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Cover Reveal: The Truth of Things by @tashalharrison

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So excited to be doing my first cover reveal for Tasha L. Harrison! She’s been writing the kind of smut I’ve been missing in my life XD So I answered the call when she needed folks to spread her new cover to the world!

Without a moment’s hesitation….

“Where I come from, cops aren’t super heroes.”

Photojournalist and wedding photographer, Ava Marie Greene, doesn’t ever want to fall in love and not in the I-just-haven’t-met-right-man kinda way either. Ava is a hopeless romantic, but too much hurt and disappointment has her hiding behind the camera. Through her lens, she sees the truth of things, the difference between real and fantasy, and she thinks she has a good handle on it until she has a run-in with her friendly neighborhood policeman, Levi Raymond.

“Not all cops…”

A tad arrogant, and a bit of a cornball, Ava knows that this Levi could make her second-guess every thought she ever had about cops. She tries to make it clear to Officer Friendly that she doesn’t need saving, but he when Ava finds herself on the wrong side of the law, will he be the hero she needs or toe the “thin blue line?”


So those drooling over the cover, here are ways you can get the latest scoop on when it drops.  #TheTruthofThings pre-order goes live August 15th on Pronoun to support a September 5th release date. To get updates when it drops, follow her Author Page on Pronoun, or if you’re interested in getting an ARC copy for review, subscribe to her newsletter, or join Tasha’s FB group, The Filth Mob, they get first dibs.

I’m joining today, hope to see you there!

STARSWEPT Cover Reveal @astralcolt @snowywingspub

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It’s cover reveal day for Starswept by Mary Fan! This sweeping YA sci-fi romance will be released on August 29 by Snowy Wings Publishing. The cover features photography by Roberto Falck, with graphic design by Streetlight Graphics.
As a SFF fan I’m always super excited to share a cover with a grl of color on it!!!!

Title: Starswept
Author: Mary Fan
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

My review:

Ah! I loved it! It was my first sci-fi romance(I usually more of a fantasy fan and all it’s sub-genres) and it brings me back to the days I really started taking reading more seriously(around 2013). Back then, it was like the best books with women of color were coming my way, so when I realized how rare it was to feature such, I had to enter the real world =(

There was something otherworldly about the book, even through it’s storytelling. I wish I had something to compare it to, because there’s honestly nothing like it that I’ve read before. Maybe I need to go outside my reading circle, because there may or not be a book similar, I just haven’t encountered it.

It was awesome to see a speculative fiction book give a lot of shine to the arts. I can’t help that as a PoC, I don’t really feel we’re always encouraged to flourish in artistic fields. Unfortunately it’s not always the practical field your parents want you to go into, so unless you come from a “dreamer” family, it’s not common to nourish artistic kids and teens.

I love young adult, but it also crosses into new adult territory sometimes(it’s my absolute favorite category btw). The MC’s name is Iris(which is so pretty btw!) and the way they weave being a musician into the worldbuilding of the story was awesome. It’s a very science fiction world(READ THE GLOSSARY FIRST, YOU’LL THANK ME) so I liked that it was softened a little by the romantic plot. The plot really starts when Iris encounters an Adryil boy(which is an alien race opposite of regular humans).

I’m trying to make the review as spoiler free as possible, so it’s hard bringing up everything without telling all the goods! But there’s plenty of drama and conflict to move a 400 page book along.

I loved that Iris was your everyday type heroine. Not that there’s anything wrong with a quote-unquote “perfect” heroine, but I could relate to not growing up with money, but always being creative =) It’s bizarre how good artistic people were in this book, but they never thought they were good enough, and always wanted to be better. Its good to know living in the future really doesn’t change that feeling of inadequacy in artists(mainly musicians and dancers in this books case) and everyone’s still relatable despite that aspect.

I also love how Iris is front and center on the cover in a beautiful cascade of space colors(the cover reveal’s tomorrow, so y’all gonna have to find out what it looks like then) and stars. It really fits the feel of the book, and that’s an insta-buy for me when an girl of color is on a book =)

Overall, if you like YA, romance and science fiction and want to see all three blended REALLY well, take a chance on this book. I should mention I read it in an 8 hr span, and I rarely do that unless it’s an audiobook. So that says a lot about the way I enjoyed it(and I’d enjoy it even more if it eventually goes into audiobook, wink-wink ;p)

~Guin

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Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books. She is the author of the Jane Colt space opera trilogy, the Firedragon YA dystopia/fantasy novellas, and the Fated Stars YA high fantasy novellas. She’s also the co-editor of the Brave New Girls YA sci-fi anthologies, which are dedicated to encouraging girls to enter STEM careers and raising money for the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

Find her online at www.MaryFan.com.

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BRAVE NEW GIRLS Cover Reveal @astralcolt @TClosser

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Today, I’m revealing the cover and story line-up for
BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME, coming August 2017!
This YA sci-fi anthology (edited by sci-fi authors Paige Daniels and Mary Fan) features
stories about girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)… Girls
who engineer, tinker, hack, and more, using their smarts to save the day. It’s
got space operas, sci-fi mysteries, steampunk, cyberpunk, all kinds of punk! Proceeds from sales of the anthology will be donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.
And without further ado, here’s the cover!
Stories in the anthology (in alphabetical order by title):
The 17th Quadrennial Intergalactic Neo-Cultural Expo and
Science Fair by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth
The Adventure of the Brass Lamp by Margaret Curelas
Arch Nemesis by Jamie
Krakover
The Babysitting Job: A Robot Repair Girl Adventure by Josh Pritchett
The Case of the Missing Sherlock by Mary Fan
Chasing the Copper Dragon by Karissa Laurel
Circus in the Sky by
Lisa Toohey
Dangerous Territory by
Holly Schofield
The Experimental Bug – First Test by Jelani-Akin Parham
Hack by Evangeline
Jennings
In a Whole New Light by
Michelle Leonard
The Last Android by
Paige Daniels
Let Androids Eat Cake by
Meg Merriet
The Maker’s Handbook by
George Ebey
The Non-Existence of Gravity by Steph Bennion
Nova by Stephen Landry
Our Very Respected and Always Benevolent Leader by Kay Dominguez
Scilla’s Monster by
Elisha Betts
Skyris by A.A.
Jankiewicz
Sweet Emotion by Bryna
Butler
The Swiss Cheese Model by
Eric Bakutis
The Verne Shot by
Brandon Draga

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Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme is the second volume of the Brave New Girls anthology series. The first, Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets was released in June 2015 and has so far raised thousands of dollars for the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship fund. Find it on Amazon.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Paige Daniels is the pen name of Tina Closser. By day she works as an Electrical Engineer and Mom mushing her kids from gymnastics and violin practice. After the kids go to bed, she rocks out with her headphones turned to eleven and cranks out books. She is an uber science geek. If she wasn’t married to the most terrific guy in the world, she would be a groupie for Adam Baldwin. Her books include Non-Compliance: The Sector, Non-Compliance: The Transition, and Non-Compliance: Equilibrium.

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. And what stories she has! Currently, she has three series in progress and likes to think that she has even more in her bag. Her books include the Jane Colt trilogy, the Firedragon novellas, and the Fated Stars novellas.

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Cover Reveal and $250 cash giveaway #booklover

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We are rearing for our first release of the year Lesson That Taught Love, our first book in that’s Contemporary Romance( traditional romance that isn’t New Adult) and its quite different from our normal style of writing, so we hope people like it!

But did you know we’re nearly complete with a second release? We just got the cover done for it, and it’s super pretty that we just had to share it!
But I’m Not a Robot does have a similar style to both our new book and New Adult books, as it’s inclusive with trans, bi, non-binary and religious diversity representation, so when it’s ready we also hope people like it!

Let me not forget to mention a chance to win some after-the-holiday money!

Feeling the pain after Christmas? Well, these amazing authors have joined together to bring you a $250 cash giveaway. If you’re international not to worry, you’ll receive the equivalent in whatever currency you need.

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★★★★72 Signed Paperbacks up for grabs in the 12 Days of Giveaways!★★★★

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How much do you love signed paperbacks from your favorite romance authors?

Yeah. We thought so.

You’ve heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas? We’re offering Twelve Days of Giveaways.

Enter to win one of twelve prize packs.

Each prize pack will contain SIX signed books.

If you’re already a collector, you’ll be in heaven. If you’ve never owned a signed paperback before, you’ll start your collection with a bang. Either way, entry is simple.

One simple entry will subscribe you to 70 Romance Author Newsletters.

Unsubscribe any time, but please don’t label us as spam. Better still, stick around and get to know us.

Participating Authors:

AJ Norris | Alyson Reynolds | Amie Stuart | Amy L Gale | Anna B. Madrise | Annie Anderson | Bethany Lopez | Bethany Shaw | Brinda Berry | Brittney Coon | Candace Clark | Candace Knoebel | Christa Cervone | Christi Barth | DD Lorenzo | Debra Parmley | Diana Quincy | Eileen Cruz Coleman | Elianne Adams | Eva Winters | G.L. Tomas | India Millar | J.M. Adele | Ja’Nese Dixon | Jamie Farrell | JB Schroeder | Jenn Windrow | Jennifer Locklear | Jennifer Ryder | Joanna Shupe | Joanne Dannon | Josie Bordeaux | Kelly Collins | Kelly Moore | Kimi Flores/K.A. Hunter | L A Cotton | L Chapman | Leigh Anderson | Lisa Ladew | Lisa Shelby | Liz Durano | M.M. Chabot | Margo Bond Collins | Mary Abshire | Mary Hughes | Mayra Statham | Michele Mannon | Michelle Irwin | MJ Summers | Monica Corwin | Nancee Cain | Nikki Lynn Barrett | Rissa Blakely | S.M. Schmitz | Shaniel Watson | Sheila Kell | Shelique Lize | Skye Jordan | Sybil Bartel | Sydney Aaliyah Michelle | Tania Cooper | Terra Kelly | Theresa Troutman | Tracey Pedersen | Tracy Ellen | Victoria Pinder | Wendy Knight
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Lover of romance books? Enter this bookish giveaway!

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We’re feeling festive so I’ve joined forces with these amazing authors to bring you a HUGE giveaway running from the 15th December – 20th. Looking forward to the New Year’s sales? We’ve got $500 cash to give away, perfect for treating yourself or stocking up on goodies for next year. Check out the authors involved then enter below. And don’t forget to stop by Love Books’ Facebook page for more giveaways happening RIGHT NOW!

 

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When you can fix what you broke…(A tale in self publishing)

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We’ve been going through the motions of what it’s like to be self published, and we’ve learned a few interesting things along the way.

Disclaimer:

All our experience is with Independently publishing books, and this post isn’t meant to scare folks away from going a more traditional route.

But back to the post. What if you had a project you were interested in exploring, spent months with blood, sweat and tears, and money you could never get back, but it didn’t connect with people?

Would you throw in the towel? Or would you research where you went wrong to fix the problem?

We’re releasing an Erotic Romance named “F*THS”. It was meant to be a lot of things. It was supposed to explore themes that are typically shunned in Romance, including friends with benefits themes we got to explore in Same Page, but with people who were single.

The main character Theodora King, like us is Afro-Latina(our first venture making an Afro-Latinx character, yay!) but entertained two love interests. This is what the original cover looked like, which we loved!fthsBut as we put it on Amazon for pre-order, we noticed very little, if any connected to the cover highlighting a girl with two love interests. Romance readers can be very protective of monogamy, and polyamorous relationships are often shunned unless they’re intentionally meant to be Menage a Trois story.

We admit, the main characters are both bisexual. Both are attracted to emotionally, sexually and psychologically to folks who identify as a man or woman(cis or trans). It could’ve easily been geared to be a Menage book for that reason, but there was a fear the audience we were writing it for would feel alienated.

After all, the main female character does gear more toward one than the other. And most of her open door love scenes were only with one.

Same Page, despite how readers responded to the blurb and cover, one-clicked like it was nothing. Two attractive people on the cover sparked an interest that having three people on a cover did not.

When we realized that, we took F*THS down(and lost our pre-order privilege, but hey…)and went back to the drawing board.

We heavily emphasized the relationship between the two main characters more, and while it garnered a less brave story, it allowed the audience we’re writing it for to seek it out more. All of these changes were literally made overnight. All of it required reworking chapters, a new blurb, and a new cover.

Traditional publishing is awesome. The resources in comparison are unmatched. But they want books to win. They spend a ton of money trying to make something win. Storify-ed conversations about diversity in romance by Alisha Rai and K.M. Jackson highlight it better than we could, especially since they’re traditional/hybrid authors.

Diversity in Romance-Why it matters

We Need Diverse Romance

But we’ve since redid the cover to reflect the changes:fthis(1)The cover has a sleeker look, different models, and an interesting design. I can’t say whether it’s better or worse, but it’s definitely been better received.

I hope to be braver, and be able to introduce relationships that aren’t always monogamous. Being polyamourous isn’t negative, it’s just modern society isn’t used to a relationship with more than one person.

Maybe these changes were for the better =D

We received our first advanced review, and it was well received. All the fears we had are still there.

Fear of an Afro-Latina character who doesn’t have long cascading hair, or looser curls, with much darker skin. Fear of two characters who identify as bi-sexual. Fear of friends with benefits stories. Fear of creating a Black woman with a chronic illness. ALL of these things were the things some of the advanced reviewers connected with. There are other topics in the story(along with a cliffhanger, which folks hate!) they wont connect with. So we’re preparing ourselves for those who wont connect to it now XD

But we regret very little about self publishing. It’s not every day you can fix something you broke…

You can request F*THS on Netgalley =D Click the link or book above for details!

Not on Netgalley? Shoot us an email at rebelliousvalkyriepress at gmail dot com! We’d be happy to provide advanced copies to those willing to provide reviews for it’s release!

Release Day Jitters: Same Page by G.L. Tomas

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http://www.amazon.com/Same-Page-G-L-Tomas-ebook/dp/B017GH2C9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448755832&sr=8-1&keywords=same+pageSo we’re super hush-hush about this, because all my bloggers friends who like Romance featuring diverse main characters, are folks we really admire and respect, and it just felt sleazy to market to folks, even though they may or may not be interested in a new read.

We’re kinda terrified of the Romance we write. A lot of Romance that’s popular, and actually sells aren’t inclusive. Some readers don’t or can’t even relate to a someone who’s different from them. And when it comes to women of color(and this is definitely no shade. It sells…) we sometimes have to be a certain way for people to connect to us.

Bummer…

Our first release featuring NA/Adult themes(we released a YA SFF as our debut) features a main character who ends up in a complicated situation. It’s basically “the right guy at the wrong time” type of story. It’s a story that’s been told before, so we can’t sell folks on a dream that they haven’t read anything like it.

What we like most about her is that Nigerian-American(shot out to all our Nigerian/West African girls!) and most interracial romance books highlight Black women that hail from Western culture. Not to say the book is solely about her being Nigerian, but she’s close to her culture, and it doesn’t make her any different than an Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean(even though some Latinx are both!)or US/UK bred Black women.

Plus she’s a Supernatural geek, a book lover(works in a book store, the perfect job!) and still a college student at 27, because not everyone gets that degree right out the bat.

Plus she’s digging a cutie named Timothy. Their situation isn’t perfect. That’ll probably turn some people off…

But in our defense, both of us have been in Timothy and Naima’s shoes. It’s not always easy to be in either situation, and I want more books to reflect things normal folk go through. Not everyone is a billionaire or shit, even a millionaire!

Can sista just date a dude with a 9 to 5? XD

We want to create more men of color, and plan to A LOT next year(I’m Team Blasian, Libertad’s Team Blatino)it just happened that our first non-Speculative Fiction/YA release is Black Woman/White Man because it was the most polished at the deadline for our editor.

It’s part of a duology, much like another release we’re planning for the beginning of 2016, but they’ll eventually both be in the Kindle Unlimited Program, so those who have that, it’ll be available at nothing extra to you! If you want to be sure it’ll be something for you, it’ll also be on Netgalley!

We’ll get to learn what works and what doesn’t to help us improve our writing and marketing skills with this book, because NA-Adult Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance is a much different market than our first book.

There are so new plans ahead for 2016, but for now we’re just learning as we go =D
Add to your Goodreads Shelf if it’s something that might interest you. We’re setting up a giveaway for a paperback(that we’re waiting for approval, fingers crossed)so if we’re not mistaken, those who have it in their anticipating lists gets notified!

We’re hosting an annual diversity event on our sister blog Twinja Book Reviews, and you might see a bunch of new faces, or even some you know, since we opened up to a lot of Romance writers and bloggers over the past few weeks!

There’s even a giveaway for that too!

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The Color of Love Blog Hop

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Oh how excited we are to participate in our first Color of Love Blog Hop. We’ve been following it for a few years now(Libertad even one a grand prize one year, talk about luck) and it was an exciting moment to finally be an author on the roster of such seasoned writers as well as some of our favorite Romance bloggers.

Look of that list of people below and would you look at the prizes being offered! Anytime you have a giveaway featuring a Kenya Wright, Laurel Cremant or L.Penelope(sorry for fangirling but we totally met her this October and she was everything a fangirl could hope for) book you know you’re in for some excellent reads.same_pagefthis(1)

We ourselves are offering Same Page, an erotic romance, which will be out December 8th everyone, squee. And another Erotic Romance titled F*THS, which is slated to release February 10th 2016. Multicultural and Interracial Romance are definitely our absolute go-tos in terms of buying taste so trust me when we say, we’re visiting everyone’s spot(And so should you…)and showing their blogs a hell of a lot of love! Be sure to check out all the other ladies on the hop. Discovering new authors are the absolute best!

Interested in any of our up and coming releases? Consider signing up for our newsletter for our NA and Adult Romances here. Like YA too? The newsletter to our YA new releases can be signed up for here. Happy reading, everyone!

GRAND PRIZES

We’ve upped the ante on prizes! Here’s what’s up for grabs

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1st Prize $75 6
2nd Prize $50 5
3rd Prize $30 5
4th Prize $15 5
5th Prize $10 5
6th Prize $5 5

 

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New goals, New Ideas and New Releases!

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Wow I can’t believe it’s been a whole 2 months since our last post. Proud to say it’s for good reason! We’ve been writing up a storm! Our first release The Mark of Noba, has been our greatest accomplishment to date.

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While it’s easy to feel like YA is a hard market to release a book in we’re so glad we allowed it to be our first born and our introduction to the world of writing but for the year 2016, we were planning a crap load of adventures and we hope anyone who’s with us supports us in our new venture in Romancelandia.

So what is it about romance that made us want to write romance? Hmm…it’s a number of things.

For one, Guinevere and I are not seeing the women and men we want to root for in romance. And that’s just depressing.

There’s no shortage of billionaires, bikers or alpha males but what if the kind of stories you desire are about real people going through real relationship problems?

What if the kinds of characters we want to read feature Afro-latinas, American Africans or black women outside the typical African American experience?(Hello Afro-Brits anyone?)?

What if just maybe we want to read about men and women who have regular jobs and aren’t making people sign a contract just to “be” with each other?

I’ve been reading a ton of romance lately and sadly I’ve found very few authors who have several stories I flat out love. But I have faith and with 2016 we hope to bring you 11, YOU READ RIGHT, 11 new stories with romance as it’s center focus ranging from YA, NA and even adult reads.

We know, we know 11 books? That’s one hell of a goal but the truth is, we’ve had these stories hanging around for years and now finally have the courage to release them, including The Mark of Noba’s awaited sequel The City of Fallen Stars, which will be available Summer 2016.

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(Don’t you just love the cover? Tetra is spitting something fierce, compay!)

But omg, how could I forget December 8th we’ll be releasing our first real life New Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance(sorry kids this one does include sensual themes so if The Mark of Noba’s more your cup of tea, you might wanna skip this one.) called Same Page. SEE!

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Check out the blurb:

Naima vibed with Timothy from the first moment they met. Attraction wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did with no time to turn back.

Timothy knew better. But that kiss made him forget about his girlfriend and he would do anything to get another chance to kiss those lips.

Can two close friends be on the Same Page in this “Brown Sugar meets Love Jones” Interracial Erotic Romance!

This one has us shook to be out there because it doesn’t follow a typical romance theme of two unattached people falling in love without problem. It actually centers on a situation I’ve been in myself, falling for the right guy just not at the right time. I’m sure some folks can relate but I know others are against altogether, either way when we decided that romance was a venture we wanted to unlock, we asked ourselves:

Do you want to trail blaze or do you want to follow the obvious tropes?

Ding, ding, ding! We took the first one for $700, lol. So we hope and pray you’ll take this journey with us!

What are some of your goals for 2016?

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