You've found the home on the net for romance writer, LaVerne Clark. Thanks for visiting! :)

I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

Make yourself your drink of choice, stay a while and feel free to leave comments. I love to meet new friends.

Heartpounding suspense and fantasy Downunder

Thursday, February 28, 2013

All Over the Place - Serena Clarke

I'm super excited to introduce another wonderful New Zealand author to you today and honoured to be included on her blog tour for her shiny and spanking-new debut book, All Over the Place. Please welcome Serena Clarke as she shares a glimpse of what makes her tick! 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’ll happily admit to being a wide-eyed optimist and (according to my biography, so it must be true) a believer in magic, possibility and second chances. A mother of boys, baker of chocolate slice, and occasional freelance writer, editor and proofreader. A lover of snappy dialogue, triumph over adversity and happy endings. Like lots of New Zealanders, a keen traveller. And, like all writers, a burner of candles at both ends!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s an interesting question! You could say a ‘writer’ is anyone who writes. It doesn’t depend on being published – as long as you’re putting pen to paper/fingers to keyboard, in a creative process, you’re a writer. One thing I’ve noticed is how supremely single-minded a lot of writers are. It definitely takes a certain strange kind of obsession! This picture has been doing the rounds lately – I think it sums it up nicely! 

Hehehe - that is does! Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
It was a looming birthday. I won’t say which one – a lady never reveals her age, of course. But it was a big enough roundy number that it got me thinking – when exactly was I going to to write this book?!

I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
Mine is very unglamorous! Because of the time difference between NZ and the USA, by the time we get out of bed the Americans have been working away for hours. When I started submitting to the States, I’d wake up every morning and immediately grab my laptop, with crinkled pyjamas, hair on end and smudgy morning face. So that was how I looked when I opened the fateful email!

Oh! Not only do we have the same last name (although yours is more exotic with the extra 'e', but we mirror each other in the 'after submission syndrome' :) What drew you to write your chosen genre?
It chose me! I had a good idea of the plot for All Over the Place, but I didn’t know quite how it would ‘sound’ until I started writing. It turned out to be a contemporary story with a chick lit feel – the kind of book I like to read myself. It’s as much about Livi figuring her life out, as about the romance – but there is a gorgeously happy ending!

 I can't wait to get my copy - it sounds great! And I adore your cover. I bet you're thrilled with it! What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Finding time to do it at all! Usually once I’m underway, I’m okay. If things aren’t flowing, I’ve learned to skip to another scene and work on that, then go back to the tricky part. And dialogue often saves me – I let the characters talk amongst themselves, and madly take notes, then go from there!

Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
Yes, lots of things! It seems like a kind of synchronicity goes on in the universe. I’m constantly finding something in the newspaper, or seeing something on TV, and saying to my husband, “That’s in my book!” It just goes to show that ideas are out there for the taking.

Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
All Over the Place is my first book, so it’s my baby. But there is a sibling on the way, and I have to say I’m getting very fond of it…

What are you working on right now?
The sibling! It has the same feeling as All Over the Place – a story with adventure, friendship and true love. And a happy ending! London, California, matchmaking, bees, Iggy Pop, loss and acceptance, secrets and sandcastles. A hostage drama, flash mobs, people power in a hyper-connected world, true love, and the trials and joys of sisterhood. Hopefully it’s not far away now…

That sounds fabulous! I'm intrigued by the mention of flash mobs...What fun! Latest news?
I’m on tour! At my website you can see where I’ve been and what’s coming up to celebrate the release of All Over the Place. I’m having a great time visiting with writers and bloggers all over the world – yes, all over the place! And you should see some of the questions they’ve asked!

Where can we find you and your books?
At all these places – and I’d love to hear from you!

Find Serena here

Buy All Over the Place here

About All Over the Place
Contemporary romantic fiction with a chick lit feel – available now!

Livi Callaway has fled back to London after a reality TV disaster in New Zealand. Safely anonymous in the big city, she’s determined to stay under the radar from now on. But her attempts to build a new life are complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and temptations lie in wait.

Late one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy American on the Underground – and the events that follow take her from Pooh Bear to the golden lights of Paris, via a trail of rock stars dead and alive. A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian and a childhood friend (who might yet be more than that) have her all over the place as she tries to discover the American’s secret – while keeping her own.

With help – and occasional hindrance – from her friends, what she eventually finds is something unexpected...sometimes, running away can lead you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

About Serena Clarke
Serena grew up in a family of itchy-footed readers and dreamers – not concentrating, reading the atlas and Narnia books, and planning to escape somewhere magical as soon as she could. When she was 16, she went from New Zealand to live in Sweden for a year. It was the beginning of many travels and adventures – and quite a few disasters! She didn’t know it at the time, but eventually she’d be grateful for all the downs as well as the ups. As writers say in the face of adversity: “I can use that.” She’s now living back in New Zealand, where she writes stories reflecting her determined belief in magic, possibility and second chances – and happy endings!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Debut Author, Niecey Roy

Today, I'm interviewing debut author, Niecey Roy. I love books that make me feel a wide range of emotions, and Fender Bender Blues promises to be all that and more. Check out the excerpt at the end of the interview!
In the meantime, come and learn a bit more about this talented up-and-coming young writer and her journey to publication!

Welcome Niecey! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a bookworm, music lover, wanna-be gardener with a 50/50 kill-grow ratio, I love to cook, to camp, and I prefer to be barefoot and lounging in the sun than cooped up in a stuffy house all winter.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I wrote my first story in the third grade and kept writing since then.

Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
If you’re talking full-length novel, I wrote a historical romance in high school. It was a complete knock-off of a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel I had recently read, though at the time I thought I was being completely authentic. It will never see the light of day. I kept it, though. In a few years, I’m going to pull it out and read it…I’ll probably shake my head and laugh and do a lot of eye-rolling. Fun times J

LOL! Great when you need to remind yourself how far you've come! I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
There was a lot of screaming and laughing and crying involved. Mine was a bit different than most (maybe?). I had queried three publishers for Fender Bender Blues. My first contract didn’t come from The Wild Rose Press, but another publisher I had heard really good things about. I panicked, because I still thought in the back of my head I belonged with TWRP. So I sent a panic-email to TWRP and told them what was up. I waited on pins and needles for them to tell me they wanted my book. When I got the email from my now-editor, I was a blissful mess J

I'm so glad you chose TWRP. They rock! What drew you to write your chosen genre?
I think my genre chose me. When I started writing with the thought of publication in mind, it’s just what I wrote. I read everything I can get my hands on, but writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance was what I latched on to. Not saying there won’t be other genres in my future. I’ve got some ideas a’cookin’…

Ooo! You tease! What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
I think staying focused. I have so many stories I want to write that I have a hard time concentrating solely on one story. I just wish I had more time to write; maybe then sticking to one story wouldn’t be such a problem.

Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
Hm… I don’t think so. Although something interesting: I named the male protagonist (I won’t mention what name) immediately, no second thoughts at all, and it wasn’t until the book was in the editing process that I realized the name was actually the name of a real life person that I knew. No wonder why it had been so easy to jot the name down on paper, ha! But, I panicked thinking that guy would think I had a secret crush on him or something and sent a panic-email to my editor begging her to let me change it. Luckily, it wasn’t too late!

LOL! Horror of horrors! And trying to explain would only dig you in deeper...Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
I suppose Fender Bender Blues is my baby because it’s my first published book.

What are you working on right now?
Another romantic comedy. I hope to have it done by mid-March so that it will be released yet this year. Crossing fingers!

Good luck with that! Your readers will be clamoring for the next, let me tell you! Latest news?
The official release for Fender Bender Blues is May 3, this summer. I’ll be at the RT Conference in Kansas City, MO May 1-5 at the book Expo to sign paperbacks and eBook cards. I’ll also be at the RomCon conference in Colorado Springs June 20-23 and will also have a signing table. So excited!

Sigh...I'm so envious of you American writers. You have the BEST conferences! Have fun at the signing! Where can we find you and your books?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, I’ve also got a website. Below are the links where you can find me and Fender Bender Blues. Thanks so much for having me today!

Thanks so much for popping by, Niecey! It was a pleasure having you :) All the very best with Fender Bender Blues. Its a winner - and I adore that cover!

"Classic cars, garden gnomes, and steamy romance? My kind of book!"
~Bestselling Author Kate Perry


Her life took a wrong turn. He's driven by success. They didn't count on crashing into love...

Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices.  Now she's hunting for a new career, but starting over isn't easy.  Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job.  She didn't plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.

Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend.  His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can't drive.

Soon they find themselves battling with Rach's grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza.  Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?


“Now what?”
“Nothing.”Rach sniffed.
Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”
“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.  
Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”
“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.
She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind
“I can feel you staring.”
Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”
She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”
“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…
She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”
“Not if I do this, you won’t.”
He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.
She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.
She whispered soft against his lips, “Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”

Niecey Roy
Fender Bender Blues, a romantic comedy
January 24, 2013 exclusive Amazon digital release
Coming May 3, 2013 everywhere
published by Wild Rose Press

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sandra Dailey visits New Zealand!

Hi everyone! How did your Valentine's Day go? Were you spoiled by your significant other and vice-versa? I'm afraid my hubby and I are too practical (read: tight-asses) to splurge on the most romantic day of the year. Instead, we try to spoil each other a bit every day which keeps me a very happy woman :)

Today, I'm excited and privileged to interview my talented Wild Rose Press sister-author and friend, Sandra Dailey. Sandra is a dynamite writer chock-full of talent. Her first book, The Chief's Proposal is getting some fantastic reviews from all over the world and she hasn't stopped there for us lucky readers, with her second book having just become available on Amazon. So - read on to find out a little more about what makes this amazing lady tick, then get yourself a copy of one of her books. You won't be disappointed!    

Welcome, Sandy! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in North Florida with my husband. My “grown-up job” is a home healthcare provider. I spend my free time reading, doing needle work and hanging out with my kids and grandkids. My addiction is chocolate and cheese crackers. My obsession is American Football.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been a storyteller with a huge imagination all my life, but it didn’t really hit me until I saw my first book, THE CHIEF’S PROPOSAL, on Amazon.

Isn't that the BEST feeling ever?! Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
I was recovering from surgery shortly after I’d moved. I didn’t have a big selection of books to occupy myself. The only one I found was the worst book I’ve ever tried to read. I grabbed my laptop and decided I could do better.

One day, you're going to have to whisper in my ear what that book was ;) I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
I received an email from an editor, Cindy Davis, at The Wild Rose Press. It said she was interested in a story I’d submitted. It was the first book I’d actually gotten the nerve to submit and I hadn’t expected anything. I’d simply hoped for advice. It wasn’t until the contract came that I allowed myself to believe it would happen. I was thrilled. I called everyone I could think of and posted on Facebook. Then I panicked.

What drew you to write your chosen genre?
Caution. I love contemporary romance, but I’d like to eventually write heavier romantic-suspense.  

There is no doubt in my mind you're more than capable. As a fan of suspense, I'll look forward to that! What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Everything that comes after ‘The End’; the synopsis, editing and promotion.

*shudder* You just said the 's' word! Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
My stories are very similar to my life. I live in a small southern town full of quirky characters. I married for convenience and we have a blended family. My husband is my hero and our marriage is a romance with an HEA.

Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
The one I’m currently writing, whichever it may be. I have a one-track mind.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on an untitled love triangle between a rancher’s daughter and the two brothers who came to work at the ranch. Which will she choose?

Sounds great! Latest news?
My second book, TWICE THE TROUBLE, has released early on Amazon. It will be sold at The Wild Rose Press and other retail eBook sellers on May 8th, but you can get it for Kindle now.

Where can we find you and your books?
You can find both my books on my Amazon Author Page at:

You can also find me at:

I love to hear from readers and other authors.

Thanks so much for stopping by Novel Natterings, Sandy! It was lovely having you here.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Love is in the Air - Blog Hop!

Welcome to another pit-stop on the Love is in the Air Blog Hop. I’m so thrilled to be sharing such a special time on the calendar with you! J Don't forget to visit the other participating blogs (links at the bottom of this post) to increase your chances of winning lots of yummy goodies!

I will be giving one lucky commenter a PDF copy of my fantasy romance, Affinity – an international giveaway (winner announced February 15th). Don’t forget to leave me some comment love and your email so I can send you your prize!

In the wrong hands, her gift could be a curse - in her mind, it already is.

You’re here, because like me, you love romance. There is simply no better way to indulge than to pick up a good book and lose yourself in those heady feelings only love can bring.

A good cover can take you through all those same emotions - tell a story - and I happen to think my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, are one of the best, so I thought I'd show some of them off. 

(I've also read each of these stories below and can attest to them being knock-out love stories!)

The first glance...

First Touch

First Kiss

First intimate moment


Love in later life

Sigh…love and romance is the best don't you agree?

What is your favourite moment of the dance between two people as they embark on a relationship? Is it the build-up of the attraction; the first kiss; or the declaration?

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the person you love the most and good luck with all the goodies on offer during this Blog Hop.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Indulge Yourself With Shirley Wine

Today, I have the incredible, Shirley Wine visiting. Inspiring, clever, full of heart and generous, she is also an amazing writer. I started reading One Hour to Midnight this morning and I'm already a third of the way through. Just like that, I've become a girl-fan of hers and I'm excited to say I've got two more of her stories waiting on my kindle! Woohoo!!

But I'll let you get to know her yourself if you don't already. Hi Shirley, and welcome! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Firstly LaVerne, thank you for hosting me.
You know, I hate talking about myself… I think that comes from my mother's English genes.  The Irish genes inherited from my father are flamboyant, if more morose.   This has given me a curious mix of temperament. Practical and organised on one side, in your face, creative and given to periods of melancholy on the other. 
Growing up, our family were the poor whites. I can vividly remember being told as a six year old I was "poor white trash and would amount to nothing." And brother, has that ever been a spur in my side to achieve.  Then a new head master was appointed and school became a fun place.
We had no money for books and I devised a homework ring. A page of long division got me to read Black Beauty, a page of fractions, Lassie Come Home. This worked real well until I made the same mistake in eight lots of arithmetic homework! What can I say? I  loved maths as much as I loved to read. The Country Library Service started and books were renewed every six months. I was the only child in the school who read every book issued twice in the six months, from infants to the then Standard Six.
At college I saw my first library and I was in hog heaven. And being methodical I started reading alphabetically. By midway through my second year I was reading P.G. Wodehouse.  And I never once incurred a fine for being late returning a book.   I read every book in that library, my favourites, Scott's Waverly Novels.  My English teacher told me to skip the boring descriptions and they're rollicking great stories.  Sage advice for a writer.
I've been married to the same man for very near fifty years…and been sweethearts a decade longer. We have been both blessed and cursed with children…blessed to have had them in our lives and grieved when we've buried them, three in infancy, twin sons as young men of almost thirty.  We have two daughters, the eldest has suffered through surgery and rehabilitation from a brain tumour, the younger recently spent time recovering from a stroke… and our surviving son has a severe alcohol problem with all its related stresses.
Writing, gardening and reading and my very own hero at home, are what have kept me sane.  But life is what it is. It's the only life I have and to me every day is precious because I know how fragile the thread of life is and how easily it can be broken.
*Shakes head* Knowing tragedy as intimately as you have, it is no wonder you write with such power. I've been blown away by the depth you bring to your characters. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I can never remember a time when I didn't write. As a young farmer's wife, I had a regular column Country Comment in the NZ Herald where I commented on anything and everything that affected rural women, and often polarised people with acerbic comments. Once a column on the plague of German wasps provoked such a storm the Herald consulted experts on the subjects.   The experts sided with me and I won that debate by a country mile!
Later, I worked as a free-lance journalist for the Bay Of Plenty Times and the KatiKati Advertiser, our local newspaper.  But a writer?  That's still very much a work in progress, there is such a huge amount to learn.   

*Fist-pump* on winning the debate! What a good feeling! Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
Yeah! I read The Thorn Birds and was inspired by Colleen McCullough's wonderful simplicity and her way with words. And I thought, I can do that…insert maniacal laughter here…I will write the next Great New Zealand novel.    
Well that's still a little way off.  Maybe…

Ooo - yes! I adored The Thorn Birds too. I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
I was so excited when my first book Catriona/Kate was chosen to be one of the inaugural books for the NZ's Kiwigold Publishing Company launch.
Not nearly so excited when the firm went belly-up and I saw my books being sold in bargain bins for a dollar a book…or seeing them offered for $35 now as collectibles and knowing I never received a cent in royalties.  I've since republished this book as Yesterday's Sins.
The decision to self-publish was taken when I received my last rejection letter… I decided that I could well be dead and ashes scattered on the wind before I penetrated the glass ceiling of trad publishing.  It's a decision I've not regretted, especially when royalty cheques arrive every month.   I'll probably never get rich…but the satisfaction is enormous.

What drew you to write your chosen genre?
I love romance.  Life can be far too grim. When I read, I want to lose myself in the story, safe in the knowledge the people I'm reading about and care about, are going to reach a happy ending. I don't want to read about death, dying, torture or rape or politics. I know it happens but do I want to take that to bed with me? No way!
So I write what I like to read, contemporary romance.  I do sometimes read historical but the disadvantage of being a voracious reader is that I have difficulty entering the fantasy when I've read so much about the grim reality of history.  And while some authors have achieved fame and fortune creating fantastic other worlds, I just don't get it.
I'm a firm believer everyone would benefit from a bit of romance in their lives too - even if its only through a good book! What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Research is vital. One thing I've learned is that out there in the big wide world…  someone always knows. I remember being jolted out of a story when I read that the heroine's baby needed a blood transfusion because its father was Rh negative and the mother was Rh positive… and this was the crucial plot point of the story.
Uh oh! It ain't gonna happen.  Having lost infants with Rh incompatibility, I know the mother had to be Rh negative, the father Rh positive and furthermore that there are three different types of Rh positives, the positives who never throw a positive blood group, the one who has a 50/50 chance and then the D type… like my DH who always throw a positive blood group… not because I'm a medico but because experience taught me.
This author didn't do her homework. And once a reader finds an error like this the author loses credibility and a reader.    

Sigh...research. I'm with you on that! Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
Oh yeah! "Return To Totara Park" is one book that gives me the willies. The central theme of the book is the death of a child buried at Hautapu cemetery, near Cambridge.  I'd written the first draft aeon's ago. After being let down on a publishing contract, I got my knickers in a twist,  hauled an old file out of my electronic bottom drawer and Return To Totara Park was the result. This was published by Treble Heart Books in 2002.
What spooked me was when I wrote the original, I didn't know two of our sons would be buried in that cemetery.  Even thinking about it now sends the hairs up on my spine. Did I, writing that book, cause those tragic deaths? Did I somehow have a foreshadowing knowledge of events that would come to pass? The twins' deaths were spooky enough, but this still gives me the shivers.  Justin died in a coma after a virus attacked his heart. Twelve weeks later, Nolan went to bed and just never woke up. They could determine no cause of death. Medical science doesn't recognise a broken heart as a cause of death.

 That certainly gave me the heebie-jeebies too, Shirley. Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
One Hour To Midnight.  Why?
This is the book that finally, after fifty years, has given me a sense of closure.
I have blogged about this book and the defining event in my life that led me to write it. The entire blog is on my website…the blog title:  BLOG HOP: The Book Challenge From NaNoWriMo if your readers want to read it.

I'm going to pop on over and have a read of that - especially since I'm so engrossed in this book at the moment. Thanks for the heads-up. What are you working on right now?
At the moment, I'm in the throes of finishing Sarah's Baby, working with a freelance editor on the final edits.
This is the third book in the series, The Mulleins of Katherine Bay, a fictitious town on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsular.  I've really grown to love this family as they all face up to the challenges brought on my growing up in a dysfunctional family.  I didn't realise until well into this book that the underlying thread in the three books is domestic violence.  It took the youngest sibling to heal the wounds of their childhood.

Latest news?
Sarah's Baby should be ready to be published early to mid, February.   
I have begun work on "The Homecoming". This is Logan Sinclair's story.  Logan was Keir Donovan's step brother in Lovers' Lies. I didn't realise I'd left a cliff hanger ending in Lovers' Lies until readers started asking me when they could expect a book to tell Logan's story…to date I've had about 20 requests for this.   Talk about serendipity!
And the plot is cogitating in my brain for The Devil's Kiss.  In this book we'll meet up again with snooty Genevieve Pritchard-Sandford after her life has taken a drastic turn.   She's Ashlyn Mullein's sister from Ashlyn's Bodyguard.  Life has humbled Genevieve and she's been taken down a peg or three.   
I never intended to enlarge the Mulleins but this woman is giving me grief for writing her off as a snob with few redeeming features and she's haunting me… I can see I'll get no peace until I write her story.

I'll be waiting for that one! It sounds great! Where can we find you and your books?
 You can find me on my website  
Buy links to all my books are available on my website.  They are available across all platforms, Apple, Kobo, Amazon etc. available to New Zealand readers.  Smashwords make them available on all platforms in other countries.
"One Hour To Midnight" is currently only available on Amazon so I can take advantage of Amazon's KDP promotional advantages.

Seven For A Secret
Lovers' Lies!/pages/Shirley-Wine/286187614776117

Thank you so much for spending some time away from your keyboard with me, Shirley! It has been wonderful getting to know you that little bit more :)