subota, 30. studenoga 2013.

2014 REVIEW PILE READING CHALLENGE


Hi there! I saw a lot of my blogger and Goodreads friends doing the challenge this year so I decided to join for 2014. I have a lot of books I want and need to read and I just havent gotten around to it yet. There are a few levels of the challenge and while I am aiming for Adept ( 40+ books), I will start with Grand Master (31-40 books). I plan on reading and reviewing books from my TBR list on Goodreads, the more the better.  The Review pile reading challenge is hosted by hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads! You can go and join the fun here. The challenge starts January 1st 2014 and I cant wait. Cheers!

srijeda, 27. studenoga 2013.

Blog Tour: The Cheesecake Queen by Miranda P. Koerner + GIVEAWAY


The Cheesecake Queen
by Miranda P. Koerner
Release Date: 11/21/13


 Summary:

Sugar Rule 1: Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake.


Sugar Rule 2: Men are as useful as burnt cookies.


After losing her reporting job to layoffs at the local paper, Caeleah Turner’s pity party at the airport is interrupted by a woman claiming to know the location of the world’s best cheesecake. Intrigued, Caeleah trades plane tickets with the woman and finds herself in Chestnut, Colorado, a tiny town hiding a woman known as the Cheesecake Queen. The Cheesecake Queen not only bakes the best cheesecakes in the country, but her cheesecake is known to cure everything from infertility to baldness—one woman even loses 100 pounds on it! There is a thick batter of secrets behind The Cheesecake Queen and her two sisters, who operate all the bakeries in town.
But as the mayor’s efforts to shut down the Sugar sisters before Christmas gear up, Caeleah finds herself wanting to sample his own treats.


There’s a bigger secret than love to Cinnamon’s cheesecakes. And Caeleah is determined to find out what it is.

My review

The Cheesecake queen is a perfect holiday read. A little bit of magic, falling in love and a lot of cupcakes, pies and cheesecakes made this into a book you would want to read on a Christmas day. I loved the characters who all had a crazy side but each and every one of them had a passion of their own and they fought for what they wanted. I loved Caeleah, who fought to find out the truth and found love on the way, Nathan though he was so blinded with the curse managed to see the promise of love, the Sugar sisters whose  treats bring happiness to the whole town. A truly magical story.



***GIVEAWAY***

3 ebook copies of The Cheesecake Queen (INT)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


About the Author

Miranda Koerner is a writer living in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two Chihuahuas. A former children’s magazine editor and reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the Express-News, Miranda has written for The Current, Taste, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Her YA novel The Butterfly Dress was published by Girl E books and is available through Amazon.com and Smashwords. She is anticipating her next novel, Blue Mermaid, with Turquoise Morning Press in April 2013.



***Author Links***

http://www.wordsnwhimsy.com/

https://twitter.com/BlondeDuckie

http://www.facebook.com/mirandapkoerner


Waiting on Wednesday (35)


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This is my choice for this week


The World Without a Future
by Nazarea Andrews

Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by A&A Literary


She was born the day the world ended…

Nurrin has lived her entire life with zombies—trapped behind walls meant to keep them safe. She’s mostly happy there. But when a zombie horde breach the walls of her Haven, she has to trust her brother, Collin, and his best friend to keep her alive. 

He just wants his past to die…

Finn O’Malley has given up on voicing warnings that are ignored. No one cares that the zombies are changing. Now all that matters is keeping Collin and Nurrin safe from what’s outside the walls of a Haven. But when Nurrin’s best friend picks up a contact infection, he agrees to get the medicine needed to save his life. Forced together, relying on each other in a strange Haven, zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing they’re facing.

In their world, only one thing remains true: everything ends in blood.

What are you waiting for this week?


nedjelja, 24. studenoga 2013.

In my mailbox (23)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren . This is what I got in the last week:

                                                                           WON


                                                 A welcome pack from Nazarea Andrews

                                                                    FOR REVIEW


Thanks to Strange chemistry, Lyla Payne and Magan Vernon

                                                                       BOUGHT


                                                 True blood omnibus 2 by Charlaine Harris
                                                                Feed by Mira Grant
                                                           Heartless by Gail Carriger


                                          Blood red road (Croatian translation) by Moira Young
                                             Tempest (Croatian translation) by Julie Cross
                                            Destined (Croatian translation) by Aprillyne Pike
                                          Pandemonium (Croatian translation) by Luren Oliver

So, what did you get this week? Leave me a link tou your blog. Cheers


petak, 22. studenoga 2013.

Drawn by Cecilia Gray Book Blitz + GIVEAWAY



Drawn by Cecilia Gray
Publication date: November 13th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Synopsis:

Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series….

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.


Purchase:

Grand prize giveaway
Prize (open internationally):
--50 $ Gift Card to book retailer of their choice

a Rafflecopter giveaway


EXCERPT 2: Meetings

After a lifetime in orphanages, research labs and assignment to the FBI, Sasha has been transferred overseas. She's alone and just off the plane…



Zaventem National Airport, Brussels, Belgium



I'm herded through a swinging door into a crowded pickup zone. Waiting families shuffle back and forth, vying for a glimpse of us past the barrier. Every searching gaze brushes over me, as dismissive as the disembodied female voice whispering from above.

Please report any suspicious activity to the nearest airport official.

S'il vous plaît signaler toute activité suspecte à la fonctionnaire le plus proche.

Meld verdachte activiteiten aan de politie.

First time out of the country. Don't know a soul. Working for the CIA, surrounded by all this foreignness—and not just the languages. What have I gotten myself into?

The surge of bodies at my back carries me toward the open lobby. Chelsea had said he would find me, but as I keep walking I'm struck with this vision of running outside to the street. Not stopping until I'm swallowed by the city. No job, no ties. I whip my head back and forth, hoping for something familiar, and I find it in the crowd of eager faces—my name, written in black marker on a piece of cardboard.

Holding the sign is Porter Jennings, fresh from Clark Kent's Smallville: salt-and-pepper hair, weathered skin, and a blue and white checkered shirt. He looks so normal that my relief at not being abandoned at the airport is tempered by a flare of disappointment. No James Bond tuxedo for this Company NOC.

At second glance, I concede he's clever. He's been assigned to Brussels for over a decade but hasn't shed his Midwestern vibe. A perfect anti-spy disguise. No one would pick him out of a lineup unless it was for a tractor driver. I'd packed and unpacked my pinstriped suits a half-dozen times before finally leaving them hanging in the closet. The decision that had at first felt petty now feels smart.

Porter spots me, folds the sign into halves, and shoves it in his back pocket. As I approach, he grabs my hand for a vigorous shake but never breaks stride, forcing me to keep up.

"Welcome aboard, Sasha."

"I'm glad to be here, sir." Simple. To the point. Pretty close to what I'd practiced on the plane.

"Quick, quick. I'm hoping we can make it home for dinner." He makes for the automatic glass doors, leaving me to break into a jog, canvas bag and all. What kind of spy cares about being home for dinner, I don't know. Maybe he's not very good at his job after all. Maybe that's why he needs a teen misfit to do his dirty work.


AUTHOR BIO:

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).

Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.

Website: http://www.ceciliagray.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ceciliagray
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5061397.Cecilia_Gray
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ceciliabooks



četvrtak, 21. studenoga 2013.

Blog tour: Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr + GIVEAWAY



Publication date: November 18th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

Hannah Sorrento never planned to be a band manager. She’s a princess. The toughest obstacle she’s had to face is finding shoes to match her outfit.

Then her father disappears and she’s left with only the money in her purse and a contract for the management of hot, indie rock band, STORM. She plans to sell the management company, one or another, then head back to law school with her designer wardrobe and wait for this whole mess to blow over.

But lead singer, Jack Colt, has other ideas and he’s messing with Hannah’s head. Not to mention her heart.

With the help of crazy rock chick, Angie, Hannah sets the band on their first steps to the big time and learns that poor people can have a  lot of fun.

But this isn’t some game she can escape from and soon her secrets get exposed.

He’s arrogant and infuriating but he’s the one that’s there for Hannah when her world comes crashing down. With secrets of his own, will Jack Colt save Hannah or destroy her?


Purchase: 


My review

I always enjoy a good story with rock stars and I enjoyed this one. I really didnt like Hannah from the start. She was a spoiled snob, looking down her nose at everyone but she changed through the book, through her friendship with Angie and helping Storm and when she had to live without all the money. She matured and toward the end I started liking her. Jack Colt is a bad boy and I almost always love those. He is cussing nonstop, has a bad past, loves sleeping around, a typical bad boy. There were a few surprises in this book, especially toward the ned and I hope there will be a sequel because this book ends with a cliffhanger.



You can find the rest of the blog tour schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2013/08/21/tour-sign-up-bad-boy-rock-star-by-candy-j-starr/).



Tour wide giveaway
Prize (open internationally): 
--$50 Amazon gift card

a Rafflecopter giveaway


AUTHOR BIO

Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.

Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.

But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.

Author Links:
Blog - http://candyjstarr.wordpress.com/
Twitter - @candyjstarr
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18218528-bad-boy-rock-star


srijeda, 20. studenoga 2013.

Waiting on Wednesday (34)


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This is my choice for this week

White hot kiss (The Dark elements #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: February 25th 2014




One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.





utorak, 19. studenoga 2013.

{Nerd Blast} Eternal Echoes by Angela Corbett + GIVEAWAY



Synopsis 

She thought she stopped the evil.

She thought she was safe.

Everything she thought was wrong.

Almost four months have passed since Evie Starling learned she was a Tracker and helped defeat a Daevos Clan that was taking others like her—but that wasn’t the end of the abductions. As an unknown evil emerges, Evie vows to help solve the mystery of the missing Trackers, regardless of the risk.

With new powers she doesn’t understand and can’t control, she turns to Alex and Emil, her two soul mates, for help. But her feelings for them both are tearing her apart. She knows she has to decide between them; however, her memories are only making that choice more difficult.

As the world around her is thrown into chaos, Evie is confronted with what could be a destiny-altering truth. Will she accept her history, her memories, and her role in this life, or choose to ignore the echoes of her past?



Book Link:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17450280-eternal-echoes

  Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Angela Corbett graduated from Westminster College with a double major in communication and sociology. She started working as a reporter for her local newspaper when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and editorial writing. She has also done freelance writing. In addition to writing, she works as a director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and listening to U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

Angela writes under two names. Young Adult and New Adult titles are written as Angela Corbett. Adult titles are written as Destiny Ford.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngCorbett
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emblem-of-Eternity-Trilogy/137437460866
Website: http://www.angelacorbett.com/index.html


ponedjeljak, 18. studenoga 2013.

Blog tour: Just a step away by Flora Roberts



Genre: Erotica/ Romantic Comedy

Expected Release Date: November 20th 2013


GOODREADS BOOK LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18405653-just-a-step-away



 Synopsis: 


Lanie Wagner has it all—from her great apartment in the heart of Los Angeles, to her amazing career as the city’s most sought after wedding planner. Yes, ladies and gents, Lanie is riding high on life.
But there's just one problem. When her cousin called her and asked Lanie to plan her wedding, she knew it was going to be a disaster. She hasn’t been back home in over five years, and her family is out of control crazy. All of them.
With her cousin's wedding looming, Lanie has to make a pivotal decision. She needs to find a date; a boyfriend to be exact. She needs to find some poor bastard willing to pretend to be madly in love with her for an entire week.
The only downside is Lanie is convinced that no one is pathetic enough to take her up on her offer.
Lucas Sparks, aka Sparky, is the epitome of every woman's wet dream. And he knows it. Born into a family of wealth and privilege, Lucas has never wanted for anything. Well, that was until he was given the opportunity to share an apartment with Lanie, the one woman that has never fallen at his feet and begged for all that he could give her.
The same woman that acts like he doesn't exist.
Even all the money in the world wouldn't be enough to make his humble roommate fall in love with him. When he is given the chance to spend a weekend away in the country with a woman he fantasizes about on a daily basis, he’s determined to do whatever is necessary to go along for the ride, even if it means pretending to be her man.
But playing pretend can be a dangerous game, and considering the circumstances, Lanie and Lucas just might have signed up for more than they bargained for.


EXCERPT

Before my hand landed on the doorknob, I was pulled back by Lucas’ grip on my arm. The song had changed, and my breath hitched when he pulled me towards him, close to his bare chest. The song was deep and penetrating. I closed my eyes and let the beat of the music drill into every pore in my body. The singer’s voice was low and lust ridden, singing about being closer and how the woman he loved took his heart and his soul. That and the way Lucas held onto me sent a jolt of undeniable electricity zinging down my spine.

Lucas held me tighter to him and we moved slowly and deliberately around the narrow hallway. I could feel his breath on my neck as he dipped his head even further to rest it in the crook near my ear.

As the song continued, it felt as something shifted between us. I tried to shake the idea from my mind and just allow myself to feel and move. I felt Lucas’ hands slide down my back until they reached my hips. A visceral shudder racked through my body, and I wanted to feel more. More of this.

We moved, swaying from side to side, and for a moment I let myself forget about my problems and who I was actually with. I just let my body feel.

“Lanie.”

“Don’t,” I whispered. “Don’t say anything, please.”

With that Lucas pulled me completely flush against his bare chest and I could feel his heart racing a mile a minute. It wasn’t as though I had never thought about him as more than a friend, my best friend, but I knew it would never work.

Every ounce of stress lifted from my body. I knew that I was probably giving out the wrong signals, but I didn’t care. All of it felt so damn good. He felt so damn good. And for once the man holding onto me didn’t care about how my body looked or where I came from. He just held on.

My hands had been resting on Lucas’ shoulders and when he pulled my hips into him, my fingers slithered around his neck until they reached the little hairs at the nape of his neck. He dragged in a ragged breath. A throaty growl bubbled up in his chest and I instantly felt a tightening deep in my belly.

I felt the warmth of his breath on my neck as he whispered, “Lanie”, moving impossibly closer to me. “I...”

I didn’t respond. I just kept moving to the beat of the music. I wanted to feel. I sucked in a breath when Lucas pressed himself against my belly. And that’s when I felt it. He was hard.

Something in the pit of my belly stirred, and when I opened my eyes and looked up at his face, Lucas’ brows were furrowed, almost as if he was scowling, parting his lips slightly. His eyes were wild, searching my face. I quickly pulled my hands away and bolted through my bedroom door, pressing my back up against the wood.

Why did everything seem even more fucked up?  All we did was dance. Why the hell would he get a woody just by dancing with me? It’s not like I’m one of those beautiful blonde, big boobed women he dates. Hell, those women don’t even have an ounce of fat on them! What the hell, Sparky? Maybe he needed to get laid. That had to be it. My vagina, his penis, so, so close. Oh, God!

I changed into my running gear. It was high time for that run.


 Author Bio

Flora Roberts is an adult romance author with an affinity for writing about characters that are utterly insane and wonderfully sexy.
Living on a ranch with her three kids in sunny California, Flora thrives on the peace and quiet of her surroundings.
The first time the writing bug bit her in the butt was when she discovered the world of fanfiction. From then on pulling her away from her laptop was like pulling teeth out of an elephant.
Flora’s online stories have been read from around the world and have been reviewed as laugh-out-loud funny.
If she isn’t on her laptop writing about swoon worthy characters that make you spit your coffee out and laugh your ass off, you can more than likely find Flora spending time with her kids, reading books by her favorite authors, or sitting outside in the dark for no apparent reason.



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nedjelja, 17. studenoga 2013.

In my mailbox (22)




In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren . This is what I got in the last week:

                                            WON


Signed audibooks Sealed with a curse and A cusred embrace by Cecy Robson won from Tantor Audio
Sam Cruzs infallible guide to getting girls by Tellulah Darling won at Tellulah Darling blog 

FOR REVIEW


Which books did you get this week? Leave me a link to your blog in the comments.. Cheers!


petak, 15. studenoga 2013.

SISTERS IN WHITE by Melissa Foster Book Blast + GIVEAWAY




Danica and Kaylie Snow are about to celebrate the biggest day of their lives—their double wedding—on an island in the Bahamas. But no wedding is complete without a little family drama. The two sisters aren’t ready to face the father they haven’t seen since he divorced their mother and moved away to marry his mistress, and live with Lacy, the half sister they’ve never met.

While Danica has exchanged letters and phone calls with Lacy, Kaylie has fervently tried to pretend she doesn’t exist. Lacy is sweet, fun, and nearly a mirror image of Kaylie. To make matters worse, not only is Lacy looking forward to meeting her sisters, but she idolizes them, too. As the countdown to the wedding date ticks on, their parents are playing a devious game of revenge, and there’s a storm brewing over the island, threatening to cancel their perfect wedding. The sisters are about to find out if the bond of sisterhood really trumps all.




Book Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18242157-sisters-in-white?from_search=true
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-White-Love-Bloom-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B00FQYJPXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384264223&sr=8-1&keywords=sisters+in+white
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sisters-in-white-melissa-foster/1117118587?ean=2940148419204



a Rafflecopter giveaway


Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Join Melissa and the YaYa Writer Girls at their annual in-person event. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor
Website: http://www.melissafoster.com/



srijeda, 13. studenoga 2013.

Waiting on Wednesday (33)



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This is my choice for this week:

The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12)
by Kim Harrison

Expected publication : February 25th 2014


Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.



utorak, 12. studenoga 2013.

Tempt the Stars (Cassie Palmer #6) By Karen Chance + GIVEAWAY



Summary:

Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.

Yeah, that part sucks.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?


My review

Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres and Cassie Palmer series is one of the best there is. At the end of the 5th book, I cried like a baby so it was great to see Cassie trying to find a way to fix things in Tempt the stars. I liked seeing the journey and her bickering with Casanova was really funny. Of course, there is a lot of chaos all around, because apparently that is just Cassie's style. We get to see what hell looks like, we get a little intel into Cassie's powers and her parents but I didnt like there was so little of Mircea. I am team Pritkin but Mircea is such a fascinating character so I wish we will see more of him in Reap the wind. I was againn heartbroken at the end of this book and I hope that Cassie succeds with her mission that we will see in the next book.


GIVEAWAY

I have 3 little swag packs to give away. International. Just leave a comment with your email address and an aswer to this question. Are you a fan of Cassie Palmer series? If yes, the why and if you havent read it yet tell me what about the series interests you.
You have until November 25th.