Here are 40+ Free Ebooks from WG2E Authors!!!

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!!!

As y’all are getting’ ready for your 4th of July fun and fireworks, here are 40+ Free Ebooks to fill-up your ereaders:

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Thanks Bunches to all of the fabulous authors from our sister site – The WG2E (The Writer’s Guide to Epublishing) – for their Free Ebook treats!!!

Happy Reading, Y’all, and Have a Fabulous 4th of July!!!

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The Best of Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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PRACTICAL MISCHIEF (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 1) is FREE through June 5th!!!

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!!!

I’ve got an early Summer treat for ya…

PRACTICAL MISCHIEF (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 1) is FREE through June 5th!!!

On Amazon

For Practical Mischief…

Think The Good Witch meets The Three Stooges and Tinker Hell.

Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, is a good witch.

Her sister Angelica? Not so much.

Belle rules her witchery kingdom using the ancient Wiccan Rede – ‘An’ it harm none, do what thy will,’ while Angelica runs amuck, casting one mischievous spell after another.

But this time, Angelica has gone too far.

It’s up to Belle and her former best friend, Atlas, the greatest wizard the earth has ever known, to save Belle’s niece, Gia, from Angelica’s magical mischief. If they don’t, Gia will end up in The Summerland just like her mother did the last time one of Angelica’s spells went awry.

Luckily, or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, Belle and Atlas have a little help from Atlas’s sons, who are every bit The Three Stooges, as well as an ornery faery named Tinker Hell and a deck of Tarot Cards waiting for someone to deal their destiny.

Bonus Content Included:

You also get a Sneak Peek at my latest Christmas book – THE BILLIONAIRES’ CHRISTMAS CLUB (co-authored with Bestselling Amazon Author Theresa Ragan) – where you’ll first meet Belle’s niece Gia and her prince of a fiancé.

Here’s what readers are saying about PRACTICAL MISCHIEF:

5.0 out of 5 stars Purely magical., March 31, 2013
By charlene mclucas – See all my reviews
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Delightfully whimsical and enchanting the reader with a story, minus the magic, that could be any family’s dynamic. We can relate to the good/bad behaviors of family members in occurrences of disruption of harmony in the family. What great fun we might have had with some magical powers! Belle is an inspiration to embrace your own strengths and use them. This magical book keeps the reader entranced to the end wanting to read more. This reader wants to know more of what is in-store for Belle, Gia, and Angelica.

5.0 out of 5 stars Magickal and bewitching!, April 1, 2013
By ruth harris – See all my reviews
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Two witchy sisters, Beautiful Belle and Angelica who might not be such an angel, cast their spells. Owls and tarots, crystals and wands–5 stars are not enough. DD Scott’s light touch is D-lightful!

4.0 out of 5 stars What a enjoyable story, April 28, 2013
By Joann M. Clifton (Everett, WA USA) – See all my reviews
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I really enjoyed this book but I love all things with a magical twist. I rated this book 4 stars only because I think the next one in the series is going to be even better. Also, I wish there had been more background info so u could have a better understanding of what was going on, I kinda felt like I’d missed the 1st book because there was so much that had happened previously that was never fully explained. I hope D.D. will write a prequel and fill in some of the gaps as to how the Bishop sisters had ended up in the situation they now found themselves in now.

Praise for D. D. Scott:

“…one of the top Romantic Comedy/Humorous Mystery writers out right now.” – ENT (Ereader News Today)

“…who doesn’t need a laugh? Laugh ‘til you (you fill it in) with D. D. Scott’s BOOTSCOOTIN’ BLAHNIKS, and more…” — Steve Windwalker, Kindle Nation Daily

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So, get out your Kindles and enjoy this first book in my new series – on me!!! No worries if you don’t have a Kindle either…just download the FREE Kindle Apps and then you can also get the FREE Kindle Copy!!!

Happy Reading and Cheers to Your Very Own Magickal Journey!!! —

D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Jill Hughey talks “The End”

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

“The End”…as our fabulous RG2E Featured Author Jill Hughey says: “Every story has one.”

Take it away, Jill…

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Endings. Every story has one. As readers, we both dread and anticipate THE END of that rarest of gems, a book that has grabbed us by the eyeballs, refusing to let go until we reach the last…fabulous…page. We close the book with a sigh and a smile. We have achieved the satisfying ending.

Unfortunately, not all stories bring us all the way. Sometimes there are threads left, frayed and dangling, with no promise of a sequel to pick them up again. We are confused, with the cry of “Wait!” on our lips instead of “Yes!”

Endings can also be ambiguous, the reader abandoned to decide how it all goes down, like those dinner theaters where you vote to choose the murderer. Except there is no big choral finale before the curtain closes. The author thinks we should wrap this one up on our own, and we do, first because we are creative like that, and second because we don’t have much choice.

I don’t mind frayed or ambiguous endings as much as abrupt ones. An example of a fabulous story with a too-abrupt ending is the movie August Rush, a tale of love at first sight immediately stamped out by the girl’s wicked father, followed by a dozen years of separation and yearning, concluding with a hint of a reunion. What could be wrong with that, you might ask? They do get together at the end.

Go back to the DOZEN YEARS OF SEPARATION. Twelve years of longing ends with the man and woman taking one another’s hand while they see their son for the first time. Fade to a long shot of Central Park.

Wait! I just watched a mother who thought her baby died at birth and a father who didn’t know he was a father pine for each other for over a decade. Add in the wrongly orphaned boy who has been a ward of the state his whole life. The payoff is a clasp of hands and the three of them smiling with teary eyes?

Dear Mr. Screenwriter, Would it have been too much to ask to get a twenty-second glimpse into their future? You can even roll the credits over it. Here is the scene. They are in a sunny apartment kitchen with Mom packing a lunch while Dad and Boy doodle around on their guitars until Mom lovingly reminds them that school starts in twenty minutes. Mom and Dad share a stunningly happy smile while Boy wolfs down his homemade pancakes. You can fade out to emperor penguins for all I care now that I have seen the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Like I said, I don’t appreciate abrupt endings. That is why I don’t write them. As a romance writer I always aim for a happy ending, but there is no law saying I have to end the book at the earliest glimmer of joy. I don’t want stories to conclude with the initial kiss or the first “I love you.” I long to see the couple adjust and struggle a little bit before I am forced to let them go.

I wrote a series of historical romances set in the 830s in Europe, specifically Charlemagne’s Empire. In each of the three books in the Evolution Series, my heroes and heroines have an issue to resolve together even after they fall in love.

My characters in Unbidden, the first book, finally declare their undying love about 80% through the story. David, the hero, still has a lesson to learn about misplaced family loyalty before we know for sure that the two of them will be okay. (Unbidden is free at Amazon April 9, 10, and 11 so go grab a copy! http://www.amzn.com/B0067DDX1M)

Redeemed features the villain from the first book. Love and trust do not come easily to my tortured hero, but when they do, he fiercely protects his wife from betrayal within their own home.

In Vain, my most recent release, the heroine is the one who holds back the longest while she struggles to believe that her proud, sometimes cruel husband, has finally fallen in love with her. (One reviewer said, “Theo can be a genuine bastard at times.” I absolutely loved that assessment!)

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Each of my books lets readers see that the happy couple is really together, pulling in the same direction, working as a team, because that is the kind of ending I like.

So, how about some chatter? Tell me your ideal “Yes!” ending or bluster about the type that makes you scream “Wait!” I will give one ebook copy of Vain to one commenter chosen by RG2E. Don’t forget that Unbidden is free April 9, 10, and 11.

~~~Jill

Despite her ranting, Jill still watches August Rush at least twice a year because 99% of the story is so darn good. Jill can be found at her blog, on Facebook, and she tweets @jillhughey.

Vain: Book Three in the Evolution Series: A tailor’s abandoned daughter fashions a vain nobleman’s tunic, finding passion between the neckline and hem as misfortune forces her into his precarious aristocratic world. Vain is available at the following vendors.

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Superfab fun scoop, Jill!

When it comes to endings, I luv a satisfying ending to the current story problem with a wee bit on a new problem, which means “oh yeah…there will be a sequel!”

Thanks bunches for sharing your thoughts as well as treating us all to a FREE book and a chance to win VAIN! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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What Are You Reading, RG2E Peeps?!

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

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I thought it might be fun to check-in and let each other know what fabulous Ebooks we’re reading!

For me, reading one book at a time just doesn’t cut it! LOL! I’m usually reading between 5 and 6 books at once. Seriously! Depends on what kind of mood I’m in as to what I’m reading. Also, I’ve always got included in that mix at least one, usually a couple of, non-fiction books too!

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Here are the gems I’m currently enjoying on my Kindle Fire:

THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Diana Layne (*found here on The RG2E)

THE GENEVA DECISION by Seeley James (*found here on The RG2E)

FIRE BURN AND CAULDRON BUBBLE by H.P. Mallory (*FREE on Amazon as of 2/20)

THE PRICE: MY RISE AND FALL AS NATALIA, NEW YORK’S #1 ESCORT by Natalie McLennan

GARDEN WITCHERY: MAGICK FROM THE GROUND UP by Ellen Dugan

APE: AUTHOR PUBLISHER ENTREPRENEUR by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

Okay, RG2E Peeps…how ’bout you?! What are you reading?! And, let us know below if you found your current reads on The RG2E, and if not, how you learned about them…

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon offers a FREE “New Adult” Read!!!

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

How many of you are reading the relatively new genre of “New Adult” Ebooks?

Not sure what that is?

Here’s the scoop and a FREE Ebook in that fabulous genre from RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon…

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So happy to be back at the RG2E, offering a heartwarming romance to celebrate the season of love. Heaven is for Heroes is a contemporary New Adult romance that deals with the tragedies of war, overcoming loss, and the determination of one seventeen year old girl to find the truth.

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Filled with moments of poignant reality, hard lessons, and the angst and sexual tension of first love, the book combines family drama and the relationship between childhood sweethearts, Jordie Dunn and Alex Cooper. Because the focus of the story is the tenuous romance with the underlying plot of a family’s search for peace in time of war, HIFH will appeal to adult readers as well as older young adults, which is why I say the book falls into the New Adult category that is rapidly becoming popular. Though the heroine is seventeen (the typical age of many YA heroines), the hero is a nineteen year-old military veteran who is wounded in action. Not your typical high school drama, but more a contemporary romance that appeals to the 19-23 year-old audience and beyond.

One reader said,

“With entertaining secondary characters and a challenging mother-daughter relationship, the story deals with real life issues with both unwavering comprehension and uplifting humor.”

And Kristan Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author says,

“Filled with the complex emotions of grief, confusion and first love, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES is a rich, uplifting story that will touch a reader’s heart.”

This book has been rated 4.5 stars on 17 Amazon Reviews and holds an IndiePENdents seal of approval for quality Indie fiction.

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day and always in honor of our Veterans, I’m offering HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES free Sunday, Feb. 17-Tuesday, Feb. 19th on AMAZON. Download it today!

I hope you enjoy Jordie and Alex’s journey. Honest reviews are always welcomed.

So what do you, my friendly readers, think about the New Adult genre? Is it a passing fad, or here to stay? Or would this new classification help you hone in on what you love to read?

~~~PJ Sharon

Connect with PJ Here:

E-Mail: pjsharon64@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pjsharon.com

Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/pjsharon64

Follow PJ on Twitter: @pjsharon

“Like” PJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pjsharonbooks

Find PJ on Amazon’s Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/author/pjsharon

Follow PJ’s Promotional blog @ http://pjsharonyawriter.blogspot.com

Follow PJ’s Tuesday Scribes blog @ http://secretsof7scribes.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5238865.P_J_Sharon

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pjsharon/

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Thanks bunches for the scoop on the New Adult Genre, PJ, and for the superfab chance to try it out with your FREE Ebook! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Anne R. Allen on “Bag Lady Fears: How I Faced Mine by Writing ‘No Place Like Home'”

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!

We’re welcoming back to The RG2E, one of my fave authors, Anne R. Allen, whose got a fascinating look at a very real issue – Bag Lady Syndrome.

Take it away, Anne…

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According to MSN financial columnist Jay McDonald, “Bag lady syndrome is a fear many women share that their financial security could disappear in a heartbeat, leaving them homeless, penniless and destitute”

And the Washington Times reports, “90 percent of women say they feel financially insecure…and almost half are troubled by a ‘tremendous fear of becoming a bag lady’. ”

Bag-lady syndrome can be paralyzing, according to Olivia Mellan, author of Overcoming Overspending, and a Washington, D.C. therapist who specializes in money psychology.

She says “Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, Shirley MacLaine and Katie Couric all admit to having a bag lady in their anxiety closet.”

“It cuts across women of all social groups; it’s not like wealthy women don’t have it,” says Mellan. “Heiresses, women who have inherited wealth, have big bag-lady nightmares because they really feel like the money came to them magically and can leave them just as magically.”

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When you quit your day job to write full time—especially if you’re single—those fears can escalate to nightmares, anxiety attacks and debilitating self-doubt.

For me, they hit a crescendo when my publisher went out of business and I had to start at square one, writing query letters to agents and editors again like a newbie.

I had to face the fact there would be no more money coming in from the books I’d worked so hard to promote. My magazine writing gigs had dried up, too: either the journals had gone under or were no longer paying.  I’d been out of the workforce for years and the world was in the middle of a recession. My savings were dwindling fast. I feared I’d made all the wrong financial choices and I’d soon be living under a bridge.

I started having a recurring nightmare about living in a rusted, wheel-less truck in some kind of dump full of rats. My skin was crawling with insects. Sometimes parts of my body would fall off. I’d wake up screaming.

One morning I woke from one of those horrific dreams to an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition. (Yes, I have Public Radio on my clock radio: nerd city.)  They were talking to a successful Manhattan magazine editor who had lost her life savings to Bernie Madoff.

Look: it can happen to anybody, I told myself—even people with a ton of savings who have done everything right—and at least I don’t have all that much money to lose.

I got up and read my local morning paper, which was full of articles and letters to the editor complaining about our local homeless population, and how their camps and panhandling  were ruining our town’s idyllic image as “the happiest town in America.”

I flashed on how that posh magazine editor I’d heard on NPR could become one of those scruffy people standing outside the San Luis Obispo Mission with a cardboard sign. She could be one of those despised people living in the “filthy” camps.

So could I.

An awful lot of us are only one Bernie Madoff or catastrophic disease away from those camps.

So I took a day off querying and outlined a story about a New York magazine editor who is not only conned by a Bernie Madoff type, but married to him, so she not only loses everything, but is accused of being complicit in his crimes. On the lam and destitute, she ends up living in a homeless camp in the idyllic wine country near where I live.

For me, picturing somebody like Martha Stewart living in a tent and cooking over a Sterno stove, worrying about where to go for showers and basic bodily functions—not knowing which homeless people she could trust—helped me to walk myself through my fears and see that it would be possible to survive.

Thinking the “unthinkable” sometimes helps us to cope with our fears. If we can visualize ourselves in a terrifying situation that has a positive outcome, it can help us overcome the terror.

As the “Anxiety Doc” says “When it comes to treating anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, creative visualization techniques have proven very therapeutic for sufferers. In order for the visualization to be completely effective, the person must involve all their senses in the process. They need to see themselves performing the behavior, hear the sounds associated with it and feel any tactile sensations. In some cases, even the senses of taste and smell will be involved.”

That’s what a writer does! So as when I visualized my character, Home decorating magazine editor Doria Windsor, in a homeless camp, I pictured her surviving each of my own fears: the lack of hygiene, the stink, the cold, hunger, loss of dignity, etc.

And if she could do it, I could.

It also helped that I write romantic comedy. I had Doria—and my ever-unlucky sleuth Camilla—both find romance and a little wisdom as they face homelessness because of the Ponzi-scheming villain’s crimes.

Then I started giving the homeless people in Doria’s camp personalities and backstories. I researched by talking to a few of the homeless people who panhandle in front of some of my favorite stores in Morro Bay. One woman was remarkably plucky and full of humor.  She became the model for my character of Lucky. I decided not to make my homeless characters objects of pity, but strong-minded survivors who help solve the mystery of a homeless man’s murder.

In a way, they’re the real heroes of my story.

Not long after I started the book, I got an offer from the editor of a small press to publish my backlist. Then another offered to look at the new stuff.  Between September 2011 and December 2012, I published seven books. NO PLACE LIKE HOME is the most recent. It’s the fourth in my series of Camilla Randall rom-com mysteries.

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Things are looking up.

I’m not saying that I’m entirely over my bag lady fears. Some of us never will be. But I don’t have those nightmares anymore and the panic isn’t lurking there under the surface every time I lie down to sleep.

I’m giving away a copy of NO PLACE LIKE HOME, so leave your name in the comments (and an email address would help our admin a lot) and one of you will be chosen for a free book.

So tell me: Do you have bag lady fears? Have you ever had nightmares about being homeless? How do you cope with them?

About Anne:

Anne R. Allen is a former actress and stage director who lives on the Central Coast of California. She’s the author of six romantic-comedy mysteries. Her newest is NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

Until the end of February 2013, her previous Camilla Randall mystery, SHERWOOD, LTD is FREE on KOBO and Smashwords. It is also available in paperback from Amazon. It’s inspired by Anne’s own misadventures with her first publishers, an outlaw band of Englishmen following their own self-styled Robin Hood.

She has written a guidebook for authors with Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of the iconic novel Pay it Forward.) HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE…AND KEEP YOUR E-SANITY! She shares an award-winning blog with NYT bestselling author Ruth Harris at Anne R. Allen’s Blog…with Ruth Harris

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Wow, Anne! What a fabulous post! I write about Madoff-style Ponzi-scheming too in my Cozy Cash Mysteries, but I never thought about it from the homeless angle. Fascinating!

Thanks sooo much for sharing with us today, and for the Ebook Gift Copy and FREE Ebook too!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Julie Day on “How Teens’ Tragic Accidents Inspired Her YA Fantasy Series”

Cheers to you, RG2E Peeps!

Give a warm, RG2E Welcome to First-Timer Julie Day (from The UK), who’s sharing with us how tragic accidents have inspired her to create her YA Fantasy Series and perhaps prevent such accidents in the future.

Take it away, Julie…

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My teen/YA fantasy series ‘The Guardian Angels’ was inspired by articles I’ve read in newspapers or incidents I’ve seen where teenagers risk their lives doing dangerous stunts, and in some cases have died. I had the idea for a series of teenagers who died from doing this but had a chance to go back to Earth to prevent other teens from suffering the same fate.

Although my first story, ‘The Railway Angel,’ which is FREE on Amazon, was from my imagination, Books 2 and 3 aren’t.

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Book 2 ‘The Racing Angel’ came from an article I read about a teenage girl who died after her friend stole her mother’s car.

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When a car race goes terribly wrong and seventeen–year-old Danny Usborne crashes into a wall, he dies and becomes a lost angel.  He’s then sent back to Earth to prevent another teenager from doing a foolish act and ending up like him.  With persuasion and newly-found powers of transportation, Danny passes his test and becomes a trainee guardian angel.

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Book 3 ‘The Railracing Angels’ has a scene which was inspired by something I saw myself. One day I got off the bus from shopping and I heard laughter. Walking up the road, I turned round and saw 4-5 teenage boys holding onto the back of the bus, wearing roller skates. My first thought was, ‘How stupid can you get? Do you want to kill yourselves?’ I wrote the scene in the book as two teenage boys wanting to join a gang and one of them has to stick himself to a back of tram with suckers, the other has to race him in a car. They have to change over before a tram comes the other way.

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Danny and Lizzie are now ready for their pair test.  They have to stop two teenage boys from being killed by trams when one of them sticks to it with suckers wearing roller skates while the other races with it. With persuasion and transportation skills, Lizzie and Danny pass, but not before they face a new enemy who wants them to fail and get the teens killed. Back at the school, owner Jerry tells them that he thinks it is something called a ‘Black Angel’ that is trying to get the school to fail and they now need be on alert.

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Book 4 in the series, which has yet to be named, will probably be about a teenager who died after jumping from balcony to balcony. Something that I read about last year, that has become a craze. I’d welcome any suggestions for a title for that one.

~~~Julie

Connect with Julie here:

http://julieaday.blogspot.com/

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Thanks bunches for sharing with us today, Julie! I love that through your books you’re reaching out to teens to help prevent these types of accidents.

And thanks bunches for the FREE Ebook!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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