26 July 2016

Release Day Launch: Bearliest Catch by Bianca D'Arc

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Today we have the great new paranormal romance, Bearliest Catch by Bianca D’Arc. Be sure to check it out and grab your copy, and enter her giveaway  

BearliestCatchFinal-72-200x300About Bearliest Catch:   Drew spends his days fishing in the Pacific, far from Grizzly Cove, seeking the peace of the ocean. Jetty lives in the ocean, part of a hunting party of mer folk, in near-constant danger now from the evil creature that roams the deep. When they meet, sparks fly and the ocean comes alive with danger. Can they get her people to safety?

Exclusive Excerpt: “I’d better go and tell the others what you’ve said.” She walked toward the stern of the boat slowly. “Is it safe to swim after a meal like that? I mean, most humans have to wait a bit before they go swimming after eating. How does that work for you?” He looked adorably confused and genuinely curious, so she humored his question. “Once I shift, the mer characteristics win out, so it won’t be a problem.” She sent him a smile as she walked farther away. It was hard to leave him, which surprised her, but she couldn’t stay. She had responsibilities to her people, much as she would have loved to spend the rest of the day with the sexy bear shifter. He followed her, and they both stood at the stern of the boat, his hooks picking up nothing during their meal and continuing to just drift with no action. “If you go a little northwest, you’ll find some big sturgeon and halibut. The fishing is much better in that direction right now,” she offered, hoping to help in some small way. “I might as well give you a solid tip on where to find dinner since you fed me part of your lunch.” She turned to him, laughing lightly. “The tip is appreciated, but you don’t owe me anything, sweetheart.” The breath caught in her throat at his use of the endearment. He also stepped right up to her, not a foot between their bodies as he looked down into her eyes. She almost forgot to breathe. “But…” She didn’t know what she was objecting to as his head drifted lower. Was he going to kiss her? “Ssh,” he soothed her, drawing her under his spell. “If you really want to repay me for the sandwich, all I ask of you is a single kiss.” What? Alarm bells sounded in her mind, but they were drowned out by the nearness of him. She could feel his warmth only inches away from her, and she wanted to snuggle up against him. She’d been so cold for so long… Which was an odd thought for a mer to have. Mer didn’t feel cold. The oceans were their home. So what had gotten into her now? And why was she suddenly so eager to snuggle up to a land dweller? Oh, he was a shifter—they had that in common—but he still lived on land, and she in the sea. Though she could survive very well on dry land too. In fact, she’d spent most of her youth on land, with her family, doing the normal things that humans and shifters did. She’d gone to school, had friends, drove a car, had a job, and even moved in with her boyfriend. But the situation with Dirk was what had driven her into the sea. She refused to go down that path again. Dirk had been human, a little voice inside reminded her. Andrew was a shifter. Maybe things would be different with a shifter. Did she dare try to find out? As his lips touched hers, all thoughts fled in the face of his passion. What started as a simple kiss turned into something much more profound within a single heartbeat. He took her into his embrace, and she did get a chance to snuggle up to his warmth, basking in the feel of his strong arms around her. He kissed her lightly, at first, then gradually deepened the kiss when she made no move to push him away. His tongue danced with hers, showing her new patterns of pleasure even as her knees threatened to give way. He was holding her up, his hands around her waist, supporting her, not imprisoning. And that was the key. He held her firmly, but lightly. She could break free any time she wanted…which was why she stayed.      

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but in my latest book, Bearliest Catch, a wounded-warrior bear shifter gets mixed up with a mermaid. I didn’t intentionally set out to write a mermaid character when I started this series, but I guess the coastal setting and the situation in the fictional world, where there is a demon-like entity in the water, combined to make it reasonable to have at least one of my heroines be a mermaid.
She’s not your typical little mermaid though. I decided if I was going to write mer creatures, I was going to develop their society and roles in it more fully than I’ve seen done before. So my mer females are part of a hunting party. Essentially, they’re protectors of their larger community, and when they run afoul of the danger in the water, they begin to interact with the land-dwelling bear shifters who have just moved into town. Inevitably, sparks ignite between the two as they work together to fight the evil that has beset both the town and the surrounding ocean.
Sometimes, as a writer, stories take you in unexpected directions. I think it’s always exciting when your imagination is posed the big “what if” question and comes up with something that surprises you. And I think, for the most part, readers enjoy that kind of spontaneous leap into new directions too.
While a lot of people who don’t read the genre seem to complain that romance is too formulaic, I don’t agree. Romance goes where you want to take it. Sure, there are some tropes and more or less standard story lines, but we’re not all limited by those things. Many of us routinely bounce into new and exciting places with our stories.
In the Grizzly Cove series, I’ve mixed up the backgrounds of all the characters. The series starts off with three novellas in which the heroines are all human women who had no idea there were shifters in the world until they moved to Grizzly Cove. In the fourth book, which is novel-length, the heroine is a witch. (A good witch.) And then I started introducing mermaids. Where it goes from here, I’m not sure, but you can bet I’ll keep introducing unexpected elements and characters. That way, it keeps the work fresh for both me and, hopefully, for the reader.
The heroes in this series are all bear shifters with different challenges. Even though they’re all bear shifters, not all are grizzlies. I’ve been having fun with different types of bears from different parts of the world to make each hero a little unique. The men also have a military background. They were all part of the same Special Forces unit and are a true band of brothers. Retired from the military now, they were seeking a quiet place to live and maybe find mates, but they didn’t bargain on the evil that’s been hunting them from just off shore.
This paranormal romance series is a mix of adventure, excitement and sexy attraction between the heroes and their ladies. I like to make my books about equal parts romance and adventure and that holds true for this series. As we go along, the stakes get higher and the overall situation in the cove gets more complicated. I hope you enjoy the unexpected twists and turns as they happen when you’re reading, as much as I do when I’m writing them!

About Bianca D’Arc: Bianca D’Arc is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She has twice won EPPIE Awards for her work, along with the Australian Romance Readers Favorite Erotic Romance eBook of 2008 for her first werewolf romance, Lords of the Were. She is a native New Yorker who worked as an executive on Wall Street during the summer of 2001. She changed careers after the tragic attacks of 9/11 and started seriously pursuing publication in 2005. She has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, a Masters in Library Science, and a Juris Doctor, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves her garden and plays the piano, ukulele and guitar.  

Connect with Bianca! Website: www.biancadarc.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BiancaDArcAuthor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/biancadarc  

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14 July 2016

Blog Tour by Life After Juliet by Shannon Alexander

Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary YA
Synopsis: Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people...                  

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world...and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

Meet Shannon,
Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. She spent most of her time in high school hiding out in the theater with the drammies and techies. Math still makes her break out in a sweat. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

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Author Interview:

1) What inspires you to write?

I write character-driven stories, so everything begins with a character for me. I joke around that I’ve always had voices in my head because for as long as I can remember, I’ve been watching stories like movies in my head. Daydreaming is my favorite thing to do!

Eventually, one voice will get louder than the others. If I listen, a story will start to unfold.

2) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Let yourself enjoy writing. I think aspiring writers (myself included) get too focused on the end result—the completed novel, the literary agent, the publishing deal, etc. But all of that is just chatter, and it takes away from what you need to be doing, which is enjoying developing your craft.

Be silly. Make mistakes. Throw away your outlines. Take wrong turns. Write scenes you have no intention of keeping. Create characters with deep, complex back stories—and then kill them off so you can create new characters. Play with your craft. Read. Copy your favorite authors. Write bad fanfiction. Write great fanfiction. Explore writing to its fullest.

Actually, this is good advice for me, too, because even though I have two novels published, I’m still aspiring to be the best writer I can be. (☺ Thankfully, I already excel at being the cheesiest writer I can be. ☺)

3) What do you do when you are faced with writers block?

Wallow in paralyzing self-doubt and pity. Usually large amounts of sugar consumption is required.

Then, when I’ve wallowed enough (and made myself sick from eating one too many Swedish Fish), I’ll refocus. I recently went to hear Rick Yancey, author of The Fifth Wave, speak, and he had some great advice that helped me. And since writers are all thieves, I’ll steal it and pass it on to you.

Rick Yancey says that when you find yourself blocked, it means that your mind is trying to do two things at once. It’s trying to be creative, and it’s being judgey. Now, here’s where you guys suffer from me retelling this, because I’m pretty sure Rick Yancey had a better way of saying it. I’m pretty sure “judgey” wasn’t a word that came out of his highly educated mouth. But you get what I’m saying, right?

When you’re stuck, it’s probably because in the middle of trying to create something from nothing, your brain has switched gears on you and is analyzing everything you’ve just written. And of course your judgey brain is being a total jerk and telling you that your beautiful creation is crap, so the creative part of your brain freezes and then you find yourself eating two bags of Swedish Fish, which, if you’re wondering is seventeen portions more than any human should ever eat in one sitting.

So, do like Rick Yancey says, and turn off the jerk side of your brain so you can keep creating.

Or just call me, and I’ll send you some Swedish Fish.

4) Do you have an email subscription or a street team for me and my followers to follow to keep up to date on your books?

I do! Right now, the street team is called The Backstage Crew because we’re working hard to make sure Becca and the LIFE AFTER JULIET gang get their chance to shine on stage. If you’re interested in joining the crew, fill out this form.

If you ever want to email me or follow me on any social media platform (Instagram is my new favorite playground!), then you can find links to all of those on my webpage.

And if you want to receive my newsletters (don’t worry, I’m terrible at news so there’s only maybe four that go out a year, but they are always worth the wait), then you can sign up here!

Thanks so much for hosting me! Happy reading!

23 June 2016

Blog Tour: If You're Gone by Brittany Goodwin

If You're Gone by Brittany Goodwin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 20th 2016 Edge of 22 Publishing
Summary: If You’re Gone traces a trying summer for rising high school senior Lillian White as she struggles to cope with the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, Brad Lee - reported missing the morning after his graduation ceremony. When law enforcement dismisses the case and classifies Brad as voluntarily missing, Lillian becomes desperate to prove that he couldn’t have just walked away. Not from his friends. Not from his family. Not from her.Launching her own investigation into the darker side of her small North Carolina town, Lillian begins to uncover secrets from Brad’s past that force her to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship. "Soul-stirring... Truly one of the most innovative voices to come along in a while. Goodwin has weaved an engaging web of deceit and intrigue that embodies not only her storytelling prowess
but highlights her visionary filmmaking abilities in novel form." (Justin Price, creator of 'Future' SVOD channel) If You're Gone will be available June 20th, 2016 from Edge of 22 Publishing.

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Meet The Author:
About the Author Brittany Goodwin is an author, screenwriter and director, best known for the internationally distributed faith-based feature films, Secrets in the Snow and Secrets in the Fall, which have both been awarded the highest honor of five Doves from the Dove Foundation. Brittany lives outside Nashville, TN with her husband and every growing number of rescue pets. She enjoys traveling with her husband and dogs, DIY projects, quoting John Hughes films, playing (and winning!) movie trivia games, and binge-watching Investigation Discovery Channel. A self-proclaimed armchair detective, Brittany is an active member of many Missing Persons blogs and Facebook pages, which inspired the topic of her debut YA novel, If You're Gone.

Author Interview:
1) what inspires you to write?

I love stories that make me feel something, whether it is books or movies, and I’m always coming up with new ideas for characters and situations I think people will relate to or take something away from. I’m not sure if that really answers the question… but I guess I am inspired by human emotion!

2) what is the hardest thing about being a writer?

For myself, and probably many other writers, I have to say rejection. It can be so discouraging and stifling. You feel like you have created a beautiful product only to send it off to literary agents and publishers who won’t give it the time of day, or who give you generic reasons why they aren’t interested in it, and it can be so frustrating! When submitting If You’re Gone I received about a dozen full and partial requests out of nearly EIGHTY agents and publishers I sent it to. (I’m almost embarrassed to admit that number, but I don’t think I am the only writer out there who has nearly hit- or exceeded- triple digits on their list of submissions!) Every day as those rejections kept rolling in I had to force myself to keep editing and keep working on new projects, despite the lack of interest. It was tough but my persistence paid off in the end!

3) what do you do when you get writers block?

My biggest struggle has been what I call “writers paranoia”. I always have a story running through my head, but sometimes I am scared to put it down on paper because I worry it won’t come out as good as what’s in my mind. It sounds crazy, but it has affected me so many times. I have finally gotten to the point where I just force myself to start writing, almost like stream of consciousness, and then I’ll walk away from it and re-read it later. At least if it’s terrible I know what went wrong and I can try again.

4) what advice would you give to aspiring writers

When I had an inbox full of form rejections I had to keep reminding myself “it only takes one”. After a LOT of patience and perseverance, I was lucky enough to get contract offers from a few different indie publishers! I have found that a lot of writers put their novel on a shelf when they hit their target rejection number (or just can’t stand another “No”) and move on to something different. My advise to aspiring writers is- don’t let anyone else’s opinion about your work change how you feel about your work. If you took the time to write something because you felt it was important enough to be written about- self publish it, blog it, just put it out there! A lot of writers might disagree with me, but I encourage all writers to remain passionate about their writing regardless of what Agent X has to say about it. 

5) do you have a street team or an email readers can subscribe to receive updates on upcoming releases, etc.

Yes! I don’t post on Twitter a lot but anytime something exciting is happening you better believe I will blow up your news feed! ☺ My Twitter handle is @thewritebritt. Also, if you go to edgeof22publishing.com you will be prompted to enter your email address to join the mailing list, and you can receive promotional offers as well as announcements for upcoming work from myself and other amazing indie authors!

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17 June 2016

Blog Tour: Unplugged by Donna Freitas

Unplugged (The Wired #1)
by Donna Freitas
Publisher: Harper Children's
Release Date: June 21st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer

1) What made you want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a big reader—it’s one of my favorite things to do in the entire world. But I never thought I would become a writer. The reason why I did is because one day, this character—a girl named Antonia Lucia Labella—popped into my head and I could hear her voice, clear as day. She rattled around in my brain for quite a while before I sat down to write her story. And even when I finally did, I felt crazy for trying to write a novel! Antonia became the girl at the center of my debut novel The Possibilities of Sainthood.

2) How do you motivate yourself to write?

Coffee! A lot of coffee. And cookies and other sweets to go with it.

What really motivates me, though, is that I love having this space to play around and figure out someone’s story and life. For me, writing is often like one big do over—I get to go back to these moments in my life and relive them, re-imagine them, fix them, take a situation that turned out in a way I didn’t want it to, and make it turn out the way I wished it had. Also: my protagonists get to date all the boys I never got to date in real life, or the boy of my/their dreams. ☺ And that is very fun!

Plus, writing novels is a safe place to imagine dark things in the future, like with Unplugged, fears and struggles and life’s hardest moments. Getting to work through all of this stuff is really motivating to me. Writing is like my therapist. ☺

3) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t be afraid of the blank page: think of it as a playground where you get to do and live whatever you want. Where all your dreams can come true or you can live out all of your fears but safely. And you can always, always revise later.

4) Do you have an email subscription list, Facebook page, street team, etc for my followers and I to receive more information about your books now and in the future?

I do! You can sign up via my website: www.donnafreitas.com. And you can always email me directly: donnamariefreitas@gmail.com.

Thanks for having me!

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Donna Freitas is an author of fiction, nonfiction, and articles that appear in newspapers, magazines, and on blogs. Born in Rhode Island, Donna now splits her time between New York City and Barcelona.

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07 June 2016

Blog Tour: Hair In All The Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley

Hair In All The Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley
Publication Date:  June 7, 2016
Publisher:  Month9Books
What has he done?

What’s happening to him?

And what on Earth is that smell?

For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf.

Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people?

Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes!

But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead.

Meet Andrew,
Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

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1) What inspires you to write?
I’d like to say that it’s a primal desire to nurture creativity and spread joy and happiness throughout the world through the insertion of the written word. But really I do it for the money, fame, fortune, and being an author gives me a great excuse to look generally scruffy. I don’t even own a tie. Not one.

In all seriousness, I find inspiration in the creativity of others. I’m heavily influenced by authors like Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Tolkien, George RR Martin, Anne Rice, and so on. I find mythology and folklore to be utterly fascinating so I draw a ton of inspiration from there. Even random and weird bits of history prove to be quite interesting. For example I have a work in progress that chronicles the hilarious life and times of Jack the Ripper. Inspiration is truly everywhere.

2) What do you do when you find yourself having writers block?

I’m very fortunate not to have suffered from any such things. I have down days when it’s harder to write than others but I brew another pot of tea and I push through, even if what I’m putting down on paper is garbage, I still think it’s good to keep writing regardless of whether the words are flowing freely or not. Eventually you’ll hit an up-turn.

3) What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
It’s going to sound clich├ęd and ridiculous but my main piece of advice is ‘write’. And when you’re done writing, write something else. And after that, write. Beyond that, keep writing. Many writers produce a book and then push to have it published. If they’re fortunate to get it published they then find themselves with nothing else to do and in today’s literary marketplace it’s as equally important to have a large volume or work as it is to have high quality work. So, I say again, WRITE!

Aside from that I’d recommend building yourself a marketing platform whether you’re already published or not. Create a website, start blogging, create a podcast, make sure you have a Facebook page for your writing, and start tweeting (I got my first publishing contract via a contact I made on Twitter). Yes, it’s all work, yes, it’ll be difficult. But it’s worth it. Publishers like to see writers who are marketable and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there.

4) Do you have an email subscription, Facebook page, street team, etc for my followers and I to follow to learn about news and upcoming releases from you?
Indeed I do! Here are all my pertinent links. My newsletter is new and the first issue will be coming out this month so make sure you sign up for that!

Newsletter sign up: http://www.andrewbuckleyauthor.com/#section_6
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/abuckley23 


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06 June 2016

Book Tour: Saved By a Soldier by Alison Mello

Saved by a Soldier
Alison Mello
(Love Conquers Life, #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: June 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
Patricia Ann Fitzgerald is no man’s arm candy…
Refusing to entertain her mother’s ridiculous notion that she should become the perfect little housewife for her ex-boyfriend Ben, Patty escapes to her father’s lake house to focus on what matters most to her. She has to break through her writer’s block and start her next book.
Medically discharged from the service and suffering from PTSD, Carter Montgomery is still trying to get his life back in order…
When Carter’s father Jackson suggests a week at the lake, it’s not only so he can gain a little clarity about his future. Jackson has other plans for his recovering son, intending for him to watch over his best friend’s daughter while she’s on a solo writing retreat—an idea that doesn’t please Carter at all.
Patty finds it hard to get any work done when her attention keeps diverting to the handsome stranger next door…
Patty is persuaded to attend a charity event, despite knowing her ex will be in attendance. When Ben rudely interrupts Patty’s dance with her father and drags her off the floor, Carter is quick to intervene. He’s tired of admiring Patty from afar, and refuses to see her treated that way. Ready to ditch the stuffy event, Patty escapes with her savior someplace where they can finally talk.
Ben always gets what he wants, and he isn’t willing to let Patty slip away…
Patty fights to preserve her blooming relationship with Carter from the critical eyes of her mother and the scheming ways of her ex. Will Carter manage to get his life back in order in time to save Patty from the life she never wanted?
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Author Bio:
Alison Mello is a wife and stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. She lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts. She loves playing soccer, basketball and football with her son.
After having her son, Alison started reading again and fell in love with Contemporary Romance. Reading made her happy and gave her something to do when she had downtime. As she started to read more, she started to noticed things she really enjoyed in a book and things she didn’t. She began to have ideas for writing one of her own. One day she literally woke up and started writing. She realized that if there was ever a time for her to write, it was now. She had a part time job to give her something to do. The hours at work were slow and she was bored with what she was doing, so while her son was off enjoying his friends over summer vacation she got started.
Alison finished the first book in two weeks and decided that she really enjoyed writing, so she kept going. She already had ideas in mind for books two and three, so she kept writing. That is how the Learning to Love Series was born. Somewhere along the line, one of my Beta readers convinced me that Michael, a character from Finding Love, needed his own story. That is when Alison added the fourth and final book. Alison hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.
She’s so glad she started this writing journey and hopes you will stay with her for the ride. Chasing Dreams is scheduled to release in April and the first two books of the Love Conquers Life series will be out this summer!

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