VA Dold’s newest release Stefan book tour and excerpt


El is a beautiful, successful, plus sized woman suffering from a debilitating humiliation that has left her hating all handsome, wealthy men exactly like Stefan Le Beau. Unfortunately for Le Beau, she’s known him since she was sixteen and was totally snubbed by him. To her, he’s a hound dog and a man-whore.
Stefan is a playboy to the extreme with one hard and fast rule: date a woman only once, take her to bed, and be gone before morning.
Until El. Stefan’s dream of finding his mate comes true when he bids two hundred thousand dollars to win a date with El at Simon’s charity ball. Money well spent in his opinion. Now, if she would only talk to him. Or look at him. Or touch him, or…like him.
Can Stefan convince El he’s a reformed man? Can El learn to trust a man who is the epitome of what she avoids and could shatter her heart?
It will require drastic, strategic measures from the entire family to make this mating happen.

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BIO: V.A.Dold is the bestselling author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con’s (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.  Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course. A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling. Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.
Stefan: Le Beau Brothers: New Orleans Billionaire Wolf Shifters with plus sized BBW for mates (Le Beau Series Book 3)



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And now the excerpt!

Fortyfive minutes later, the auction was finally over. She could finally go home. Her feet were swollen and something was doing a tap dance on the inside of her skull. The Tylenol she had taken fifteen minutes ago hadn’t kicked in yet.

She considered her options as she rubbed the edge of her sole, should I chance taking these shoes off? Crap, I might not get them back on. Then what? Go bare foot in this gown?

That wouldn’t be embarrassing, not at all.

El stood and limped to the door leading to the ballroom. She groaned as she looked at the crowd she would have to walk through to get to her truck.

This was going to be two hundred thousand times worse than a walk of shame.

She giggled at her bad joke. Yeah, she was losing it.

What’s so funny?”

The deep timber of his drawl had no business sending her pulse racing. She waited for a panic attack to kick in, but her body remained calm.

Nothing.” She squared off with Stefan. “Were you dropped on your head as a child?”

The smell of fresh leather surrounded her. She took a deep breath wondering once again where it was coming from.

He frowned. “No.”

She cocked her head and arched a brow at him.

Is there a history of insanity in your family?”

No.” He scowled. “What are you getting at?”

No one in his right mind would bid two hundred thousand dollars. That leaves one conclusion, you’re insane.”

Oh, I’m insane all right. Insane for you.”

Right. Go fishing with those lines somewhere else, this woman isn’t biting.”

Oh, cher,” he laid his hand across his heart, “you wound me.”

Shut up, Le Beau.” She tried to push past him but he didn’t budge. “Please move out of the way.”

From the ballroom, the band began to play a romantic waltz. Her father’s favorite songthe one he always insisted she dance with him to. How odd.

He presented his hand to her. “I do believe they’re playing our song.”

She looked at his hand suspiciously. “What are you doing now?”

I’m asking the single woman I won at the auction to dance. That is my right as the winner.” He grinned.

She stepped back and crossed her arms. “You’re kidding, right?”

I’ve never been more serious, I assure you. Now, may I have this dance?” His hand remained extended as he waited for her response.

She eyed the hand like it might bite. “Fine. I suppose I have to.”

Stefan led her to the dance floor and took her into his arms. She was perfect. His wolf howled in triumph. Now if he could only get her to actually like him.

Wedding Gift Ideas for the Couple That Has Everything


Wedding Gift Ideas for the Couple That Has Everything

So, you were invited to a wedding for the couple that has everything and you have absolutely no idea what to buy them. Well, you can stick to the registry and get them the same old things that everyone else is getting them or you can think outside the box and give them a gift that is as unique as they are. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few great wedding gift ideas for the couple that has everything.

They may already have a lovely home and everything they need to go in it but it doesn’t clean itself. You can arrange for a cleaning service to come in every other week for a couple of months. They will love not having to do the cleaning for the first couple of months of their marriage and they will think of you every time they sit back and relax in their spotless home. This gift is especially great for a couple with very busy schedules.

Subscription boxes are all the rage and it’s no wonder why. You can find a monthly subscription box for almost anything your heart desires. You can choose something traditional such as a fruit of the month type subscription or something more customized to their tastes. Candy, wine, beer, gourmet meals, juicing boxes, there is something for everyone. Decide which one you think they would enjoy and get them a year’s subscription. They will look forward to it every single month.

This next one will require some investigation on your part if you want to keep it a surprise. Find out where the couple is going on their honeymoon. Get as many details as possible about the destination and where they will be staying. Now, get online and research the area. Book a special event for them while on their honeymoon. It could be a fancy dinner in a local restaurant, a wine tasting at a vineyard, a romantic spa day or a special show. This gift takes some time and thought to put together but they will love it and enjoy it so much more than a toaster!

If you still can’t find the perfect wedding gift, go beyond giving them something material. Make a donation in their name to a charity they support or even name a star after them! Get creative, make it personal and I promise you will come up with a great wedding gift for the couple that has everything!

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Kenmore Elite Digital Covection Oven Giveaway 12/20 US


This sounds like it would be a dream to cook in during the summer. I hate to bake meals in the summer so that it then heats up my already hot house. this may be my answer to next summers heatwave. I’d love to have one myself just for that reason.  It looks like a great appliance to add.

Convenience with the Kenmore Elite Digital Countertop Convection Oven

The Kenmore Elite Digital Countertop Convection Oven is definitely one of your more affordable options in the market.

With the versatility and performance of a full-size oven, this Kenmore Elite digital countertop convection oven offers a more convenient way to cook. Large enough to accommodate a 12-inch pizza, this toaster oven features six cooking functions and an LED display for easy digital use. Three wire racks and a pan help you get crafty in the kitchen, while the 1800-watt quartz heating technology makes short work of baking, toasting and reheating. Finished with a brushed stainless steel exterior, this toaster oven enhances your kitchen’s decor. 

It took less than 4 minutes to heat up and an additional 15 minutes at 300  degrees Fahrenheit to cook to the extent the kids like it.Kenmore Elite  Digital Countertop Convection Oven (48)

With this oven you can bake, broil, toast or warm your dish of choice. Temperature and cook times are pre-set for certain functions but you can change the same based on requirement.

I love that the oven heats up quicker than my large sized oven and being convection, continues to give me the same results as the larger one. I do have to make sure I reduce bake times for some recipes as I’ve noticed my cookies brown quicker, my kebabs get cooked sooner and cheese on my pre-cooked naan pizzas melts faster.

I would recommend also being careful not to touch the sides of the oven as it tends to get quite hot when baking/broiling/toasting and warming.

I know I will be using this so much more during warmer months here in Texas. Thankfully it graces my countertop beautifully with its sleek stainless steel housing, LED displays and chrome casing. And it doesn’t take up too much counter space next to my cookbooks.

Do you think you could use a Kenmore Elite Digital Countertop Convection Oven in your kitchen?

Unsure of what you could make in it? Take a look at Kenmore’s Cookmore site for tons of recipe inspiration. Or if you have some great recipes, you can share the same there too.

My favorite feature on the Cookmore site?…

Being able to create and print out my very own custom recipe book. Neat, right?

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Snowmen Tree Classics Giveaway 12/15 US/CA #SnowmanDuet

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I have so many snowmen in my house it’s almost embarrassing! I love them so. We decorate our tree with them. One lays at my front door to prevent drafts. They’re so versatile and cute. They also make the holiday last all winter. Why not enter here to win you some too?

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Tableware fun giveaway by Jay Companies 12/22 US



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The holidays are upon us. When we think about the parties that we will have, we want to have great items around. Jay Companies is the place to get some great items for your entertaining. They have a wide range of items from dinnerware, to bar ware, to home decor and everything you would need to have a party with. Weather you are entertaining 5 people or 50 people you can expect great things from them.

For over 50 years The Jay Companies has specialized in fine and casual dinnerware, crystal stemware and giftware, table charger plates and decorative accessories. Quality and fashion have been the hallmark of the Jay brand for over half a century.

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A Date to Die For excerpt and book tour


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Date to Die for: Series

#1 When dating ends in deaths and threats, Molly might be better off staying single. During one of Molly’s weekly meet-ups with her girls at their regular bar, Molly succumbs to the duress of her two best friends and begins the aggressive dating they sign her up for online where the pairings are questionable… and dangerous. They’ve entered her in an evening of speed dating. But at the end of the evening she finds an item from her past that raises questions, grief… and danger.

When the number of deaths surpass Molly’s goodnight kisses, her past pushes into the present and Molly loses much more than she gains. A stalker has focused on Molly and refuses to let anyone else date her. But she refuses to be single for the rest of her life.

Is Molly doomed to a life of singledom wrapped in fear – or will the stalker turn on her


#2, Oh No, He Didn’t!

Molly is ready to meet up with her first date – Crisco Ethan. But first she has to survive threats at work and fear at home. Will Brad-the-bartender make a move or flirt from afar? The stalker is closing in and Molly has a terrible feeling she won’t stay untouched for long. Can she lean on Brad or is her heart pushing her toward danger?


#3 Dinner for Two

Getting ready to message her next date, Molly comes across an email from the stalker that might tear her apart. The aftereffects swallow her sanity and she struggles to stay in the everyday while battling the knowledge that he can find her anywhere. Nowhere is safe.

Is Brad as involved as circumstances suggest? Or is a man out there that wants nothing more than to keep her all to himself – dead or alive?


#4 Don’t Look Back!

At work, a special delivery slams home the seriousness of the situation. How many more lives will be affected by the man’s obsession with Molly? Molly’s stalker attacks close to home.

Can she find safety? Can anyone?


#5 Dirty Twist

The stakes are high and Molly has learned how desperate her stalker has made her. Tormented with more kidnappings and deaths, Molly searches for answers in all the wrong places. Will she find what she’s looking for? Or will her fear continue to paralyze her, leaving her open for the ultimate end?

#6 Check Mate

What precautions can a single girl take to protect herself from a sociopath? Why, move in with the crush and bring his ass in to play the game, of course. Even with all the bravado, Molly still learns she has a lot more to lose. Can she come back from the turmoil? Or is she doomed to misery for the rest of her short life?

#7 Last Chance

In a desperate attempt to save someone she cares about, Molly faces her would-be killer.

But who it is devastates her. If the killer has their way, Molly will die at their side.

Can Molly escape or will she finally be on a Date to Die for?

Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every Bonnieromance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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This book looks really fun. I want to have time to read it now! Check out the excerpt below.



“You’re going to prove it.” His voice moved, but not closer to the camera. Hands again in the shot appeared to pick her up and throw her in the direction of the bed. She stumbled, falling against the footboard. A large, bulky but not fat, figure came into view – just the back – and he grunted as he picked her up and threw her on the mattress. Squeaks from the springs lent a horrific rhythm to the moment.
As if with a mind of its own, my hand reached for Tricia, spreading fingers over the lower portion of the screen. I wanted to touch her, but I couldn’t bear to cover her, not see her. Even in pain.
And suddenly the video stopped. White text on black background replaced the action of my sister being assaulted by a man on a bed in some room I’d hopefully never visit.
The text simply stated: I want you, Molly.
Claudia reached around my frozen form. I couldn’t move if I wanted to. I really wanted to go back to the point when I’d recognized Tricia sitting there. Pause it. Stare at her. The last few minutes of her life had been emailed to me by someone who wished to stay anonymous. Claudia used the mouse and clicked on rewind. But a red bouncing ball scratched across the window and everywhere it rolled it covered in black until the screen had been eaten by a big black hole.

Favors and Lies Book Review

I’ve been a romance reader forever.  But here lately they’re not doing it for me. I can’t finish a single romance I start. They’re boring me to tears. There’s nothing boring about Favors and Lies. It’s action packed from the first chapter. This one kept me guessing. Mark Gilleo’s character Dan is someone I want to be an acquaintance of but maybe not be a close friend of. His line of work makes me nervous.  But his line of work makes for a very interesting read. Read more to find out what happens in Favors and Lies. Just to let you know you are on the edge of your seat never knowing when this ride will end or how it will turn out. A puzzle I wasn’t able to solve until the end. I hate it when you see the ending coming from a mile away! . Make sure you check out Favors and Lies and grab a copy for your e-reader! Here’s more info about the book, author and an excerpt!


Dan Lord is a forty-year-old private detective with a law degree working the blurred line between right and wrong in the Nation’s Capital. As a self-employed solutions broker and legal consultant, he works for a very select clientele. He doesn’t advertise and only takes cases on referral. But when two people close to him are murdered, Dan’s work becomes very personal.

With the assistance of a newly hired female intern, extracting clues from a ladder of acquaintances, Dan bounds through both the underbelly and elite of society, each step bringing more questions and yet ultimately taking him closer to the answer he seeks. A bail bondsman, a recluse hacker, a court clerk, a university student, an old-school barber, a high-class madam, an intelligence officer, a medical doctor, and a police detective are among the list of people Dan must cajole for help. His quest will lead him to discover things he never wanted to know, and put him in the position to reveal things that important people would prefer remain unrevealed.

Tense, ingenious, and filled with the unforgettable characters, Favors and Lies is Mark Gilleo’s most thrilling novel yet.

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The cab pulled to the curb on one of the city’s myriad one-way streets and Dan spoke through the holes drilled in the security glass. “What’s the damage?”

“Nineteen even.”

Dan stepped from the back of the cab and slipped a twenty through the front passenger window. “Keep the change.”

“Thanks, big spender,” the burly driver replied, shoving the cash into the front pocket of his sweaty shirt.

Dan bent at the waist, his manila folder in hand, and peered into the open window. The glare from Dan’s light-blue eyes melted the driver’s bravado, bringing long-sought momentary silence to the interior of the car. The cabbie muttered something unintelligible and the car pulled away from the curb into evening rush-hour traffic.

Dan straightened his dark blue suit and his red tie before heading down H Street. The business side of the White House sat just beyond Lafayette Square to his left. As a white male in a suit, within spitting distance of the White House, Dan was perfectly camouflaged. Despite the changing face of American society and the dual terms of President Obama, those making the rules remained largely as it always had been – lily white. An hour watching C-Span was the only proof needed.

Dan walked deliberately to the corner of H and 16th streets and silently mingled with a half-dozen likeminded suits waiting for the light. The pedestrian signal changed from an illuminated red hand to the depiction of a person walking. The crowd moved. Dan took three steps toward the street and then froze at the edge of the curb. He scanned his environment for a mirror reaction from anyone in the vicinity. Sometimes the best way to see if you are being followed is to stop. It was a standard counter-surveillance move, likely perfected a hundred thousand years ago by an animal on the Serengeti trying to avoid becoming dinner.

The sidewalk around Dan emptied as the pedestrian signal on the far side of the street began to count down. Dan swiveled his head slowly, finishing with a glance over each shoulder. No one, he thought. At least no one on foot. Walking against traffic on a one-way street mitigated most of the possibilities of being trailed by car.

He waited until the countdown on the pedestrian signal reached five and then crossed the street illegally in the opposite direction, dissecting a group of lawyers and think-tankers on their way to a local watering hole to finish their briefs and pontifications for the evening.

On the far side of the street Dan turned right and headed back in the direction from which he came. Once again he checked for surveillance. Nothing.

Near the end of the block, with a taxi queue ten yards ahead, Dan checked his watch with a casual glance and turned left down an alley without looking back.

He passed several dumpsters and looked up at the darkening sky framed by the buildings on both sides of the alley. A light scent of urine wafted through the air. Under a fire escape near the corner of the building Dan turned again. He followed a staircase downward, his hand running along a worn metal handrail, his shoes trampling cracked concrete steps. Three stories above the urban crevasse, room rates started at eight hundred a night.

Dan forced himself to relax. Feeling out of place was the single greatest contributor for being spotted in an area where one had no earthly business. But with the appropriate behavior and movement, a man in a suit in an alley was no more out of place than a man in overalls in the lobby of an office building. Properly portrayed, every appearance could be overlooked.

Dan reached the bottom of the stairs and admired the collection of discarded cigarette butts thrown half-heartedly at an empty coffee can resting just outside the door. He took one more calming breath and pushed through an unlocked metal door that read “Exit Only” in neat white print.

Unlocked doors were goldmines. Half the buildings in the Nation’s Capital were circumventing million-dollar security systems with propped open doors. A brick here. A doorstop there. If you knew where to look, an employee with a smoking habit could be better than a week of surveillance. Not to mention cheaper and less risky than paying off a doorman.

Inside the building, Dan entered an elbow-room-only foyer facing another door. He watched the light under the closed door and waited for the telltale movement of people on the other side to subside. When the timing was right and the movement ceased, he pulled the knob.

An attractive blonde in an off-the-shoulder red dress took a breath of surprise. Dan muted his response and without pausing pointed towards the men’s room with his chin. “Wrong door.”

The lady in red smiled and Dan followed through on his impromptu ruse and entered the restroom.

“Shit,” Dan whispered, looking into the mirror over a granite sink with gold fixtures. He had rules. One adjustment in the plan was standard. Two put him on notice. Three unforeseen adjustments to a plan and he aborted – immediately and without exception. There was little he could do about the woman in the hall so he pushed it aside. That’s one, he thought. A little early for an adjustment.

The lower level back door at the Hay Adams Hotel was a direct line into the living room of the elite. Off the Record – the appropriately named bar in the basement of the Hay Adams Hotel – boasted a history as long as its client list. It was where the rich blew off steam. People with faces too famous to enjoy a quiet drink in Georgetown or along Connecticut Avenue. Faces from the morning paper and evening news. Off the Record embraced customers who didn’t mind overpaying for drinks or the forty bucks it cost to valet their cars. Money was rapidly becoming the last legal barrier for keeping out the riffraff.

The Hay Adams Hotel, and its subterranean watering hole, was public. Dan could have chosen to walk through the lobby. He could have nodded at the bellhop and doorman as he strolled in unquestioned and unmolested. He could have slowly crossed the ornate wood-paneled entrance and past the polite scrutiny of the front desk as he made his way to the stairs. But why announce your arrival when you didn’t have to? Especially so close to payday.

In the mirror in the bathroom, Dan checked his watch, his hair, his face, his glasses, his teeth, his fingers. He peeked inside his manila folder. He exited the room and walked through the lone swinging door into the bar. He located his target before his first foot hit the deep burgundy carpet. He completed his room assessment by the time his second foot landed. Nine men and four women, he calculated, parsing his headcount before anyone noticed he was in the room. Five men at the bar, two of them seated together, most likely coworkers. Two women alone at a table on the far side of the room in similar black dresses. Waiting for dates, he thought. A table of three huddled in the opposite corner, far enough away to be out of most contingency scenarios. Dan added two more to the headcount for the bartender and waitress, and one more for the lady in red who was now in the bathroom.

Dan stepped from the dark corner near the bathroom and approached a man in his early fifties sitting alone at a table, his hand caressing a glass of Maker’s Mark.

“Judge McMichael,” Dan said, sitting quickly without invitation.

The judge tried not to look surprised but the corner of his eyes betrayed him as they danced towards the entrance of the bar.

“The back door?” the judge asked.

“Bathroom window,” Dan replied straight-faced.

“Am I at the correct table?”

“Yes. Thank you for following instructions.”

Dan didn’t take his eyes off the judge. The judge looked older than his pictures in the press. More stately. Fifty and fit with large hands and sharp eyes. The lighting at the table was romantic – enough light to see the judge, but dark enough to erase cosmetic imperfections from across the table. Perfect call-girl ambiance.

The judge stared back across the table at a short grey mop of curls and wild blue eyes dancing behind thick black-framed glasses. The judge’s eyes dropped to Dan’s hands and the manila folder on the table. Dan noticed the judge’s attention and he covered one hand with the other, both on top of the folder.

“Why don’t we both agree to keep our hands on the table,” Dan suggested before getting to work. “See the two guys at the far end of the bar?”

The judge turned his head slightly.

“They are with me.”

The judge nodded.

“I will make this short and sweet. Your wife has divorce papers for you to sign. She also has an agreement regarding alimony and the custody of your stepson and stepdaughter. She says you have been refusing to sign these documents and have threatened her and her children.”

“Do you know who I am?”

“Yes. Judge Terrance J. McMichael. Born in Naperville, Illinois. Educated at Princeton. Law School at Dartmouth. Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit… also known as the D.C. Circuit. Wife is named Cindy. Stepdaughter is Caroline. Stepson is Craig.”

“And you are?”

“Someone willing to ruin your life. Your wife hired me to make a request on her behalf. You are a highly intelligent man so I’m going to assume you heard my request the first time and that I don’t need to repeat myself.” Dan paused for effect. “You are going to sign the papers.”

“Do you have any idea what I can do to you?”

Dan slid the manila folder into the middle of the table and opened it. The first photograph showed the judge’s wife with raccoon eyes, her nose broken, swollen to…

About the author:

mark gilleoMark Gilleo is the author of three award-winning novels.  His books have won both the National Indie Excellence Award and the Readers’ Favorite Award.   His two most recent novels were finalists in the 2014 International Book Awards.  His latest novel, Favors and Lies, was named Runner-Up for fiction in both the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival and the 2014 New York Book Festival.  Mark has a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University.  He enjoys traveling, hiking and biking.  He speaks Japanese.  A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the DC area.  Follow the author on Twitter  | Goodreads

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5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Stamp Collecting

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Stamp Collecting

Are you interested in stamp collecting? Whether you already have a collection of 19th century stamps or you’re getting ready to make your very first purchase, these facts will contribute to your stamp knowledge.

1. There are approximately 20 million stamp collectors in the U.S., with millions more across the world.

2. Some people think that stamp collecting is a type of investment, but for more collectors, it’s simply a hobby. Many people believe that the value of stamps is too flexible to be considered an investment.

3. “Philately” is the study of postage stamps, but not the hobby of collecting stamps. Not all philatelists are stamp collectors. However, many collectors are philatelists.

4. The postage stamps that cost a lot of money are the ones with errors or those that were produced in small amounts. Otherwise, stamp collecting is a relatively affordable hobby.

5. The Penny Black was the first postage stamp to ever be produced. It shows a portrait of Queen Victoria and was issued in 1840 in Britain. So many of these stamps were made that you can still find many for sale, most of which cost around $100 (unused ones are valued higher).

Don’t be dissuaded from the hobby just because you don’t have a lot of spending money. Stamp collecting is so popular because of its affordability. Start with stamps that were produced in large quantities, which tend to cost the least.

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