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Book Blitz: ‘After the Bees’ by Allison Paige

Title: After the Bees

Series: Revelation One

Author: Allison Paige

Genre: Dark Fantasy

About the Book:

It starts when the bees die and a plague sweeps across the Earth. The immune survive only to face a greater horror: a demon-ruled world where mankind is either marked or possessed. 

But Leah survives. For three years, she lives on her own after fleeing the fall of her city until she meets Raum, a demon who keeps her alive and unmarked. Uncertain of his motives, she follows him to Babel, even though she knows his intentions are anything but good. 

When Leah is stolen from Raum, she discovers the outside world is not what it once was, and perhaps hope for mankind is not lost. But with new hope comes consequences, and she’ll have to face a nightmare far greater than anything she’s ever faced before.

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Excerpt:

It wasn’t long before they came. Or, others said “they woke”. It’s hard to say what actually happened. It wasn’t the apocalypse promised tous. It was so much worse.These beings who overtook us,who still devour our minds and flesh, are not aliens. They are not zombies or vampires. They’re demons. Worse than the ones they speak of in the Bible. They plague us more than any horror movie or novel could have prepared us for.

About the Author:

Allison Paige’s novels are inspired by nightmares that sheds light on villains and the darker side of what it takes to make a hero.

Allison Paige loves traveling with her camera, particularly in the Irish countryside, and has several ongoing projects that she writes out of her home in Charleston, South Carolina with her corgi. She fills her spare time working with animals of all types and is a fervent advocate of bee, ocean, and wildlife conservation.

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Website: www.authorallisonpaige.com

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/shewriteswithknives

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@shewriteswithknives

Twitter: @MizAllisonPaige

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Release Blitz: ‘The Crimson Fathers’ by J. Todd Kingrea

Title: The Crimson Fathers

Author: J. Todd Kingrea

Publisher: BHC Press

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy , Post-Apocalyptic

About the Book:

In a post-apocalyptic world where tyranny and medieval torture reign supreme and witch burnings are an everyday occurrence, a top Witchfinder must confront the very Church he serves when he learns of its dark past and twisted plans for the future.

With the Fifth Order in complete control of the Church of the Deiparous, Malachi Thorne and his friends must find “the Flame,” a powerful weapon which may be the only chance they have of halting the evil of the Crimson Fathers. 

As they navigate the Tex’ahn lands and work with the resistance, Thorne discovers a devastating secret that may destroy them all and everything they have worked for.

Filled with swift action, unusual creatures, dungeon crawls, and an engaging cast of characters, The Crimson Fathers is a must-read for fans of epic fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Excerpt:

The Crusaders grew irritated. The first backhanded the brown-skinned deputy, sending him careening against the rock wall. The second Crusader slid the broadsword from the scabbard across his back.

“Never question our orders!” he barked. “Do as you are told, or I will gut you where you stand.”

“You shits!” a tall deputy exclaimed. “We ain’t afraid of you! There’s four times as many of us as there be of you.”

The second Crusader swung the sword as if it weighed no more than a quill pen. The blade finished its arc, trailing blood. The tall deputy’s head struck the floor, bounced and rolled down the stone steps. The first giant unsheathed his sword and leveled it at a constable’s midsection.

“Go,” he growled, “while you still have life in you. We will track the fugitives.”

Grumbling, but not too loudly, the men gathered up the corpse. One went to retrieve the head. The first Crusader held the constable at sword point. The other cleaned his blade.

“Ye going down in there?” a different constable asked. He was sufficiently out of sword range.

“No need,” the Crusader said. “They will have stayed with the passageway.”

“Begging yer pardon, but how do ye know? There’s a million hiding—”

A scream reverberated throughout the necropolis.

Everyone except the Crusaders flinched.

The deputy who had picked up the head was entangled in what appeared to be roots coming out of the ground.

“That’s why,” the second Crusader said as he watched without emotion.

The deputy screamed again. Then Thorne realized they were not roots.

They were tentacles.

Dozens of them wrapped the deputy as he continued to shriek. More tentacles encircled his torso and legs. His arms were pinned to his body. Between screams there was a moist, slurping noise.

A constable started toward the stone steps, but the first Crusader stopped him with a hand on the chest. “No,” he said, his voice detached and hollow. “He is already dead. You go down there, you will be as well.”

“B-But we can’t just leave ’im t-to that!”

By now the deputy’s agonized shrieks had become hiccupping squeals. More tentacles latched on to his body.

The creatures the tentacles were attached to wiggled out of the holes. They were like earthworms, pale white in color, almost transparent, and reeked of putrefaction. Thorne had heard of them before but had never seen one in person. He estimated them to be two to four feet in length. Shiny, viscous slime covered their ringed bodies. Fifteen or twenty of them slithered toward their catch, their tentacles stuck to every available piece of skin. They had no eyes, only lamprey-like mouths nestled inside the ring of tentacles.

“You cannot save him,” the Crusader reiterated to the assembled Churchmen.

“What the fuck are those bleedin’ things!”

The first Crusader sheathed his sword. “They are called Galorme. ‘Madworms,’ by their more common name.”

The deputy continued to twitch but made no further noise. More Galorme surfaced. Tentacles quested here and there. Thorne held his nose and breathed through his mouth.

“M-Madworms?” Amelia whispered to Teska.

“Move out!” the second Crusader yelled. The men took their headless colleague and retreated into the tunnel. The two Crusaders turned and continued forward into the other passageway.

Thorne silently counted to a hundred before moving. His knees hurt from crouching. Tua indicated that he heard nothing beyond the squelching and sucking of the worms.

“I-I have never seen anything such as this,” Tua mumbled. He buried his nose in the crook of his arm.

“Me neither,” Amelia said, horrified. Even in the phosphorescent light, she looked pale. “Wh-What are those things?”

Thorne rubbed his knees before straightening up. He sounded funny as he tried to talk without breathing through his nose. “Like he said, they’re known as Galorme, but people usually just call them madworms.”

Tua frowned. “Why madworms?”

Several of the creatures slithered toward a black opening beneath a rubble pile. A dozen or more worked together, using some of their tentacles to drag the deputy’s body. They quested along the ground, feeling their way toward the gaping hole as effortlessly as if they could see it.

Thorne paused and swallowed. The back of his throat tasted like phlegm, and he felt his stomach roll. He used the fingers on one hand to block his nostrils.

“It’s because of what they do to their prey,” he said.

More tentacles appeared from beneath the debris, guiding the body down into the earth. Thorne closed his eyes when he heard a faint moan as the deputy slipped out of sight.

“Oh my God!” Amelia cried. “H-He’s still alive!”

Thorne nodded. “Madworms drain most of the blood from their prey. Then they take them into their warrens. They’ll”—he cleared his throat—“they’ll keep him alive and incubate their young inside his body. When the offspring are old enough, they’ll…chew their way out.”

Amelia gagged and covered her mouth.

“And their prey remains alive the whole time?” Tua asked. Even his tanned complexion had lost color.

“Once a madworm starts drawing blood, they inject a kind of paralyzing poison. Victims can’t move, but they can see and hear and feel everything that’s happening to them. That’s why they’re called madworms. Their prey goes insane long before they ever die.”

Amelia turned away. She bent over with her hands on her knees and vomited.

“It’s a cruel, vicious form of death,” Thorne agreed. “But madworms aren’t intelligent. They’re simple creatures, like ants or birds. It’s just their way of surviving.”

“Yeah, nasty way of doing it,” Teska said.

Amelia shrieked. She stood trembling, finger pointing toward the archway they had used to get into the building.

Dozens of madworms crawled over stones and debris toward them, leaving pearly trails behind them.

Amelia screamed again, hands clenched in front of her mouth. She remained frozen as the foul-smelling things wiggled closer. Thorne moved across the rubble to help her. As he did, a deep rumbling came from beneath his feet.

“Shit!” He threw himself forward.

The rumbling grew louder. Stones grated together. The ground shook. A loud crash blasted through the cavern. The place where Thorne had just stood collapsed. The gaping pit sucked in rotted wood, stones, bits of metal and everything else nearby.

Thorne hit the debris hard, knocking the breath from his lungs. His hand flew open, and his sword clattered down the newly opened slope and into the sinkhole. The sound of tumbling rocks echoed from below. Dirt billowed in the air. Thorne lay on his back, holding his chest, mouth working like a fish.

Teska and Tua grabbed Amelia’s arms. They pulled her back and away from the madworms. More slithered through the arch.

Teska leaned out a window. Madworms crawled from their holes, tentacles flailing. She knelt beside Thorne. “Are you okay? Can you get up?”

He wheezed an acknowledgement, but she had to help him. More debris tumbled into the sinkhole.

“Back against the wall!” Tua yelled. He extended his arm for Teska to steady herself and Thorne. Amelia cowered behind him.

Thorne finally pulled in a lungful of the rancid-tasting air into his lungs. “D-Damn it! L-Lost my sword—”

“Never mind,” Teska said. “Head that way.” She pointed to the right. There was enough room to navigate the edge of the sinkhole and keep them away from the madworms. She led the way, Thorne at her back, Amelia behind him. Tua brought up the rear.

They climbed through a window on the other side of the building. There were no worms here, so they hurried down the buckled street.

Behind them, the rumbling came again, louder this time. The ground shook so hard it threw them off their feet. Rocks and dirt rained from the darkness overhead. Bats flitted and screeched through the air. The ground kicked and groaned. The building behind them shuddered and broke apart, collapsing into the hole with ear-splitting finality.

Coughing dust from their lungs, everyone stood and surveyed the damage. Nothing remained of the building except a handful of stones on top of one another. The pulped, glistening bodies of madworms writhed and twitched throughout the rubble, their stench even more abominable in death. A hole at least a hundred feet across blocked their path back to the safe room.

“Come on,” Thorne said, wiping cold dirt off his hands. “That’s bound to have alerted those Crusaders. We need to find another way out of here. Fast.”

About the Author:

J. Todd Kingrea is the author of the Deiparian Saga. The Witchfinder is his debut novel. An ordained pastor, he lives with his wife in Tennessee with their dogs, plenty of 80s metal, and an ever-expanding movie collection.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.jtoddkingrea.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JToddKingrea

Twitter: @JToddKingrea

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jtoddkingrea

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Book Blitz: ‘The One-Sided Coin’ by Mary K. Gowdy

Title: The One-Sided Coin

Series: The One and The Other Volume One

Author: Mary K. Gowdy

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

This stunning start to a fantasy series combines elements of dystopia, gothic literature, and poetry.

When Monoria’s institutionalized for burning her house down–with her family in it–she hopes this means that the voice in her mind isn’t real. But a scientist informs her that she’s infected with a parasite, an abomination originating from the mystic world. As part of the Secularists, an organization intent on eradicating anything mystical, the scientist promises to kill the parasite.

Monoria allows him to run tests, but as his methods turn questionable, she realizes that he might not have her best interests at heart nor be telling her the whole truth. The parasite is dangerous, but it also might be her only ally. It warns her than the Secularists will do anything to achieve their goal, even harming anyone who gets in their way. As the scientist nears a cure, she must decide who to trust—the scientist determined to destroy mysticism or the parasite that threatens to consume her soul.

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Anyone can download the first episode for free by signing up for the author’s email list and the link is https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4um0k5w6nj.

Excerpt:

Crazy was a blessing if it meant that the darkness inhabiting her wasn’t real.” 

About the Author:

Mary K Gowdy is a poet behind Sensuality. and Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going? and the author of the gothic fantasy novel The One-Sided Coin. Her poems have appeared in the literary magazines Better Than Starbucks, Bridge Literary Journal, and Sheila-Na-Gig. She grew up in the South and received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of North Texas. When not writing, she enjoys rock climbing, listening to metal music, and convincing people that poetry is nothing to be afraid of.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.marykgowdy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marykgowdywriter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marykgowdy

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCbnAB_W-Jm9G8EBwsCuU5cA

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Author Interview: ‘Psychic’ by TS Rose

About the Book:

Modern-day Britain, with the terrorism threat level set at severe and rising to critical, needs extraordinary measures to overcome the next threat, including the use of students with psychic abilities. 

Alone, and frightened of her own power, Alpha is forced to use it to protect the care home she’s lived in since the loss of her parents. But such abilities do not go unnoticed, bringing her to the attention of others, some with good intentions and others with racist affiliations. She runs, but just when she thinks she’s found a sanctuary it turns out to have been infiltrated by those with the most violent form of terrorism on their agenda.

Sunday, a most unlikely hero and would-be young thief, must form a bond with Alpha if the pair are to stand even the slightest chance of averting the most catastrophic terrorist attack on British soil for many years. They must learn to trust others, too—but how can they do this, when everyone else is a suspect?

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Sharon is a Town Clerk for a Town Council in the UK. Tammy, Sharon’s daughter, is a secondary school teacher. We now write together as co-authors. Sharon started writing about 20 years ago, as a way to relax from her stressful job. She has had a few books for children and young adults published during that time. Tammy did creative writing at University, and became interested in it during that period. When Covid-19 lockdowns struck she pulled down an old manuscript of Sharon’s and together they started work on improving it. It needed a complete rewrite.    

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Sharon writes in her bedroom late at night during a few stolen moments before bed. Tammy writes in her older brother’s bedroom whenever she can. Since he now lives in Maastricht she has usurped it for herself. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The present-day world around us. In the case of Psychic, terrorism is everywhere. We simply combined this with the idea of people being psychic in various ways, and psychics being needed to overcome terrorist acts.  

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

The plot generally comes first, along with the main characters. We like to know where the book starts and how it will end, and to plot chapters before we write. These sometimes get rearranged, removed altogether, or combined, but the general shape of the story is there. Sometimes characters take on a life of their own too. Tammy is in charge of characters, and will often kick out Sharon’s characters, or even change their sex.  Sharon is better at plotting.  

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

We both enjoy science fiction. It’s about what science hasn’t yet been able to prove. Sharon also enjoys fantasy, whereas Tammy prefers crime dramas.   

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Tammy likes Jessica Alba, and Sharon likes Benedict Cumberbatch, but these actors would have to play the adults in the story. We’ve no idea who could best play the two main characters who are 17 and 9 in age.   

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Sharon’s best authors are Jonathan Kellerman and Guy Gavriel Kay, whereas Tammy, who is more academic than Sharon, much prefers Oscar Wilde.  Reading is our life. 

8: What book/s are you reading at present? 

Sharon: Jonathan Kellerman’s City of the Dead.

Tammy: Sadly, I’m reading the set books for my current year for all my students as some of them are new to the curriculum.    

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Sharon: Stephen King’s The Stand.

Tammy: Stephen King’s IT.

We both agree that Stephen King has the best natural writing style we’ve ever seen, his characters are enchanting, and we’re also fans of great horror.   

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Don’t go mad on putting in the backstory first. Get to the action, and if you must have backstory, feed it in slowly and naturally.   

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Oh dear!  Social media doesn’t come naturally to either of us. We’ve very private introverts. You can undertake a quiz to find out if you’re psychic on our website, www.psychic-tsrose.com or you can find us on Goodreads, on Amazon, or through Barnes and Noble.

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/22235160.Ts_Rose

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Ts-Rose/e/B09ZPPLSB5

Barnes and Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/psychic-ts-rose/1140813997

About the Authors:

T Rose is the daughter of S Rose, her co-author. T is an accomplished writer, having earned five academic prizes and recently graduating from Queen Mary University of London. Over the years, she has worked with various charities focusing on promoting reading as well as organizing events and activities to help children and adults in need. She was born in England and now lives in a rural town surrounded by trees and nature, but which also lies only twenty-five minutes by train from the bustling metropolis of London. 

S Rose was born in South Africa, partially schooled in Germany and the UK, and living for a while in Kissimmee, Florida. Now living in London, she has published a gardening story for young children, as well as a fantasy tale for young adults. Her career as a Town Clerk, working for the good of the community, keeps her exceptionally busy, so writing takes place during stolen moments just before bed.

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Author Interview: ‘In the Dark’ by Kaelyn Buzzo

About the Book:

“There are monsters in this world. Ones that cause trouble, ones that will not show themselves, ones that tell lies, and ones that stalk your nightmares. Mine has come to meet me in person.”

Kalea lived a simple, carefree life, on the threshold of entering college. That is, until one of the monsters found her. And kidnapped her. Taking her away from her home and throwing her into a place of darkness and screams. Of pain and torture.

On the cusp of giving up all hope, she finds a chance to escape and stumbles onto a secluded mountain property in Colorado. There are strange men here, kind, but they have secrets they’re not telling her. Meanwhile, her Monster is searching for her, and unexplainable things are happening.

In this thrilling supernatural adventure, readers will follow Kalea as she finds her place in a world full of monsters, magic, and madness. They’ll grab hold of the dark secrets that surround her, the fierce friendships in her new community, and the strength of her fortitude as she barrels through tragedy to learn who she is, what she can do, and who she is meant to become.

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Excerpt:

Screams and shouts echoed throughout the humid night’s air. My heart rapid-fire against my chest.

The sounds of her struggles cut off. The raged warrior cry abruptly morphed. Terror combined with unimaginable pain heightened the pitch of her voice, latching onto me as I peeled farther and farther into the bare forest. My throat squeezed, but I pumped my arms faster. Her screams followed me, the steady stretch of distance dimming the heartbreaking confession of agony. A loud crack slammed into my senses causing me to stutter in my stride. A branch had broken underfoot. I couldn’t hear much over my rushed footfalls and ragged breathing. They had to be following me. Were they close? Breathing down my neck? Back of my neck tingling, I pushed harder. Faster. Far away from here. From them

Air whistled past. Branches smacked my skin. Rocks stabbed my bare feet. My muscles burned, begging me to relent. To ease my pace. But I couldn’t, not now. If I was caught, a promise of a much more painful fate than my lack of endurance awaited me.

Blood and dirt marred the once-white material of the formless dress I was forced to wear. I endured a relentless pace. Sweat soaking my skin. Add in a dash of humidity, a whole lot of fear, and I was drenched, the dress clinging to my body like a second skin.

When I was first captured, I’d plotted and planned every second I was awake. How far I would go to get out, what I would do to them once I got out. Bitterness raked my insides. But what could I do? Nothing. I was powerless. Weak. Helpless. That point had been absorbed harshly and quickly after my first—and only—attempt at escape. I didn’t try again.

I had given up hope. Until tonight.

I would have rotted in that cell if it weren’t for her. She created a window of opportunity. A small one, but one that couldn’t be wasted. And yet, I had hesitated for the barest of moments.

That hesitation might cost me.

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

A bookworm since I was a child, I had no trouble diving into the many adventures and stories I would read. Never would I have believed I’d write my own someday!

After graduating high school and heading off to college, I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career. As a fill-in, I chose English (Creative Writing) because I figured if I could read all these books I could write, right?

That’s truly where it all began. It was a big wakeup call on the back-end of writing a book, but otherwise a journey that needed to be taken and I’m so incredibly blessed that I was able to take it. 

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I used to love going to different coffee shops to write, In The Dark. Since buying my own espresso machine (which has saved me a boatload of money—not that I still don’t go every now and then for the refreshing environment), I began writing at home at my desk. 

The one aspect that has no changed when I write—espresso. I have a latte on hand or within sip-able distance or I experience the biggest writing block that borders on painful (drama-queen, I know!)

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My imagination (for all the SpongeBob SquarePants fans out there). A lot of it is random daydreaming but other factors come from shows, Pinterest, manga, movies, etc., that inspire a plot idea for me to create my own story. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

For In The Dark, I was a major pants-er (meaning I didn’t plan whatsoever). When I wrote In The Dark, I wasn’t initially writing it to eventually publish a book. I was writing it as an escape from reality post-college and mid-life crisis (of many more to come LOL). That really came to bite me in the butt when I finally came to terms with the fact that I had essentially written a very large book that ended up being split to create a series rather than an individual book. 

With the current book I’m trying to finish up, that is not related to In The Dark whatsoever, I decided to outline and plan a little while also giving myself the freedom to follow the flow of my story and my creative flow. 

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

In The Dark is a fantasy/paranormal fiction with psychological, trauma-inspired themes (because I’m sick like that).

The current book I’m working on is a paranormal fiction but has horror/thriller aspects that I never thought I’d be writing but I apparently like to write what I hate to watch, by that I mean horror. I’m super excited to finish it and release it to the world! 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Oh boy that’s a difficult question! These aren’t super ideal dream cast people, as I feel there would be more ideal actors and actresses that could play the role of my characters that would ideally be picked by a casting director. From vibe alone, I picked this casting! 

Kalea—Emilia Clark

Kade- Jason Mamoa

Asher- Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Zero- Robbie Amell

Monster- Anthony Hopkins

Wyatt- Dylan O’Brien/Luke Benward

Nico- Dylan Sprouse/Avan Jogia/Booboo Stewart

Dommick Draegan- Lee Pace

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I go through spurts a cycle of binge reading then making myself come back to reality. Before Sarah J. Maas got crazy big, I really loved the Court of Thorns & Roses series, along with Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Currently, I’m not reading any books as I’m attempting to finish my own.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

I don’t have one, mainly because I have trouble picking a favorite of anything.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Do your research. The first book is definitely a learning process. Take your time writing your book, getting it edited, etc. There’s no rush. 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Instagram and Facebook!

Website: www.kaelynbuzzo.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/author.kaelynbuzzo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/InTheDarkBookSeries

About the Author:

A born and raised Floridian, Kaelyn Buzzo has been an avid bookworm since childhood. She loves the power of words and the stories that draw you in so powerfully, it feels as if you are experiencing every touch, taste, and emotion yourself. Kaelyn wanted to give readers that visceral experience with In the Dark, her debut novel which she wrote mostly from her local coffee shop. She is also a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach who writes about veganism, mental health, and body image, all themes that feature prominently in her book along with her love and faith in God as a Christian.

When she’s not reading, writing, or coaching, Kaelyn is playing volleyball or hanging out with her two smaller furbabies (her three-footed cat named Raja and her half-blind dog named Milo) or on her family’s farm with her much larger furbabies, two Quarter horse Paints named Titan (aka Grumpy) and Winston.

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