Friday, October 24, 2014

Goldilox and the Three Scares Event and Giveaway: What Scares Us?



Welcome!

Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we LOVE Halloween! So we wrangled up some willing authors and put together some fun posts and giveaways for you all! 

Our theme for the event this year is What Scares You? 

Check back every weekday between October 20th and October 31st to see which authors are visiting and the awesomeness they are each giving away!

Today's Post is Brought To You By:
Goldilox, Gretl, and Rose Red

Soooooo, what scares Gretl?

As a child, I had nightmares about escalators. As soon as I stepped on, they would accelerate to what my ten-year-old self would surely call a hundred miles an hour. They would twist and turn into hills and drops and loop-de-loops as though they were roller coasters. And even though there were no cars to sit in or handles to hold, I never fell off, but was trapped on the rampaging escalator until I woke up.

In real life I would always hesitate before I stepped on to the escalator, as though I were in a game of Frogger and would die if I didn’t time it just right. I don’t think I ever actually expected those steps to whisk me away, but I never really trusted them.


In college, I started working in a mall and taking the escalators several times a day. Eventually I learned to board them without looking like I was playing the world’s strangest game of Double Dutch. I got over the fear, more or less through immersion therapy, and haven’t had the dreams in years. 

But over the course of my many years in retail, I heard all the horror stories. Though maybe some of them are more like urban legends. Little boys who got their shoelaces caught between the steps and wound up with severed fingers. I even witnessed a few falls down the escalator. I learned that it’s really hard to get all the blood out from between those little grooves. And I’ve decided maybe it wasn’t such an unreasonable fear after all.




Soooooo, what scares Goldilox?

I have a lot of silly stupid fears. But the one we shall discuss today is the most terrifying and horrific of them all.


       Cockroaches: Ewwwwwwww. I have seen a lot of authors during this event discuss their fear and hatred of spiders. But, for me, its all about the roaches. They are disgusting looking...and SO FAST!!! A friend's mom told us a story when I was little about waking up with a palmetto bug in her mouth one morning. IN HER EVER-LOVING MOUTH! For those of you who don't live in an area, like Florida, with every damn kind of roach under the sun, a palmetto bug is one type of cockroach and its the big one that flies. Can you imagine anything more horrible than waking up with that in your mouth!?!? 
       And then, several years ago when I first started teaching, a 'Bug Man' came to do a presentation at the school and picked me out of the crowd to hold a mystery creature. Being strong for my students, I went up to the front of the room the presentation was in and held my hands out in front of me as instructed. Which is when the man, whom was henceforth known as The Devil, placed two Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in my hands. They were real, they were huge, and they really did HISS at a level I could clearly hear! They crawled UP AND DOWN MY HANDS AND ARMS and hissed the whole time! If I hadn't been terrified of roaches before, that pretty much solidified my terror as well as traumatized me. 




Soooooo, what scares Rose Red?
Do you remember that part in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones is looking into the snake room? Do you remember what he says?
My sentiment exactly. I hate snakes! They creep me the heck out! I had an incident in college that made my fear of snakes ten times worse than what it was.

I went to university in the west so we had several biology professors who studied rattlesnakes. They would go out into the mountains surrounding the campus, trap the snakes, and would bring them back to study in what everyone referred to as the “Rattlesnake Room”. This room was home to about fifteen rattlesnakes living in their little glass aquariums. That room was nightmare inducing!

I worked for the campus' inventory division and my job required me to work with each department on campus to keep track of all of their computers and expensive equipment. This involved me having to go through all of their offices, closets, and storage rooms to scan all of the inventory bar codes. One day I was working with the biology department scanning all of the equipment and the last room left was the one with all of these snakes. It happened to be weigh in day for the snakes so they were taking them out of their tanks.

I was a bit nervous about the whole thing but they assured me that it was safe to be in there while they were handling the snakes. They were using snake-handling tongs to move them from their tanks to this giant metal tub. Well, the tongs broke midway between the tank and the tub. The result was one pissed off rattlesnake having free rein of the room because they didn't have a spare set of tongs to pick it back up. They quickly locked down the room so the snake wouldn't escape to terrorize the unsuspecting students down the hall. But when they locked the room down, they also locked us in there with the dratted thing. 

It was one of the worst days of my life. I spent three hours on top of a table watching a mad rattlesnake slither angrily around the room while we waited for animal control to come catch it. After they caught the snake, it took twenty minutes for one of my friends who worked in the bio building to talk me off the table. That incident has scarred me for life. I can't even walk through the snake exhibits in the reptile houses at zoos without becoming a nervous wreck. *shudders*




For our giveaways we have several prize packs that you can win! All winners for this giveaway will need to live in the US and be 13 or older.
All giveaways for Goldilox and the Three Scares will end on November 7th at 11:59pm.

Prize packs:
  • #1 - 1 signed copy of any book in Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series OR her Roaring Twenties series PLUS a $10 e-gift card to Bath and Body Works to buy the Fall scent of your choice!
Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1) OR Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties, #1)

  • #2 - 1 copy of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke AND 1 copy of Half Bad by Sally Green!
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

  • #3 - 1 ebook copy of Against the Dawn by Amanda Bonilla PLUS a skull themed swag pack including a tote and candle!
Against the Dawn (Shaede Assassin, #4)



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Goldilox and the Three Scares Event and Giveaway: S.J. Harper!





Welcome! 

Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we love Halloween! So we wrangled up some willing authors and put together some fun posts and giveaways for you all!

Our theme for the event is What Scares You?

Check back every weekday between October 20th and October 31st to see which authors are visiting and the awesomeness they are each giving away!

Today's author is:

 S.J. Harper 


S.J. Harper is actually the writing team of Jeanne C. Stein and Samantha Sommersby. They're the authors of the steamy Urban Fantasy Fallen Siren series which features FBI agents Emma Monroe, a siren, and Zack Armstrong, a werewolf, who specialize in missing persons cases.



Before Samantha and Jeanne joined forces, Jeanne wrote a vampire series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. Here's a short story she wrote for Halloween.

The Wolf's Paw

David is getting antsy.

Makes me smile since it’s usually me doing the squirming.

“What’s the matter? We’ve only been here an hour. You got some place better to be?”

I turn my face away so he can’t see the smile. I know he has some place better to be.  I saw her in the doorway when I picked him up at his condo.

“Don’t be a smart ass, Anna. Tell me again what we’re doing here?”

“Easy money. Five thousand dollars, remember? Snatch and grab.”

“Snatch what? Where is the prick?”

A movement from the bushes on the opposite side of the road. David doesn’t see it. But I do. Vampire eyes. We’ve been watching the guy’s front door. There’s no back door out of the apartment.

Still. I catch a scent.

I reach for the door handle. “I’ve got to pee.”

David reaches for an empty coffee cup.

“Very funny. I’ll be right back.”

He mutters something under his breath but I’m already behind the car and bolting to follow the sound of the rustling bushes to our right. Vampire senses jump to the fore. Eyes pierce the darkness, turning night to day. Ears hear every insect crawling, skittering or buzzing out of my path. Nose catches the scent of the creature moving away from me.

Human. Familiar.

But something else.

Feral. Fur.

What the…?

David doesn’t know that I got close to the guy we’re after this afternoon. Got close enough to breathe in his scent, close enough to make the grab myself before I was interrupted by a pain in the ass who stopped me on the sidewalk to ask for directions. By the time I got rid of him, the skip had disappeared. 

But it’s the same scent I detect now under the musk of fur and testosterone. 

I move noiselessly through the bushes. Close the distance between us. He’s just ahead of me. But he’s moving faster than a man would be and is crouched low to the ground. It doesn’t take much of a jump to determine what I’m chasing. 

I let vampire have her head. Fighting werewolves is not my favorite pastime. They can be nasty creatures. If I’d known that’s what I was chasing, I’d never have involved David. Can’t worry about that now.

Where’s the guy going? We’re in Balboa Park. It’s not quite dusk on a hot summer evening and I can’t make out where he’s headed. Until he takes a sharp turn and waits for traffic on the Prado to clear. Then he lopes across the road and straight into the dog park—the only area open to off-leash pets.

Curious. What’s he doing? Looking for a chance to get lucky?

I call Vampire back and proceed after him, fully human. The park is not yet as crowded as it’s going to be in an hour or so when the home-from-work crowd brings their pets for a romp. But there are a half-dozen dogs sniffing and scuffling, their owners chatting nearby.

The wolf pauses, watching. He’s bigger than most of the dogs but no one pays any attention. I enter the park and start toward him.

The wolf turns and meets my eyes. He lifts his nose. He recognizes vampire. But then he turns away, casually ignoring me, resuming his perusal of the animals as if searching for just the right one.

He makes his choice with a snarl and faster than I would have thought possible, he lunges.

Toward a child, playing off by herself to the right of the group of adults.

I reach her first, scoop her up and thrust her into the arms of a startled woman.

Wolf gathers himself to lunge at me.

If I call up vampire in front of all these people, it won’t be pretty. Instead, I pull the .38 from the waistband of my jeans, aim and fire.

I catch the wolf in midair, but I haven’t accounted for his speed and the bullet slams into his leg, blowing off a paw and breaking bone with a sickening crack. He lands with a howl, whirls on three good legs and stumbles off the way he came.

I want to go after him but my way is impeded by a group of frantic onlookers, all reaching out hands to thank me, all asking the same questions at once.

What was that?

Who are you?

Are you a cop?

By the time I finally get free, and make it back to David, he’s standing by the car, our skip, naked and bloody, already in handcuffs.

David has his cell at his ear. When he sees me, he clicks off. “Where the fuck have you been?”

I point to the skip. “What happened to him?”

David has fastened a tourniquet around the guys arm, just below the elbow. A stump at the end of his wrist drips blood. “Somebody blew this guy’s hand off. He isn’t saying who. I got him as he tried to sneak his way back into the apartment. The paramedics are on the way.”

The guy and I—wolf and vampire—stare into each other’s eyes. I wonder if we’re thinking the same thing…my, what big secrets we have.


 As for S. J. Harper, the second book in The Fallen Siren Series, Reckoning, was released October 7. Details can be found here: http://sjharper.me/sample-coming-soon/.  Sam and Jeanne are currently at work on book three of the series.

You can read my review of Reckoning here.


And you can meet Jeanne C. Stein, along with 49 other spectacular paranormal/fantasy authors at Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL next February!

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Jeanne and Samantha are giving 2 lucky commenters each a copy of Reckoning and a swag pack. Ask them questions or leave your thoughts by clicking comments below. (Giveaway ends November 7. You must be 13 or older to enter and have a U.S. mailing address.)

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Early Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

 
Burn for Me
(Hidden Legacy #1)
Ilona Andrews
Release: October 28, 2014
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Summary: #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
Review: The world of Burn for Me is really a lot like our world but instead of corporations, its greatest powers are the Houses, families ruled by powerful magic users. Each House is controlled by its eldest Prime, the highest level of magic user. The Houses control armies, battle for territory  and marry for power, much like the aristocracies of old. The majority of people don't belong to a House, but feel their influence nonetheless.

Nevada Baylor is a private investigator with an unusual magical ability. She can tell when people are lying. She's kept her talent hidden since childhood for fear the military or the Houses will force her to work for them. Nevada's magic ability is useful to her as an investigator, but she's never really developed it and doesn't have any magic training. She couldn't exactly take a class when she's trying to keep her talent hidden. (She's a lot like Kate Daniels in that sense.) She doesn't really know how strong she is or the extent of her abilities, though I got the sense her parents knew more and never told her. I'm curious how that will play out in the rest of the series and I have some suspicions.

Adam Pierce is a Prime pyrokinetic, a notorious bad boy and would-be revolutionary. When he's caught on camera robbing a bank and killing a security guard, his House hires investigators to bring him in. They pass the job on to Nevada and because they own the mortgage on her family business, she can't refuse even though she knows she's in over her head.

Nevada gets some unexpected assistance from Connor "Mad" Rogan, a Prime telekinetic with the power to level cities. He's also looking for Adam because Adam's accomplice, Rogan's cousin, is missing. Nevada and Rogan get off on the wrong foot when he kidnaps her to get information on Adam, but eventually they realize their best chance of finding him is to work together. Once Nevada and Rogan start investigating, the action really picks up. There are more robberies and the plot seems to be much bigger than just Adam. I was completely enthralled in the story and could not put it down. It also has really interesting mythology and great sexual tension.

Another thing I love about this book is Nevada's family. It's a huge part of her life and her motivations and it's full of badass women. Her grandmother builds custom tanks. Her mother is a former military sniper and constantly threatens to shoot people (and means it.) I think they're the reason she's able to resist Rogan's alpha male mojo as much as she does.

Despite what it says on the cover, Burn for Me is not exactly a romance. It certainly has some romantic elements. The characters have great sexual chemistry and talk about it just as much as a typical romance couple, but there's no HEA at the end of the book. It's more like a To Be Continued. But ultimately, I don't really care what you call it other than awesome. I can't wait for the next Hidden Legacy book!


Recommended for fans of: The Kate Daniels series, alpha bad boys and strong heroines

This review is based on an ARC I won on Twitter.

    
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Goldilox and the Three Weres Event and Giveaway: Lucienne Diver!



Welcome!

Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we LOVE Halloween! So we wrangled up some willing authors and put together some fun posts and giveaways for you all! 

Our theme for the event this year is What Scares You? 

Check back every weekday between October 20th and October 31st to see which authors are visiting and the awesomeness they are each giving away!

Today's author is:
Lucienne Diver


Bad Blood (Latter-Day Olympians, #1) Crazy in the Blood (Latter-Day Olympians, #2) Vamped (Vamped, #1) ReVamped (Vamped, #2)


Alright Lucienne, what scares you?


What Scares Me and Why?

Well, that’s a loaded question, isn’t it? I feel a little bit like Adrian Monk, you know, that wonderful quirky television detective. I haven’t figured quite how to rank my greatest fears yet, but my list would run something like this:

1- Spiders

2- Camel Crickets, silverfish, cockroaches, palmetto bugs, all other bugs of any sort but particularly those with too many legs like millipedes and centipedes. Gah, I’m freaking myself out!

3- Psychos. (Not the boom, you’re dead kind, but the ones that like to play with their prey.)

4- Did I mention Spiders?

5- Ooky stuff. That’s right, I said ooky. As in slobber, bodily fluids, people’s half-eaten food, squishy-rotten bananas, raw oysters, mayonnaise… Bleck, there I’ve gone and given myself the shivers. 

Okay, I take it back, mayonnaise might come first. It might even beat out monkey brains and other things I’m not likely to ever encounter in my lifetime. Because mayonnaise sneaks up on you. Don’t believe me? The scene is set—you’re at a nice little hole-in-the-wall restaurant with your BFF or your SO or your imaginary friend. The kind of place where grease hangs in the air and you can practically taste the carb-loaded goodness of the burger on order, loaded down with bacon and other artery-abusing substances of choice. No mention is made in the menu of the ooky stuff. You think you’re safe. And then the burger arrives, the heavenly scent teasing your taste buds. Salivation starts all on its own. Your stomach rumbles in protest at the delay it knows will come when you insist on doctoring your burger with ketchup or barbeque sauce or honey mustard. And then you take the bun off to do just that and—don-don-DA! (mood music, in case you’re wondering)—you’re faced with the horror. The woeful white stuff of DOOM! 

It’s like something out of a horror film, no? Like finding out that Soylent Green is people! 

So there you have it. Now you know. Mayonnaise is my kryptonite. I hope you will use the knowledge only for good.



Lucienne Diver is the author of Vamped young adult series (think Clueless meets Buffy) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series from Samhain, which Long and Short Reviews called “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan”. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING ITSTRIP-MAULED, and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies from Roc and Baen Books respectively and her essay “Abuse” in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories from HarperCollins.

And you can meet Lucienne Diver, along with 49 other spectacular paranormal/fantasy authors at Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL next February!

Click the Coastal Magic button to check out the event!





Lucienne Diver is giving away a signed copy of BAD BLOOD, the first book in herLatter-Day Olympians series!!!

Bad Blood (Latter-Day Olympians, #1)

This giveaway is for United States residents only.
(Winner must be 13 or older)
All of the Goldilox and the Three Scares giveaways end at 11:59pm on November 7th!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goldilox and the Three Scares Event and Giveaway: Amanda Carlson!



Welcome!

Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we LOVE Halloween! So we wrangled up some willing authors and put together some fun posts and giveaways for you all! 

Our theme for the event this year is What Scares You? 

Check back every weekday between October 20th and October 31st to see which authors are visiting and the awesomeness they are each giving away!

Today's author is:
Amanda Carlson


Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain, #3) Red Blooded (Jessica McClain, #4) Aces Wild: Sin City Collectors Novella Ante Up: Sin City Collectors Novella


Soooooo, what scares Amanda?


Top 5 things that scare the pants off me:
1. Spiders. This is such a cliché, until you see one up close. The way their legs all work independently and how fast they move—not to mention the fact they can BITE you in your sleep. Utterly terrifying! 

2. Horror Movies. I can’t do them. When I was younger, I could almost stomach Freddy Krueger—almost. I never liked them, but I wasn’t balls-out scared. Now? If forced to watch something like American Horror Story on TV with my son, I watch it through splayed hands that never leave my face and thumbs plugging my ears. He’s decided I’m not good company, which is fine with me.

3. Snakes. Again cliché, but when I was a volunteer Park Ranger (I was!) in Utah (Canyonlands National Park!) I came across several rattlesnakes. When you see them in person it’s a whole different story. They’re totally mean-looking and move much faster than they should be able to. They rattle at you and can strike quicker than you can jump away. Get me out of there!

4. Heights. This never used to be an issue for me—until I had kids. Now if I’m with them, and we are, let’s say, hiking along the edge of a cliff (ßthis has happened more times than I’d like to admit) I have a visceral reaction. My gut clenches, I tremble, and most of the time I feel like vomiting. It’s a strange one, as I feel like I have no control over my reactions whatsoever, which kind of makes the entire ordeal more harrowing. 

5. Haunted houses. Whether it be one for Halloween or a real live “this house is has ghosts” – get me out of there! I want no part. The haunted houses of Halloween as a kid were the WORST. People jumping out and coming into my personal space to terrify me—and I paid for it?? Once I was out, I always thought—why did I just do that? I think I went into two or three and that was enough for me. You know the girl on Ellen who Ellen sends into a haunted house every year for shits and giggles? That girl is me. If forced to do it now I would yell and swear and swat at anything that came near me. For a real haunted house? Again, no thank you. I did spend the weekend in an old family estate once and I didn’t sleep a WINK. It was awful. I kept thinking I was going to see something reflected in the mirror back at me. Luckily, I never did!

What scares you?
Thanks for hosting me, it’s always fun to stop by. To find out more about me and my books, please visit www.amandacarlson.com



And you can meet Amanda Carlson, along with 49 other spectacular paranormal/fantasy authors at Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL next February!

Click the Coastal Magic button to check out the event!





Amanda Carlson is giving TEN lucky winners a copy of her ebook novella Aces Wild!!!

Aces Wild: Sin City Collectors Novella

This giveaway is international as long as you can receive the ebook.
(Winner must be 13 or older)
All of the Goldilox and the Three Scares giveaways end at 11:59pm on November 7th!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Goldilox and the Three Scares Event and Giveaway: Kristen Painter!

 


Welcome! 
 
Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we love Halloween! So we wrangled up some willing authors and put together some fun posts and giveaways for you all!
 
Our theme for the event is What Scares You?
 
Check back every weekday between October 20th and October 31st to see which authors are visiting and the awesomeness they are each giving away!
 
Today's author is:

Kristen Painter 

 
 
 
Reapers are generally scary figures. Sin City Collector Ares is no exception. Here's one character's first impression upon meeting him: "Pale as moonlight and dressed in head-to-toe black leather right down to a pair of gloves, he appeared the personification of death with the visage of a skull and red-ember eyes. She blinked and the image disappeared, leaving the man behind. . . If he was death, death was also strikingly handsome in a cold, European way."
 
As the Collectors' Cleaner, he's often feared even by his colleagues. But in Kristen Painter's latest Sin City Collectors novella, Dead Man's Hand, Ares gets a chance to be the hero. I got to ask him some questions and try to get to know this enigmatic Collector a little better.
 
 
Gretl: Most of us are familiar with Reapers, but what exactly is a Wraith?
Ares: I'm the son of a vampire and a reaper. A rare breed to be sure, but from what I understand, there are a few of us.

G: How do your powers differ from a full-blooded reaper's?
A: They don't actually. I have the powers of both a reaper and a vampire. I don't need to drink blood to survive, however.

G: What can you tell us about the Sin City Collectors and why you joined?
A: The Collectors are an elite group of supernaturals who keep order in the various cities where they reside. I joined them because of the unique opportunities to use my skills. Also, they pay well.

G: Have you ever met the Boss and do you have any inside info about him?
A: Never met him. Few have. He's a mystery to most of us.

G: I understand you collect cars. Do any of them represent something special or commemorate certain moments in your life?
A: Not really. I just like nice cars. They're an outlet of sorts for me.

G:  How has your life changed since you met Seraphina?
A: In so many ways. Let's just say I don't feel the need to add any more cars to my collection. She is the best thing that's ever happened to me.
 
 
 
Here's a little more about Dead Man's Hand:
 
Demi-goddess and muse Seraphina Kostos has been tasked with bringing her employer’s wayward teenage daughter home. Not the hardest job Seraphina’s ever had. Until her boss calls in a favor in the form of extra help. The man who arrives is unlike any she’s ever encountered.
Sin City Collector Ares rarely goes on typical Collections. Mostly because his skill set involves taking lives, not saving them. As the son of a vampire and a grim reaper, his touch holds the ability to reap souls. Sure, it makes for a lonely existence, but he’s learned to deal with that. Or has he?

Beautiful Seraphina has him questioning everything he’s ever known. Living the rest of his life alone suddenly seems impossible. But what kind of future is there with a woman he can’t touch or hold or kiss?

Read my Review here.

And you can meet Kristen Painter, along with 49 other spectacular paranormal/fantasy authors at Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL next February!

Click the Coastal Magic button to check out the event!


http://coastalmagicconvention.com/featured-authors/


Kristen Painter is giving two winners each their choice of one of her Sin City Collectors e-novellas, Queen of Hearts or Dead Man's Hand. This giveaway is international. (Winner must be at least 13 years old and able to receive the e-book.)




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