Monday, November 30, 2015

Review- Along The Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

Those who know me know that I read a lot and have many favorite, go-to authors. But there's only one author who manages to wow me with every release, whose epic breathtaking novels stay with me for years and every one has a place of honor on my keeper shelf. She's done it again with Along The Infinite Sea.






















ISBN-13: 9780399171314
Publisher: Putnam/Penguin
Release Date: 11-03-2015
Length: 464pp
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Overview

An epic story of star-crossed lovers in pre-war Europe collides with a woman on the run in the swinging '60s, in another riveting historical novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and Tiny Little Thing.
Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she's finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.
But the car's new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle's life from World War II stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts.
Indomitable heroines, a dazzling world of secrets, champagne at the Paris Ritz, and a sweeping love story for the ages, in New York Times bestselling author Beatriz William's final book about the Schuyler sisters.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Showcase - Downton Abbey A Celebration - a new coffee table book


I know many of you are anxiously awaiting the final season of Downton Abbey and although the actors will show up in other Masterpiece productions it just won't be the same. Well I'm happy to tell you that St. Martin's Press has yet another Coffee Table Book celebrating all six seasons and shhhh it's even got some season six spoilers.
This will make a perfect gift for that Abbey fanatic on your holiday shopping list.
Enjoy the showcase.






















ISBN-13: 9781250091550
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 11/10/2015
Length: 320pp
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Interview - B. J. Daniels - Lucky Shot


Please welcome back to the blog NYT and USA Today bestselling author, B. J. Daniels whose here to chat about her just released today #3 in her Montana Hamiltons series.





















ISBN-13: 9780373788552
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 11/24/2015
Length: 368pp
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Overview

He's determined to uncover the truth behind a decades-old disappearance—even if it kills him
When hotshot reporter Max Malone gets a rare shot of Buckmaster Hamilton with a blonde woman near Beartooth, Montana, he chases down one of the senator's daughters to verify that the woman is his supposedly long-dead first wife. But Kat Hamilton won't give him the time of day, let alone any information about her mother.
With his tousled blond hair, sexy stubble and an old straw cowboy hat topping off his long, lean frame, Kat can just tell Max isn't used to female sources denying him anything. But when her own life is put in jeopardy, it's Max who comes to her rescue. Seems someone is prepared to kill to keep the past in the past. Kat can't deny she needs Max to find out what happened to her mother, but will getting closer and closer to each other lead them to the truth…or to danger?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Interview - Kristina McMorris - The Edge of Lost - Review

I'm so happy to welcome back to the blog a favorite author, Kristina McMorris. She's here today to chat about her latest historical novel inspired by Alcatraz. Interested how and why, read on and she'll tell you.
Click HERE for a Goodreads giveaway of this book.






















ISBN-13: 9780758281180
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 11/24/2015
Length: 352pp
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Overview

From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances.
On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard’s only daughter—one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island—has gone missing. Tending the warden’s greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl’s whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search’s outcome.
Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell—and believe—in order to survive.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza - December's Festive Line up, Authors, Guest Posts and More Oh My!


Its almost time for my annual, Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by The Reading Frenzy and Harlequin.
This years I'm changing things up, instead of interviews each contributor, starting with me will present to my readers a guest post featuring a favorite Holiday Tradition or Holiday Memory that is special to them. I'll still showcase the author's Holiday Novels and include my review courtesy of RT Magazine.
Here's the Line up
Be sure to stop by everyday because there are many giveaways and to celebrate Sarah Morgan's late December release of the second in her Puffin Island novel Harlequin is sponsoring that giveaway.
Enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Guest Post- Mingmei Yip - The Witch's Market - Review

Today I'm happy to bring back an author who's become a favorite. Her novels are a mix of fantasy and realism and all have taken me to faraway exotic places. The Witch's Market is no different, it's fun, fantastical and genuine.
Please enjoy Mingmei's guest post where she gives a bit more insight into the inspiration and the experience of The Witch's Market. Then I'll give my review.





















ISBN-13: 9781617733239
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 11-24-2015
Length: 352pp
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Overview

From the author of Secret of a Thousand Beauties and Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a beautifully written novel of self-discovery and intrigue.
 Chinese-American assistant professor Eileen Chen specializes in folk religion at her San Francisco college. Though her grandmother made her living as a shamaness, Eileen publicly dismisses witchcraft as mere superstition. Yet privately, the subject intrigues her.
 When a research project takes her to the Canary Islands—long rumored to be home to real witches—Eileen is struck by the lush beauty of Tenerife and its blend of Spanish and Moroccan culture. A stranger invites her to a local market where women sell amulets, charms, and love spells. Gradually Eileen immerses herself in her exotic surroundings, finding romance with a handsome young furniture maker. But as she learns more about the lives of these self-proclaimed witches, Eileen must choose how much trust to place in this new and seductive world, where love, greed, and vengeance can be as powerful, or as destructive, as any magic.

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF MINGMEI YIP
 “Inspiring, courageous story...Yip's prose is simple yet descriptive, immersing the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of rural and urban China.”  
Booklist on Secret of a Thousand Beauties
 “A unique and enthralling style…flawless.”
–Baltimore Books Examiner on The Nine Fold Heaven
 “Surprising and often funny….Part epic, part coming-of-age story, part modern fairy tale.”
Publishers Weekly on Song of the Silk Road

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset


Its my immense pleasure and privilege to bring you a showcase of Quirk's newest adult paper doll playset. The leading role is played by no other than our very hopeful 45th and 1st Woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
So when Quirk offered me a copy if I'd "play" with dolls I jumped at the chance. It's been years since I played with paper dolls that were very popular when I was a kid. And boy did I have a blast!
Sit back and enjoy my day of playing with dolls and with history  ;-)


ISBN-13: 9781594748318
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Release Date: 11/17/2015
Length: 12pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/IndieBound

Overview

It may not be an election year, but you can cast your vote early with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset! This fold-out book features replicas of the Oval Office and other White House locations, plus perforated paper dolls of Hillary Clinton and all of her political pals and adversaries. Be HRC’s chief of staff as she takes questions at the press podium, hashes out tough negotiations in the Situation Room, or even consults with the ghost of Abe Lincoln. Complete with a pop-up cast of characters and accouterments (Bill comes with a lawn mower to keep him busy), this fun and feminist-friendly playset is perfect for Hillary fans young and old.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Furies by Natalie Haynes - Showcase

Today I'm happy to be showcasing the paperback release of The Furies by Natalie Haynes




















ISBN-13: 9781250048011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: PB-11/17/2015 HB-08/26/2014
Length: 304pp
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Overview

"Steady pacing paired with well-timed foreshadowing and fully realized characters make this one compelling from the beginning. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992), Erin Kelly'sThe Poison Tree (2011), and Tana French's The Likeness (2008) will likely enjoy the new perspective Haynes' conversational style offers to similar material." —Booklist 
After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief.
Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?
Natalie Haynes' The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Interview-Review Paul Goat Allen - Rise of the Northmen Anthology

Today I'm so happy to welcome to the blog an old friend, fellow moderator from the B&N.com book clubs, genre fiction book reviewer, author, poet. blogger and all around Renaissance Man, Paul Goat Allen. He's here today to tell us about his novella in the anthology, Rise of the Northmen.
Take it Paul!





















ASIN: B017TNK0R8
Publisher:  Corvus Corax LLC
Release Date: 11-10-2015
Length: 2381 KB (274pp)
Buy It: Amazon/Kobo



Rise of the Northmen

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Showcase - Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded - Jeffery Deaver- Repressed

Killer Nashville Noir

Cold-Blooded

on Tour November 2015


Synopsis:

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Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paul Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.
Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more…
Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades...
This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.


Book Details:


Genre: Mystery/Thriller Anthology
Published by: Diversion Publishing
Publication Date: October 27th 2015
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: 1626818789 (ISBN13: 9781626818781)
Series: Killer Nashville
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads






Tour Participants:





Giveaway:

This is a giveaway hosted by Diversion Books for Clay Stafford & the Killer Nashville team. There will be 8 winners for this tour. The winner will receive 1 eBook copy of Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded. This giveaway is for US residents only. The giveaway begins on November 1st, 2015 and runs through November 30th, 2015.
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About the Author:

  

JEFFERY DEAVER
“Repressed” by JEFFERY DEAVER
From the author of The Bone Collector comes Sam Fogel, a professor of Northern transplant displaced in a quiet North Carolina town who becomes disturbed when he sees an old, yellow Buick. After visiting a therapist on his wife’s suggestion, he comes across repressed memories. Can Sam’s discovery save his marriage, his family, his sanity? And will a cold case finally be solved.
A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. The author of thirty-seven novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received or been shortlisted for dozens of awards. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize.
Connect with Jeffery   or on his website www.jefferydeaver.com




Jeffery's Book The October List has has been sold to ITV television for a production in the UK

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

**GIVEAWAY** Review - Audible Edition - Karma Series - Donna Augustine

The Karma series was my first experience with the fantastic fantasy author, Donna Augustine and when I was given the chance to review it on audible I jumped.
These were given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
So sit back and enjoy my review of the series.





Giveaway is for the audible
edition of the entire Three Book series
Open Internationally
Sponsored by the Author Donna Augustine
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

**GIVEAWAY** Interview with Amy Sue Nathan - The Good Neighbor

First Happy Veteran's Day! A Heartfelt thank you for your sacrifices to serve our country.

Please welcome Amy Sue Nathan to the blog, she's here today to chat about her second novel, The Good Neighbor.  Please enjoy our chat then enter to win a copy of your own sponsored by St. Martin's Press, US ONLY. 
Giveaway details below
Click HERE to read a review by friend and fellow blogger Kathryn at The Book Date.




















ISBN-13: 9781250048585
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 10/13/2015
Length: 272 pp
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Overview

When small lies have big consequences...
Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends-and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman-Izzy feels like she's stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That's when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that's when life gets complicated.
Blogging about her "new guy" provides Izzy with something to do when Noah's asleep. What's the harm in a few made-up stories? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious "Mac," someone online suspects Izzy's a fraud, and a guy in real life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are.

Giveaway is for one print copy of
The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan
US ONLY
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Interview with Francis Powell - Flight of Destiny



Please welcome Francis Powell author of the book of short stories Flight of Destiny and enjoy our interview.






















ISBN-13:9780988664098
Publisher: 
Savant Books & Publications LLC
Release Date: 04/07/2105
Length:360pp
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OVERVIEW:

FLIGHT OF DESTINY IS A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES ABOUT MISFORTUNE. THEY ARE CHARACTERIZED BY UNEXPECTED FINAL TWISTS, THAT COME AT THE END OF EACH TALE. THEY ARE DARK AND SURREAL TALES, SET AROUND THE WORLD, AT DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS. THEY SHOW A WORLD IN WHICH ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. IT IS HARD TO DETERMINE REALITY AND WHAT IS GOING ON A DISTURBED MIND. PEOPLE'S CONCEPTIONS ABOUT MORALITY ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. A GOOD PERSON CAN BE TRANSFORMED BY AN UNEXPECTED EVENT INTO A BAD PERSON AND THEN BACK AGAIN TO THEIR FORMER STATE. THE HIGH AND MIGHTY OFTEN DELIVER FLAWED ARGUMENTS, THOSE CONSIDERED WICKED MAKE GOOD REPRESENTATIONS OF THEMSELVES. REVENGE IS OFTEN A SUBJECT EXPLORED. 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

**Giveaway** Heartsong Cottage by Emily March-Interview

Welcome to my stop on the Heartsong Cottage blog tour. I've got a great interview with Emily, a review of the novel and her publisher St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a giveaway. Details below!
Enjoy!

ISBN-13: 9781250072962
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 11/03/2015
Length: 320
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible



Overview

Two weary strangers are about to rest their burdens in Eternity Springs, where there's hope for every broken heart.
Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn't found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs...and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he'd never have again.
Shannon O'Toole isn't looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé's death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can't deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she's hasn't felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible...

Giveaway is for one Print copy of
Heartsong Cottage US ONLY
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

*Giveaway* Showcase Blind Shuffle by Austin Williams

Welcome to my stop on the Blind Shuffle blog tour enjoy the showcase and enter to win an e-copy of your own! Sponsored by Partners In Crime Blog Tours

Blind Shuffle

by Austin Williams

on Tour Nov 2 - 13, 2015




Synopsis:

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"I wanted to take a bite out of BLIND SHUFFLE before breakfast but ended up reading straight through lunch. I finished it on a plane to Tijuana. This was my first Rusty Diamond novel…it won’t be my last. Dig in."
—Patrick Hasburgh, creator of 21 JUMP STREET

Far from the neon lights of Bourbon Street, heinous crimes are being committed against young women, and a street magician seeks to pull off his greatest trick by staying alive long enough to see justice done. The stage is set for a New Orleans noir perfect for fans of James Lee Burke and George Pelecanos.
Rusty Diamond abandoned the Crescent City years ago to pursue fame in Las Vegas, leaving Marceline Lavalle, the daughter of his mentor, with a broken heart. Now Rusty has come back to make amends with his former teacher and his first love—but Prosper Lavalle won’t face him, and no one has seen Marceline for days.
Five months pregnant, Marceline’s vanished without a trace. Her estranged boyfriend, a casino boss with criminal ties and a hair-trigger temper, claims no knowledge of her whereabouts. With the police not yet ready to declare foul play, Rusty launches his own investigation.
The search for Marceline will take Rusty into the darkest corners of New Orleans, where enormous profit can be made from human misery, where desperate people hunt on the fringes, and where not all magic is sleight of hand. It will force him to confront the mistakes of his past, and offer him a shot at redemption. And it will leave him—if he’s not careful—at the bottom of a bayou.


Book Details:


Genre: THRILLER/MYSTERY.
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Number of Pages: 266
ISBN: 1626817782 (ISBN13: 9781626817784)
Series: 2nd Rusty Diamond Novel
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

*GIVEAWAY* Interview C Hope Clark- Rich Talk - Killer Nashville

Welcome to my stop on the Killer Nashville/Rich Talk by C Hop Clark blog tour. Enjoy our brief chat then enter to win a copy of the anthology.  Sponsored by Partners in Crime Blog Tours.

Killer Nashville Noir

Cold-Blooded

on Tour November 2015


Synopsis:

cover
Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paul Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.
Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more…
Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades...
This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.


Book Details:


Genre: Mystery/Thriller Anthology
Published by: Diversion Publishing
Publication Date: October 27th 2015
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: 1626818789 (ISBN13: 9781626818781)
Series: Killer Nashville
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

Monday, November 2, 2015

***GIVEAWAY*** Interview Nicole Michaels - Win Me Over

Please welcome today author Nicole Michaels. She's here today to chat about her new release, Win Me Over #2 in her Hearts and Crafts series.
NYT bestselling author says about it " sexy, steamy with just the right amount of snark.."

Enjoy our chat and then enter to win a copy of your own sponsored by St. Martin's Press, details below.




















ISBN-13:9781250058164
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 09/01/2015
Length: 336pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound



Overview

Callie Daniels is a singular sensation. She owns and operates her own bakery, contributes to a popular lifestyle blog, and is the dance team coach at a local high school. She lives by her own design and is much too busy to consider dating. Mr. Right will have to fit into her life when the time is right...
Football coach Bennett Clark always plays by the rules. He knows that his new colleague Callie is off limits but she's so beautiful-and irritating!-that Bennett can't get her off his mind. She wants him to participate in a charity dance contest, and won't take no for an answer.


Giveaway is for one print copy of
Win Me Over
US ONLY
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