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Black Friday Book Bonanza #Giveaway

Black Friday Book Bonanza

This is pretty simple. I'm a Book/IT Nerd at heart and the last thing I want to do is deal with crowds to get to the stores. So instead I would rather give something away.

I'm giving away a Fierce Reads swag bag full of well swag. Oh ya and I'll toss a mystery book in there too. Maybe two! Since I'm shipping this though it's open to US Only. 

Review: Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

Title: Soul Taken
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Series: The Life After #1
Published: June 4th 2013 by Carina UK
Genres:  YA, Paranormal, Romance
Source: eArc


After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.

Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!


This is one of those books that I had my eye on for a while. From the first cover reveal actually and for some reason I didn’t read it. Mostly just because I didn’t fit it into my schedule. With a little nudging I finally got a copy and wow why did I not read this sooner!! I loved it!!

I love a book that has a little mystery. As most books go we often figure out what is going on before the main character because well we have a different perspective and all the facts. What I really liked about this is that even though we do figure it out before the main character the timing of the information is well done. We don’t spend the whole book going why don’t you see this!!! It’s maybe a chapter. Katlyn Duncan did a great job of pacing out the information that we receive and don’t worry there a few surprises still.

I liked so many characters in this book. I really liked Maggie, she had this cold distant demeanor about her but she is also very intuitive. She is a soul collector but she lacks a little bit of humanity in her. Is it because she has been disconnected from the human world for so long or is it something else. Her path to discovery and in a way finding herself is one of my favorite parts of this book. Also that she is flawed and not perfectly innocent. By the end of the book I found her to be a well rounded character.

Cooper or Jackson? Cooper or Jackson? Alright if I was going to be on a team right now it would be...I don’t know I love both boys. I like how Maggie and Cooper interact with one another but you're not really sure if he’s into or not. With the whole being stuck in another body thing and Jackson, well there is a history there. It’s one of the things that makes me want to speed to the next book. It’s not really a love triangle per say because she is not committed to either boy. She is more focused on herself and what the heck is going on.

I love the world of the After. The different jobs and dimensions of it. You have the Soul Collectors, the Guards and then the head honchos. There are other facets too that come into play with Ally and Maggie’s stories. Plus there are the Shadowed, aka the bad guys.

So would I say read this? Yes absolutely. In fact I’m off to read book 2 right now…...

The Legend of Me & The Winter People by Rebekah Purdy Cover Reveal #Excerpt #Giveaway

Today Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen are revealing the covers for LEGEND OF ME,

releasing in early 2014. And THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check
out the gorgeous covers, exclusive excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!

On to the reveals!


About
the Book
LEGEND OF ME
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales
of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and
limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping
children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood,
claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order,
shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a
mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true.
Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him
searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more
determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her
nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between
Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more
people could die. Including those closest to her…

Exclusive Excerpt!

Brambles scratched my legs,
snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows
splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of
fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal
trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded
in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to
glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees.
Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled
through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I
covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of
fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There,
sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed
at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the
clearing.

My foot nudged against something
and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at
me.

I screamed, backing away as fast
as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I
shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped
around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and
deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I
wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked.
If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.


About
the Book
THE WINTER PEOPLE
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1622663682

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for
fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow,
the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted
by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she
hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she
has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But
when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of
maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must
be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s
tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful
Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark
secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with
Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to
decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or
Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the
darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance,
will kill her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

The sky darkened with ominous
storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and
cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small
tornadoes.

Oh
God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath
the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just
needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the
trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I
couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens
of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to
do?

Ten,
nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

Panic stole my thoughts. I backed
away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into
something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not
something, someone. A shriek
tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a
soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from
falling.

My gaze followed those long
fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My
breath caught in my throat. I’m
gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of
blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into
existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen.
Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight
shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the
corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to
keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read
the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare
him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like
the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve
met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees
go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted
with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known
her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my
mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay.
“Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of
my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then
stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned
you.”

He gave me another cocky grin.
“Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m
not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking
skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long
time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be
a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In
fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and
he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me.
“I’m Nevin.”


About Rebekah: 

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.
She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.
She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2 and have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.
And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling.
She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!
REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.
And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.


Giveaway Details:

1 eARC
of LEGEND OF ME International

1 eARC
of THE WINTER PEOPLE International


Beyond Doubt by Karice Bolton Release Day!!


Brandy Rhodes is about to enter law school and everything is going according to plan.

Until she meets him—the one man in the universe who’s off limits—her best friend’s brother, Aaron.

Brandy knows enough to stay away from him, but as the pull becomes impossible to ignore, secrets and lies become part of Brandy’s way of life. And she kind of likes it.

Aaron Sullivan has never been one to believe in love. His motto is quantity over quality and that has suited him quite well. After all, love is an illusion and romance is another way to manipulate females into bed.

Until he met her—the one woman in the universe who calls his bluff and shows what love can be.

But as their love grows, Aaron’s past begins to haunt his future, and right when she needs him the most, he makes a decision that will shatter her world.

And she just may not survive.

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott Bonus Scene #Giveaway

Coming February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press!

FIRE & FLOOD Bonus Scene
Harper Shaw, Minor Character
  
The Brimstone Bleed started four hours ago, give or take. I’ve traveled as far as necessary for now, put adequate distance between myself and the other Contenders. There will be plenty who travel without stopping, without making a plan.

Idiots.

Like the others, I don’t know anything about this race, only that I need the prize—the Cure—more than I need my own beating heart. I can still remember my mother’s words as I left our home.
“I don’t know where you think you’re going, Harper,” she said. “But you can’t just leave us like this. Not now.”

But I did leave. It’s not like I could tell her about the invitation. Or explain what would happen next. Because the truth was, I didn’t know. Two days ago, I was lounging on my bed, listening to Linkin Park and watching MTV on mute. Today, I’m here, in a jungle, fighting to save the most important person in my life.

A caw rips through the late afternoon, and the dense canopy overhead rustles. I breathe in the smell of rich, damp soil that is almost invigorating. The air is thick and damp and clings to my skin, and everywhere I look is a plant I’ve never seen before. The world is a canvas of purple vines and orange flowers and greenery that swallows the ground beneath my feet. It’s both horrific and captivating at once.

Every few seconds, I stop to swipe insects off my skin. It doesn’t bother me. I’m not the squeamish type. The only thing I’m worried about is the egg in my Brimstone Bleed issued bag. A Pandora, the device said. An animal that will help me win this competition. My heart roars in my chest when the bag against my hip stirs once again.

Now that we’re alone, I drop to my knees and remove the egg. When I see a prominent crack down the side, my entire body buzzes with anticipation. I’ve never had a pet before. Not a dog, not a cat…not even a goldfish. And now I’m supposed to travel with an animal that could potentially save my life and Lillian’s? It’s hard to absorb.

The egg cracks again, and I freeze. My hands hover over the iridescent shell, unsure of what to do. But this Pandora doesn’t need my help. It’s eager to escape its prison, eager to fulfill its destiny. I admire its tenacity already, but my stomach churns wondering what my Pandora will be like. Will it be ruthless? Endearing? Will it make it so that I don’t feel utterly alone?
The egg burst open and I fall back, a gasp escaping my throat. I glance around to ensure we are alone. And when I look back, my hands shaking, my eyes widening, I see it—


A feather. 




About the Author:

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She's the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eight foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Germany, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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Soar by Alyssa Rose Ivy Blog Tour #GuestPost #Review #Giveaway

This post is action packed..I've got a Guest Post, Review, a little teaser and of course a Giveaway for you. I'm so glad to be a part of the tour for Soar by Alyssa Rose Ivy hosted by InkSlinger PR!

In the city that never sleeps the Chronicles continue…

Serving coffee is temporary, just like Casey's year off from school. She’s going to come up with a plan to stay in New York City and go back to college, and that plan does not involve dating a paranormal creature—let alone two.

Running the supernatural society of New York is not as fun as it sounds, especially when you still have to answer to your ex-girlfriend’s fiancĂ©. Toby doesn’t mean to bring Casey into the chaos of his life, but he can't resist the girl who makes him smile when he thought no one else ever could.

Jared's in New York checking out a security risk for his best friend, the king. He plans to return to New Orleans quickly, but not if it means losing his chance with the brunette who pretends she wants nothing to do with him.

In over her head with a bunch of winged creatures who most definitely are not angels, Casey has to figure out who to trust with her life and maybe her heart.


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Guest Post
5 things Jared and Toby think you should know about Casey

1) Both Jared and Toby think you should know that Casey is beautiful. She probably doesn’t realize the effect she has on those around her.

2) Toby thinks you should know that Casey has the kind of smile that lights up a room. From the moment he first met her she was a bright spot in his life.

3) Jared thinks you should know that Casey affects him in a way that no girl ever has. There’s just something about her he can’t shake. He’s not sure if this is a good or bad thing.

4) Toby thinks you should know that Casey belongs with him.

5) Jared thinks you should know that Casey wants him.


My Review

I have not read the Crescent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy which is the predecessor to The Empire Chronicles but I’m thinking I’m going to have to do that now. Soar sucked me in the minute I started reading. I was actually in a book funk before I picked it up and it pulled me right out of it. The story was engaging and the writing flowed effortlessly, I couldn’t put it down. I want to also say that you can read this without reading the first series because Alyssa does a great job with recapping the past but not so much that you couldn't go back and read them. Actually I think the way she does it makes you want to go back and read them more.

The world of the shifters is really interesting. To be honest the book reminded me a bit of a manga, which for me is a good thing. This book would translate well to a graphic novel, I think they should make one! Alright but really I loved how the paranormal was layered over the normal. Plus shape-shifters deriving from different animals. Come on that’s awesome right. It’s nice to see a different paranormal society outside of the realm of what’s become standard.

I really liked both Toby and Jared which made me sad for both of them when they started crushing on Casey. I didn’t want either of them to lose out. Heck sometimes I even felt bad for Eric! Since I don’t know Toby from the first series he came across as sweet and kind. Jared was the witty and arrogant type. You almost wanted to combine them into one guy. Mmmm Tored or maybe Jaby…..Arlight but really, both guys had their strengths and weaknesses and I’ll be happy to take one of them off Casey’s hands.

I really liked Casey in the beginning but at the end, wow I wanted to slap the girl. Mostly because she made a decision based off something so completely idiotic. Really after all that you are going to believe that random person. Come on girl! I liked her tough as nails attitude though and I think she is going to kick butt in the series. I also really liked her friendships with Remy and Allie, even if we didn’t see her interact with either that much. I assume through the series we will see more of it.

The ending was great! It made me excited for book 2 and I can’t wait to get it into my hot little hands. If I had it I probably would have just kept reading. I’m completely hooked!


About Alyssa Rose Ivy:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

    

Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh Blog Tour #Interview #Giveaway

I'm really glad to be a aprt of the Scion of the Sun Blog Tour by Nicola Marsh, you can check out the Full Schedule HERE or click on the banner above. Today we have Nicola being awesome and stopping by the blog for an interview. Check it out and of course enter the giveaway.

Title: SCION OF THE SUN
Series: THE SOLAR SNATCHERS SERIES
Author: Nicola Marsh
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

When she least expects it, sixteen-year old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core. A vision of the mother Holly never knew leaves her questioning everything she believes.

Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. But things will get worse before they get better, as Holly accidentally transports to a parallel existence where she's confronted by a dark and ancient evil.

With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined …


Praise for Scion of the Sun:

“Charmed and drawn in by Holly’s spunk and snark, Scion of the Sun will leave you spinning and falling for Joss right along with Holly. Marsh’s unique story is packed with action, mystery, romance and suspense. This is not to be missed!” – Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Interview with Nicola Marsh

With two new YA novels at the end of this year, one of which is your debut into the genre. What made you decide to venture into the world of YA?

I hadn’t read YA for years, then rode the Twilight phenomenon and got hooked again. For twelve months I rarely read anything other than YA. Became absolutely addicted to it and just had to write my own!

You were a physiotherapist for 13 years before you decided to drastically change careers. What led to that change?

I’d always said ‘I want to write a book one day’ so I actually did it rather than talk about it. I was lucky enough to sell fairly quickly, around the time I was 5 months pregnant, and once the royalties kicked in I never went back to physiotherapy. Writing is my dream job!

You have written more than 40 books in just 12 years. How do you keep up that level of creativity? Are you blessed with a lack of writer’s block?

I actually don’t believe in writer’s block. I think no matter how exhausted or how bad life gets, I need to sit my butt down in a chair and write. Writing is my job. I couldn’t afford to get ‘blocked’ in any other occupation and writing is no different. Powering through the tough stuff and persisting when the characters don’t behave is paramount.

How do your Australian roots play a role in your books?

I love setting most of my books in Australia and have done for most of my contemporary adult romances. Which is ironic, considering both my YA releases this year, Scion of the Sun and Banish, have nothing to do with Australia.
Though I did squeeze in a sexy Aussie hero in my upcoming debut New Adult novel, BEFORE.

What are you currently reading?

In the Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind. Barbara O’Neal is one of my favourite all time authors and this is one of her earlier books. It’s beautifully written, as all her books are. Highly evocative and so lush.

Next Project?

I need to write book 2 in the Solar Snatchers series, ‘Seeker of the Sun’, where Holly gets into even more trouble.
And I’m starting on a brand new NA series too.


USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.

She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.

Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA urban fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

  


· One (1) print copies of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray, and one (1) $15 Starbucks Gift Card (US Only)
· One (1) ebook copy of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray (INT)

Eternal Echoes by Angela Corbett Book Blast #Giveaway




She thought she stopped the evil.

She thought she was safe.

Everything she thought was wrong.

Almost four months have passed since Evie Starling learned she was a Tracker and helped defeat a Daevos Clan that was taking others like her—but that wasn’t the end of the abductions. As an unknown evil emerges, Evie vows to help solve the mystery of the missing Trackers, regardless of the risk.

With new powers she doesn’t understand and can’t control, she turns to Alex and Emil, her two soul mates, for help. But her feelings for them both are tearing her apart. She knows she has to decide between them; however, her memories are only making that choice more difficult.

As the world around her is thrown into chaos, Evie is confronted with what could be a destiny-altering truth. Will she accept her history, her memories, and her role in this life, or choose to ignore the echoes of her past?


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Angela Corbett graduated from Westminster College with a double major in communication and sociology. She started working as a reporter for her local newspaper when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and editorial writing. She has also done freelance writing. In addition to writing, she works as a director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and listening to U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

Angela writes under two names. Young Adult and New Adult titles are written as Angela Corbett. Adult titles are written as Destiny Ford.

   

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