went to law school (and graduated in the top of my class). And after law school, I moved to California. And once in California, I took the bar exam. And I passed the toughest bar exam in the country on the first try. I think the overall pass rate during that bar exam sitting was a low of 31%. Crazy, right? Anyway, I have been a member of the State Bar of California for the last several years. And it states rather clearly in my bio on amazon that I am an attorney / producer by trade. Idiots! So cease and desist orders have been sent. And will be sent on a regular basis until the copyrighted material is taken down.

Reminder…. My book is now live on amazon!!! Be honest and buy it!



Here’s a template for anyone else to use when battling violations of the US Copyright act and any other issues that arise out of DMCA.

Attn: Copyright Agent, (list illegal file share site here)

Pursuant to 17 USC 512(c) (3) (A), this communication serves as a statement that:

I am (put your name here), the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder for (title of your book);

These exclusive rights are being violated by material available on your website at the following URL(s) / web addresses: (list the websites here. Be specific. Do not just use the basis website. Make sure it is the link to your actual book on that specific website.)

I have a good faith belief that the use of this material in such a fashion is not authorized by the copyright holder, the copyright holder’s agent, or the law; (THIS IS A MANDATORY STATEMENT THAT MUST BE INCLUDED)

Under penalty of perjury in a United States court of law, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that I am authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question;

I may be contacted by the following methods: e-mail: (enter your e-mail address here); mail: (enter your mailing address here. I know some people are hesitant about giving that information out, but it gives more credibility to your request when you give a physical mailing location.)

I hereby demand that you remove or disable access to this material as it appears on your service in as expedient a fashion as possible.





This is a basic copyright take down notice. Under US Copyright law, there is no hard and fast time that I’m aware of that they need to take the infringing material down by. Book piracy, unfortunately happens. We all wish it didn’t because of the countless hours we spend pouring our hearts and souls into our manuscripts. It’s a slap in the face for someone to just pirate our work and post it so everyone can enjoy it for free. I didn’t start writing to make money. Even if I never made a penny off my work, I’d still write. Because it makes me happy. Simply because I enjoy what I do, doesn’t mean that you should steal my work. It’s not only a slap in the face to me as an author, but also to all the hard-working, honest people who actually buy my book. Okay. I’m done now. Feel free to use all or any of the copyright take down notice I’ve posted. As a self-published author, I’m thankful to have a law degree. :-)


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Happy Tuesday all!

I’m in New York right now. I’ve been on the east coast this past week visiting with the fam. The hubs is in NYC for work, so I piggy-backed a trip to see the fam and the cutest little niece in the entire freakin’ universe onto his work trip. So I’m sitting on a tour bus right now, blogging and reviewing my book. The ARCs should be ready to send out today. And after that I’m hoping to do one last review and then hit that little publish button on Amazon and Smashwords.

So, today I wanted to blog a little bit about voice in a book, otherwise known as Point of View. This is a subject that seems to have gotten a little bit of discussion lately on a bunch of blogs and facebook pages that I follow. And I wanted to throw in my two cents.

Everyone has their preferences regarding what point of view they prefer to read when picking up a book. What I hate to see is when someone says they refuse to read a book based on the point of view. I hope that’s not what’s happening. I really do. I saw so many people say they prefer first person. And for some stories, first person may work better than third. In my humble opinion, I don’t know if point of view is what is going to make or break a book for me. If I can connect with the characters, feel their pain, feel their joy, that’s all that matters. A well-written book will be a well-written book regardless of whether it was written in first or third person.

And that’s been my answer to this question. I don’t care what point of view as long as it’s well-written and a great story.

My book is written in third person. When I first sat down to write it, it started as 1st person. But there is a HUGE suspense element and any of my betas who read it can attest to the fact that this book COULD NOT work in 1st person. Another comment I see a lot of is that people prefer first person because you get a glimpse of what is going through the main character’s head.

If a book is written in third person, and written well, I would argue that you get the same thing, plus some. Not only do you get a glimpse into what one character is thinking, in third person omniscient, you get a glimpse into what EVERY character is thinking. Not just one.

There’s a new chapter in my book that I just wrote a week or so ago. It’s toward the end of the book. And we really see a HUGE struggle between my two main characters. And we know what is going on in each of their minds because it’s written in third person. I know there are many books out there written in first person with alternating POVs, but that won’t work in every situation.

I love the question about what point of view people prefer. I really just wanted to add my opinion on the matter. Who cares as long as it’s written well.

On that note, it’s Tuesday. So here’s a little teaser for you all.

And don’t forget to add my book “A Beautiful Mess,” to your Goodreads TBR list. It should be out soon!!!!

And also, don’t forget about the kicka$$ giveaway going on right now over on my Facebook page. Up for grabs: (1) Kindle Fire HD 7 inch, (1) $50 Amazon gift card, (1) $25 Amazon gift card, (3) $10 Amazon gift cards, (5) Kindle e-Books of “A Beautiful Mess”

Without further ado…


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Giveaway Time!!!

Well, we did it…  Yesterday I hit 1,000 likes on my Facebook page, which is pretty freakin’ cool. I didn’t think I’d hit that until my blog tour in October, so hitting it in August is killer.

Anyway, I have a fantastic giveaway going on right now. Up for grabs:

(1) Kindle Fire HD (7 inch)

(1) $50 Amazon Giftcard

(1) $25 Amazon giftcard

(3) $10 Amazon giftcards

(5) e-Books of my debut novel, “A Beautiful Mess”






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It’s Teaser Tuesday Again!

Happy Teaser Tuesday all! Since there’s not many Tuesdays left between now and the release of my book (which is releasing at least a month early, if not more!), I’m giving you all a steamy one.

Here’s a scene from my upcoming release “A Beautiful Mess.”


Her breathing became more erratic and Alexander felt Olivia’s body begin to tighten around him. “Again?” he asked, pulling back, his eyes searing down into hers.

She simply nodded, her voice nowhere to be found. Alexander pulled out.

“NO! Not again!” Olivia screamed, panting.

“I need to hear you say it, Love. Tell me you’re going to come again,” he said breathlessly, ready to explode at any moment. “Say I drive you wild when I’m inside you. Tell me I’m the only one who’s ever made you feel this good.”

Olivia tried to catch her breath. She had never come like that before and she was about to come again. She didn’t know what to make of it.

“Damn it, Olivia. Just say it.” He needed to hear it. He needed to know that he alone could make her feel that good.

“Yes. You’re the only one, Alexander,” she replied, her heart racing. “I’ve never had an orgasm like that in my life. Now, please. I want another one.”

He leaned down and feathered kisses across her neck. “Ask me.”

Olivia flashed back to the night they met. She knew exactly what he wanted. Smiling, she ran her fingers up and down his back. She felt him harden against her. “Please, Mr. Burnham. Let me come again.”

(c) 2013 T.K. Leigh

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And here’s a bonus sweet one….


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