Friday, February 27, 2015

Cover Reveal! 'Drawn' by Chris Ledbetter

Drawn

Release Date: 06/08/15
Evernight Teen
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer


Summary from Goodreads:
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.




About the Author

Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly "walked-on" to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He's worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coming April 7th: 'Fall of Knight' by Steven Cross


Title: Fall of Knight
Author: Steven Cross
Genre: YA psychological thriller
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Release Date: April 7th, 2015

A normal teenager Dean Knight is not.

With a mental illness that threatens to take over his sanity; a sister who’s deep in her own problems; and a wasted mother who couldn’t care less about it all, Dean is left to battle real life on his own. School, bullies and medications are his realities.

Then there are also the ghosts, the hallucinations and of course – the monster.

In the middle of it all, when everything seems to lose purpose, hope comes shining down on Dean’s miserable life. Her name is Ella and for one reason or another, she actually wants to be close to Dean. With Ella’s help, the lost teenage boy decides that he could finally win a battle or two – both in real life and in his writing.

But hope is a tricky thing. And the monster seems to know that.

When secrets buried down for almost a decade come out in the open, what do you do?


Steve Cross’s first successful writing project was a play about a werewolf that his eighth grade English class performed. Though the play was never published, the warm fuzzy feeling from its public performance has never quite left Cross, who continues to sink his teeth into a variety of writing projects. His first publication was a haiku, followed by two middle grade novels published by POD publishers and a young adult novel published by Buck’s County Publishing.

A fanatical St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan; a lover of all kinds of YA fiction, as well as the writings of Dean Koontz and Stephen King; a fan of all kinds of music – from Abba to the Zac Brown band, Cross dreams of the day he will write a best-selling novel or sell a screenplay for seven figures, so he can retire and write more best-selling fiction.  Until that day, he and his wife Jean, Missourians born and bred, will continue to toil in the field of education and live in peace with their two dogs and two cats and wait around until their daughter Megan and son-in-law Sean give them grandchildren to spoil.

Meet Meg from 'Senior Year Bites (The Clanless #1)' by J.A. Campbell


Meg, welcome to Andi's YA Books! First of all, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m a senior at Banks high school. I like math and I secretly dream of being a hero like my dad. Oh yeah, and minor detail… I’m a vampire. 

Once you got used to the idea, what became your favorite part of being a vampire? Your least favorite?
Hmm, I’m not sure I’ll ever really be used to the idea, but I have to say the super strength is really fun. The least favorite part? When I’m thinking about it, drinking blood. Of course when the vampire part of me takes over, drinking blood is my favorite thing. How gross is that?

How hard was it to keep your change from others?

Hahahaha, I failed. So really hard. I only managed to keep it from my two best friends, Steph and Ann, for a short time. I didn’t manage to keep it from the guys for very long either. Alexander already knew – arrogant bastard. 

For those who learned about you becoming a vampire, who do you think took it the best? The worst?

Steph took it the best. She’s all about this super hero idea. Ann took it the worst, and I’m still not sure why.
Is there anything you regret?
Yeah, a lot of things. Not getting to say goodbye to my dad properly before he died is a big one. That happened when I was much younger though, so it’s a distant ache. I regret spending the night in a graveyard. 

If you could change the past- what would you change?

Truth or dare… just take the bloody Truth! Who cares if you have a crush on a boy? Admitting it is better than getting turned into a vampire.

Do you have any advice for those newly turned?

Don’t let yourself get hungry. You don’t have to kill people to feed, but if you let yourself get too hungry, you lose control. Who knows what you’d do then?

What are your plans for the future?

Um, future? I’m not sure I have one. Lurking in the dark maybe? I’m still too shocked to have plans, but I know Steph does. She’s working on something and I’m sure she’ll drag me along for the ride.

Thanks for stopping by and giving us some time today! Now about your book... 

Senior Year Bites (The Clanless #1)

Release Date: 07/07/14
Untold Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Senior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation. It’s significantly harder to enjoy it when you’re dead.

Thanks to an innocent game of Truth or Dare, I wound up sleeping in a graveyard. Probably not the brightest thing I’ve ever done, but thanks to a couple of well-placed fangs, I’m here to tell the tale.

Vampires might stalk pop culture, but they’re just myths, right? Yeah. Not so much…

Everything seems a lot more difficult when you’re a nocturnal creature of the night, especially school. I was managing, but couldn’t keep it hidden from my friends. Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime.

I’m a vampire, not a hero. Living in a sleepy New England town, crime is a little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He’s got the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don’t have a teenage, blood-sucking, non-hero on their team. It doesn’t take long for me to discover the world is full of monsters. I may be one of them…but will I turn out to be the hero, or the killer everyone is looking for.




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"New recruit?" Gary asked when he looked at John. 
"No," I said too quickly, ignoring the questioning look from John. "This is my brother, John. He's on leave from the army. He didn't tell me he was coming home, so he could surprise me." I finished my rapid explanation in a rush. 
"New recruit to what?" Suspicion colored John's voice. 
"Supernatural studies club," Tad said. "You're welcome to join, of course." John's mouth gaped for a second before he snapped it shut. "Is that like studying witchcraft or something?" 
"Uh...no." Gary sounded genuinely confused. "Well, I mean, witches are supernatural, so we might study them. History." He reached into Tad's backpack, glancing down for a moment before pulling a book out and sliding it across the table. Werewolves Through Time wasn't quite an accepted school textbook, but it had to be better than a witchcraft book. 
"I see." John still sounded a little confused, but the spike of worry that had momentarily overwhelmed my nose subsided. "What gave you this idea?" 
"Weird shit." Gage was nothing, if not eloquent. 
Steph rolled her eyes. "We met at the library, of all places, and got talking. I dragged Meg and Ann in." 
John seemed completely relieved, as if Steph would never lie to him. 
"Excuse me. I have to use the restroom. Order my normal if they come by while I'm gone." Steph left the table. 
I suspected she left so she could text Ann our new story. 
"Oh, so, John, this is Gary and Tad. Sorry, I forgot." 
"No problem." 
Now that we had our "story" worked out, I was grateful that Gary, Tad, and Gage were there. With them around, John wouldn't bring up me sneaking out, if he did know. And with John there, they wouldn't be able to bring up this morning's incident. 
Whatever creature had killed the girl had made a mess, unlike the other murders. And it had very obviously been targeting my victim, because there were plenty of people out on campus who would have been easier to get to. What the hell? 
The waiter arrived, and I started to decline before I remembered John would think that was really strange. I had to order a burger and a shake, along with food for Steph, and we managed to make small talk until she returned a short time later.

"Well, don't let me interrupt your meeting. Feel free to carry on," John said.

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Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult Tales of the Travelers fantasy series. She's the editor for Steampunk Trails and a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers Association.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

'Life With Jesse Daniels' by Chrissy Fanslau


Blurb:

CONTENT WARNING This book contains non-graphic sexual content and some strong language. 

Anna Devlin is just your average girl with an average life and eternal bad hair days. Living across the street from her prankster boyfriend, Derek, and his bug-loving brother, Jesse, —who also happens to be Anna’s best friend— life slips from ordinary to chaos when their out-of-control cousin, Greg, moves in. Anna’s in the middle of her own crisis when she realizes she not only has feelings for Derek, but she’s also a little bit in love with Jesse Daniels. Spending the end of the year with parties, prom, and dealing with conflicting feelings, Anna realizes she has to choose between her boyfriend and her best friend before it’s too late. Making mistakes is just part of growing up, but for Anna it could mean losing everyone that matters to her. Life, however, takes a turn for the worse when Greg makes a bad decision which changes the course of everyone’s lives. Will Anna ever be able to own up to her mistakes? Will everyone be able cope in the face of tragedy? And what will this mean for the future of life with Jesse Daniels?

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Author Bio: 

Chrissy Fanslau is a bestselling illustrator, crafter and writer of witty Young Adult fiction. On most days she can be found in her studio—writing, drawing and brewing coffee. She lives in Alaska with her wonderful family and Max the giant malamute.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

'Uncharted Redemption' by Keely Brooke Keith


Title: Uncharted Redemption
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Description: 

Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own. When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver justice and restore the woman he loves. 

As tradition stands in the way of redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful, and filled with adventure, Uncharted Redemption weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.

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Uncharted Redemption is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here: The Land Uncharted

Book One:
Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Summary:
Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.

Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 

Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.

Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.

As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?

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Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
"Not only is Keely's writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie

The Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled


About the Author

Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 

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Happy Release Day! 'The Ghost of You' by Amanda Burckhard



The Ghost of You

Release Date: 02/24/15
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.


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Everything in my room reminded me of him somehow. The candle Mom got me he used to joke smelled like cinnamon on steroids. The lopsided dream catcher we made at a school carnival in middle school. The running shoes he got me last Christmas. I didn’t want to see any of it. I wanted him.

Then I was screaming, ripping, tearing, throwing anything I could get my hands on. My vision blurred. My head pounded in my ears. When my hand tightened around a smooth cylinder on my desk, I almost didn’t realize what it was in time to stop myself from shattering it against the wall. Derek had given me the green, plastic flashlight when we were ten as a way to ward off nightmares. It didn’t work anymore, even with new batteries, but I could never bring myself to get rid of it. I collapsed onto the floor, hugging the flashlight to my chest, crying and sobbing so hard I couldn’t breathe or see or think.

What was I going to do without him? We were the Grayson twins. We did everything together. I didn’t know who I was without him. He couldn’t be gone. He couldn’t.

When I pulled myself off the floor, it was nearly dark out. I looked around the room that appeared as if a tornado went through it. The shelves from my dresser lay on the floor, their contents scattered. Papers and posters lay crumpled and torn into pieces. My bedding and clothes were strewn everywhere. Almost every visible inch of the floor was covered. I couldn’t remember doing most of the destruction. I didn’t even feel better after doing it.

Something on the ground caught my eye. Something orange and familiar. I reached for the small bottle of pills and read the label. Vicodin. They were from my tonsillectomy last year. They must’ve been stuck away in a drawer, forgotten and unused.

I remembered how they made me feel like I was floating on water, like my brain was fuzzy and nothing seemed like a big deal. That feeling would be a nice change to what I felt now.

Throwing two pills into my mouth, I grabbed a week-old bottle of Gatorade from my dresser and took a swig. I left my disaster of a room and went down the hall to Derek’s room. The room felt dull and lifeless without him. The posters of old rock bands plastering the walls and wrestling trophies displayed on every shelf didn’t fit without the boy who had put them there.

I set the flashlight on his nightstand and crawled into his bed. His pillowcase smelled of peppermint. Jess and I had picked out that shampoo for him a few weeks ago. He swore he’d never use it, but I guess he changed his mind.

I stared at the flashlight until the pills made my eyelids droop and my mind slipped off into darkness.

Derek’s voice reached out to me just as I was falling asleep. “It’ll be okay, Em. Sleep. I’m here.”

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Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Meet Laura Lynn Ashworth, author of 'Letters to Loretta From the Radio Shack'


Hello! I’m Laura Lynn Ashworth, author of the newly released book, “Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack, A True WWII Teenage Love Story.” I have been invited as a guest blogger, an opportunity, which I appreciate. Thank you, Andi of Andi’s Young Adult Books Blog.

“Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack,” is a true story of two teens, Sal, who is on a minesweeper in the Pacific during WWII working out of the radio shack (communications office) deciphering code. His friend, Loretta, is a 15-year girl from his neighborhood in Chicago. They exchange countless letters between 1943-1945, during the final terrifying and climatic years of WWII. Readers get to experience, in real time, what it is like being a teen and young adult at sea during D-Day and the Battle of Okinawa, and what it is like being a teenage girl, juggling jobs and trying to enjoy all that Chicago had to offer back in the ‘40s with friends (while most of the guys her age are fighting overseas). Sal and Loretta talk about their budding romance, family, friends, politics, etc., with frankness and humor. Not many WWII non-fiction books will get you to laugh as much as this one, all while drawing you into romantic twists, turns and drama of one of the most memorable war periods in history.

I have a question I would like to pose to readers of Andi’s Young Adult Books.

Pretend a Hollywood Producer comes to your door (it could happen) and says, “We’re producing this fabulous movie, Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack, and we heard you might be perfect to star in it, trouble is, we aren’t sure which role you would like to play. You have one of three choices. Who would you like to be and why? (Gender doesn’t matter.) Would you be:

Sal, a handsome 19-year old, intelligent and funny. He goes after what he wants in life without a second thought. This includes Loretta and a job on a minesweeper deciphering code for the Navy. He takes no guff from anyone and goes through all the skirmishes of war and life as cool as a cucumber and telling it like it is.

Loretta, 15, who lives with her widowed father and aunts and uncles in a three-flat in Chicago that her extended family rents. She too is intelligent, goes to business school when her friends are going to high school and works as a bookkeeper and stenographer at the various large corporations in the city while her friends are working in factories. She spends nearly every night after work going out with her older sister and friends to jitterbug or play sports like volleyball and basketball.

Your third choice is to be a Hollywood star like Bob Hope or celebrity musicians like Artie Shaw, Bennie Goodman or Cass Daley from the Big Band Era. They travel with the USO (United Service Organization) entertaining American troops around the world from appearances and from radio shows, keeping morale up and making everyone feel closer to home when they are so far away.

Let me know who you would choose to be, especially after you read, “Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack.” You can order a signed copy of my book on my website at www.lauralynnashowrth.com or go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or any estore for an unsigned copy. Ten percent of my proceeds will benefit the USO and VFW (Veterans of ForeignWars).

Excerpt from Book
(Sal is talking to Loretta in one of his letters. He is at the Navy’s “Radio School” at a University in Idaho, learning Morse Code.) 
Well, you probably noticed on the envelope that I moved from the land of the Indians to the land of the co-eds. It's only a hick town out in the wilderness, but these “barbecues” out here are really sweet. Get liberty (time off) every Wednesday night for three moldy hours but have every other Saturday and Sunday off.

When I don't get the whole weekend off, I get either Saturday or Sunday off. That's what I call a rosy life. Some nice looking girls go up to these U.S.O. dances. There's only a few that can really wheel it out (dance well), but as long as they have what it takes that's all that counts.

This university is really a nice looking place and I don't know what I'm doing out here. I guess I'll find out sooner or later. We have school eight hours a day and our evenings are rather crowded. If we're not washing clothes, we are compulsed to see a movie. Beefing, beefing that’s the action word in the Navy that really makes you enjoy it. You don't care if you’re here today or shot tomorrow as long as they keep throwing grub at you.

Speaking of grub, it really is delicious and I don't mean maybe. I'll probably come out of here fatter than a hog with all the butter you want and you can just about take a bath in all the milk they sling you. No siree, home was never like this (during the Depression).

Going to school is really a riot. We have two periods of typing, two of procedure and four of code. That code takes quite a while before it's pounded in one's head, especially when it’s as thick as mine. I've just finished my first week of school and I came out all right. Every Friday we have tests in spelling and procedure and I got 3.8 on both. The highest mark you can get is 4.0 so that isn't bad.

Well, “Duchess,” I'm on guard duty right now and I better end this data before I get caught and thrown in the “hoosegow”(military prison).

Lots of Love, Sal

Thank you Andi’s Young Adult Book readers for letting me visit with you for a while. Keep an eye out for my next book, “Beauty and the Beasts…Outrageous Tales of Romance and Redemption.” It should be out by Christmas 2015.


Letters to Loretta From the Radio Shack, A True WWII Teenage Love Story

by Laura Lynn Ashworth

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LETTERS TO LORETTA FROM THE RADIO SHACK, A True WWII Teenage Love Story

Read the rare and recently discovered real time letters between Sal, age 19, and Loretta, age 15, during the final terrifying three years of World War II, 1943-1946.

Both from the Douglas Park neighborhood in Chicago, the two adolescents discuss with humor and candor, the Navy, war, politics, hit music, life back home and their relationship.

Sal nicknamed Slabby for his movie star good looks, deciphers code out of the Navy’s radio shack on a minesweeper in the Pacific.

Loretta monikered Duchess for her aloofness, lives with aunts and her widowed father, while holding day jobs and enjoying an active social life with friends.

Letters to Loretta from the Radio Shack lets you experience World War II, both in battle and on the home front, through the eyes of adolescents in a way that Hollywood has never portrayed.

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Laura Lynn Ashworth is an award-winning copywriter and political cartoonist. While helping an elderly family member with veterans administration paperwork, she ran across “the letters” and instantly knew of their rarity, freshness and historical significance. Although she received three publishing contracts within two months of sending the letters to major publishers, Ashworth decided to publish them herself on the advice of best-selling authors. She currently lives and works in a northwest suburb of Chicago.

10% of author proceeds will be donated to the USO and VFW in loving memory of Sal and Loretta.

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