Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review, Giveaway: Text 2 Lovers by J.D. Hollyfield and K. Webster

Text 2 Lovers

by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield 
Publication Date: January 24, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy 

It’s the start of nothing good. 
I fired off a storm of raunchy text messages…to the wrong number. 
And he replied. 
Him: Show me a picture. 
Him: Tell me your name. 
Why does the lure of anonymity have me craving to indulge a stranger? 
It’s the start of everything right. 
I received a slew of text messages…when everything in my life was wrong. 
And she made me laugh again. 

Her: You’re probably a creeper. 
Her: Possibly a stalker. Why do I have the overwhelming need to find this stranger who saved me and make her mine? 
Him: Take a chance with me. 
Her: This is crazy. 
Him: I need to see you. 
Her: What are we doing? Him: We’re about to find out. 

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

You’re smiling.  Like someone just complimented your troll collection.

‘Let’s just pretend this never happened.  Mmmkay?  This is the wine calling.  Don’t worry about calling her back.’… And I hang up because I’m not sure I could fit any more awkwardness into one phone call.

Andie is like a cactus.  You just have to get past the prickly spurs to find her sweet center.

My Review:

Text 2 Lovers was a highly amusing and naughty fun time.  The writing was engaging, snappy, entertaining, extremely steamy, and laced with invectives, expletives, and bawdy humor.  Several characters took dirty talking to a whole new level with their comically filthy banter and wickedly funny and clever swapping of insults.  The main characters were immediately endearing, sweet, sexy, and just adorable together.  I cherished the scenes depicting their date of “favorites,” as it was such a precious and ingenious idea.  The secondary characters were comically volatile yet still likable and I am looking forward to more of their story in future installments. 

Empress DJ

About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen. You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads! Website: Newsletter:

About J.D. Hollyfield

Author JD Hollyfield J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer and first-time author. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or playing around with her husband, son and three doxies, she’s relaxing with her nose in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life. Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her first novel. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on her next book.

Friday, January 27, 2017

New Release: Reginald Bones #2 by Lucian Bane

Cover Designer: Sabre Gray & Bane Cover Studio

Release Date: January 27th 2017

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Bones should have known allowing Reginald to "date" a woman would end badly. And if he'd known how badly, he would have never allowed it. But it's too late. She's in their life, she's in their mind, and she's in their basement with a death wish. And after discovering her dirty secrets, Bones is ready to oblige her.



Bones is hell-bent on hiding from the world.
Reginald is hell-bent on living in it.

Bones vowed to never talk to women again.
Reginald is falling for the one that visits their graveyard.

The problem is, Reginald and Bones share the same body.
And when Bones gives an inch to accommodate Reginald
His dark past returns to devour them whole.

I’m a husband and author, and I may be a little religious about both. I like writing hot sex and encapsulating it in the delicate white silk of devotion, commitment, and maybe even a little psychotic obsession. 


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Book Review: Sweet Pursuits by Pauline Wiles

Sweet Pursuits

by Pauline Wiles


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 What’s the recipe for a second chance at love? 

After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she’d been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen’s back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be more eligible than ever. Bella’s determined that the man of her dreams won’t slip through her fingers again. 

But her plans to tone up, trim down, and tempt Owen back into her life prove bittersweet. Although Bella’s talent for baking wins her new friends, her tasty treats have a disconcerting tendency to sabotage her own intentions. And as her increasingly bold attempts to recapture Owen’s heart stumble, Bella must question whether she’s chasing a guy who wants to be caught. A British romantic comedy featuring both familiar characters and fresh faces, Sweet Pursuits explores how a young woman seeking her soulmate must first learn to love herself.    

My Rating:

 Favorite Quotes:

At the behest of French Women Don’t Get Fat, I embarked on thirty-six hours of cleansing, where my only food was a thin leek soup. In between slurps, I purged my half of the fridge of anything which might lead me astray. I bid farewell to a pot of clotted cream, plus some leftover blackberry crumble. But I did eat the chocolate mousse I’d made on Thursday: that was too good to waste and surely didn’t undermine the magical properties of the leek soup. 

My bravado wavers when we arrive at Morgan’s fancy gym in Chesterton, an echoing cavern which reeks of willpower and fresh sweat. It triggers unwelcome flashbacks to my pudgy schooldays and weekly humiliation in what was then called PE.   

I probably look fiendish: hair like a scarecrow, face creased and smudged. Maybe I shouldn’t open the door after all… Leo takes half a step back. I glimpse myself in the hall mirror and see why: mismatched pyjamas, beehive hair, one set of false eyelashes in place, the other stuck to my cheek… He takes a good look at me before speaking. ‘Are you ill?’ ‘Yes,’ I say. ‘Alcohol poisoning.’      

My Review:

Sweet Pursuits was a delightful and highly amusing treat. I adored the clever and playful humor, crisp and witty writing style, and quirky and lovable characters.   Written from a first person POV, the writing was captivating, observant, clever, comically annotated, and unfailingly entertaining. I cherished being in Bella’s head as we seemed to share the same inner dialogues, weaknesses, and struggles with body image and dieting; as well as the guilt, dread, and painful reaction to strenuous exercise. The comical depiction of Bella’s disastrous session of CrossFit had me smirking and giggle-snorting. And there are few among us that haven’t been similarly besotted and blind to an attractive partner’s failings at some time in our lives.   Pauline Wiles obviously has magic in her toolbox as her playful words depicted and effortlessly conjured complete and engaging scenes that flickered through my gray matter. Even Bella’s misery was comical. This was my first chance to enjoy reading Ms. Wile’s sparkling humor and talented scribblings, but I plan to follow her future efforts like an afternoon shadow.

Empress DJ



British by birth, Pauline is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to occasional yearnings for afternoon tea and historic homes. Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, reached the quarter-final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was a number one Kindle Best Seller. The stand-alone prequel, Secrets in the Sky, is now available, with the third book in the series coming in early 2017. Her work has been published by House of Fifty, Smitten by Britain and Alfie Dog Fiction. When not writing, Pauline can be found getting the steps wrong in a Zumba class or calculating how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake. Her ambition is to sell enough books to cover the cost of flying herself and a reader to London for tea.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Review, Giveaway: WYOMING BRAVE by Diana Palmer

Wyoming Brave

by Diana Palmer

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books 


Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He’s closed himself off since his fiancée left him months ago, so he’s shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it’s only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren’s alpha instincts soon kick in.
The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He’s too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Both glistening black eyes were on Merrie, making comments that he didn’t even have to put into words.

I can’t image people who don’t eat grits… It’s the seeds of barbaricism!

Men aren’t perfect… Well, I am… But you can’t hold the rest of the male population up to such exacting high standards, right?

My Review:

I struggled more than bit getting through this one, as it just wasn’t my cup of tea, although some of my difficulties may have been due to picking up a book so late in the series as the backstory seemed overly complicated and the unfolding storyline was extremely far-fetched.  The occasional hints of steam and all too rare and brief moments of levity were highly welcomed to break up the angst and heaviness of the melodrama, which, I will readily admit, just aren’t on my list of favorite things. 

Empress DJ

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About Diana Palmer

The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

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Book Review: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

Sisters One, Two, Three

 by Nancy Star

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 1, 2017)
After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. 

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter. 

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Ginger cautiously relaxed now that she saw Outside Glory had arrived.  That’s how Ginger thought of her mother whenever company was coming.  When it was just them, the family home alone, Inside Glory ruled the day.  The actual transformation of Inside to Outside was not pleasant to observe.  It took about an hour with a makeup kit jammed with so many tools it no longer closed… But Outside Glory was much easier to be around.  With plain-faced Inside Glory, there was no telling what might set her off. 

This time when Glory stood up, she rose so fast her chair toppled over.  For a moment, they all stared at it, the chair on its side on the floor, like some kind of kitchen roadkill.

Glory drove like she was an actress sitting in the chopped-off half of a fake car on an old-time movie set, images of the world whizzing by as if on a screen.  It was all, look over there as the car swerved to the right, and look at that, as she overcorrected to the left.  Anyone watching would surely assume they were a carload of drunken teenagers, and not a family with a mother who drove, forearms pressed against the wheel, as she inexplicably applied and then reapplied her lipstick every five minutes.

It was odd how often this happened, Ginger and Mimi retaining different slivers of family memory.  It was almost as if the recollections had been split down the middle and doled out: you get this, I get that, so no one would be privy to it all.

Mimi is as stubborn as a bloodstain.  Came that way straight out of the womb.  And Gingie has skin like a peach.  Bruises if you look too hard. 

My Review:

Sisters One, Two, Three was a compelling, fascinating, and smartly written book.  I was completely enthralled and vastly intrigued as the story dug deeper and deeper into this amusingly odd family’s complicated web of secrets, deceptions, manipulations, egocentric tendencies, and tragedy.  Every single one of them sported an obnoxious or quirky personality, Ms. Star had to have a massive amount of research to keep their eccentricities and traits consistent and on-point – as she did an excellent job of portraying these well-drawn characters while revealing their deepest of flaws yet also retaining their likeability and endearing qualities by exposing their human frailties and vulnerabilities.  The story was artfully presented in an entertaining, cleverly amusing, and heart-squeezing manner.  I was captivated, sympathetic, empathetic and embroiled in the children’s’ dilemma as they navigated around each other as well as their mercurial and histrionic mother.  Glory was cunning, selfish, smart, witty, grandiose, and full of drama; which kept the oldest daughter, Ginger, anxious, fraught with tension, and constantly on edge while trying to personally stay off her mother’s radar as well as keeping the younger children out of trouble and safe, which of course, was impossible.  The storyline was written from a third person POV and followed two timelines, twenty-five years apart.  The plot was unique, brilliantly layered, expertly crafted, and enticingly executed.  I was an instant fangirl of Ms. Star’s wordcraft and am signing on for life - unless she starts writing about zombies... I truly despise zombies.    

Empress DJ

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71l4dufzoil-_ux250_About Nancy Star

Nancy Star is the author of four previous novels: Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This, and Buried Lives. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York TimesFamily Circle, Diversion magazine, and on the web. Before embarking on her writing career, Nancy worked for more than a decade as a movie executive in the film business, dividing her time between New York and London. She has two grown daughters and a son-in-law and now lives in New Jersey with her husband.  

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: Ride Like You've Never Fallen (Summer Lake #11) by S.J. McCoy

Ride Like You've Never Fallen

(Summer Lake #11)

by S.J. McCoy

Nate and Lily's story - January 27
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Lily's family left Summer Lake when she went away to college. She tried to make her way in their world, but money and status didn't mean much to her. After calling off her engagement and giving up her career, Lily's back at the lake. She's finally happy. She has a life she loves, and she's pursuing her passion running the riding stables. There may not be any other kind of passion in her life, but that's okay, or it would be if it weren't for Nate. Nate's her friend. Nate sleeps around. Nate is most definitely not the guy she should want to get passionate with, but, unfortunately, he is.

Nate's enjoying life in Summer Lake, too. His boss, Pete, may have warned him off the local women, but that's okay, there are plenty of fresh tourists every weekend to keep him busy. He'd rather get busy with Lily, but that's a bad idea. She's his friend. She means more to him than just a quick hookup.

When these two finally do hook up, they'll have to decide if it's worth putting their friendship at risk for a relationship that might prove impossible anyway.

The Summer Lake series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other. 

This book is intended for adult readers 18+ 

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

He was thinking too much, and it didn’t suit him.  He did all his thinking at work, and he was damned good at it too.  He figured his brain needed a rest on his time off, so on the weekends he made most of his decisions from his pants.

You don’t know it yet? … That the guy’s nuts about you.  That you’ve got his head turned so far around he’s meeting himself coming back?

You know me.  I just like to be realistic.  Perfect is great, but perfect doesn’t last.  Life is a bumpy ride…

My Review:

 Summer Lake has consistently been such a pleasurable, sweet, amusing, and enjoyable series.  Each couple has been easy to like, endearingly imperfect, and people I’d like to know and spend more time with.  Lily was tiny yet feisty, practical despite her privileged upbringing, and prided herself on being a realist.  She kept telling herself that a player was not a safe choice for anything beyond the friend zone, yet there was something about Nate that kept calling to her.  Nate’s sudden transformation seemed too good to be true, he was so sweet and patient - I kept holding my breath for fear he was going to blow it.  But I never would have guessed that a party boy/hook-up king who had never been in a relationship or spent time with the same woman for more than a weekend, would have the soul of a romantic hidden underneath.  Swoon.  Ms. McCoy has given us another adorable installment from my favorite resort destination. 

Empress DJ

The Summer Lake contemporary romance series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

There are currently Eleven books available in the series, with more to come.
Emma and Jack in Love Like You've Never Been Hurt
Holly and Pete in Work Like You Don't Need the Money
Missy and Dan in Dance Like Nobody's Watching 
Smoke and Laura in Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded
Michael and Megan in Laugh Like You’ve Never Cried
Kenzie and Chase in Sing Like Nobody’s Listening
Gabe and Renée in Smile Like You Mean It
Missy and Dan’s wedding in The Wedding Dance
Ben's backstory in Chasing Tomorrow
April and Eddie in Dream Like Nothing's Impossible  


About the Author  

Hi, I'm SJ. A coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.
I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non-fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.
I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships, and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.
These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles, and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)

Trailer Reveal, Giveaway: Don't Speak by Katy Regnery


Check out the trailer for DON'T SPEAK by Katy Regnery and enter the PREORDER GIVEAWAY!


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From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

A fisherman's daughter. The governor's son. Two very different worlds. 

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman's daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of North Carolina's governor at a fancy party where she's working. Laire, who wants so much more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways. Years later, when fate leads them back to one another, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die. 

All novels Katy Regnery's ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated to P.E.O. International, a non-profit organization that celebrates the advancement of women, awards scholarships and grants, and provides motivation for women to make their dreams come true. 

**Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, adult themes and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.** 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Don't Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales: The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - available soon Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017


About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Book Review, Giveaway: It Started With A Kiss by Melanie Moreland

  Title: It Started with a Kiss
By: Melanie Moreland
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Designer: Monark Designs

It started with a kiss. Then it became so much more. Love at first sight. Avery Connor doesn’t believe in it. But what about love at first kiss? A favor for a friend. Kiss a stranger and walk away. But what if that favor, and that stranger, prove to be the turning point of her life? What if that kiss leads to something more? Dr. Daniel Stewart is certain it will. He is determined to make her see him. To feel what he feels. To have the effects of that kiss last forever. A story about taking a chance, opening your heart to the moment, and falling in love.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

He’s already named you, Avery.  He’s an animal guy.  You know what that means.  Once they name you, they keep you.  You are so done.

On kiss changed my life.  Dibs on the rest of yours.

Ugh.  Scary, scary little buggers… I was worried the day we met… about that… That maybe you were a closet clown or something.

I braced my arm against the wall, struggling to hold her up… This looks so much easier when I watch porn.  They never seem to have gravity issues.

I can keep you Avery?… Then I’m calling dibs on the next ninety years.

Those little fuckers are creepy.  They’re sort of like the devil in drag with all that makeup.  God only knows what they’ll yank out of their pocket next!

My Review:

It Started With a Kiss was an adorable, highly amusing, sweet and steamy romance with the most delightful and endearing characters I can ever recall reading.  It was a light and easy read with limited drama or conflict, what a relief.  Cleverly penned in my favorite dual POV, this humorous tale was packed with witty banter and attractive quirkiness.  The couple met during a filmed behavioral experiment studying the effects of two strangers kissing.  Daniel was there after losing a bet to his sister; Avery was there as a favor to her videographer friend who was short a subject.  They shared an intense and immediate attraction and undeniable chemistry, and were quickly besotted - which may have skewed the results of the experiment but made for vastly entertaining reading and an engaging and pleasant story.  I smirked, gasped, and giggle-snorted as I read and remained pleasantly engaged throughout.  Avery was a total delight, how could I not love a character who mutters her embarrassing yet witty private thoughts aloud and has an intense fear of clowns and an equally intense addiction to peppermints?  This was the third book of hers I’ve read and Ms. Moreland’s smartly crafted scribblings have never failed to amuse me. 

Empress DJ


New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip. 

  Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

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