~~INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER MCCOLLUM,”HIGHLAND HEART”~~

MBA&M PROUDLY WELCOMES…..

HEATHER MCCOLLUM

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HER “HIGHLAND HEART”!

~~~WELCOME HEATHER~~~

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Thank you so much for having me here today on My Book Addiction!

We are so glad to have you with us and our readers today.

Please tell our readers a bit about yourself, for those who do not know you?

I am a mom of three kids (ages 14, 11, and 6) and a crazy rescued golden retriever. I’m extremely lucky to have found my own Highland hero, my husband, Braden. Braden was blessed with the perfect last name for a writer of Scottish historical romance – McCollum – thus making him a very desirable prospect for me – LOL!

When I’m not writing, making meals for perpetually hungry kids, and walking my dog, I’m usually on my “soap box” educating women about ovarian cancer. Six months ago I finished 15 months of chemo to kill that silent, sneaky, deadly beast. I’m using whatever talents I have to spread the warning about the whispered symptoms of ovarian cancer. My full length 16th century Scottish romance, CAPTURED HEART, has them listed in the back: bloating, pelvic pain, feeling full quickly, urinary issues are the main symptoms.


highland heartMBA&M: What was your inspiration behind “HIGHLAND HEART”?

Scenes from both CAPTURED HEART and HIGHLAND HEART began playing through my mind while my husband and I visited Scotland a decade ago. The heather-draped moors, rocky outcroppings, glittery lochs, and soaring mountains enthralled me. It was easy to imagine Macbain and Munro warriors riding through the mist. The magic of the country’s history still lingers in the land. I could smell it on the breeze, hear it echoing in the boulders, and taste it in their bannocks. I’m thrilled to be returning to the Highlands this July, this time with kids in tow.

MBA&M: What do you feel the allure of Scotland’s Highlands and magic is to readers today?

It is easy to imagine fairies, witches and supernatural elements living within the sweeping landscape of Scotland’s Highlands. The country’s legends are as large as the mountains and the dramatic history is as deep as Loch Ness. The people have such passion for their land and culture and this passion translates easily to heartfelt, magical stories.

In this age of instant front-row seats to war and horrific reality covering the front pages of newspapers, readers need a break where happy endings are promised. Even with the brutal history of Scotland, the strength and determination of the Scottish people give readers fantastic heroes to root for and love.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write about and why?

Caden Macbain, the chief and hero of CAPTURED HEART, is probably my favorite character so far. He has such a deep love and commitment to his clan that he’s willing to capture an innocent woman to save his people. When he finds he’s attracted to her, he continues to visit ten houses in his village everyday to remind himself of the importance of his mission. He must use the lass despite the fact that she’s besieging his heart.

MBA&M: Will readers see more of the Scottish Highlands?

Oh yes! Although, we will take a little side trip down to Henry VIII’s court in England, which is the setting for the full-length sequel to CH, TANGLED HEARTS. But the next book will follow this amazing family back up into Scotland.

MBA&M: Which is harder to write novellas or a full length novel?

For me? The novella, definitely. I’m much more comfortable writing a 100K word full-length novel than anything under 20K words, even though it takes much longer. I have a harder time making my characters evolve realistically and fall in love in a shorter story. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time.

MBA&M: How do authors cram so much story with so few words?

Hmmm…good question. Like I said above, the shorter stories are quite a challenge for me. It really requires precise descriptions and creatively succinct detail. An author must use the perfect words to convey the depth of the story in a short novella. There is no room for extra, yet the author must still leave the reader feeling satisfied.


MBA&M: What is next for you?

I have several stories in the works. The fourth book in THE DRAGONFLY CHRONICLES is being edited and will be out later this year. My first YA romance, SIREN’S SONG, will be coming out in 2014. And my second full-length romance in the HIGHLAND HEARTS series with Entangled Publishing, TANGLED HEARTS, will be out this summer.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they may purchase “HIGHLAND HEART”?highland heart

Sure : ) I can be found at www.HeatherMcCollum.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HeatherMcCollumAuthor and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HMcCollumAuthor . I will also be at the 2013 Romantic Times Book Lovers convention in Kansas City, MO in May.

My books can be found at Barnes& Noble and on Amazon, as well as the major e-book sites like Kobo and Books on Board.

Thanks again so much for having me here! Have a wonderful day : )

Thank you again for spending time with us and our readers. We hope you will visit with us again soon.

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HIGHLAND HEART

HEATHER MCCOLLUM

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Alec Munro, chieftain of the Munros, has captured the Englishman who swindled his father. Set on retribution, he’s caught off-guard by the thief’s beautiful daughter, a lass whose beauty and spirit leave him questioning the value of revenge. Rachel Brindle has a secret: she can heal people with her magic. While journeying with her father and sister into the Highlands, she becomes a prize sought between two warring clans. She must use her cunning and her healing magic to prevent the same slaughter that started the blood feud a century ago. But when her secret is exposed, will it condemn her in the eyes of the barbarian who has capture not only her family, but also her heart?

Title: Highland Heart
Author: Heather McCollum
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Length: 55 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-995-0
Imprint: Flirt

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#GIVEAWAY AND #VISIT WITH VICTORIA ROBERTS,”X MARKS THE SCOT”…

MBA&M IS SO EXCITED TO HAVE HISTORICAL SCOTTISH ROMANCE AUTHOR…

**VICTORIA ROBERTS**

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“X MARKS THE SCOT”

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It’s wonderful to be back at My Book Addiction. Thanks so much for having me.

You are so welcome, we love having you! Thanks for stopping by!

So without further ado, here is VICTORIA ROBERTS…..

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself, for those who may not know you?

VICTORIA: I’m a hard-working mother of two, married to my own knight for almost twenty years now, and author of Scottish historical romance. Home is in western Pennsylvania, but my heart is in the Highlands. Pun intended.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind X MARKS THE SCOT?X Marks the Scot Final

VICTORIA: My darned muse likes to jump ahead. X Marks the Scot was in the making while I was writing Temptation in a Kilt. Declan MacGregor’s character was loosely based on Ian Somerhalder’s character on The Vampire Diaries, Damon Salvatore. Although Declan sometimes takes it a bit more over-the-top than Mr. Salvatore, deep down, the man has a big heart and I think readers will recognize that, too.

MBA&M: What do you think the allure of Scottish warriors, Highlanders and Scotland have on readers today?

VICTORIA: The allure of any book is a means of escape. For me, it’s the bonny Highlands. Who wouldn’t want to stroll along the heather-draped landscape? The countryside alone is breathtaking. Add a few Highland lairds in kilts and a couple of feisty heroines and you have a steamy romance of epic proportions.

MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into writing an authentic Scottish tale.

VICTORIA: Kilts. Did I happen to mention kilts? All jesting aside, Scottish people are proud, determined. Honor and chivalry is a must. I try to incorporate some of that beautiful Scottish brogue as well as add a wee bit of Gaelic flair. I think readers appreciate the time it takes to do that and it makes the story a bit more realistic.

MBA&M: Now, let’s get to some tough stuff, how hard is it to write the sensual scenes in your stories?

VICTORIA: I think every author has to do what they’re comfortable with. X Marks the Scot had sensual scenes that were a bit more explicit than Temptation in a Kilt, but that’s to be expected when you’re writing about a Highland rogue such as Declan MacGregor. But I wouldn’t put anything in the book that I wasn’t comfortable writing or reading about myself. As far as the difficulty writing the scenes, it comes naturally after a while, especially when your hero only thinks about the lasses.

MBA&M: Can you give our readers some background on this series?

VICTORIA: The Bad Boys of the Highlands series follows Laird Ciaran MacGregor, his brother Declan, and Laird Alexander MacDonell who are driving King James crazy with their constant clan battles and uproarious way of life.

MBA&M: What are three words you would use to describe your writing style?

VICTORIA: Passionate. Heartfelt. Adventure.

 

Thanks so much for having me today.

Thank you, Victoria,for spending with us and your passionate Scottish Warrior!!  

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X Marks the Scot FinalX Marks the Scot Blurb:

He was a Highland Rogue—Wicked with a Bow and Arrow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies.

Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She Never Asked for a Bodyguard…

Liadain wasn’t thrilled to be left in the care of her clan’s archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…

Praise for X Marks the Scot:

5/5 – Reviewer Top Pick
“Enthralling Highlander romance. One of the best Highlander stories I’ve ever read. This is one author who just keeps on getting better.”

―Night Owl Reviews

“For a complex story brimming over with pride and passion, betrayal, trust and most of all the power to make a bad boy a hero, pick up this read.”

―RT Book Reviews/4 ½ Star Review

Watch the book trailer:

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M27gsMb4Ro

Purchase/links:

Sourcebooks: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/x-marks-the-scot.html

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/X-Marks-Scot-Victoria-Roberts/dp/1402270097/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357084005&sr=8-1&keywords=x+marks+the+scot

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/x-marks-the-scot-victoria-roberts/1112689759?ean=9781402270093

 

 

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About Victoria Roberts:

Temptation in a Kilt -- Victoria RobertsVictoria Roberts writes sexy, Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as “one of the most promising debut authors across the genres” and is also a 2012 Reviewers Choice Nominee for Best First Historical novel for her debut, Temptation in a Kilt.

X Marks the Scot FinalHer second novel, X Marks the Scot, is available February 2013 and the third, To Wed a Wicked Highlander, September 2013.

Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine, Celtic Guide.

Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of nineteen years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish romp, she enjoys reading, nature, and antiques.

 

Website: www.victoriarobertsauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/victoria.roberts.395

Celtic Guide: www.thecelticguide.com

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X Marks the Scot FinalGIVEAWAY ALERT:

(Sponsored by the publisher)

*Mailed directly to the winner*

Sourcebooks will give away one copy of X Marks the Scot (US and Canada only, please.)No P.O. Boxes,please. **Must answer this question in your comments:  What is your biggest addiction?**

Giveaway will run from today February 6 until February 13,2013.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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FOREVER’S HOLIDAY PRIZEPACK #GIVEAWAY.~HOPE RAMSEY,PAULA QUINN,KATIE LANE,AND JILL SHAVIS~~

MBA&M AND FOREVER PROUDLY PRESENTS….

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friend,

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a book is so delightful…

 

The holidays are upon us and we at Forever/Forever Yours are thrilled to have four wonderful stories of holiday romance, love, and laughter.

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HUNK FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Katie Lane

September 25, 2012; Forever/ Mass Market; $7.99; 978-1-455-52236-1

Cassie McPherson works hard for her family’s construction business. With no date for the company Christmas party, she’s crazy enough to hire an escort. James charms everyone—including Cassie—and when the night ends, the party doesn’t stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he’s not an escort. He’s her family’s fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her…

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LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS by Hope Ramsey

September 25, 2012; Forever/Mass Market; $7.99; 978-0-446-57607-9

Last Chance Chief of Police Stone Rhodes has concentrated on raising his three daughters since his wife’s death. So when photojournalist Lark Chaikin arrives in town, the last thing Stone is looking for is a relationship. But for the first time in her life, Lark wants to settle down in one place. Can Stone get past his grief and let go of his first love? Not until a certain Sorrowful Angel—and her eight-year-old helper—unleash a miracle or two.

 

E-BOOKS ORIGINAL NOVELLA !

 


A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Paula Quinn

October 2, 2012, Forever Yours/ E-Book Original Novella; $.99; 978-1-4555-2375-7

As the bard of the MacGregor clan, Finlay Grant is a natural-born charmer. He can easily win the heart of any lass . . . but somehow, the right words to express his love for stunning Leslie Harrison have eluded him. When Leslie’s betrothed makes a dastardly deal, putting her family and the MacGregor clan in danger, Finn will prove that he’s just as fierce in battle as he is sweet in song. Can these two lovers find a Christmas miracle that will grant them a happily-ever-after?

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UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis

December 3, 2012; Forever Yours/ E-Book Original Novella; $1.99;

978-1-4555-2837-0

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis continues her Lucky Harbor series with a new novella.  Mia Hutchinson, Tara and Ford’s daughter from THE SWEETEST THING, has asked her college boyfriend, Nick, to travel to Lucky Harbor for her aunt Maddie’s Christmas Eve wedding. When Nick refuses her invitation, Mia returns alone and faces her high school sweetheart Carlos Rodriguez for the first time since refusing his marriage proposal—only to find that he is happily dating someone else.  With love and holiday spirit everywhere, Mia wonders who will kiss her this Christmas under the mistletoe.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY ALERT!

(Sponsored by the publisher)

Thanks to Jessica at Grand Central Publishing/Forever we are offering 4,yes 4 lucky commenters a chance to win 2 print copies of “HUNK FOR THE HOLIDAYS” by Katie Lane and “LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS” by Hope Ramsey AND Sorry, e-books only thru NET GALLEY, “A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS” by Paula Quinn and “”UNDER THE MISTLETOE” by Jill Shavis. Print copies US residents only. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway will run from today,December 9 until December 16,2012.

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GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! ENJOY!

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SPOTLIGHT ON AUTHOR DONNA GRANT….

MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT….

DONNA GRANT!!

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Bestselling author Donna Grant writes historical paranormal romances for St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids.

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Dark Warriors

The Dark Warriors series is a continuation of the Dark Sword series and connected to the Dark Kings series.

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ISBN-10: 0312552483

ISBN-13: 978-0312552480

Mass Market Paperback

Dark Warriors #1

May 22, 2012

Midnight’s Master

From the acclaimed author of the Dark Sword novels comes a thrilling spin off series in which ancient magic in the modern world ignites a timeless passion…

A MYSTERY OUT OF TIME

Gwynn Austin has no idea why her father has disappeared on a mysterious trip to Scotland.  When she goes on a desperate mission to search for him she finds more than she bargains for in a ruggedly handsome, wickedly exciting Highlander who exudes danger and mystery. And when she discovers her own link to Scotland, she’ll have to trust her heart to help lead her….

A LEGEND IN THE FLESH

Propelled through time by powerful Druid Magic, Logan Hamilton uses his immortality and powers of the god inside him to help prevent the awakening of an ancient evil in the modern world. He never expects to find help in the form of a beautiful, alluring, and all too tempting woman whose passion and strength matches his own. Together, Logan and Gywnn must fight for their love—before a demon from the past destroys them both…

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ALSO AVAILABLE FROM DONNA GRANT:

A Kind of Magic

Greetings Dear Reader,

I was born an immortal prince on the realm of Thales. I lived the life of grandeur, revered and respected, but my one true love was fighting. I was given a special gift in my battle abilities and soon became known as Thales’ finest warrior. But all that changed the day my brother died and an evil descended upon my realm. With Thales on the verge of ruin, I bound myself to The Shields to protect the realms from the evil that ravages them. But I have a dark secret that I must atone for. Then and only then can I return to Thales and face my family. My special battle skills and my immortality help to keep my goals in front of me. They have always been clear…

Until Elle.

Elle makes me long for things I cannot have. Her innate goodness makes me want to grasp what she offers with both hands, but I know that we can never have what she seeks. Elle bears a mark that signals her one of a chosen few who were sent to Earth as infants. She and the others who bear the mark must be found and kept hidden from the ancient evil that seeks them, for they hold the key to the evil’s ruination.

The only way to keep Elle safe is to keep her by my side, but can I resist the temptation to take her love?

Roderick of Thales

ISBN-13: 978-0985371326

Ebook Only

The Shields #2

March 22, 2012 Rerelease

ALSO AVAILABLE:

A Dark Seduction

Dear Friend,

Most would give all they had to be raised in the Realm of the Fae. I had no choice. I was too young to remember anything of my own realm, save for snatches of memories that could be no more than my imagination. But if it hadn’t been for the Fae who found me wandering between realms after mine was destroyed, I would be dead now. It was the Fae who raised me and trained me in weaponry and battle skills until I became a warrior to be feared. When the same evil that destroyed my realm threatened Earth and the Fae, I was the first to volunteer for the Shields.

With my immortality the only link I have to my past, I take what comfort I can in the arms of women. I want nothing more than one night with them, one night to forget that I cannot remember my family, one night to take what pleasure I can. It isn’t until I find Shannon that I begin to think of more than just one night in her arms.

Shannon has been brought back in time from Chicago to 1244 England because the evil knows what she is – one of the Chosen. Somehow the evil has found the Chosen before the Shields. His plan is to kill Shannon, but I won’t allow that. My duty is to protect her at all costs.

I’ve never known fear until now – until Shannon.

Cole the Warrior

Ebook Only

The Shields #3

April 20, 2012 Rerelease

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So dear readers,go out and pick up your copy of one of Donna’s amazing stories!!

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GIVEAWAY WITH MEDIEVAL SCOTTISH AUTHOR,MARY WINE,” THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE” by Mary Wine!

 

SOURCEBOOKS AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..

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Good morning Mary, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

Thank you so much! It’s a blast to be invited over to chat about my newest baby.

MBA&M: For the readers, who may not know you, please give them some insight into Mary Wine?

MARY: I’m engaged in a constant battle to catch my own tail. Hummm, maybe that isn’t the best way to put it. I am a writer of romance novels and I love it! For the past couple of years, I’ve been working on steamy historicals. This month, The Highlander’s Prize is releasing. It’s the first book in a new saga, set in the era of the war of the roses.

MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal for Highlanders is in today market?

MARY: The Celtic people are amazing. They survive in a place that is as rugged as it is beautiful. Their culture is old and their land mystical. The Highlanders I write about are men devoted to their honor and to the well-being of their people. What girl doesn’t dream of a man who might aim some of that focus toward her? The reality of life is often in conflict with what our inner princess longs for. When I pen a Highlander tale, I’m reaching into my own heart to find that hero I’d like to have sweep me off my feet.

MBA&M: How much research goes into writing a historical romance set in Scotland?

MARY: Research is a state of mind for me. I adore history. I don’t think there is a history channel special I haven’t adored and prowling around old buildings is my idea of a fun afternoon. When it comes to my books, I really do like to get the setting correct. I want my Highlander novels to be more than just the hero and his castle. There were just as many stresses in these times as now and I believe that enriches the story.

MBA&M: Have you been to Scotland, if so what is some of your favorite memories?

MARY: Actually no. But it is on the bucket list that I plan to start on as soon as the nest is empty.

MBA&M: Of all your books, which is your favorite and why?

MARY: I’m always in love with my new babies but there is a spot in my heart for my first book, Dream Shadow. It isn’t on sale at the moment but it is very dear to my heart. In August my newest endeavor will launch, a three book Steam Punk series that I am having a lot of fun writing. But even after that, my Highlanders really hold onto a large section of my heart.

MBA&M:Who is your favorite character in “THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE”?

MARY: Broen, my hero. He’s devoted to his people but drawn to Clarissa. What fascinates me about him is his patience. He was a little bit Ninja there, just placing himself in front of her time and again until she yielded.

MBA&M: If you could step into a book and that world, where would it be? Even if it is not one of yours.

MARY: Oh my, what a question. Shall I say Narnia or just expose my inner geek and say Earth of Star Trek? I’ll tell you this, wherever I go, there is going to be high teck medical stuff…no more dentist drills for me!

MBA&M: When you do a series, do you have each book in mind before you start writing or do they come after?

MARY: When I begin I always have the next book in mind, which lasts exactly until I write book one and some other character decided to hijack the next book. This leads to the most interesting conversations with my editors.

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE” is available?

Mary:As I’m writing this, I’m all packed and ready to depart for the Romantic Times Book Lovers convention. I will be signing at the book signing on Saturday.

        Mary, do you have anything else to add?

Mary:I want to wish everyone a wonderful spring. Get out and catch some sun, feed some ducks and cheer for your favorite team! Thank you so much for reading and please drop by my Facebook page for information and new contests. Cheers.

It is such a pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us!!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Giveaway is sponsored by the publisher, Sourcebooks. Giveaway is for 1 print copy of THE HIGHLANDER’S PRIZE by Mary Wine. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. No PO Boxes please. Giveaway will run the 15th through the 22nd of April. In order to win you MUST leave a valid email address, no email no prize.

To win please tell us your favorite Highlander Hero.

Good Luck to everyone! Please share with others!

*PS we are at RT and WendyK set this one up not AprilR*

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