Spotlight: The Stolen Heir by Tayma Tameem

The Stolen Heir by Tayma Tameem  

After generations of peace, war rolls over the lands of Thumeria and Paleria.

Two decades have passed since war broke out between Kingdom one and two. No one but the royals knows the real reason for the war, but casualties have been high and both kingdoms are suffering.

Erik, an eighteen-year-old orphan, lost his parents to the war. Now a street kid, he vows to get revenge on those that stole his parents—and his whole life—from him.

Little does he know he’s about to find out why the war has been raging…

and that it’s all his fault.

About the Author: Tayma Tameem is an author that writes the kind of stories she wants to read. She’s not looking to be the next mainstream author with predictable titles. She wants to wow you, surprise you, and make you think while you read her books. Despite living a happy—though ordinary—life, she’s always coming up with new ideas and intriguing stories. She hopes you’ll find her books to be an escape from the mundane bits of everyday life.

Interview with Rick Zazueta, author of Baja Air & Sea

Baja Air & Sea by Rick Zazueta

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Baja Air & Sea by Rick Zazueta  

Publication Date: May 11, 2020  
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Big Money. Big Yachts. Big Adventures. Behind every great fortune there is a great crime. Julian Mayorca wasn’t always a billionaire. At one point he was an honorable port captain and legendary yachtsman, but a single temptation—a crime of opportunity—leads him down a path of betrayal, passion, power, and the sea.

Baja Air & Sea, a high end crime-thriller set in La Paz, Mexico, begins with the story of Julian Mayorca. As a port captain, he manages the harbor and oversees a fifty-million-dollar budget. His only mistake? Being incorruptible.

On a sunny day, his cousin, Alex Cuevas, who works for a notorious criminal, holds a gun to Julian’s head and forces him to sign resignation papers. A series of questionable decisions cause Julian to transition into the entrepreneur he never set out to be. What follows is six years of Julian’s life; his voyages, romances, mishaps, and how a need for revenge leads to immense fortune and adventure he never thought possible.
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1. What is your book about?  Baja Air & Sea is a novel about a stolen yacht and the adventures that happen aboard this vessel. The book, like everything in this world, is about the human condition.

2. It is quite an adventure. What inspired the plot? I was a yacht steward aboard a luxury yacht on the Sea Cortez. I met so many characters and had so many adventures during my time at sea. But it wasn’t just the life at sea that inspired me, it was living in this “other Mexico” that made it all the more interesting. There are two Baja Californias, the expat community and the locals, and as a Mexican-American bilingual person, I was able to seamlessly navigate these two worlds that seem so different. After some time, I began to realize that other than the language barrier, the two Bajas are essentially the same. So I started thinking about blending the two cultures and writing a book in that tone.

3. Why did you choose to have the story take place in Baja California? I love Baja California. I’ve always been completely passionate about it. It’s a land so unique and so full of tales that I wanted to be a part of its folklore. The story only makes sense in Baja California, because of many factors; its proximity to the US, and the influence it directly has on Mexican culture, the climate, the sea, the desert, the tourism, the corruption, the food and lifestyle, for me it was just a perfect pot to stir.

4. You have a lot of colorful and creative characters. Did you think them up from scratch or were they inspired by people you know? Stephen King said that all characters are a combination of three people; Somebody you know, yourself, and somebody you imagine. So, yes all characters are a play on that. I have always been a curious person and I’ve always been more interested in people than in anything else, so I like to observe human beings, how they are, how they react, their sense of humor, their sense of style, I can be a big extrovert, so I meet a lot of people and pay attention to their lives.

5. What are some of the more powerful themes that your characters struggle within the book? Lust, revenge, selling out, greed, faith, love, and destiny. The characters I write are real people to me. I treat them with respect and I try to get to know them. I am aware that they have complex lives and I am grateful that they let me in to see what’s going on in their world.

6. What type of reader would enjoy this book? I wrote this book to inspire people with a tale of adventure, passion, desire, and the sea. If life has gotten too predictable, if you need an escape into a tangible world of excitement and want to get completely lost in the waves of the ocean and in the luxury of big yachts and Eurocopters, then this book might be for you.

7. What did you learn about yourself while writing this book? Writing a novel is a long journey, and I learned not to judge myself more harshly than I would others. I learned that if I treat these characters with respect, I have to treat myself and those around me with that same respect. So if I commit a mistake, I just erase it and continue.

8. Who is your favorite character and why? Papa Fabio is the money man; he doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves, but for me, this guy is a huge success story. Born to a family of miners in the small town of El Triunfo, developed into a mathematical genius from a young age, got a scholarship to La Paz Technical Institute, and then a masters degree from MIT. Now an adviser to the UN on international tax code, a great financial analyst, rogue investment banker, and CPA. 
About the Author: Rick Zazueta resides in Baja California alongside his wife, Geraldine, and their two kids; Maximo and Larissa. When away from his duties, he plays professional croquet as a member of the Mexico national team. Baja Air & Sea is his first novel.  Instagram:
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Spotlight: Maddox (Knights of Havoc MC Book 2) by Ami Van

Maddox (Knights of Havoc MC Book 2) by [Ami Van]Maddox (Knights of Havoc MC ) by Ami Van  

Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Maddox Williams – What happens when the bad stuff that’s happened in your life outweighs the good in you? You take off the white knight armor and take matters into your own hands. At least, that’s what Maddox thinks he needs to do to pay back the Reapers MC, the motorcycle club full of scum who’s haunted him and his family’s life.

But things are never what they seem to be.

She quiets his storms and soothes his rage. When he’s with her, she gives him moments of clarity and reprieve from his grief. The only thing wrong with this rosy picture? She’s the enemy.

Though Maddox isn’t a patched in the member of the Knights of Havoc MC, his story is so intertwined with theirs and his life changes yet again the moment they set foot in his town.

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Ami VanAbout the Author: (from “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis. This quote resonates with me. Why? Because I’ve wandered quite a bit before I came to this path. With my Tech degree, I’ve worked in just about every industry from digital design to working in a warehouse driving a forklift.
It only took me 16 years to pen and publish my first book and now…I’m hooked! As a newcomer to writing and publishing, I must say that this journey has been an amazing one so far. Join me on my adventures of love lost, love found, comedy, and heartache. Feisty heroines, alpha males, and happily ever afters galore are in store for you!
Twitter: @authoramivan
Instagram: @authoramivan

Spotlight: An Angelic Devotion by J. R. Ayler

An Angelic Devotion (Book 1)An Angelic Devotion by J. R. Ayler  

“She’s both a seraph and frisky sex kitten. But don’t make the mistake of thinking she’s spineless like her dreamy owner and demons do; getting clawed up could be your fate…”

When Ophelia–an earth angel gifted with white-magic abilities–starts pitting herself against demons, she meets an enamoring woman who attracts the devilry she’s been warned to avoid at all costs. But as Ophelia is given her exceptional love, she finds it comes with a price the entire world could pay for.

AN ANGELIC DEVOTION is a fantasy romance jam-packed with racially diverse & unearthly beings, superhumanism, and kinky lesbian sex scenes.

For fans of Twilight, X-Men, Supernatural, and 50 Shades of Grey. 
About the Author: Jasmine Ayler is writer of speculative fiction and romance novels with lead lesbian characters. She’s a proud winner of three writing contests that were held at the West Des Moines Area Community College, scoring publication in their annually printed magazine Expressions each time for her short stories. Her future will hopefully continue to have creativity within it as she’s currently studying game design to become the writer of video games. She’s a dog mom and hobby photographer who loves spending time with her family and playing Xbox.  Website

Spotlight: Positively Georgia’s Guide to Surviving Grief by Elizabeth Ferris

Positively Georgia’s Guide to Surviving Grief by Elizabeth Ferris  

Publisher: Hasmark Publishing International (June 9, 2020)
Positively Georgia’s Guide to Surviving Grief aims to help teens and adults deal positively with the loss of a loved one. Georgia is an illustrated Airedale Terrier who is full of energy and inspiring ideas. Always experiencing the world with love and appreciation, Georgia steps readers through a number of ideas and strategies to heal from loss and move on to recover a happy, rewarding life.
Elizabeth FerrisAbout the Author: Elizabeth Ferris Brings Endearing Stories, Inspiration, and Positive Values to Children and Adults Elizabeth Ferris’ love of books started early. Even as a child she combined the creation of books with the business of selling them. Neighbors recount how young Elizabeth sold her brother’s comic books from a stand in her family’s front yard.

Later, when Elizabeth had children of her own, she created “All 4 Kids”, a captivating, educating, and entertaining newspaper for daycare providers. She also published the magazine “Innovate” read and appreciated throughout Northern British Columbia.

Today Elizabeth Ferris is the proud author of popular children’s books including “Positively Georgia — The Motivational Book for Children and Dog Lovers.” Georgia is a cuddly Airedale dog who sees everything in her world as joyful and wondrous.

The book offers reassuring and inspiring lessons for children and adults. It’s 42 beautifully illustrated pages teach surroundings can be fun and amazing when accompanied by enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.

Georgia discovers she has unique talents that can make her a big success. It’s an important idea for children to know each child is special and valuable. The book can also be inspiring to parents, grandparents, and caretakers.

Elizabeth draws from a lifetime of sometimes difficult experiences. Her parents immigrated to Canada from Hungary creating a marvelous family with more than 60 years of love. Today Elizabeth divides her time between writing books and serving as an Executive Assistant for a Health Authority in Western Canada.

Elizabeth Ferris has just released her new book “Positively Georgia’s Guide to Surviving Grief.” It helps teens and adults deal positively with the loss of a loved one. This second book in the series was released June 9 2020 and has become an Amazon Top 50 Best Seller within a few days.
Georgia understands how to comfort a human adult or child who is struggling with grief. She jumps up on the couch and presses her big furry body against the person until they forget their loss and sadness.

“The loss of a loved one is a gut-wrenching experience,” said Ferris. “This book shows teens and adults effective ways to deal with loss to recover a happy, rewarding life.”

Georgia steps readers through a number of ideas and strategies to heal from loss and move on with life. Some are clearly from a dog’s perspective.

Spotlight: The Company Affair by JS Prince

The Company Affair by JS Prince
The Company Affair by [J.S  Prince ]The Company Affair by JS Prince   

Publication Date: June 20, 2020

Forbidden love is always the sweetest.

Eleanor Holts is a good wife. She looks after her husband and her kids. She has been faithful to him for many years. That’s until she meets the handsome, charismatic Samson M Grant. The high-flying executive works at the same company as her husband and can’t get enough of sweet, innocent Eleanor. She thinks she’s impervious to his slick charms. However, little does she know, Samson has a talent at tapping into her deepest and darkest desires once thought long gone. Raw, detailed and uncut; follow the secret, steamy love affair between the two as Eleanor leaves her “good girl” ideals at the door.

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About the Author: JS Prince is a photographer, creative writer, and author of the new novel The Company Affair. JS has traveled extensively around Europe learning about places and people to help give her characters tangible spark! Jessy as her friends calls her loves to read. She has been writing stories since the 4th grade. Jessy is a life adventurer; she spends her free time hiking and camping. She lives and works out of her home in the Scottish Highlands. Amazon Author Page
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Spotlight: Spite by HA Rimmell

Spite by HA Rimmell

Spite by [HA Rimmell]Spite by HA Rimmell  

Publication Date: June 24, 2020
A woman’s body is found at the base of the popular Mount Beaumont running track in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Balmoral and Detective Phil Barrett is leading the investigation. The events leading to the woman’s death are set in motion two months earlier when lawyer Amanda Dobson completes her annual performance review. By the day’s close, Amanda has lost her job and her boyfriend and she blames staff partner Jack Gibbs for her predicament. Bitter and intent on revenge, Amanda chooses social media as her weapon of choice in her bid to get even.
Her digital skills are sharpened by her twin sister Libby who is leading a very different life in her half renovated home. Libby and her husband Ben send their children to the expensive Beaumont Grammar and Amanda had always assumed that her sister’s life was ideal. But Libby is dissatisfied. She is struggling to keep up with the indulged lifestyle enjoyed by the other mothers, especially her so-called friends Eloise and Claire and their arch enemies, Adele and Blair. In a few short weeks, the women’s relationships become more and more strained as their lives are increasingly entangled and tempers flare. So absorbed is Amanda in exacting her own revenge that she doesn’t notice the depth of Libby’s misery until it is far too late. As Detective Barrett investigates, he uncovers the shocking secrets of Beaumont Grammar’s privileged community where drugs, affairs, image, and “Mummy Time” are much more important than helping at the school tuck shop.
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About the Author: HA Rimmell is a lawyer, teacher, and very newly published author. She was born in England and now lives in Queensland. In writing her first crime novel, Spite she has drawn on her experiences as a lawyer, teacher, and parent. When she is not teaching, writing, or spending time with her family, she loves running or walking along the beaches near, painting abstracts, blogging, and cooking. She hopes to travel more, work less, and continue to write.
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Spotlight: Karma by S C Cunningham   

Karma by S C Cunningham

Karma (The Fallen Angel Series Book 2) by [S C Cunningham]Karma (The Fallen Angel Series Book 2) by S C Cunningham

Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Amazon US  – Amazon UK  – Goodreads   

Wouldn’t it be nice to have hot, funny, rule-breaking Angels protecting and fighting your corner, keeping an eye on those who slip through law enforcement’s fingers? Well, here you go…. You’re welcome.

Feisty Amy Fox is a new Angel, but for how long? Avenging personal scores, dishing out tough karma on crime gangs, traffickers, drug dealers, serial killers, rapists, domestic and animal abusers, lusting after her partner, avoiding his ex’s, and competing with hellish Warlords, all without her Unit’s authorisation will have her thrown below ground!

At the age of four, Amy was taken…She survived..
A week later, another little girl was taken…She didn’t.

Angry that a bad man has gotten away with murder, young Amy Fox makes a deal with God. When she dies, if she’s been a good girl, would God let her sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, to get bad people who slip through his fingers?

Her deal and God long forgotten, career girl Amy mysteriously dies. Her lifeless body is found beneath a London underground commuter train.

She awakens in the afterlife to discover an international network of like-minded souls who’ve all made the same deal. A sophisticated MI5-esque justice machine sits in the skies, protecting, righting wrongs, tracking criminals, and working within strict rules of play…all against time.

Each country’s Unit shares intelligence, surveillance, and resources to deactivate dangerous situations. The only evidence they leave behind during their earthly visits is a small white feather sashaying to the ground.

In a chaotic world, powerful adversaries try to close her Unit down. A complex SAS vigilante has been assigned to work as her partner, but with his jealous violent ex-girlfriend on her heels and with her own vendetta to settle, Amy has never worked so hard in her entire earthly life. She has to wonder if making a deal with God was a mistake.

S C CunninghamAbout the Author: Cunningham creates psychological thrillers and paranormal crime with a skilled mix of fueled tension, dark humor, and pulsating passion. Having worked in the industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.
An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports, celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (incl Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

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Author Interview:The Long Way Home by D. L. Norris

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The Long Way HomeThe Long Way Home by D. L. Norris  

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Publication Date: March 12, 2020

Genre: Biographical Fiction

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The Long Way Home is a compelling work of fiction set in 1950’s Madison County, Nebraska.  At the heart of the story is Maggie Davis, a middle-aged widow and recent heiress to a grand Victorian manor. The stately home, which Maggie shares with her spirited nine-year-old daughter Jenna, also serves as a bed and breakfast to a once regular, but now transitory, clientele. The kitchen table is the epicenter of lively, often contentious, dialogue where no topics are off-limits. An outspoken neighbor and routine visitor delights in keeping everyone on guard with her opinionated tirades but is frequently reigned in byan elderly, equally forthright family member who has recently become a permanent dweller at the manor. Maggie finds herself struggling with the painful memories of her husband’s tragic death, as well as the stirrings in her heart associated with a new house guest. A scandalous scheme to swindle her out of her property rides on the heels of a sudden, unexpected death, pointing to a member of the family as a suspect. Set against an intriguing backdrop of family secrets, scandal, love, and humor, the story culminates with an emotional twist.

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Tell us about your latest book? Is it part of a series? The Long Way Home is a compelling work of fiction set in 1950’s Madison County, Nebraska. At the heart of the story is Maggie Davis, a middle-aged widow and recent heiress to a grand Victorian manor. The stately home, which Maggie shares with her spirited nine-year-old daughter Jenna, also serves as a bed and breakfast to a once regular, but now transitory, clientele.

The kitchen table is the epicenter of lively, often contentious, dialogue where no topics are off-limits. An outspoken neighbor and routine visitor delights in keeping everyone on guard with her opinionated tirades but is frequently reigned in by an elderly, equally forthright family member who has recently become a permanent dweller at the manor.

Maggie finds herself struggling with the painful memories of her husband’s tragic death, as well as the stirrings in her heart associated with a new house guest. A scandalous scheme to swindle her out of her property rides on the heels of a sudden, unexpected death, pointing to a member of the family as a suspect. Set against an intriguing backdrop of family secrets, scandal, love, and humor, the story culminates with an emotional twist.

The anticipated sequel Where the Heart Is is scheduled to be released before the end of the year and artfully follows the return of Jenna Davis-Wilson to her nostalgic childhood home in Madison County, Nebraska. A spontaneous decision to remain indefinitely at the old Victorian manor ushers in a mix of joy, sorrow, humor, and an unexpected event—a charming, heartwarming, must-read conclusion.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? When I was nine years old, I wrote my first story with multiple characters. My mother sat down to read my creation, and I observed with wonderment as she laughed and cried while obviously enjoying Starlight. It was then I understood that the written word had a magical way of bringing characters to life and stirring deep emotion within the reader.  What a life-changing realization for a young writer!

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters? Everything, because they are the cornerstone of my literary inspiration. Each character portrayed in The Long Way Home is someone uniquely dear to me, and they mirror a real-life family member with actual mannerisms and perspectives.

What does literary success look like to you? Writing is my passion, my life. As long as I’m creating, I feel successful. This kind of success is not reliant upon another’s opinion of my work—or whether or not it is published. As a writer, there is true freedom in discovering your art and understanding it’s value.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Because The Long Way Home is based on factual events, my research was focused on family stories, notes, and interviews with family members. I traveled to my ancestral homestead in Norway to get a clearer understanding of their way of life and cultural mindsets. It set the stage for the creation of The Long Way Home.

How many hours a day do you write? I try to write at least four to five hours a day. Obviously, this is not set in stone, but it’s a guide. It’s essential to stay daily connected to my work.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? Most of the time, yes. I know that not everyone is going to be a fan of my writing, and I’m comfortable with this reality. I try to take the good points of the review (positive or negative), contemplate them, and then move on. I will say this, I’m not a fan of brutal honesty. It’s never a good idea to tell a mother that her baby is homely. My rule of thumb when reviewing another author’s creative endeavor is to remember that this is their baby– there is a considerable difference between critique and criticism. One can be helpful, the other deflating. The best advice I can offer is to be sure of yourself and your creativity. The opinion of someone else is just that—an opinion.

What was your hardest scene to write? The death of one of my favorite characters. I had to take many “breaks” from my writing before completing the scene—it was intensely emotional because it is based on an actual life event.

What is the most challenging aspect of your artistic process? Dialogue—and good dialogue is the cornerstone of The Long Way Home. It takes time and plenty of thought to write a realistic conversation that continually compliments the uniqueness of each character. You have to understand how the character “thinks” in every scenario. The most challenging aspect of The Long Way Home was the number of characters and the fact that they all had their strong opinions.

What’s the inspiration behind your books? I consider myself most fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with my Scandinavian family throughout the years—especially the older generation. I would listen for hours to their beautifully told tales of life in Norway and how they slowly transitioned to life in American once they emigrated. By the time I was twelve, I knew that I would someday write a book about their colorful and spirited lives. They were my true inspiration. Before writing The Long Way Home, I traveled to Tilden, Nebraska, which is the setting of the novel, as well as the actual homeplace of my family—to gain a clearer understanding of the area and the townspeople. It was a touching experience, to say the least. I sat in the old café and visited with the other patrons, and even met several cousins for the first time. It became the springboard for completing the work that I had been contemplating for many years.

What are your fondest childhood memories? My memory bank is overflowing with happy childhood recollections during the summer season.  Steeped in rich tradition, picnics were celebrated with enthusiasm, good food, and lots of family. There was a peacefulness that surrounded each gathering, contentment that made you feel good to be a part of a family that had such great love and respect for each other.

Family picnics were a constant, sometimes nothing more than putting a little of this and a little of that together and then making a run to a favorite park.  Of course, there were those unique culinary creations that only individual family members could make–these were not to be messed with, and by no means replicated by someone else. Grandpa didn’t let too much time go by before he threw out a challenge to a game of horseshoes. When it got dark, fireflies tempted the children to run and get their jars. Grown-up conversation was rich and was heard well into the evening.  And always, there was the sound of laughter.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? Yes, and for the individual that discovers the hidden messages, they usually make mention in a personal email or review. It lets me know that the reader has genuinely connected with the story and gone a little deeper with attention to detail.

D.L. NorrisAbout the Author:  D.L. Norris is a notable author and motivational speaker who has written numerous short stories and articles on health, emotional wellness, family, and cultural history. Norris’s novel, The Long Way Home, captures in colorful, humorous style the actual events and cultural mindsets surrounding her Scandinavian family and personal life experiences. Norris’s expressive writing style quickly engages her readers and encourages them to sit back and enjoy a nostalgic, magical journey. She and her husband are happily retired in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she continues a passion for writing.

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Spotlight: Plant-Based diet meal plan by Julie T. Evans

Plant-Based diet meal plan by Julie T. Evans

Plant-Based diet meal plan: A complete four-week plan to kick-start your healthy, slow and permanent weight loss. Vegan meal prep with tasty plant-based wholefood recipes and shopping list by [Julie T. Evans]Plant-Based diet meal plan

by Julie T. Evans 

Publication Date: May 23, 2020
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Do you want to start eating well and living your best life? Then keep reading this simple book, you will find a complete action plan that gets you to enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. With this book, you will discover that when you start eating plant-based you aren’t sacrificing anything. You are only truly discovering new recipes with the complete, four-week meal plan guide.

This book includes:

-The principles and benefits of a plant-based diet.

-Daily caloric intake for men and women

-Simple physical activity to help weight loss

-Four-week meal plan with recipes and shopping list

-110+ plant-based recipes with pics


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About the Author: Julie has loved carrots ever since she was little, and has eaten so many that she’s earned “Julie The Rabbit” as a nickname. As an adult, she has never ceased to love everything that the earth offers and has learned to use things in the most natural ways possible. Today she brings this love into your kitchen and into your heart.

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