Book Review

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovitch

I like the Stephanie Plum books and I liked this new series just as much. Maybe, even a little better just because I like fantasy. I am always amazed by fantasy authors who come up with just a slight twist to the standard fantasy tropes. This book has the snarky female lead, like the Stephanie Plum series. Maybe that is what draws me to this series. I tend to be way over snarky irl. There were some parts that made me laugh at loud. The other people in the waiting room, probably thought I was crazy. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

P.S. I got this book for 1.99 through the Goodreads Deal of the Day. If you don’t know about this, sign up now.


Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

With delectable characters and non-stop thrills that have made Janet Evanovich a household name, Wicked Appetite will leave you hungry for more.



Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Knight and Moon series, and the Lizzy and Diesel series as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

Cain, The Immortal: The Immortal Darkness by Bree Pierce


** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This is a good case to create half star ratings because I think this is a good three and a half stars. The characters are strong and the plotline kept me turning pages to find out what happened. My only issue is there seem to be three major events in this story and none of the are developed to their full potential. Without giving any spoilers, each of these would make a great novella and/or book. It would give the writer a chance to develop all the details. This is my first book from this author, but I want to read more because I like her train of thought.



(May be read as a stand alone.)
In the last installment of the Cain, The Immortal Series, Kaine (the immortal Cain) and Christine are in a battle against time as a new threat arises: one that could put those they love six feet under. A surprise ally shows up from Christine’s buried past. And the plague washing through the country has brought more danger with it than just death to humans. The two of them pack up and are now on the run with their human friends, Brad and David, as they search for some semblance of normalcy. All the while, Christine fights who she is, causing tension between her and Kaine.

***This is the last book in the Cain, The Immortal Series. Recommended for ages 17+ due to minor sexual content and language.***

Book 1- Cain, The Immortal: The Beginning
Book 2- Cain, The Immortal: Immortal Souls


Hi I write under the pen name Bree Pierce! I have loved to write since I was a small child and always wanted to become an author. In January, 2015 that dream finally came true for me! I live in the deep south in Arkansas with my husband, 3 kids, and dog. I have a few books out and am always thinking of more ideas!! Reading is also a huge past time of mine!

Bree was one of the first people I interviewed for #carolinareads. You can read her interview here.

Fangirls Box Set by Robbie Cox

Maybe because I dream of having fans one day or maybe because I am such a gooey fangirls sometimes, this was a fun collection of books to read. I think Robbie’s knack for storytelling is getting better with every book he writes. He has a unique skill that allows him to write in multiple genres. That’s just plain cool in my opinion.

These stories follow the lives five fangirls as they mingle with their favorite authors at a weekend conference. I liked how each story connected somehow because the characters overlap into each other’s story.


Romance is more than just stories between the covers of a book, and many hope the tales spring from the pages and into their lives. For the readers gathered together in historic St. Augustine for the St. Augustine Authors Event their fantasies are about to come true. Some have visions of doing more than just getting a signature from their favorite author or cover model, while even authors arrive hoping for a little spontaneous adventure. Lives change during this weekend event as people take the fantasies, which have kept them warm at night, from the pages of their novels to bring the heat into their lives as well as their sheets.

Fangirls: The Collection brings together five stories from five different ladies and shares the relationships they are hoping turn out to be more than just fantasies.



Robbie will attend Space Coast Book Lovers Convention June 1-4


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Robbie started writing as a way to escape – escape his teachers, escape his fears, even to escape his insecurities and doubts. However, his stories of seduction and adventure, not only allowed him to hide in the lives of his characters, but also captivated those who wanted to escape with him. Now, he enjoys a full-time career as a storyteller and novelist, and invites readers to runaway with him- to escape, getting lost in the seduction of adventure.

When he is not writing, Robbie can be found on his back porch enjoying a cigar, a scotch, and a good story. He derives pleasure from his large family and his crazy group of friends who provide the inspiration for his blog The Mess that Is Me.

He is the author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Warrior of the Way, along with the paranormal series, The Witches of Savannah. His Contemporary Romance series includes The Rutherford Series, The Harper Twins, and the Fangirls series.

You can learn more about Robbie at his website –
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You can also be a part of Robbie’s Readers Group, Robbie’s Rascals, for sneak peeks and special giveaways –

The Warrior of the Way Series includes:

Reaping the Harvest (Book 1)
Lore Master (Book 2)
The Warrior’s Blade (Coming 2017)

The Rutherford Series includes:

Losing Faith (Book 1)
Roll the Dice (Book 2)
To Be Cherished (Coming 2017)
His To Command (Coming 2018)
Sharing Hearts (Coming 2018)

The Harper Twins Series includes:

Sibling Rivalry (Book 1)
Taming Karla (Coming in 2017)

The Fangirls Series includes:

Nikki (Book 1)
Lily (Book 2)
Cassie (Book 3)
Olivia (Book 4)
Willow (Book 5)
Fangirls: The Collection (Box Set)

The Witches of Savannah Series includes:

Come Halloween (A Stand Alone)
Enter the Witch (Prequel)

The Best of Both Worlds includes:

Ribbons & Bows (Book 1)
Under the Wrapping (Coming in 2017)

Robbie’s Other Books includes:

Behind the Mask (Coming Oct. 2017)

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review.
If I could give this 4.5 stars I would.

This was a fun book to read. Being from the south, there were many relatable parts. Even if you aren’t from the south, I think you will enjoy this book. The author created strong characters that felt real. If the main character were real, I think we’d be friends. It is a quick read, but I had to get through it to see how the ending panned out so I think that’s why I read it so fast. I normally read fantasy, but this provided a much-needed break from vampires and fairies. It’s nice to read something different every once in awhile. I will buy this for a friend of mine when it comes out just because she will be happy to see I have other interests and it was THAT good.



Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.
Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee—something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.
Sugar’s stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother’s seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather’s world.
In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….


I grew up being a voracious reader and it was a natural step to turn my interest to writing. I have published award-winning and bestselling novels including my latest release, FLIGHT PATTERNS, a multi-generational story of love, loss and mystery set along the gulf coast of Florida in Apalachicola. FLIGHT PATTERNS was released by Penguin Random House in May, 2016.

I write what others have termed “grit-lit”–southern women’s fiction, as well as a contemporary paranormal mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. All of my books are set in the US South, and feature a female protagonist at a crossroads in her life.

On January 10, 2017, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY–the fifth book in the Tradd Street series, will be released. I’m so excited to be continuing Melanie and Jack’s story–with a whole host of characters, both old and new.

In April, 2017 THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT will be released. Set in suburban Atlanta in the fictional town of Sweet Apple, this is the book I’m calling my “Steel Magnolias” meets “The Girl on the Train.” Spanning from the Depression era to modern day, it’s a story of three very different women, and the true meaning of friendship.

I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, two children, and two of the cutest Havanese dogs, Quincy and Sophie. Readers may recognize Quincy as General Lee in the Tradd Street series.

Happy reading!

For more about me and my books, please visit my website at or connect on social media: Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram,  and Pinterest

Heels Over Head by Clay G. Small


I requested this book from NetGalley and I am so glad I did.
I finished this book in one day! I just had to see how it would end. I have to say I thought it might end just a little differently than it did. The author set everything up perfectly without revealing too much too fast. It was fun seeing how all the characters connected and each scene progressed the storyline. I felt empathy for Henry. I wanted him to be triumphant. Not being familiar with all the finance the business aspects of this book, I thought the author did a good job using these to advance the story, but not bore or confuse the reader.



Henry Lindon is playing a game of tit for tat that he’s about to lose.

Successful, charming executive Henry Lindon was happily making high-dollar global deals and enjoying the good life in Dallas when his job mysteriously disappears—and with it, his identity. On top of that, he’s sure his beautiful wife is having an affair with some Romeo down in Argentina. While attempting to start a new life teaching law, Lindon is finding his paranoia has got him around the throat and won’t let go.
In class one day, the discussion goes off track from law and libel to tattoos. When a student appears in his office in pink shorts and a crop top and takes the subject of tattoos to a much-too-personal level, Lindon’s at a loss to explain why and worried about ramifications. Discovering he may have the Department of Justice on his back with phony felony charges, he’s reaching his breaking point and nothing’s making sense. Two tattoos, a murder, and an old rivalry are part of a distant game of revenge that’s about to come full circle.


Clay G. Small is the former senior vice president and managing attorney for PepsiCo, Inc. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Ellen, and teaches at Southern Methodist University.

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BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month

I was a beta reader for this book. I liked it so much I bought a copy when it was released. My only complaint is I wish it was available in print so I could highlight and take notes easier. It is jammed packed with information for authors, bloggers, or anyone else who needs to do social media. So many small business people don’t have resources for a huge splashy media campaign to get the word out about their product. This book walks anyone through an easy-to-follow-method that will increase your social media presence without adding a lot of work hours to the day. Trust me, I am a busy person, and I have been able to utilize these techniques to help with my own blog. What I like the most about this book is that she has made the information here accessible to the novice while still challenging the social media veteran. I highly recommend this book for any writer who is even THINKING about publishing a book. Get this book NOW and start following her suggestions.


Are you unsure how to market your book? Do you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of author platform options out there (or not even sure what the term means)? Do you wish someone could break it down for you in simple steps?
Then this is the book for you!
Over the course of one month, Rachel provides you daily challenges containing a wealth of information, and easy to follow assignments to help energize your book sales. If you haven’t released your book yet, this book will help you set the stage necessary to build the strongest foundation possible for success.
Topics include:
*Twitter secrets
*Facebook page must-do’s
*Social media ideas you might not know or haven’t thought of
*Promotion, giveaways, and other book marketing secrets
*Website, blogging, and SEO tips designed just for authors
This book is a must-read and must-DO for any aspiring, new, or veteran author! Bloggers and small businesses can also benefit from this guide as well.


Rachel Thompson is the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader’s “Best of 2015” top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival and Los Angeles Book Festival), and the multi award-winning and bestselling Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.

She released the BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge in December, 2016 to rave reviews.

Rachel is represented by Lisa Hagan Literary Agency. Her books will be published by boutique literary publisher ShadowTeamsNYC as of May, 2016.

Broken Places continues her exploration started in Broken Pieces, through honest, raw yet lyrical poetry, essays, and prose, one women’s journey from trauma to healing.

She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post,,, and

Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the blog-sharing hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and the live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish (Tuesdays, 6pm pst), and #BookMarketingChat (every Wednesday 6pm pst).

She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

Twitter: @RachelintheOC


Scattered Ashes by Annie Anderson

Awesome start to what is certainly going to be a great series. My poor family.  When I read a book like this they are seriously ignored. (Good thing I always have pb & j in the house!)

This unique story started off with a bang and only continues to build from there. When Aurelia and Rhys get together their pain and passion work against and for them. I liked the blending of paranormal characters that we don’t often see. I thought she did a good job with the action scenes. I felt like I was in the fight right along with everyone else. I added the rest of the series to my TBR. For a debut novel, she nailed it.




Aurelia Constantine is having a rough century.
Plagued by visions of murder, death and destruction, she has resigned herself to the nightmare her life has become. When an enemy from her past comes to her rescue, she must let go of old wounds and heal the breach so she may survive the evil poisoning her mind.
Rhys Stevens is guilty.
Murder. Betrayal. Treason. Take your pick; he’s guilty of them all. On the path of redemption, he must beg for forgiveness from the one person he fought to save – the woman he has always loved.
Thrown together in the trenches of war, they must work as a team to stop a monstrous puppet master from pulling their strings.
Ashes, ashes. We all fall down.
Get ready to burn. 


Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, and old man of a dog.

In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced paranormal thrillers with some serious heat.




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Annie will be attending Space Coast Book Lovers June1-4.

Grimm Remains by Eli Celata

Reading the “next” book in any series is always a mixed bag. Will it be as good as the one before? Will it answer any questions? What if I don’t remember all the details, will I be able to figure it out? I can honestly say that yes, this next book is just as good as the first one. Yes, it did answer some questions, of course, it raised even more (dang these authors that make us wait for all the answers!) Yes, if you haven’t read the first one, High Summons you will still understand what is going on, but I have to say you should read the first one.

Jon continues to learn balance as he struggles to help those in need and study for his college classes. His magician skills are increasing and he is learning how to control them. He works with his mentor to save a group of orphans. I liked seeing his interactions with other young people who are just like him. I think the author did a good job of continuing this story and developing the characters. I liked learning more about Jon and Jordan. I am wicked curious about Jon’s father, and I have a guess, but I suppose I will have to wait until the future. (insert me with my arms crossed stamping my foot in a toddler- like tantrum)


Mammon’s summoning turned Rochester into a beacon for the denizens of Hell. As demon activity increases, Jon settles in for a new academic year, and Jordan moves in as the city’s protector. Unfortunately, the young warlock of Rochester might not be around long if the Devil’s ma-rine legion has a say. Havfine, demonic mermaids, don’t often leave deep lakes and ocean waters. They’re better known for drowning mortal sailors than hunting magic users, but something has sent them upstream from Lake Ontario. When three orphans vanish from a magical sanctuary in Toronto, their caretaker – the Wizard Monday – dredges up a part of Jordan’s and Jon’s father’s history that Jordan would have rather forgotten. In this race against the Bane of Hamelin, more than three souls may be on the line.

Want to know more about Eli Celata? Check out these past posts:


High Summons

Let’s Chat


Eli Celata is a PhD student at Binghamton University. An avid reader and writer of science fiction and fantasy, Eli also blogs tracking the publishing process and marketing trends / methods for new authors following the debut of High Summons – a YA urban fantasy set in Rochester, NY.

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In honor of Eli’s new book, today is release day, I am giving away 1 ebook copy of High Summons and The Grimm Remains. All you have to do is go to my Facebook page, like the page and then comment on the post for this blog post.

Contest ends April 13, 2017 at 11:59 EDT

Pieces of the Heart- Authors for Autism


This is a feel good book written for a good cause. With all the yucky stuff going on in the real world these days, it is a great treat to escape into some feel- good love stories. It was also a good way to get to know some authors I haven’t read before.

Authors for Autism was inspired by a charity event going on at Space Coast Book Lovers. Space Coast Book Lovers will host a fantastic event in Cocoa Beach Florida June 1-4, 2017.  More than half of these authors will be in attendance and available for autographs of this book. The event will be full of social events as well as guest speakers. For more information head over to 


Fifteen incredible authors have come together with stories of love, passion, pain, and triumph in support of Autism research. Pieces of the Heart by Authors for Autism is a collection of romance short stories of various genre and styles. Contemporary, fantasy, comedy, historical, and drama, all combined in an assembly of sweet short reads to fill your heart with emotion. All of the proceeds of every sold copy of Pieces of the Heart will be donated toward Autism Research. This is a cause near and dear to every author involved in this project, and they are all excited to share these beautiful stories with all of you.
Maggie Adams- Guilty Pleasures
Shannon Bell- Not Your Average Prince Charming
Robbie Cox-Author- Another Page
Chrys Fey- Cancer Can’t
Joan Hazel- Show, Don’t Tell
Violet Howe- Breaking the Promise
Brenda Hunt- A Love for Sarah
Sam J D Hunt- Nicco the Eternal
Elaine Kaye- All Aboard
Tamsyn L. Key- Hunted
Michelle Louise- The Will to Love Again
Tara Ann Moore- Marigold
J. Nichole Parkins- The Girl in the Well
Cherron Riser- Through Frozen Shadows
Miranda Shanklin- I Got Scared

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

**I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review**

This was a unique read for me.  There were no vampires, shifters, or fairies. However, the fantasy world in this novel made me fall in love. I have said before that I listen to audiobooks when I exercise. I exercised a lot during this book. The author does an excellent job creating a believable world that mirrors reality. The characters are unique and fully developed. I ached for Danny when things went array and cheered for him to keep searching for answers. I never thought of time as such a powerful living being. I was so engrossed in this story, I missed my turn off one day while listening to this in the car. 🙂 The narrator did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. He helped me visualize the characters even more.



Author: Tara Sim

Narrator: Gary Furlong

Length: 8h 50m

Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: Feb. 14, 2017

Synopsis: Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at






Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.

Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.


Interview with Gary

How do prepare for the various characters in a book?

I give the book a read.  While reading through the book I either take notes, make a short recording or have the character voice so engrained in my head that I can remember when the book is done.  

How long does it take to record an average size book?

I would say an average length book, like Timekeeper, would take two weeks.  One week to prepare the book and then one week to record it.

Can you tell us a little about your time as a puppeteer in Prague? and how did you get from Prague to Memphis?

I used to freelance for a Street Theater company called Bui Bolg.  They are a Wexford based company and through them I visited both Prague and Memphis.  I say puppeteer, the puppets we used were massive.  They were full body suits.  The mouths and eyes moved electronically and we would walk around Prague entertaining and often scaring the locals.  We went to Memphis as part of the Memphis in May festival.  Every year they will have one country as their theme.  The year I went, Ireland was the theme.

I know that sometimes an illustrator and an author do not really work together so as not to influence each other. Is it the same for a narrator and an author? If so tell us a little about the process of working with an author. If not, why not?

Usually, it will start with an audition.  You read once or maybe twice for the author and based on that the author knows if you are right for the job.  Generally, there is little interaction between the author and narrator while the book is being recorded.  I’ll sometimes ask for the author’s ideas on how they want the characters to sound and then I’ll do my best to incorporate that into the story.  But other than that it is pretty minimal.

Do you use some of the same voices for characters in different books?

Creating a voice can often be like making a meal.  Some foods will have the same base but as you add different ingredients to them the end result is often very different.  I have a lot of bases for different voices and I use them a lot, but I’ll add certain things to them to make that character slightly different for another with the same base.  I’m always trying to come up with more and more voices.

Who are your influencers?

Robin Williams and Jim Carey

In the narration world I would say:

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

Scott Brick

Jonathan Davis

Simon Vance

Marc Thompson

And my coach Sean Pratt.  Even now I find myself needing advice and guidance and he is always there to help.

What is your dream project?

More books like Timekeeper!

You mention you can speak in a General American voice. What exactly is that and how did you develop this talent?

I think it is described as a Mid-West accent in the States.  I am not sure, basically it is an accent-less American accent.  You couldn’t say “Oh that accent is from X Y Z”.  It (hopefully) sounds like a neutral American accent.  I think I developed it unconsciously.  I grew up watching shows like Friends, Scrubs, The X-files.  Being so close to American media and being someone who loves to mimic what I hear I just found myself doing voices for fun.  I knew I wanted to make funny voices after seeing Aladdin and it just took off from there.

How does narration differ from voice overs for video games?

Narration requires you to dial the acting down a notch.  I haven’t done too many voice overs but usually it will call for some kind of focused energy that must be present all the time.  If you were to be extremely energetic for the duration of an audiobook the listener would be exhausted.  Narration takes many times the stamina of a normal voice over.  If you are doing a radio or TV spot, you might only have 30 seconds of dialogue.  10 minutes in the studio and you will have done every possible take imaginable and then you are done.  With audiobooks you will be in the studio for up to 6 hours a day.  

You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they?


Jurassic Park

Snow Crash

The Princess Bride

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


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