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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"The Valiant: The Valiant Book 1" by Lesley Livingston (Reviewed by Cindy Hannikman)

OVERVIEW: Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

FORMAT: The Valiant is a YA fantasy/historical novel. It is listed as fantasy because of its alternative version of history and doesn't contain any real magic or other typical fantasy elements. The Valiant stands at 372 pages and was published February 14, 2017 by Razorbill.

ANALYSIS: The YA genre has a habit of creating unique, likeable characters, but many books tend to 'fall in line' and follow a bit of a template format. That isn't to say they are bad, just they tend to all play out in a very similar fashion. The Valiant is one of those rare YA novels that starts out with a setup that makes you think you know what is going to happen and how things are going to play out, and before you know it nothing – and I mean nothing – happens the way you expect it to happen.

The Valiant starts off with Fallon training with her secret boyfriend. Fallon is trying a very daring and difficult fighting technique that very few have every accomplished. Learning this technique, and fighting, allows her to follow in the footsteps of her older sister – Sorcha – and become a part of her father's fighting team. Sorcha was killed several years ago in battle and there is a prophecy of sorts that says the same thing will happen to Fallon. Even with this prophecy in place, Fallon still wants to become one of the greatest warriors of all times.

The big day finally arrives and Fallon is set about to formally accept the invitation to join her father's troop of warriors, but things don't play out the way she thinks it will. Her father, instead of asking her to join as a warrior, announces that he has promised her hand in marriage. And who is she promised to? The brother of her secret boyfriend. Fallon is furious and storms out in a fit of rage.

This may sound familiar. A girl in love with a secret boyfriend, promised to the boyfriend's brother, and meanwhile she has her heart set on becoming a fierce warrior and living up to her older sister's huge reputation. It certainly sounds like the same old, same old, but sometimes books have a way of surprising you.

Literally, within the first few chapters, things took an unexpected turn and from there just kept getting better and better. Of course, there were a few things that were predictable or easily guessed at, but for the most part this book had a lot of unexpected twists and turns that made for an amazing story. I don't want to say too many of them because I think the 'unknown' is what made them so great, but things really aren't what they seem.

I will say that if anyone had asked me to describe this book early on, I would have said that it was one of those romance novels that are marketed as alternative historical fiction but are really just about love, romance, and love triangles. The beginning of the book certainly feels like that would be the case, but it turns out differently.

If you are planning on reading The Valiant and aren't a fan of romance, I give you this piece of advice – don't give up. I think, if anything, that is the biggest weakness of the novel, is that it starts off with a major romance almost shoved at the reader, and it isn't really indicative of how the tone of the rest of the novel. I feel people who might have enjoyed the novel could have set it aside because of its almost romance/love triangle beginning.

There are other aspects, besides the unexpected twists and turns, of The Valiant that make it outstanding. Livingston does an amazing job of detailing an Ancient Roman society. Readers aren't bogged down with huge paragraphs of historical context or descriptions, but everything from the culture to the political structure is laid out in a way that is easily understandable. I am by no means an expert on Ancient Rome, but I certainly felt as if I was right there

Another amazing aspect of The Valiant was the actual follow through of creating a kickass female character. Some novels promise that they have this amazing kickass, tough female and by the end of the book I think "I could take her". The follow through just wasn't there. Not with Fallon and even her supporting cast of characters.

Fallon was tough. The world she grew up in and found herself in was tough. She had to do a lot to survive that she never expected she would have to do. The other girls in the sisterhood of warriors were just as tough, just as brutal, and it really helped make this novel what it is.

The absolute last thing that has to be mentioned is the fight scenes that take place in the arena. I am a reader who prefers character development over action/fights, but this book really had me yearning to read more about what happened inside the arena. The action scenes were detailed, but not overly graphic and they were super suspenseful. I honestly felt like I was in the arena watching the women fight it out.

The Valiant is just the first book of a series, but I have to say the way it ends, it could very well be a standalone. There are plenty of adventures readers can be taken on it the future and I will gladly follow along, but it is a complete solid single novel.

The Valiant was a surprising read for me. I wasn't 100% sure what to expect or even if I would like it at all. What I ended up with was an amazing novel that really took me for an adventure and back in time. I can't wait to read the sequel. Give this novel a shot if you are a fan of Ancient Rome, kickass female leads, and action/fight scenes that are realistic.
Friday, March 17, 2017

"The Wish Granter: Book Two of the Ravenspire Novel Series" by C.J. Redwine (Reviewed by Cindy Hannikman)

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OVERVIEW: The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SĂșndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

FORMAT: The Wish Granter is the second novel in the Ravenspire series. The Ravenspire series is made up of standalone novels that are all fairytale retellings. It is not necessary to have read the previous book.

The Wish Granter is told in third person POV. Most of the story is told from Ari and Sebastian's POVs, but there are occasional chapters that are told from The Wish Granter's POV. The Wish Granter stands at 423 pages and was published February 14, 2017 by Balzer + Bray.

ANLYSIS: The Wish Granter comes hot off the heels of C.J. Redwine's first Ravenspire novel, The Shadow Queen. This time instead of retelling a fairytale that is super familiar to everyone, Redwine takes on the challenge of giving a lesser-known fairytale a new twist – Rumpelstiltskin. Of course, Rumpelstiltskin isn't unknown, but it isn't as commonly told in fairytale retellings as Snow White, Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast.

Looking back on The Shadow Queen, one of my biggest issues was the simple fact that while it had some plot twists, it just didn't feel like it had that 'it' factor to make it stand out from the other Snow White fairytale retelling. The Shadow Queen wasn't bad enough to make me stop reading the Ravenspire series, but it definitely lowered my expectations for future books which is why I was so surprised at The Wish Granter. It was a lot better than I expected.

It should be noted that while all the books in the Ravenspire series take part in the same world, they are standalone novels. It isn't necessary to read them all and you don't have to read them in order. There was a brief mention in The Wish Granter of the main character from The Shadow Queen, but it wasn't enough that it ruined anything or even confused the reader. I think the standalone factor really helped as it made it easier to judge each book individually.

The Wish Granter follows the story of Ari, who is a newly crowned princess. Her twin brother was just named king even though he wasn't the next in line to the throne, but he didn't get the title in the traditional way. He did so by making a deal with The Wish Granter, an old fae who holds the ability to help give people their hearts desire but at a huge cost. Ari sets out to find a way to break the deal between her brother and The Wish Granter. With the help of a very broken young weapons master named Sebastian, Ari will stop at nothing to discover The Wish Granter's secrets and find a way to beat him at his own game before he destroys the whole kingdom.

What really stands out in The Wish Granter is the character development. Ari, Sebastian, and even Alistair Teague (The Wish Granter) were all extremely detailed. Ari was a head-strong character. She was confident, knew where she stood in life, and when she made her mind up on something there was no stopping her. She wasn't your average tiny little princess. She loved to eat (sometimes a little too much) and she spent most of her time in the kitchen with the servants she grew up with as opposed to the royal elite.

Sebastian was a broken individual who came from a very dark background filled with neglect, abuse, and poverty. He wasn't handed anything in life and he worked his hardest to remain under the radar of Alistair Teague. His abusive background has made him stone-cold to emotion and reluctant to trust anyone. He doesn't want friends, he just wants to work and earn enough money to eventually gain his freedom. That is until he meets Ari who doesn't take no for an answer and wants to build a friendship.

Alistair Teague is an old fae who is manipulative, evil and just horrible. He preys on the weak and uses their desperation to his advantage. He is a bit of a fantasy drug lord. He manufacturers and distributes a heavy drug that many of the poorer people in the village have become addicted to.

While reading the story, you definitely grew to like Ari and Sebastian. You felt their emotions, their trials and tribulations, and really went on the journey with them. Alistair Teague, on the other hand, you learned to despise because he was evil, manipulative, and just out for only himself. Pretty much everything you come to expect in a villain.

I spend a lot of time talking about the characters in the story because The Wish Granter is very character center. The plot, action, and everything centers around the characters building relationships, changing, and fighting for the good of the kingdom. If the characters hadn't been as detailed or as captivating, I don't think the story would have been as good as it turned out to be.

There is some romance in this novel, but it develops in a way that is realistic. It also isn't 'forever and ever' love and more of what I would call a puppy love romance. Given the age of the characters, I think it is believable and helps add some depth to the novel.

C.J. Redwine does a really good job of taking the story of Rumpelstiltskin and giving it a new take. There were familiar elements, but for the most part this is an original retelling. I would definitely tell people who like fairytale retellings but didn't like The Shadow Queen to give The Wish Granter a try.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Wish Granter. I really liked the characters and was immediately captivated by the story.  
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GUEST POST: "Sequels - Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" by C.T. Phipps

A lot of authors have the ambition of being the next Jim Butcher or Don Pendleton and writing as many books about their characters as humanly possible. Certainly, quite a few of us start with the idea they're going to write an 'ongoing' series only to find out that turns out to be a lot harder than it appears. In my case, I have two on-going series planned in my Supervillainy Saga books as well as my upcoming Agent G series. But for the purposes of this article, I'd like to share the difficulties and rewards of writing the sequel to my Cthulhu Armageddon book: The Tower of Zhaal.

For those unfamiliar with it, Cthulhu Armageddon was my attempt to combine Mad Max with H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham Cycle. It was a dark and action-filled story about a man travelling across the Wasteland to get revenge on the wizard who killed his squadron. It was received very well and got a lot of excellent reviews from both Lovecraft fans as well as newcomers to the genre. However, when I finished the story, something bugged at me. I wasn't done with the characters.

Despite having originally intended the story to just be one shot, I couldn't help but think there was another story or even multiple stories to tell. The problem was I needed to be able to make a follow-up which not only would remain true to the surviving characters but also tell a story which would not only be as good as the original but also exceed it. In short, I was stuck with the classic problem of making a sequel.

For me, handling the characters proved to the easiest part. I just needed to sit down and think about how the events of the first book would affect them and what plots I wanted to pick up on. Much like Mad Max transitions from being a vengeful cop to a near-feral outlaw between Max Rockatansky and The Road Warrior, my main character John had gone from being a dedicated family man to someone devastated by revenge's cost.

John's story also had the benefit of being cursed by Nyarlathotep with a time limit to how long he'll remain a human being. Those were interesting stories to follow up on but I needed to examine where everyone was going to go and make sure it was all interesting. For some characters, that led in odd directions and helped me develop the plot further. A time skip of a year allowed me to place the characters all in new positions and allowed me to re-introduce them to the readers.

H.P. Lovecraft helped as well since the obvious place to take my story was to explore the areas of his universe which I hadn't touched upon in the first book. I had deliberately avoided using the classic setting of Miskatonic University in the first book as so many other pastiches set in the world use it. Instead, I got a chance to see what the descendants of that spooky faculty were up to a century later as well as how they would react to a human becoming a monster like John. I also got to explore the Great Race of Yith, the culture of ghouls, and what shoggoths think of their enslavement by wizards. I also got to use Cthulhu itself.

One worry I had was trying to raise the stakes in a post-apocalypse story was an exercise in futility but I just couldn't resist involving Howard Phillip's greatest creation. There's a danger with going too big as you can potentially leave nowhere to go from there but it felt right in my story. After all, what is the best question you can ask in a meaningless Lovecraftian world than whether the world is worth saving? Assuming you even could.

So far, the response to The Tower of Zhaal has been great. Now I just must ask myself if I have a third volume in me.


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AUTHOR INFORMATION: C.T. Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger, reviewer for The Bookie Monster, and signed a deal with Ragnarok Publications to produce the urban fantasy series, The Red Room. C.T. Phipps is also the author of The Supervillainy Saga, the first book of which, The Rules of Supervillainy, was released in 2015.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Red Knight Falling by Craig Schaefer (Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: Craig Schaefer was born in Chicago and wanted to be a writer since a very young age. His writing was inspired by Elmore Leonard, Richard Stark, Clive Barker & H. P. Lovecraft. After reaching his 40th birthday he decided to give in to his passion and since then has released twelve novels in the last three years. He currently lives in Joliet, Illinois and loves visiting museums and libraries for inspiration.

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB:  FBI agent Harmony Black and her team, Vigilant Lock, face a new type of threat: one from beyond the stars. They’d always heard the Red Knight was an urban legend: in 1954, three years before Sputnik launched, a mysterious satellite was sighted circling Earth, though no power on the planet had such technology.

But the Red Knight is real, and what’s more, it’s inextricably linked to a supernatural force no one yet understands. Like a moth to a flame, this dark presence collides annually with the airborne satellite. Except this year the Red Knight is on course to crash-land…in Oregon.

Vigilant Lock sets out to find the crash site and secure the remnants before the mysterious power is drawn to Earth. But they soon discover the mission is far from straightforward—and they aren’t the only ones tracking the Red Knight. To stop a deadly occult threat, Harmony and her team must use all their resources: technology and sorcery, science and magic. Fortunately, Harmony has only begun to discover her growing power.

FORMAT/INFO: Red Knight Falling is 338 pages long divided over forty-seven chapters with a prologue, an epilogue and an afterword. Narration is in the first-person, via Harmony Black solely for the chapters and via third person for the prologue and epilogue. This is the second volume of the Harmony Black series which is a spin-off to the Daniel Faust series.

April 26, 2016 marked the North American paperback and e-book publication of Harmony Black and it was published by 47 North (Amazon Publishing). Cover design is by David Drummond.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Red Knight Falling is the second volume in the Harmony Black series and chronologically takes place after the events of book 1 (Harmony Black) and The Killing Floor Blues. The previous book focused on Harmony and at the same time did an admirable job of setting up the series while also giving us a detailed look into Harmony's past. This book the author decides to switch it up and gives us a look into another character's past. Who it is, I'll leave for the readers to read and find out.

The story begins with an urban legend about a satellite titled Red Knight which was seen in Earth's orbit in 1954. Three years before the first official satellite  "Sputnik" was even launched. The urban legend is real as our "circus team" finds out to their dismay and it's crashing somewhere in Oregon. The team is forced to scramble and try to find out who or what is causing its eventual crash. They also discover that there's something out there in space that is drawn to the Red Knight and they will have to see who or what that thing is and what is its connection to the Red Knight. Thus begins the second volume of the Harmony Black series and it is as much action-packed as its predecessor if not more. There are betrayals, double-agents and some big plot twists for the overall series. Infact one prominent big plot point is tied to something that was mentioned very minutely in the first Harmony Black volume. I enjoyed how the author made this book much different than the previous one and yet provided us with so much more.

Red Knight Falling has a very adventure-thriller feel to it and this was starkly different from the horror-thriller feel of its predecessor. The plot very much feels like a James Rollins adventure thriller and Craig Schaefer makes sure that his signature touches  such as multiple plot twists, a multivariate character cast and a storyline that will confound, are all present. This book also ties in nicely with a previous Daniel Faust book and it was very, very intriguing to visit those characters and locations but from Harmony's perspective. This check-in will be very much appreciated by readers of the Daniel Faust series as they get to see those characters and locations after the events of that book and will gain a deeper insight about them.

This book also features Cody's return however he as a character didn't quite strike my fancy. His role though is important to the events of this book and for Harmony as well. The biggest positive about this book was all the secrets it reveals as well all showcasing how this series ties into the Daniel Faust series as well as the author's political fantasy series (The Revanche Cycle). This is the first book to make this connection such a blatantly open one. For readers who haven't read the other books/series, not to worry, it will be still be intriguing to read about.  However they won't be able to make certain connections/insight that the readers of the other books will make so effortlessly. There's also the background revelations about one of the Circus team members after Harmony's turn in the first book, however their backstory doesn't quite seem as interesting.

Lastly the book ends on a big, big note and I can't stress enough how much that will make you want to read the next book. The downsides though are that while this book has all the aforementioned positives but the main character on whom the spotlight is turned upon, is not as enticing as Harmony. The only other downside I could think is of is that the book kind of takes on a romantic sub-plot for one of its protagonists. This sub-plot however doesn't feel organic and seems to be attached for a specific purpose. I hope the author clarifies this situation in the third book.

CONCLUSION: Red Knight Falling is a cracker of a  sequel that takes on the positives of its predecessor and builds up on it to provide a bigger, and better read. While there are a couple downsides, they don't really detract much from the overall enjoyment. It's still a fun read that has me very, very excited for the future volumes of this series.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Flotsam Prison Blues by M. K. Gibson (Reviewed by Charles Phipps)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: In his own words: "Hi, I'm Mike Gibson (Gib or Gibby to my friends). I'm a father, husband, writer and a retired US Air Force MSgt with 20 years of service. Back in 1980, when I was 5, I saw the animated version of The Hobbit and was a geek from then on. All I have ever wanted to do was to write and tell stories. I live with my wife, son, 2 dogs and cat in Mt Airy, Maryland.

I love to read, play video games, exercise and watch movies. I'm a lover of all things geek and I'm a highly opinionated, socially/politically neutral person. I feel those who live and die by a brand, or party, are doomed to fail as human beings. I also mock those who refuse to let go of the Oxford comma."

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: A couple of months have passed since the cyborg smuggler known as Salem led a small team in the violent coup that brought down Abraxas, demon Archduke of New Golgotha’s central kingdom of Ars Goetia. From the destruction, Salem became a hero, whether he wanted to be one or not, and was appointed the first human baron in the demon-run supercity.

But Hell does not like being made to look foolish--or weak. And Salem’s actions, while noble, have consequences. A victory for man means a defeat for Hell. A single question will be asked of Salem: How far can a hero fall? The powers of Hell are willing to find out.

Flotsam Prison Blues is the gritty, exciting sequel to To Beat The Devil. Following an assassination attempt by a rocket-launching madman, Salem must untangle a web of lies, theft, and conspiracies, lest his new world, and his citizens, burn. Follow Salem’s adventures as he is forced to relive the parts of his past he wanted to stay buried while once more pitting himself against the might of Hell. Salem will need all his strength and skill as he suffers the Hell-on-Earth horrors of Flotsam Prison.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Flotsam Prison Blues is To Beat The Devil's sequel. It was a humorous buddy comedy and action movie set in a post-apocalypse cyberpunk dystopia ruled by demons (quite the contrast there). I enjoyed it a great deal and thus was eager to get back to its cyberpunk dystopian world.

Whereas the first book was a crime movie, this is a prison film (as the title indicates). Watching Salem get himself locked up by demonkind and being forced to confront his past sins is an interesting situation as our (anti)hero seemed all but untouchable last book.

Salem is a great protagonist, being a wise-cracking rogue with a serious maturity problem. Despite this, the previous book indicated he was a lot deeper character than he let on. This is finally elaborated on as we get flashbacks to what Salem did during the wars between humanity and demonkind. Suffice to say, it wasn't pretty and watching our protagonist do the things he did is sometimes hard.

Indeed, the Reynolds (as Salem was known then), portions of the book are probably the most interesting. Reynolds is a repulsive alter-ego for our protagonist but you can understand his point of view. Knowing humanity has no chance of being able to win against demonkind, he's chosen to assist the infernal in hopes of securing the best conditions for both himself as well as humanity as a whole. Finding out your protagonist is a collaborator is a bold choice by Michael Gibson and one I would love to learn more about. I also enjoyed the insight into the demonic politics which form a surprisingly large portion of the book's world-building. With God having abandoned the world and humanity firmly under thumb, it's a question of who is the least terrible option for Salem and company to ally with.

Our heroes can't directly fight the demon's influence so they have to play the game and this means dealing with allies who are inherently untrustworthy. It's kind of hilarious, in the dark and twisted way the book excels at, that Salem is gotten for a combination of tax evasion and the fact his subjects are parasites. The book also introduces a number of interesting supporting cast members like Chael the semi-mindless giant living on Flotsam Prison Island's outskirts and the fallen angel known as the Warden. There's other characters who also show up to tease and pester Salem like his former lover, the Warden's Nephilim son, and a number of Demon Lords who think Salem has reached too high a status for a dirty-dirty mortal.

CONCLUSION: Flotsam Prison Blues is an excellent urban fantasy science fiction story which mixes elements of both liberally. The supporting cast of the books is growing quite a bit and all of them are interesting in their own way. Those who like wisecracks mixed with their drama and gonzo worlds will find this a great book to relax to.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Win a Signed ARC of Soleri by Michael Johnston

Fantasy Book Critic has one signed ARC of Michael Johnston's epic fantasy Soleri to give away. Soleri comes out June 13, 2017 and is published by Tor. One very lucky winner will get an advanced copy and it will be signed!

Last week, we had the honor of having Michael Johnston come back and share a chapter straight from Soleri with us. If you missed it or want to read the chapter, you can visit his post here.

Summary of Soleri:

Michael Johnston brings you the first in a new epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear.

The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.

On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.

Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.

Detailed and historical, vast in scope and intricate in conception, Soleri bristles with primal magic and unexpected violence. It is a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper secret.


Giveaway Rules
1. This contest is open to the US.

2. Contest starts March 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST and ends March 15, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Entries after this time period will not be considered. 

3. Only one entry per person. 

4. To enter please send an email with the subject "SOLERI" to Please include your name, email, and physical address you want the book sent to. 

5. One entry will be picked at random to win a copy. 

6. All entries will be deleted once a winner is picked and contacted.

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