New Releases

Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures

This children’s bereavement book ties in pictures with simple heartfelt words from Hugo’s daddy, Ric. Written as a poem and linked by colourful illustrations to capture moments, memories and feelings around the loss of Hugo’s mummy, it is also for the future.  It might just provide some help with a little one’s loss.

When Hugo lost his mummy ‘Jade’ straight after birth, many beautiful things were made for him, including a special ‘mummy cushion’ and a lavender scented teddy, which was created from one of her dresses. Hugo’s mummy t-shirts, which are hanging as buntin in his room, have been worn in many charity 10K and half marathon runs in memory. A personalised travel belt for clipping on Hugo and daddy’s backpacks reflects all the adventures to come.  The heart symbols lay on mummy’s resting place – red representing Daddy, green for Mummy and blue for Hugo. There is also a shooting star included for mummy and as hope for Hugo and Daddy’s future, the H symbol also represents this as a sign of hope and for the initials for Hugo Hart.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  http://www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk

Excerpt from the book:

 “Hugo’s and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures” by Ric Hart is available in paperback from the following retailers:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hugo-and-daddys-night-time-adventures/ric-hart/jacqueline-tee/9781839752018

https://www.bookdepository.com/Hugo-Daddys-Night-time-Adventures-Ric-Hart/9781839752018

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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A change of expectations is one of the keys. 

A change of intentions is another.

About the Book:

Throughout your life, what you think, say and do are determined by emotional undercurrents running beneath your conscious level. Those undercurrents have evolved through earlier experience, some that enhance your life with pride and happiness, others that impact on the decisions you take each day without your recognizing it. Keys to Your Life invites you to see how, by releasing the disappointments from the past, you open to an excellence and a higher level of consciousness that you did not previously know was in your nature. If you are someone that wants to manifest the most excellent aspects of your nature, this is a book through which you will derive much inspiration.

About the Author:

Leon Norell is not a psychologist. He is a businessman. His qualifications for writing “Keys to Your Life” are his 80+ years’ life experience; in particular, his emotional early years, two years in the R.A.F, 60 years in the business world and a series of personal development seminars in the 1980s that changed his life.

Through his many years of experience, Leon came to recognise how people sabotage themselves in subtle ways and penalise others for their own unhappiness. He also saw how people are the authors of much of their own misfortune, and that by realising and releasing grievances and your mistakes of the past, they can achieve so much more.

Based on his own life experience, Leon’s intention in writing this book is to guide anyone who genuinely wants to advance from his or her current level of existence to a more fulfilled, meaningful and purposeful life.

If you are someone who wants to manifest the finest aspects of your nature, “The Keys to Your Life” is a book through which you will derive some valuable inspiration.

Excerpt from the Book:

 

Contents

                       A Word from the Author   
                       Introduction   

Chapter 1 Your Brain Decides
Chapter 2 You Decide
Chapter 3 Undercurrents that Drive You
Chapter 4 Your Beliefs and the Truth
Chapter 5 The Excellence of Your Nature
Chapter 6 The Release Process
Chapter 6 Toward Neutrality and Peace
Chapter 7 The Non-physical Dimension
Review your Consciousness

“The Keys to Your Life” by Leon Norell is available in paperback from Amazon at:

This inspirational book about personal development can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Leon Norell’s Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Book Review: The Secret of Misty Mountain by L. Michelle Bowen

The Secret of Misty Mountain
By L. Michelle Bowen
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

About the Book

When is it right to tell a secret?

When Anne, a young country girl who lives in the beautiful countryside of South Carolina meets Catherine, a pretty and wealthy new girl in town, they become unlikely friends. Everything seems perfect until Catherine confides in Anne a secret too big to keep. When schoolmates learn of her secret, it threatens to tear apart not only her friendship but Catherine’s family as well.

The Secret of Misty Mountain will resonate with anyone who has ever been sworn to secrecy too big for them to bear.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Secret of Misty Mountain is a tale about friendship and keeping secrets. Anne is a girl growing up in the south. During the summer before eighth grade, Anne meets Catherine, a new girl in town and they quickly become best friends.

Anne was brought up by her mother to not judge people by the color of their skin. She told her that you might as well judge people by the color of their eyes. What a sensible woman! So, when Anne meets Catherine’s widowed father, she also meets Virginia who is their black housekeeper. Anne can tell that Virginia is a great substitute for Catherine’s deceased mom, and she immediately considers Virginia a friend.

Then, when school starts, a big secret comes out, and it’s Anne’s fault! Has she just ruined her friendship and Catherine’s family at the same time? The way Anne’s father deals with the secret is perfect. Talk about excellent parenting!

This is a story of secrets too big to keep and the importance of friendship and trusting your friends. I definitely recommend The Secret of Misty Mountain for middle grade readers as well as older readers.

The only thing that I caution about is that the “n” word is used once. It’s used in the context that Catherine is afraid someone is going to call her a vicious name, but only because of the environment we live in right now, I’d be afraid to use it in any context.

Excerpt

“Anne, I need to tell you something. I haven’t told you this because I wasn’t sure how you’d react. The whole reason we moved out of Nashville was because people weren’t ready for what I’m about to tell you. It’s the reason we live in the middle of nowhere. And if you repeat this, I’ll surely die because people just aren’t ready. You hear me, I’ll surely die.”

I was nervous. I had no idea what Catherine was going to say, and I felt a bit sick. “Ok, Catherine. You can tell me. You can tell me anything. You can trust me.”

“Anne, Virginia is family. Actual family. She’s family because she’s…she’s my daddy’s wife.”

Silence. There was no sound to be heard. Absolute silence. I was numb from the top of my head to the soles of my dirty feet. I kept trying to think if I might have heard wrong. If maybe she meant something else. But there were no ways to twist the words. “Virginia is my daddy’s wife.” 

I can’t even imagine how long Catherine and I stared at each other. I kept thinking: Say something, Anne. But no words came.

“Well, are you going to say something?” Catherine asked.

And there it was. I had to say something now.

“Well, I’m not sure what to say. I’ve never known someone married to a colored person before. This is all new to me. You’ve got to give me a second here, Catherine,” I said. My head was spinning. I never really thought I’d have to think about this kind of thing.

About the Author

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina but I was mostly raised in Greenville, South Carolina. I have a heart for the southeast and all of it’s southern charm. I love the accents, the attitudes and the atmosphere. I was raised between the Great Smoky Mountains and Atlantic Ocean. My childhood consisted of vacations to both. We would climb through the woods and wade the creeks of the mountains and then head to the beach to jump the waves and play at the arcades.

All my life I have been a story teller. Everything I said and did were presented in grandiose fashion and my children were sponges to that. I loved reading books to them (and their friends). I never passed up the opportunity to read to them or tell them about something unique that happened that day, but in story form. One night, while my children were visiting their grandparents for the weekend, I had a very funny dream about a girl who’s mama tricked her one morning to get her out of bed. When I woke up, my first thought was to tell the kids. But they were gone. The story was too funny not to tell them so I began writing it down so I wouldn’t forget.  As I was writing the cute scene, I began to envision the characters more vividly and enjoy their company. When my kids got home, I told them the story and when I finished, my middle child said, “What happened next, mama?” And that was the birth of my first book, The Secret on Top of Misty Mountain. I started pouring myself into knowing more about Anne and Charles and Catherine and falling in love with them and rooting for them throughout their journeys.

In my free time, I like to watch and sing to musicals, have coffee with my daughter, cook and read books. But my favorite thing to do with my free time is to be with my kids!

Links: 

Web: https://www.lmichellebowen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MBowenAuthor/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MBowenAuthor

Book Review: A Little Magick by Marie Lavender

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

When Rosie goes to stay with her uncle for a while during the summer, strange things start to happen. Her mom is a witch, and Rosie is coming into her powers at the wrong time! Her uncle didn’t even believe in magick until he saw what was happening to Rosie. They are able to deal with the powers that have popped up until things get a bit crazy.

This is a sweet children’s story told from the perspective of Rosie. She’s a perceptive little girl but like all of us, she still has a lot to learn. While staying with her uncle, she learns that there are better ways to deal with bullies than revenge. After all, that’s just stooping to the bully’s level.

There are a few things that were too detailed at times, but overall this is a good story. I like that it explains what it means to be a Wiccan which is something that is often misconceived. A Little Magick is an entertaining story that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though she has some standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Book Review: By Cows Who Chew Lilies by Mia and William Belew

The adventures of a little Chinese/American girl who is growing up by cows who chew lilies (bi-culturally).

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is an introduction to the series Growing Up Aimi by a young author and her dad. They write of her experiences growing up bi-culturally, and By Cows Who Chew Lilies is about things she remembers from when she was younger. For example, she didn’t understand when her parents were talking about raising her by cows who chew lilies (which I just learned means bi-culturally). She didn’t see her parents eating lilies and didn’t understand why she was supposed to.

There are other sweet memories that are good stories for children to read. It’s interesting to learn about this amazing young girl’s life.

About the Author

When I was just 4-years old I wrote on my blog – “Hi, I am Mia Mei, alias M&M, Dawgie, Sweety, Gundam, puchi puchi, Mimi and a bunch of other things.

I am Chinese-American. And I am learning what that means and have written about my experiences growing up here on my blog.

Book Review: Kindness is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego

Teach your children the power of Kindness, one of the most important skills a child can learn.

Are you one of 90 percent of parents, saying that their top priorities for their kids is to be caring? This makes sense: Kindness and concern for others are held as moral virtues in nearly every society and every major religion.

The best social-emotional learning (SEL) book for raising kind children. 

This charming story with peaceful rhymes and colorful illustrations will explain to your child that it is okay to make a mistake and say I’m sorry. Lucas will teach your child good manners and positive behaviour at home, at school, in the store, and on the playground. 

Kids learn best by example. 

With the perfect examples, this book offers, your child will have more understanding for others, accept diversity, thrive in a multicultural and inclusive environment, and show more empathy. Throughout the story, little superhero Lucas will learn what kindness means and understand what it is like to be kind, sensitive, caring, and generous.

Practice Random Acts of Kindness. 

Also included are Acts of Kindness Cards to promote empathy and kindness. 

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Kindness is something you can quickly learn: 

when you give and ask for nothing in return. 

Helping others is the least you can do. 

If you are kind, kindness will come back to you.

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“Kindness is my Superpower” is intended for children of all ages. We warmly recommend it to parents, teachers, and anyone who works with children.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Kindness is My Superpower is about a boy who learns that being kind to others is a much better feeling than being a bully. The story is told in rhymes and the rhyming words are bold, making it easy for children to connect them. The illustrations are colorful and detailed. They’re great! At the end of the book are suggested acts of kindness such as holding the door open for someone or giving a candy bar to the bus driver.

This is a wonderful way for children to learn about intentional kindness. It teaches them about compassion as well as acting without expecting anything in return, which seems to be a problem nowadays. I definitely recommend Kindness is My Superpower for children to read and even for families to use to come up with ideas of acts of kindness they can do together.

About the Author

A school teacher and an avid children’s book author, Alicia Ortego, has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years working with children. Since she was young, Alicia had nurtured a passion for telling stories, which inspired her to start writing stories for children. She writes in a simple, easily understandable language, and an entertaining style that keeps children hooked to her books while learning vital lessons about virtues.

Alicia lives in New York and in her free time, enjoys spending quality time with her family and drawing.

Stay updated at her author website: www.aliciaortego.com.

New Releases

Dolly Donut

A charming and beautiful children’s story with colour illustrations

About the Book:

Wow! When you walked in, so different, fantastic, the shop amazing and unique. Beautiful hand-carved display cabinets filled with amazing bakes, bread and delicious cakes.

Jack Jolly, the finest baker, a happy, gifted man, friendly and helpful with a big warm smile to greet all who came in to his lovely shop. 

Things were changing! Mr Jolly’s helpers had left and, by himself, Jack began to feel very tired. What could he do? There was no-one in the village to help him! 

Well now something magical happened at the bakery, little Dolly Doughnut. How had she come and why? Who was she? What did she do? What changed?

About the Author:

Jenny Ashford is sensitive with an artistic creative interest in many things. She loves nature, sitting or walking in the woods and she loves to see fields filled with wild flowers, hearing birds singing sweetly and peaceful sounds calm her senses. A still moment is just bliss, watching wildlife and the natural world is just amazing and wonderful to her.

Her other interests include art, yoga, healing and natural therapies, national trust properties and gardens, theatre and a variety of music. She enjoys cooking and sharing food with friends and family and eating out is a nice shared treat too.

She enjoyed each fascinating and precious stage of her children’s development. Her writing began with them in mind. Stories for young children first, then poems. Another inspiration for a story came out of the blue. The need to have something to write her thoughts and ideas on became important, so she kept paper and pencil with her almost always.

Excerpt from the book:

“Dolly Doughnut” by Jenny Ashford is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon.co.uk at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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Tumbleweed Children

About the Book:

Born at home and never registered, John didn’t apparently exist. John has five years of experience, but no one person has his full picture. It might have lacked love, but it did lack care. There may have been some joy, but the courts have decided that the care system can do a better job; give the boy a chance.

About the Author:

Sharon Watters is the eldest of three sisters.  She was brought up in the 1970s when parenting seemed optional and as a result considers herself a bit wild. Sharon has always loved learning but hated being at senior school as she always felt trapped.  She left school angry and bored at age 15.

Sharon is the mother of three grown men, the grandmother of angels and the wife of the most patient man in the world.

Her first qualification was her driving test at the age of 27. At age 29, she passed her first GCSE, and when she reached age 30, she had passed two more. She continued to study and eventually went on to University to read Environmental Science. Sharon then trained as a teacher and later became a dyslexia specialist.

Sharon spent the rest of her full time career in the Special Educational sector, helping children with social, emotional and mental health challenges.

“Tumbleweed Children” is her first novel.  It is a fact-based but fiction ‘social exposure’ story that she hopes raises questions. Sharon has tried to gain the ears of the powers who could change an immoral system but no one is listening. She has written “Tumbleweed Children” in the hope that someone will hear.

Sharon has often been called a social misfit and only recently gave up trying to understand what that means.

Excerpt from the book:

“I threw the bottle of glue and the pots of glitter at the door followed by a chair. Mr Cheval’s face was at the window in the door and was calling out my name and asking me to open the door; first in English and then in French.

The first time my fist hit his pudgy little face, I was surprised just how much it hurt and wondered why he hit Sophie so often but remembering Sophie’s torment, the blows rained down on him. The blood spurted from his nose as I stepped away to admire my handy work. He hadn’t cried yet but for Muriel’s sake he was going to. I dragged him by the front of his jumper towards the masks and pushed his face hard into one. It stuck at an angle into the glue and then I pushed him back onto the seat of a chair.

Morgan’s plight crept into my mind’s eye. I took his bag and emptied it onto the floor and took great delight in crushing the junior toys under my shoes. There was a reading book that I recognised from my early years of primary school so I picked it up and ripped each page out and into half yelling, “you can’t read, you don’t need books.” It was tears I wanted for Muriel and tears I got. He begged me to stop, Mr Cheval called to me to stop, my head teacher ordered me to stop but I hadn’t finished.

Riley saw a chance and dared to move. He wasn’t scared enough and probably believed that he could still be the ruler. With management desperately trying to stop the situation, I knew that I had to up the dominance or I was lost, and no other odd little soul would ever have power again. He was an adolescent male and I was casting him out.

I reached for the fireworks. This was for Ben. Let’s see how you feel when you can’t breathe Boarer.

The hammering on the door became more urgent and was added to by Riley from the inside. I remember the look of disappointment and betrayal on Mr Cheval’s face. The fireworks were made together because I could be trusted. But he had taught me that everyone has a social responsibility to stand up to evil and it would be rewarded.

I lit the first firework. After the first initial burst of sparks died down a plume of smoke belched out, so I lit the other seven in quick succession. The room filled with smoke, the alarms started screaming, and with great performance, the window at the back of the room was shattered inwards. The huge site manager stepped into the room and just calmly stated, “Out.”

He had broken the spell and as he moved the chair from under the door handle the adults spilled in and swiftly dragged us both out.

The fire alarm screaming after 3:30 only brought adults out onto the tarmac. No one said a word to me. I knew that I would not see the year out, but Riley probably would.”

“Tumbleweed Children” by Sharon Watters is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review: The Day Teo Put His Toys Away by Laura Lane

Full of color with wonderful illustrations this book draw you into the story about cute small bear.
The main lessons of the story to teach children to help parents, to tidy up their toys and to keep their rooms clean.

Every page of this book provides parents with advice how to teach their children to be responsible and organized.

This cute story is intended to be read aloud to kids 3-5 years old.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Teo is a little bear who loves to play with his many toys, but when it comes time to put them away, he procrastinates. His parents come up with a great way to not only get him to clean up his toys, but they teach him that there are consequences to his actions (or non-action).

I love children’s books that teach a lesson and have a good story. I can see parents going a stop further and saying, “You don’t want to lose your toys like Teo almost did, do you?” What a great tool!

The Day Teo Put His Toys Away teaches a great lesson in a creative way, it has a cute story, and the illustrations on every page are vibrant and colorful.

About the Author

Laura Lane is writer and creator of children’s books. She is a wife, PhD and mother of two energetic boys who love books. She has been writing since she was in University. Firstly she writes scientific literature but then she became inspired to start writing and illustrating children books. She saw a need for a book that can help nurture the key traits in children: trust, patience, responsibility, empathy, self-reliance.
She loves kids and tries to spread messages of love, faith, hope, health, and happiness. She hopes that her stories help children to become the best that they can be.
When she isn’t writing she is baking amazing pies or traveling to new places together with husband and kids!

Book Review: A Vegetable Garden is not for Cows by Anita Stafford

Farmer Ben’s cows have everything they need. They have a shade tree for sunny days, a barn for rainy days, and a fence to keep them safe. They have all the tasty green grass they want to eat.But one of the cows has been eating the vegetables in Farmer Ben’s garden. How will he find out which one?Annabelle knows someone needs to step up and be honest.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Annabelle is told to stay out of Farmer Ben’s vegetable garden, but she goes in anyway. When he asks all of the cows who destroyed his garden, she comes forward. Farmer Brown is impressed that Annabelle came forward, and he says that she’s curious and honest but to stay out.

Annabelle doesn’t like how she feels when Farmer Brown shows his disappointment, but she feels proud of herself for being called a curious and honest cow. She realizes that she has all she needs and stays out of the vegetable garden from then on.

I like Annabelle’s personality and the illustrations are colorful. The cow illustrations are great. This is a sweet story that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Anita Stafford makes her home in the peaceful hills of northern Arkansas. She grew up on a dairy farm surrounded by a large, loving, and always entertaining extended family. She is a wife and the mother of a son and two daughters. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in public school as a teacher and a counselor.

Books by Anita Stafford:
The Legend of Sassafras House
The Legend of Sassafras House Teacher Guide
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon Teacher Guide
A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows
Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser

Also find Anita at:
http://www.anitastafford.com
Twitter: @staffordanita
Facebook: facebook.com/anitastaffordauth

Book Review: Nomit and Pickle Go Shopping by C. E. Cameron

Title: Nomit and Pickle Go Shopping
Author: C. E. Cameron
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
Page Count: 19
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nomit-Pickle-Go-Shopping-Cameron-ebook/dp/B08GKZBKT9

Book Summary

Friends Nomit and Pickle head off on an adventure to the shops!

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This cute story is short with colorful illustrations. I think it is cute that Nomit and Pickle are shapes. With the cute story and bright illustrations, it’s a book that young children, probably 7 years old and younger, will like.

Even though Nomit and Pickle is very short, it needs to be edited. I wasn’t going to mention it, but when Pickle buys “desert,” I decided I had to.

I like children’s books that have a lesson, this one being the importance of compromise. I think young children will enjoy Nomit and Pickle.

About the Author

CE Cameron is very much a family person. Nomit and Pickle have been created through observing and being part of the trials and tribulations of family life, growing up & the brother / sister relationship. The stories take you through various experiences as well as day to day challenges – even when it comes to the simple, daily tasks! She loves family, food and animals and lots of exploring. The characters have lots of adventures coming up, including little challenges, which could go wrong & generally do! There is a ‘thought for the day’ at the end of every adventure. CE Cameron is a private person who loves nature and believes the most important thing in life is family. She hopes the Nomit and Pickle Adventures will be great to read as a bed time story and for children seeing a positive at the end of any challenge!

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