In Need of Inspiration…about July. This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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In Need of Inspiration…about July

With all the sadness and madness in the news today combined with the heat facing me outside my door, I was in need of inspiration for my post this morning.  Too early for the dog days of Summer, although the events felt like it. Mad Dogs and Englishmen?  Falls under the same category believe it or not.

So I went looking for things about the month of July, that midmonth of summer wondering what I would find other than the usual 4th of July and Canada Day mentions.  What a mixed bag…

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, July is the seventh month. However, on the Roman calendar, it was actually the fifth month and was call Quintilis, which meant fifth. Later in 46 B.C., Caesar gave 31 days and the Roman Senates named the month Julius in honor of Caesar. In northern hemisphere, July is usually the hottest month of the year when it is actually a winter time in southern hemisphere. It gets very cold in Antarctica and cold and rainy in South America. Because there isn’t much rain in July, the grass loses its greenness. Moreover, the abundance of flowers and insects occur in July.

Some immediate facts that floated to the top:

  • On July 1, 1898, the San Juan Hill was occupied by the American troops during the Spanish-American War.
  • During World War I on July 1, 1916, the Battle of Somme began.
  • On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was killed by Charles Guiteau.
  • On July 11, 1804, during a duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton was killed.
  • The first atomic bomb was set off by scientists in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

Hmmm…the dig went on.

  • On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established due to the British North America Act.
  • On July 5, 1971, Amendment 26 was proclaimed which set the voting age at 18 in the United States.
  • On July 16, 1790, District of Columbia was established.
  • On July 2, 1890, the Sherman Antitrust Act (an Act to prohibit trusts) was passed by the United States Congress 
  • The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was born on July 1, 1913.

Then finally…hope arrived in the form of National holidays…ones I didn’t even know about…but I’m putting them on the calendar now.blueberry6

July is officially National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month and drumroll please, National Hot Dog Month.  Be Still My Heart.  I’ve a love for all three.  So a month made for me. And its only half over!  So now I’m grabbing a spoon and heading for the Blue Bunny double chocolate fudge. Maybe with some blueberries on top. Don’t judge. Join me after looking over our great lineup this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  There’s something for everyone.

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This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, July 10:

  • In Need of Inspiration…about July.
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • In the Spotlight: Ice (The Salisbury Series #2) by Chris Quinton & RJ Scott (excerpt and giveaway)

Monday, July 11:

  • The Silvers by J.A. Rock Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Complexity by Harper Miller Tour and Giveaway
  • A Paul B Review: Delivered to Hope by Caitlin Ricci & AJ Marcus
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Until September by Chris Scully
  • A Stella Review: Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey

Tuesday, July 12:

  • AJ Llewellyn’s re-release of Mating Tomeo. Release Day Tour and Giveaway
  • Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper
  • A BJ Review: Assumed Dead by Becky Black
  • An Alisa Review: Code Name Jack Rabbit by Elizabeth Noble

Wednesday, July 13:

  • An Alisa Review: Awakening the Alpha by Carolina Valdez
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Reilly
  • A Jeri Review: Dinner for One by Meg Harding
  • An Ali Review: Wildflowers by Suki Fleet
  • A MelanieM Review:  Kissing Alex by R.J. Scott

Thursday, July 14:

  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Dogwood Days & Spring Fever by Poppy Dennison
  • A Stella Review: Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts
  • An Alisa Review:  Sign Here Please by Feral Sephrian

Friday, July 15:

  • In the Spotlight: Into the Blue by Pene Hanson (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Book Blitz and Giveaway – Summer Lovin’ Anthology
  • Acceptance Blog Tour and Giveaway by Grace R. Duncan blog
  • A Paul B Review: Acceptance by Grace R. Duncan
  • A MelanieM Review: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
  • An Alisa Review: Lock & Key – Z. Allora

Saturday, July 16:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Left of Centre by Zathyn Priest
  • A Lila Audiobook Review:  Love Hypothetically by Anne Tenino
  • A Stella Review:  Strong Medicine by JK Hogan

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Its Love and Kink Time with Morticia Knight ‘Bondage Rescue (excerpt/giveaway)

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Bondage Rescue (Kiss of Leather #3) by Morticia Knight
Release Date: February 16, 2016

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Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Blurb

Kyle’s best friend Marshall resurfaces and he’s in a lot of trouble. Can the men at Kiss of Leather convince a former Dom to take on the mouthy sub?

Master Derek and his new sub Corey have signed a contract and enjoy their first scene together. The love between them is strong and Derek is as protective of his boy as ever. The only thing left that would make their world perfect would be to bring Corey’s ex-Dom and abuser to justice.

The legal firm that represents Kiss of Leather is charged with hiring a private investigator to flush out the man who orchestrated Corey’s gang rape. Stone Manning is hesitant to take the job, though. He was once wrongly accused in the death of a sub and swore never to enter a BDSM club again. But he owes attorney Glen Sharp his life after the lawyer got him acquitted.

Their meeting is disrupted when Kyle’s missing friend Marshall calls for help. Master Josh promises to help the mouthy Marshall get back on his feet under one condition: Marshall must sign a six month D/s contract as a fulltime sub and prove he can fully submit to a man as well as learn to respect those around him.

Stone Manning suddenly finds himself charged with taming the brattiest sub ever. In truth, the bigger the brat, the more his heart races with excitement. Marshall promises to be just the type of challenge to inspire Stone to be a Master again. As Stone learns more about him, he sees the pain that Marshall has always tried to numb with drugs and alcohol. Stone also sees a man he could love – if he can ever reach him.

In the meantime, Stone and his investigative partner, Chuck, continue to search for Corey’s attacker. The abusive Dom appears to have gone underground. But what they don’t realize is that the closer they get to their prey, the more dangerous he becomes.

 

Pages or Words: 53,600 words/156 pages
Kiss of Leather should be read in order for maximum enjoyment
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Suspense/Thriller

Excerpt

Stone considered Marshall. He was smart. But he was also in so much emotional pain, viewed his life through a lens of fear, loss and regret. Stone wondered if six months would be long enough to address all of Marshall’s demons. He’d have to do his damnedest to be everything that Marshall needed.

“Sit down, please.” Stone indicated to the chair across from him.

Marshall blinked at him in confusion as if Stone had announced to him that he was an iguana. “Okaaaay…” He lowered himself gingerly on the seat as he continued to stare at Stone as though he were insane.

Obviously not the reaction he’d expected after his little rant. Good.

Marshall made a small strangled sound, dropping his chin to his chest. He lifted it again with a sigh. “Okay, Sir.”

Stone rose then circled around the table until he reached Marshall. “Good boy.” He placed his palm on the top of his head, Marshall jerking away the second they made contact.

“What are you doing?”

Marshall’s tone had held an edge of fear to it that Stone didn’t like. He kept his words soft.

“I was praising you because you did that perfectly. Thank you.”

The expression on Marshall’s face held confusion. His brow furrowed as he averted his gaze. “Oh. Uh, you’re welcome, Sir.”

Marshall fiddled with the towel as if repositioning it. There was a noticeable tremble to his hands. Stone wondered if it was from being upset or more related to Marshall’s blood sugar or a lack of alcohol. There was so much to handle in regards to Marshall and Stone didn’t want to overwhelm him. The desire to understand why Marshall had reacted negatively to a gentle touch nagged at him. But it wasn’t about what he wanted. It was about what Marshall needed. The first priority was his sub’s physical health.

“Would you like some coffee, boy?”

Marshall jerked his head up. “Coffee?”

“Yes, boy. Is that something you like to have in the morning?”

“Yes, Sir. But…I mean, isn’t that a part of my whole submission thingy? Josh used to make me do that every morning for him.” Marshall snickered. “Oh my God. He knew better than to have me cook, though.”

“Hmm. That’s good information to have. We’ll have to get you some simple recipes to begin with, perhaps a basic cooking course.” Stone glanced over his shoulder as he approached the Keurig machine. “Do you take anything in your coffee?”

“Hold up. Cooking course? I don’t think so.” He placed a hand delicately across his chest. “I’m not really into that whole Gordon Ramsey scene.” Marshall favored him with a sly smirk. “Although, I wouldn’t mind doing him.”

“You never answered my question.”

“Huh? What question? You were talking about me cooking.” He grunted, speaking as if to himself. “As if that would ever happen.”

“It’s going to happen and I wanted to know how you take your coffee.”

Marshall narrowed his eyes. “You can’t make me do something I don’t know how to do.”

“Once you finish a cooking course, then yes, I can make you do it.”

Marshall crossed his arms and Stone noted the wince he made that was undoubtedly from pulling on the wound on his elbow. “I’m not cooking and no, you can’t make me.”

Stone leaned with his back against the tiled counter, his stance relaxed, almost as if he was bored. “Are you aware of what they’ll make you do in prison, Marshall? And how do you suppose they might make you do something you don’t want to do? Josh explained to me that the amount of Ecstasy and cocaine they found on the ground near you when you were thrown from the car would be enough to put you away for a very long time. How confident are you that a public defender would be your best bet as opposed to the type of legal counsel Josh can provide? All he wants in return is my assurances that you’re submitting to me completely and showing me, as well as those you interact with, proper respect. I’m to report to him on a weekly basis.”

The distress on Marshall’s face was clear. “But…Josh said I had six months. I can’t be perfect right away! What if I make a mistake, and I didn’t mean to, but you tell Josh I’m a fuck-up? This isn’t fair!” Marshall’s breathing elevated. “This is a fucking nightmare. I’ll never be able to handle this. I can’t cook. I’m not good at anything except shaking my ass and sucking cock.” Marshall buried his face in his hands before tearing them away. “Fuck it. I’m leaving.” Marshall started to rise.

Sit.”

Marshall jumped, but stayed seated, his eyes widened as he stared at Stone. He made sure to keep his voice calm and soothing as he spoke. “You’re not a fuck-up and once we get to the point of discussing consequences to actions, calling yourself that, or any other derogatory reference, will be cause for punishment.”

“Like telling Josh you’re done with me.”

It hadn’t been a question and had been said with a veneer of sadness. Marshall felt the tug in his chest he’d first experienced when he’d seen Marshall at the club.

Buy the book

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Meet the author:

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Where to find the author:

Pride Publishing Author Page: https://www.pride-publishing.com/index.php?route=product/author/info&author_id=229

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorticiaKnight

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight?fref=nf

Website/blog: http://www.morticiaknight.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/morticiaknight/

 


Tour Dates & Stops: February 16, 2016

Parker Williams, Divine Magazine, Outrageous Heroes, Nephy Hart, Kirsty Loves Books, Multitasking Mommas, Up All Night, Read All Day, TTC Books and More, The Jena Wade, Bayou Book Junkie, The Hat Party, Alpha Book Club, Velvet Panic, Full Moon Dreaming, Jessie G. Books, MM Good Book Reviews, BFD Book Blog, V’s Reads, 3 Chicks After Dark, Happily Ever Chapter, Havan Fellows, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Mikky’s World of Books, Rednecks and Romance

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Enter to win a Rafflecopter Prize: Signed copy of ‘Bondage Rescue’ by Morticia Knight.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Link and prize provided by the author and Pride Promotions.
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A Little Bit of Coffee and Kink with Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather 1) by Morticia Knight

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Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather 1) by Morticia Knight
Release Date: August 26, 2015

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Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

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Sales Links: Pride Publishing | AmazonAmazon UK | Amazon CA | iTunes | Kobo | Google Books

 

Blurb

Kyle’s a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what he’s been missing.

After Kyle’s partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy early thirties carpenter needs to do a serious reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one else to help him pay the lease on his Los Angeles condo, he worries how he’ll survive. His best friend sets up a meeting with one of the Doms and partners at Kiss of Leather, a gay BDSM Club being built as a premiere destination for those who want the best of the best.

Master Gavin not only wants the best – he demands it. When he meets Kyle, he assumes that part of the builder’s reticence to share anything personal with him must be due to his experiences with an abusive former Master. Not one to back down from a challenge, Gavin determines to break through the walls surrounding the beautiful man he can’t get out of his mind. He’s certain that once he convinces Kyle to sign an initial contract, Kyle might be the first sub to open up his heart.

Misunderstandings and accusations almost destroy everything between them before it has a chance to begin. However, the true obstacle becomes not only whether Kyle will embrace BDSM as a lifestyle, but whether he can handle a fulltime D/s relationship with a big bad scary Dom who’s as sexy as hell.

Pages or Words: 173 pages

Categories: BDSM, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt

“I don’t have to be naked, right? You’re sure I won’t have to be naked?” Kyle sucked in a gulp of air. “Of course, if everyone else is and I’m not…Oh God, they’ll all be staring at me. Maybe I should be naked.”
Gavin stepped from the shower and the sight of his stunning frame with his semi-erect cock swaying, rivulets of water trailing down his beautiful skin over his rock hard abs – it made him want to…
“Kyle. Did you hear what I said?”
“Huh?”
Gavin chuckled then advanced on him. He grabbed Kyle by his nape then pulled him in for a deep kiss. He broke their connection, except he kept his hand circled around Kyle’s neck, holding him there, safe.
“No one expects you to be naked, least of all me. You have a wonderful body that I hope you’ll someday allow others to see, but tonight isn’t about pushing your boundaries.”
“Are you kidding me? They’re not being pushed, they’re being trampled.”
“Kyle. Now would be a good time to remember that you need to address me properly at all times.”
“Oh. Sorry. Are you kidding me, Master?”
Gavin narrowed his eyes at him. “We’ll revisit the tone of your voice later. I don’t want to be late.”
Kyle’s eyes widened. He was such a mass of jangled nerves about going to the dungeon owned and run by Gavin’s friend, he hadn’t noticed how his words might’ve come across.
“I am sorry. I’m just a little freaked out, that’s all.”
Gavin placed another light kiss on his lips. “All right. I’ll let it go this time. I’ll also acknowledge that I might be on the verge of trampling your boundaries. But I think you can handle it and I believe you’ll do very, very well. Focus on your desire to make me proud and let everything else fall away.” Gavin stroked Kyle’s cheek with the back of his hand. “Your safewords always apply, no matter where we are, boy.”
Kyle took in another deep breath. “Okay. Thank you. That helped. I just don’t want to, I mean, of course I want to make you proud, but won’t people be expecting you to have someone more, uh, not only experienced, but either super pretty and twinky or hot and-“
“Stop it. Don’t say another word or there will be a punishment and it’ll involve the cock cage with the penis plug I showed you.”
Oh shit.
“Please. Not that.”
“Then remember how stunning I think you are and how angry it makes me that you would denigrate my beautiful boy.” Gavin pulled him close, nuzzling him behind his ear, placing soft kisses on his skin. “I want only you.”

About the Author

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight?fref=nf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorticiaKnight

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Tour Dates & Stops: August 11 – 17, 2015
11-Aug Decadent Delights, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, LeAnn’s Book Reviews
12-Aug BFD Book Blog, V’s Reads, My Fiction Nook, Divine Magazine
13-Aug Amanda C. Stone, Jessie G. Books, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Mikky’s World of Books, Charley Descoteaux
14-Aug Molly Lolly, Velvet Panic, Parker Williams, TTC Books and More, Love Bytes
17-Aug Prism Book Alliance, Happily Ever Chapter, Rainbow Gold Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Wake Up Your Wild Side, The Jena Wade

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Enter to win a Rafflecopter Prize: A signed paperback of Building Bonds, flogger keychain and a $25 Amazon gift card.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Link and prizes provided by the author and Pride Promotions.
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Dogs Days of August and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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The dogs days of August are here and those words have so many meanings, past, and present.  According to the Romans and other Mediterranean cultures, the dog days referred to the heat and the dog star Sirius “burning” so “hot” in the night  and morning skies.  The largest, brightest star in the Canis major constellation, Sirius the Dog Star, also the brightest star that we can see unaided in the night sky, came to be associated in ancient days with the heat of the season when this constellation rose and set along with the sun just as it does now.

When this constellation was high, the shepherds drove their flocks down from the mountain grazing lands into their safer pens close to their villages. Other measures were also taken to safeguard their water supply and gardens. Why?  Because the heat was also driving the predators out of the mountains as well, looking for water and food. The villagers depended upon their dogs to guard their flocks just as some do today. What flock guard dogs can you  name? Maremmas,Anatolian shepherds, Great Pyrenees, Komondors, Kuvasz are just a few breeds that come to mind. They are often raised with the flocks they are meant to protect.  Dogs days indeed.

Which brings me to shelters and adopting a dog or cat or guinea pig or any animal up for adoption.  My local NBC New channel WRC is starting a Help Clear the Shelters program, which I thought was a wonderful idea.  Both Winston and Kirby are rescues and I can’t imagine my life without them, nor my hearthound rescues now gone to the rainbow bridge that came before them.  If I had room and the money, I would go for more.

How about you?  Does your budget (equally important), your house and heart have room for a four pawed, two winged or whatever shelter  animal?  Can you help clear your local shelter out? Or how about fostering?  Our shelters are overflowing with unwanted and thrown away animals.  Its heartbreaking.  And overwhelming.  Please help if you can.

Here are my two rescues…

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Presently, my dogs are inside playing like mad with their plush  toys and Dingo bones (trust me, its like doggy crack),  We were outside earlier but the wind stilled, the air heated up, and Kirby, our Irish Wheaton that he is, had to come in, even clipped, he can’t take the heat.  Winston can, but won’t leave his buddy and Willow just is ready for a nap behind me in the chair as I write up the schedule.  Home is where my dogs and books are.  Happy Reading!

 

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This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, August 9:

  • Dog Days of August and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Sunday Afternoon Book Blast: Thianna Durston’s A Good Family Man (Corbin’s Bend,Season Three #8) (excerpt and contest)

Monday, August 10:

  • Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Author Discoveries:  Stella on Wulf Francu Godgluck
  • Cover reveal for ‘Discovery’ by Thianna Durston (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Jeri Review: Semper Fidelis Anthology
  • A BJ Review: Unconventional In San Diego Anthology
  • A MelanieM Review: The Pinch of the Game by Charley Descoteaux

Tuesday, August 11:

  • Aria Grace ‘Looking For Home’ book blast and contest
  • In the Book Spotlight: Lissa Reed ‘Definitely, Maybe, Yours’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: Definitely Maybe Yours by Lissa Reed
  • A MelanieM Review: Overly Dramatic by Rebecca Cohen
  • A Stella Review:  Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood

Wednesday, August 12:

  • Guest Post:Against The Grain by Charlie Cochet‏ (author interview and  contest)
  • A First Look at The First Timers Anthology (excerpts and contest)
  • Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review :Not Safe for Work by Ingela Bohm
  • A Sammy Review: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles
  • A MelanieM Review: Diamonds Edge by Laura Harner (Pulp Friction 2015 story)

Thursday, August 13:

  • Morticia Knight Building Bonds Book Tour and giveaway
  • Book Spotlight: Juggernaut by Amelia C. Gormley (contest)
  • A Jeri Review: On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins
  • A Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: The Harder They Fall by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau
  • A MelanieM Review: Redesigning Max by Pat Henshaw

Friday, August 14:

  • Brina Brady ‘Don’t Throw Me Away Book tour and giveaway
  • ‘Justice for Me’ by TS McKinney and BJ Grinder Book Spotlight and contest
  • A BJ Review: The Pillar by Kim Fielding
  • A Stella Review: The Lightning-struck Heart by TJ Klune
  • A MelanieM Review: A Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes

YA Saturday, August 15:

  • A Mika YA Review:  Lucky Linus by Gene Gant

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