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#CoverReveal 10 Things I Love About You: A Love in the ’90s Anthology

Published October 2, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

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10 Things I Love About You: A Love in the ’90s Anthology
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Title: 10 Things I love About You Anthology

10 Author’s:

1990: “Nothing Compares 2 U” — Michele G Miller + Mindy Hayes

1991: “More Than Words” (by Extreme) — Christina Benjamin

1992: “Jump” — Micalea Smeltzer

1993: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” — L.A. Fiore

1994: “The Sign” — Carey Heywood

1995: “Who Will Save Your Soul” — Skye Warren

1996: “Always Be My Baby” — Mary Ting

1997: “Lovefool” — Katie M. John

1998: “My Heart Will Go On” — Tia Silverthorne Bach

1999: “Genie in a Bottle” — Elise Kova

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The 90s: The decade of AOL, Grunge music, the Gulf War, OJ Simpson trial, Friends, Seinfeld, Britney and Christina, tattoos and belly button piercings, Monica Lewinsky, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Tarantino movies. It was a decade of polarities and hilarity.
Those who reached adulthood in the Nineties were branded Generation X, and were labeled apathetic slackers and cynics. But, ultimately, this generation was called on to bridge the gap between old ideals and new technologies and ways of living.
These new adults had to find jobs, find themselves, and find love amidst rapidly changing landscapes online and off.
Ten Things I Love About You is a collection of ten contemporary romance, new adult, stand-alone stories set in the 1990s.
The title of each love story will be a hit song from the year that the novella represents, and are written, respectively, by award-winning and bestselling authors.
Ten Things I Love About You was created by UTOPiAcon founder, Janet Wallace, and is co-produced with Regina Wamba (together they are WaWa Productions).

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#Promo #Giveaway Cake: A Love Story (Cake #1) by J. Bengtsson

Published May 1, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

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Cake: A Love Story (Cake #1) by J. Bengtsson
Publication date: May 14th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.
When outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell was paired with the famously reserved rockstar for a friend’s wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What could they possibly have in common? She was a bubbly talker; he was a reclusive loner. His life was filled with music; she couldn’t carry a tune. She’d enjoyed a happy childhood; his was a well-publicized nightmare.
Yet despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other, and her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a *full-length* standalone romance. Cake is a love story at heart but does deal with a sensitive topic and may not be for all.
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of eighteen.
*This novel was professionally re-edited on June 28th, 2016*

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J. Bengtsson lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. Her favorite things to do are laugh, go for walks, and hang out with family. ‘Cake’ is her debut novel.

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#Promo #Giveaway Still Love You by Allie Everhart

Published February 17, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

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Still Love You by Allie Everhart
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult

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Silas Sparks was my first love. My only love. The guy I thought I would marry, and almost did.

We were engaged. For a week. In high school. It was the happiest week of my life. But then reality hit and I broke off the engagement. I was only 17. I couldn’t get married! I had plans for my life. Plans that included college and someday running a large corporation.

Silas was crushed. He couldn’t understand why I did it. But that’s Silas. He lives in the moment, never worries about the future. After we broke up, he took off for Europe and never came back.

That was two years ago. I haven’t seen or talked to him since. Then just as I’m about to leave college for summer break, guess who shows up at my door? Looking even hotter than I remember, flashing that sexy smile of his, telling me he’s home for the summer, living just a few houses down from mine!

Now I’m panicking. I was never supposed to see him again. Silas is the past. I’ve moved on. And yet here he is, and all I can think about is how much I want him back. It can never happen, but even so, I can’t deny the truth. And the truth is…I still love Silas.

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Allie Everhart started writing romance three years ago with Choosing You, the first book in the bestselling Jade Series. Since then, she’s published eighteen books. Allie writes romance because she loves watching a relationship develop between her characters, from those first flirty encounters to the point they realize they’re in love. Allie’s always been a romantic, as evidenced by her early years as a wedding singer, her obsession with dating shows, and the fact that she still watches reruns of The Love Boat.

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#ReleaseBlast #Giveaway Love Story by (Love Unexpectedly #3) Lauren Layne

Published February 14, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

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Love Story by (Love Unexpectedly #3) Lauren Layne
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult Romance

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Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.
She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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#ReleaseBlast #Excerpt #Giveaway The Story of Us by D. Nichole King

Published February 10, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

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The Story of Us by D. Nichole King
Publication date: February 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Moments.
Every life is made of thousands of them, each one strung together with the next. Some are yellow and happy, some are blue and sad, and some…
Some wipe out color altogether.
“I love you,” is what I should have told Maverick.
“I’m sorry.”
“I’m still fighting.”
Instead I just watched him leave.
Now my husband, my everything is battling for each breath, and all I can do is stare at the machines as the clock ticks off precious minutes.
The doctors said the first twenty-four hours are critical—but every moment is critical.
You never know which will be your last.
This is our story, and I’m not ready for it to end.

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I’m in the front seat of the police car. My purse is on my lap. I didn’t bring anything else. I didn’t even change my clothes.
We’ve been driving for ten minutes, I think. I’m not sure. I’ve asked the officer questions, and he answered what he could. But I’m stuck on “St. Luke’s Hospital” and “found non-responsive.”
A sob swells in my chest, but I hold it in. Somehow, I’m not falling apart on the outside, although my insides are so big they might explode. I rub my arms for warmth. I hadn’t realized I was cold.
The officer is quiet now. It’s probably better this way. I was unresponsive to what he said, nodding my head to the words I didn’t hear clearly. I think he explained the accident, but I’ve already forgotten the details. I can only focus on one thing at a time.
The highways are empty except for the occasional semi that passes. I try to concentrate on the road and the scenery. The broken white line dividing the lanes. The green signs stating the up-coming turn-offs. Streetlights illuminating the way. Anything but the burn in my eyes and the emptiness in my chest.
“Found unresponsive.”
I don’t know what that means. Could he not speak? Was he breathing? Was he moving? Was his heart beating?
Oh, God!
I must’ve finally let out the sob, because the officer turns to me.
“It’ll be all right,” he reassures me, touching my arm. But how does he know? No one knows that; we only hope. And right now, hope isn’t good enough. I have to see Maverick for myself.
The officer doesn’t understand. Mav’s been my rock. He rescued me from myself. Mav, my Mav, he owns me.
My heart grows heavier, pressing against my ribs.
“Can you pull over, please?”
“Of course,” the officer answers.
The car slows down and moves to the side of the road. I’m unbuckled before we’ve stopped completely. A moment later, I throw open the door and vomit.

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d. Nichole King was born with a book in her hand. During her school years, she’d hide books inside textbooks, read during recess, changing classes, and while walking home from school. She wrote her first book at the age of 11, and the re-worked version of that book is her debut novel, LOVE ALWAYS, KATE.

Her YA urban fantasy series, THE SPIRIT TRILOGY, along with her NA contemporary series, LOVE ALWAYS, was acquired by Limitless Publishing and includes a total of six books. BREAKING THROUGH, an NA science-fiction romance, is her first self-published novel.

d. Nichole King currently resides in a small town in Iowa with her supportive husband, four amazing kids, a dog, a cat, a fish, and a turtle.

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#Excerpt Stay (Bleeding Stars #5) by A.L. Jackson

Published January 16, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

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Stay (Bleeding Stars #5) by A.L. Jackson
Publication date: January 23rd 2017
Genres: New Adult Romance

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From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next sexy, gripping Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

I’m Ash Evans.
The life of the party.
Hot. Rich. Charismatic.
A tattooed rock star with the world at my feet.
I burn through women faster than the strike of a match.

I’ve embraced my lifestyle and live it to the fullest.
Until the day my lifestyle caught up to me.

Willow Langston found me at my lowest.
Literally.
Facedown in a puddle of my own blood.

I owe her my life and I have three months to repay that debt.
What I never should have done was touch her. Kiss her. Take her to my bed.

Love wasn’t supposed to be a part of the equation.
I gave up that nasty complication a long damned time ago.
Now I want her more than my next breath.
But she doesn’t know what I know.

Do I leave to protect her? Or can I face my demons and ask her to Stay?

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His hands slid across the slope of my cheeks. He gripped me there and let his forehead drop to mine as he panted for a breath. “Pretend with me, Peaches. Pretend with me.”
Confusion distorted my already clouded judgment, and I clung tighter to his wrists to keep from falling to the floor. “What?”
“Pretend with me. Pretend that everything that article said was true. Pretend that you’re mine and I’m yours. That you tamed the ultimate bad boy. Let’s show up at your reunion and show that bastard exactly what he lost. What he’s missing out on. Let him know he’s the loser at his own game.”
He swept his tongue over his swollen lips. “And after two months, when you finish this job, when you leave your mark on my house with your amazing talent, you can publicly break up with the world’s most notorious rock star. Because you and me both know he doesn’t come close to bein’ good enough for you. Let’s go. Let’s show Bates and that bitch they can both go fuck themselves.”
He squeezed his eyes closed and nearly begged it. “Pretend with me.”
What if you hurt me?
What if I fall in love with you?
What if I want you to stay?
All my reservations howled and roared.
All I’d ever wanted was to be loved.
This man was offering me a counterfeit version of that.
“That won’t change the fact those pictures are a lie.” The words were tight when I forced them from between my lips.
“So it’ll be our lie. Ours. I want to try. Let me try to put some of those broken pieces back together again. Make you remember who you are. Shake you out from that battered shell so you’ll be ready when that guy comes looking for you.”
The last of those reservations screamed.
What if I want him to be you?
His lips touched mine.
Soft. Sweet. Fire.
“Please,” he said.
“Okay.”

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installments, WAIT and STAY, coming in 2016.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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2017 Challenges

Published January 2, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

As 2016 comes to a close, readers are gearing up for (hopefully) another awesome year in books. Some of us opt to participate in challenges to help us meet our goals, try something new, or even just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason may be, it’s time to decide what challenges we’re up for.

I had a lot of personal issues in the last couple of years that have taken me away from the wonderful escape of books. I’m hoping that 2017 will bring new blessings and that one of those is finding my love of reading again. With that said, I’m choosing challenges that won’t be too far out of my comfort zone but still give me that competitive feeling, and ones that will help me take a big chunk out of my TBR. (Although if you’re like me you’ve been blessed/cursed with a TBR you’ll never live long enough to finish, ha.)

These are the challenges I’ve chosen for this year. Clicking on the challenge logo will take you to view host’s post where you can read more information and sign up for yourself.

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This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews. I’ve been on a big cozy kick as of late and some of those include some very special furry friends. My goal is Level 2 – Read 7-12 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews. In keeping with my cozy mystery theme, I’m opting to read more about those frisky felines. My goal is Purring – Read 1-10 cat mysteries.

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This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews. What better way to knock out those cozies than to cruise on through them? My goal is Level One (Snoop).

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book. Are we seeing a theme here? My goal is Famished – 11 – 20 Cozy Mysteries.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book. Follow along as I travel the US through books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book. Do you know your ABCs?

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This challenge is being hosted by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. You decide what genre you want to dig into. My goal is 12 Western Romances.

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This challenge is being hosted by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. Genre, author, series, as long as it’s new to you it counts. My goal is 12 new things.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lexxie from (un)Conventional Reviews and Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! I feel like I’m always missing out on the latest and greatest. That book that debuted in January with rave reviews? Yeah, I’m not reading it until months later. My goal is 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie.

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This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn from The Book Date. Ever see a book you really want and have all intentions of reading it but it gets thrown to the side for whatever reason? My goal is 20% or less – Money Sitting on the Shelf.

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This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn from The Book Date. Are you ready for some book bingo? The goal for this is to blackout your card.

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This challenge is being hosted by Tanya from girlxoxo. Each month is a different theme and you must read at least one book within that theme.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. I’ve been into eBooks in the last couple of years because they’re just so much more convenient. However, I still have print books sitting on my shelves that I haven’t gotten around to. My goal for this is Chapter Books: 52.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. On the reverse side, this is to help me clear off my eShelf. My goal is Level 1: 100 minimum.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. This focuses on the number of pages read instead of number of books. My goal is Bonsai – Read 12,000 pages.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. All you have to do is read! My goal is Level 1: 100 minimum.

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This challenge is being hosted by Julie from Whole Latte Books. I’ve always had a thing for witches, vampires, etc. My goal is 10 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Julie from Whole Latte Books. I haven’t been reading many YA books lately and I’d love to discover some new ones. My goal is 10 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. The goal of this is to read 9 books within the specified categories.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. Time to dust off those old books you’ve got lying around! My goal is Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. This sounds like a fun way to read my favorite genre. My goal is Infraction — six books read in a single chain of evidence.

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This challenge is being hosted by Melissa from Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. I love humorous and cozy witch stories. My goal is Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Alysia from Mocha Girls Read. Another fun sounding book bingo. Only have to complete two lines for this one.

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This challenge is being hosted by Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! and Barb from Booker T’s Farm. Mysteries have always been my favorite genre. My goal is 5-15 books – Amateur Sleuth.

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This challenge is being hosted by Renee from Addicted to Romance. Who doesn’t love a good paranormal romance? My goal is 5-15 Books- A Shifter Cub Taking Risks In The Forests.

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This challenge is being hosted by Andi from Andi’s ABCs. I haven’t been reading much contemporary romance lately although it is one of my favorites. I finally got around to reading one in November that rekindled my passion for it. My goal is 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Shari from Delighted Reader. Who doesn’t love a bad boy right? My goal is Level One – 5-9 books – Capturing the Bad Boy.

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This challenge is being hosted by Terri from Second Run Reviews and Julie at Chapter Break. This is another great challenge to dust off those books that have been on your shelves for awhile. My goal is 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jan from That Artsy Reader Girl. I love discovering new authors! My goal is 12 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon from It Starts at Midnight. I say this all the time but I really would like to try doing some discussion posts. My goal is 1 per month, so 12 total.

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This challenge is hosted by Heather from Based on a True Story. Cookbooks, cozies, romances, it all counts as long as it involves food. My goal is Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books.

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This challenge is hosted by Corinne from Everyday Gyaan. Last year I read about 15 books. Definitely not like me at all. I guess that’s what happens when life gets in the way though. My goal is 100 books this year, which is the normal average for me.

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This challenge is hosted by Valentina from Peek A Book. As long as the book is by a female author it counts. My goal is Level 4: WONDER WOMAN – read 20+ books written by a woman author.

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This challenge is being hosted by ME!! This is my first time doing a challenge and I’m nervous and excited at the same time. My goal is Level 2 – Read 11-20 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by (Cheryl & Gina in spirit) Bev from Reading Challenge Addict. My challenge addiction wouldn’t be complete without participating in this one. My goal is On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed).