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Sunflowers and Sunshine at last! @donnag63

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2015 has been the year that nearly wasn’t. My life was turned upside down in February when I found myself in hospital. To say it was a lengthy stay is quite the understatement. I didn’t return home until the end of May. All the writing plans I had etc were shoved to the back burner – so to speak and I was heartbroken that I had to cancel two conferences, RT in Dallas and the Australian Romance Readers convention in Canberra. Maybe I will make it to RT in Vegas next year. On the positive side my family did learn to take care of themselves…

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While I was ‘away’ the second book in my Haven Security series, An Opportunity for Redemption released. I was not able to give my new release any promotion at the time. So, thanks to my friends at Book Rhythm we are plugging Nate and Bec’s story now 🙂

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Please visit WLK Book Promotions and enter the Rafflecopter or check out some of the wonderful blogs that are hosting my Book Tour. I must make mention of  Harlie’s Books here, thank you so much for the awesome review and my 5 Harleys 🙂recommend-harlies-new5harlies-300x39HeaderBRNEWpromo-button

 

I also added another fur-baby to my family. Toni the mini dachshund now has a baby brother, Ralph the toy Pomeranian. They are so sweet.

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Celebrating the Release of My New Haven Security Series – Parties, Blog Tours and Feature Articles.

B96OUi-IgAAx9YkReleasing a new series, especially in a new genre is exciting and terrifying at the same time. After seven books in my League of Love series I thought it was time to try something new. So I swapped my sexy Aussie sportsmen for the hot alpha ex-soldiers of Haven Security.

I love a new release but, not so much the promotion. I always feel like I’m pushing my book down your throat so to speak. I even get tired of seeing me 😉

I was thrilled though to be able to do a feature at the Are Café and one for USA Today’s, Happy Ever After recently.

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Then there is the blog tour with the help of Book Rhythm – thanks so much Muse for organising this for me. There is a Rafflecopter running with a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs – so go forth and enter.

Feb 16

Rusty’s Reading – Promo

http://www.rustysreading.blogspot.com

The Avid Reader- Promo & Interview

http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com

Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Promo

http://bookyramblingsofaneuroticmom.blogspot.co.uk/

Feb 17

Indy Book Fairy – Promo

http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/

Eclipse Review – Promo & Character Interview

http://eclipsereviews.weebly.com

Feb 18

Sweet Treat Reading Reviews – Promo

http://strreviews.blogspot.com/

Pick a Genre Already – Promo

http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca

Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books! – Promo & Review       

http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/

Feb 19

Bound 2 Escape – Promo

http://www.bound2escape.com

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Promo

http://fictionalrendezvousbookblog.blogspot.com/

One Last Page Book Blog – Review        

Http://onelastpagebookblog.blogspot.com

Feb 20

Deal Sharing Aunt – Promo

http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

Deborah’s Blog of Book Reviews, Spotlights and More – Promo & Review

http://deborahfavoritebooks.blogspot.com/

Room With Books – Promo          

http://roomwithbooks.com

Feb 23

Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Promo & Interview

http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

A Little Bit of R&R – Promo

http://alittlebitofrnr.com/

Feb 24

Tailoredreads – Promo & Review

http://tailoredreads.blogspot.com

Hooked on Books – Promo & Review

http://hookedonbooksforever.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1&zx=8f0628a04d78920

Portals to New Worlds – Promo & Author Interview

http://authorkarenswart.blogspot.com

untitledimages 7I’ve also been happy dancing all over the place over the positive reaction An Opportunity Seized has been receiving. Thank you to all the wonderful reviewers and readers who took the time to read my book and write a review. Here are just a couple…

http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=50608

http://www.multitaskingmommas.com/2015/02/review-opportunity-seized-haven.html?zx=c3926c77c28ef6e6

You can grab your discounted copy of An Opportunity Seized at Amazon, All Romance & Totally Bound

 

Thanks to My Blog Hosts – A Fruitful Intimacy Blog Tour and Giveaway @donnag63

fruitful banner_thumb[9]My book tour for A Fruitful Intimacy is well under way and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all my tour hosts. With special thanks to Book Rhythm and Sparkle Book Tours for putting it all together for me. Big cheers to the blog hosts that went the extra mile, read my book and wrote a review – You Rock!

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There’s still time to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Just click on one, or all of the wonderful bloggers pages below for a chance to win.

Jan 19

Indy Book Fairy – Promo

http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/

Deal Sharing Aunt – Promo

http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

Eclipse Reviews – Promo

http://eclipsereviews.weebly.com

Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog – Promo

http://ogitchidabookblog.blogspot.com/

Jan 20

Pick a Genre Already – Promo

http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca

 Deborah’s Blog of Book Reviews, Spotlights and More – Promo & Review

http://deborahfavoritebooks.blogspot.com/

Portals to New Worlds – Promo & Top Ten

http://authorkarenswart.blogspot.com

Jan 21

Babu’s Bookshelf – Review

http://babusbookshelf.blogspot.com

SiK Reviews – Promo

http://sikreviews.blogspot.com

Jan 22

Rustys Reading – Promo

http://www.rustysreading.blogspot.com

Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Promo & Author Interview

http://angelswithattitudebookreviews-joelle.blogspot.com

Room With Books – Promo

http://roomwithbooks.com

Jan 23

Bound 2 Escape – Promo

http://www.bound2escape.com

The Avid Reader – Promo & Author Interview

http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com

Jan 26

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Promo

http://fictionalrendezvousbookblog.blogspot.com/

Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Promo & Top Ten

http://bookyramblingsofaneuroticmom.blogspot.co.uk/

Jan 27

Book Groupies – Promo

http://bookgroupies2.blogspot.com/

Hooked on Books – Review

http://hookedonbooksforever.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1&zx=8f0628a04d78920

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Anne Lange is On the Bench – Sliding into Home @Anne_Lange

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Please welcome my fellow Totally Bound author Anne Lange to On the Bench.

I just had to have Anne come downunder and pay a visit to my blog after I finished reading Sliding into Home. It’s pretty clear I love a sporty hero and so Jack pushed his way into my heart very quickly 😉 I had my mini iPad propped up at the table while I ate breakfast, couldn’t put the book down. There are sexy scenes aplenty and even some drunken shenanigans. I’ve also been to Vegas a few times so I think that helped me connect so strongly to the storyline. I do think Mason needs his own book Anne – Just saying! 😉

 

 

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Anne Lange is On the Bench

Author Interview

Hi Anne, thank you for visiting.

Hi Donna! Thanks for having me here today 🙂

Tell us a bit about yourself,

Well, I’m a wife and a mom. I grew up the oldest of four in Southern Ontario, Canada and now live in Eastern Ontario. I work full-time and I write in my spare time…or rather, I make the time, otherwise I’d probably choose to curl up in a corner on my sofa with a good book.

Books and shoes are my passion. Reading is my escape, my form of relaxation.  I love to step into the shoes of the heroine I’m spending my time with, and dream about getting lucky with the sexy hero! I read most genres of fiction, but my favourites are romantic suspense and erotic romance, with a few historicals thrown in for good measure every so often.

What was the first book you had published?

My very first book was Worth the Risk. It was published in 2013. It’s a novella as well, and also a reunion story, actually. But it takes place on a camping trip. So it has outdoor sex scenes 🙂

What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?

Pretty much. I called my husband down to re-read the email I’d received.

Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why?

Well, Worth the Risk probably, because it was my first, but also because it was a therapeutic exercise for me. A part of my real life was the inspiration for the story.  Though my story didn’t play out the way it did for my heroine, and I was married to my husband at the time, her pain and anguish was mine.   Oh look, I did that without giving away any details. Sneaky 😉

Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?

Oh, I am not disciplined at all. My muse goes on extended vacations and I have to literally drag him kicking and screaming back to the task at hand. It’s very painful. Unfortunately I don’t have a ritual, unless you want to count deadlines. Those seem to work. I’m pretty good under pressure.

What was the last book you read?

Last book was Roni Loren’s Forever Starts Tonight.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a few things. The next book in A New League series has been submitted.  It’s called The Final Quarter. So I’m now starting on the third book in that series, as well as the third in another series with another publisher. It’s a ménage and is called Wicked Indulgence. I’m also working on a couple of short stories, and I have a story that I’m self-publishing called Her Choice.  Lots of balls in the air!

 

What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?

I’m trying my hand at paranormal. I have a shifter series that I’ve been working on. I have book 1 written, but I’m doing rewrites at the moment. And book 2 is also underway though on hold until I finish book 1. I’m really excited about that one because it’s a paranormal romantic suspense.  Completely new for me.

When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?

Definitely feisty and focused. I have a process with edits. I run through the entire ms looking for quick and easy things and get them out of the way first—a fast pass to accept/revise. I don’t look at detail. Then I go back and deal with the bigger edits, but ones I accept. Then third pass is the ones I might take issue with. Those require more though sometimes but there is generally very few in number, if any.  And I don’t like to make my editor wait, so edits become my priority over everything else.

What is one thing in your books you’d like to try?

Does plotting them out count? LOL.  I’m not a plotter. I hate doing it. But I absolutely see benefit. I wish I could.  But alas…

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Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!

 

 

A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory.

Hockey but normally only during the playoffs. And I will watch winter Olympic games, specifically the downhill skiing.

Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?

Hugh Jackman.

Your view on Vegemite?

What’s a vegemite? LOL **D – I’ll have to send you some 🙂

Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?

Although I love prepping for a formal dinner party, I prefer a backyard barbeque.

Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?

Relaxing by the pool. You can’t always read on an adventure holiday. You can ALWAYS read by the pool. J

Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit?

I’ve never been to Australia so I’d have to say anywhere in Australia. **D – Start in Sydney, you can visit me and we’ll take it from there 😉

 

Thank you, Donna, for inviting me to be on your blog today. I loved your questions! And I hope your readers enjoy hearing about this Canadian and her take on the Aussie flavoured ones J  And what is a vegemite? Seriously. Okay, I looked it up on the internet. Um…can’t say as I’ve ever tried it, and let’s just say it doesn’t tempt my pallet.

 

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Blurb

Can an injured ex ball player convince the woman he wakes up married to in Las Vegas to take a second chance on him?

After spending the last four months drowning his sorrows over the end of his baseball career, Jack Bishop finds himself winging through the blue skies to Las Vegas, not so ready to spend the weekend with some woman his best friend set him up with. He expects a paid escort. What he gets is the woman he walked away from ten years ago to pursue his passion, and she’s not very happy to see him.

Devyn Tate believes she’s quite capable of finding somebody to take her out to dinner. She’s no longer looking for a lifelong promise. She has a commitment only to her battery-operated toy to fulfill that particular need. Yet her friends have managed to talk her into spending the weekend in Las Vegas, on a blind date of all things. They promise the guy is trustworthy. They insist that she should have fun. Unfortunately, fun is not what she envisions when she discovers Jack Bishop lying on the floor of her suite in nothing but his underwear that’s on backward, and she has a wedding ring on her finger.

 

 

 Buy Links and Website

 

KOBO | ARe  | B&N | Totally Bound  | Amazon.com  | Amazon.ca | Amazon.uk  Website

 

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Cover Reveal – An Opportunity Seized by Donna Gallagher @donnag63

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I have spread my genre wings and taken a short break from my League of Love, sports romance series. Here is the gorgeous cover for An Opportunity Seized. The first book in the Haven Security series, a romantic suspense/thriller set in the UK and Australia.

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Two unforeseen moments in time— One brings them together, the other is a danger so real it could tear them apart.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Grimaldi prefers to keep out of the spotlight, blend in with the crowd and experience life the same as the bulk of the population. Being a mining magnate’s daughter is a difficult persona for her to uphold. She just doesn’t fit in with high society standards, always managing to say something inappropriate or trip over her own feet at the worst possible moment. Resulting in that look of disappointment and embarrassment her parents inevitably wear whenever she’s around.

Meeting a handsome stranger who comes to her rescue and asks her out on a date is so much more than Toni could have ever hoped for on her dream holiday—one she is surprised her parents have even permitted her to take alone. Her fairy-tale moment is short lived, though, when Toni discovers the stranger has been hired by her family to follow her every move—under the guise of keeping her safe.

Jason finds he is drawn to Antoinette—she is nothing like the socialite he was expecting to shadow around London’s nightclubs at all. After an awkward first meeting he convinces Toni that there is more to his interest in her than just as her bodyguard. To his surprise his attraction for the soft spoken, thoughtful woman grows, despite his usual reluctance to commit to any kind of relationship.

A disaster at one of the family owned mines and a string of death threats forces Toni to return home, and her need for a bodyguard becomes a life and death reality.

 

 

Pre-order: 14th November 2014

Early download: 28th November 2014

General release: 26th December 2014

 

 

Jorja Lovett – First Floor Cosmetics

Welcome to fellow Totally Bound author Jorja Lovett visiting today with not ONE but TWO new releases to share. It’s great to have you back downunder, Jorja 🙂

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Thanks for having me here today to promote my little cougar romance, First Floor: Cosmetics, which goes on general release from 15th Aug. This is the second book in The Department Store series.

Jonah Hamilton was a fun character to wrangle onto paper. He’s young and hot, with no responsibilities, and very liberating for both me and Maggie Fenton! His devil-may-care attitude means when he sees something he wants, he goes for it. That includes the glamorous lady on the cosmetics counter at Kelsey’s department store. She’s older, and married, but that doesn’t stop him from chasing her. Maggie’s flattered by the attention but even Jonah doesn’t anticipate her passionate response to his advances…

 

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Blurb:

Take one younger man, add some illicit outdoor sex, and Maggie Fenton is inclined to forget she’s the oldest cosmetics girl at Kelsey’s Department Store.

From the outside, it looks as though Maggie Fenton has it all. The glamorous head of the cosmetics department lives a life of luxury, but money definitely hasn’t bought her happiness. In reality, she’s married to a serial cheat who has made her life a misery for over a decade. With her husband chasing younger women, and her teenage co-workers’ catty comments ringing in her ears, Maggie’s resigned herself to being on the scrap heap. Until Jonah Hamilton puts temptation in her way and reminds her she’s still a red-blooded woman.

 

Commitment is a four letter word as far as Jonah is concerned. He has no intention of settling down when he has the whole world at his feet. The only reason he takes a summer job at Kelsey’s is to fund his travels. Well, that, and the sexy older woman he can’t help flirting with over the makeup counter. Maggie soon becomes a good friend and someone who shows him how good love can be.

 

The chemistry between them is undeniable but is a fling enough to satisfy their desires, or is it simply the start of something bigger?

 

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

Jonah blinked as Maggie disappeared out of the door faster than an alcoholic to a free bar. Her husband had really done a number on her for her to have such low confidence. Her self-esteem was so fragile, one joke had shattered it to smithereens. He couldn’t let her leave like that, thinking such despicable thoughts about herself. And him.

He left the rest of his pint to give chase. He didn’t know why it mattered so much that someone he hardly knew was upset, but he didn’t want to part with her on bad terms.

I’m such a dick.

He dodged through the crowd, cursing himself. Any other sober, conscious of other people’s feelings dumbass would’ve realized she needed that reassurance her husband couldn’t give her. Instead, he’d laughed, convinced that the funny, warm, gorgeous woman with him would realize how daft she was being. Perhaps he’d been too cautious about letting his true thoughts about her be known.

All he’d done was to confirm her suspicions that she was nothing more than a has-been, when, in his experience, she was the most grounded, deeper than a fish pond, natural goddess he’d met in a long time.

He barged the heavy wooden doors open to see the smokers gathered outside in the last of the evening sun. With no sign of Maggie, he knew he’d blown it. Away from the cloud of smoke clogging his lungs, he scanned up and down Great Victoria Street. Among the student crowd, the young professionals and the theater-goers, he spotted her hot-footing it away, dabbing her eyes with a tissue.

Shit!

He sprinted after her, not really caring who he knocked out of his path, but apologizing anyway. “Excuse me. Sorry. Move!”

Her steps slowed as she approached the traffic lights, giving him time to cover the distance between them. Before she could put her foot out onto the road, he grabbed her elbow and yanked her back.

“What the hell?” She stiffened, probably ready to batter her assailant with the handbag she was gripping like a deadly weapon. Only when she saw his face did she stop resisting.

With grim determination, he pulled her back the way she had come, not saying a word.

“Jonah? What’s going on? I need to go home.” The tone of her voice varied from loud, outright panic to quiet resignation. It only succeeded in driving him on in his quest.

When they reached the pub again, he dodged down the alleyway at the side. They didn’t need an audience. He pushed Maggie up against the wall, careful not to hurt her, but with enough force to stop her running again. He caged her between his body and the brick building. As she worried her bottom lip with her teeth, Jonah leaned down to catch it and draw it back out. She was soft and pliant, and her gentle scent intoxicated him further.

With a point to prove, he kissed her hard, plunging his tongue into her mouth to taste her sweetness and claim it for himself. Ordinarily, such an audacious move might’ve deserved a slap or a knee to the balls. Either would’ve been worth it. Instead, she went limp beneath him, submitting immediately.

Whoa!

He stepped back. “That is how you make me feel. How you should be kissed.”

Christ, the way she had responded to it made it a double sin that someone didn’t do that to her frequently.

Maggie stared back at him, her brow furrowed and her kiss-swollen lips parted and waiting. Beer or no beer, a certain part of his anatomy sat up to say hello.

Both he and Maggie stared silently at one another. Deep down Jonah knew he should be the one to walk away this time. He’d made his point. She was attractive and he fancied her. She could file that away for future reference the next time her husband went MIA. Jonah lingered on her moist lips a while longer.

“Do it again,” he could have sworn she said.

 

 Buy Links: TotallyBound, Amazon, AllRomance

 

 

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My erotic, Egyptian fantasy, Pyramid of Passion, will also be available for early download at Totally Bound.

Blurb:

Rosie Carter can’t decide—should she act on her feelings for her real-life co-worker or lose herself in the fantasy of her Ancient Egyptian lover?

Rosie Carter’s cleaning job at the museum is far from boring. She starts her night shift by finding the security guard, Nick, screwing a redhead in the office. Running from her attraction to him, she distracts herself with the newly acquired Ancient Egyptian exhibit.

The Gold of Valor catches her eye—a pendant bestowed on the Pharaoh’s soldier, Edifu. Its mystical powers transport her into the bedroom of the man himself, who thinks she’s a gift from the gods and worships her with his mouth, his tongue…

When Rosie wakes up back home she thinks it’s all been an incredibly erotic dream. Until it happens again. She rediscovers the joy of sex and a newfound confidence with her hunky warrior, but she’s caught between her fantasy life and reality. When co-worker Nick starts to show his true feelings toward her, Rosie has to decide what it is she really wants.

 

You can stalk Jorja here: Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter

ARRA Finalist, New Releases and Aussie Day Celebrations. Busy Busy Busy!

images 7There are so many reasons for me to open the bubbly it’s just ridiculous!

2013 ARRA finalistOn Monday 6th January the finalists for the ARRA Awards were announced. For those who might not have heard of ARRA it’s the Australian Romance Readers Association. I was totally shocked to see my name listed in four finalists categories. Two of my books Emily’s Cowboy and Sarah’s Soldier are in competition for the Best Erotic Romance Book. What an honour and to be honest seeing my name in a list with some of MY favourite authors really is exciting and ridiculous! I’m looking forward to the awards dinner because it really is a fun night.

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I attended my first ARRA Awards dinner last year, the event was held during the ARRA Convention in Brisbane. Being in a room full of people who love romance books as much as I do was such a wonderful experience. They ‘got me’ and it was great to just talk books for the night. I had a few ‘fangirl’ moments, that’s for sure. My husband flew in for the dinner, he was on his way to Darwin for work and stopped off in Brisbane for the night. He probably didn’t have as good a time as me, being the only male at a table of eight women may have been a bit daunting. I know he got a little nervous when I told him what some of the women wrote, especially the BDSM authors…but he would probably deny my accusation 😉 The organisers of ARRA are truly amazing, so friendly and helpful. I’m pretty sure that Debbie Phillips never sleeps, her speed in returning emails is legendary. I would like to thank the crew at ARRA for all their hard work. I love reading the book reviews, about the new releases and all the happenings on the ARRA blog and in the newsletter. Thanks also to the wonderful readers that nominated my books, seriously I’m so honoured.

perf5.250x8.000.inddNow if that was not exciting enough I also have two releases to look forward to in the next week. cassieschoice_800

Cassie’s Choice, League of Love book 7 is releasing to the usual outlets on Friday 24th January in eBook format. Cassie has been available from Totally Bound for a few weeks though.

Today I received an email letting me know that the print release of League of Love, Volume 3 (this includes Emily’s Cowboy and Sarah’s Soldier) has been brought forward to THIS Friday. I was expecting this book to release in February so the news really has taken me by surprise and of course I’ve not done anything to promote it. *Sigh* I do want to thank my publisher Totally Bound for all the encouragement, support and love they have shown me. There’s a banner up at the Totally Bound website that brings a huge smile to my face.

Australia Day is coming up so I’ve been involved in a special Australia Day Blog Hop. My day is Friday so come back and visit to enter the Rafflecopter, there are some great books and $100 gift voucher up for grabs. I won’t even hint at what I’m blogging about but I think for those that know me you can probably guess 😉

On Facebook a few Aussie authors have joined together to create a page called Aussie Author Month. You really should check it out, not only for the prizes but the for the crazy posts and nice pictures *wink wink*

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Next Wednesday I have another guest author ‘On the Bench’ answering the usual questions and introducing us to a new release.

Well that’s all from me for the moment, I have to finish this blog and post it so I can get ready to  go to the 20/20 Big Bash Cricket tonight. For those that don’t understand what I just said, don’t worry…I’m talking sport again 😉

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