Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Post #159

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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We are back up to warmer weather for the weekend. It's not as crazy warm as it was last week, but warmer. But we are readying to come into March, which is always a rough ride weather wise.

I've been trying to stay home and get things done. That's working.... okay. lol. I have so much to do it seems I'm getting nowhere around the house. It's still a mess! Oh well, eventually it'll all be done.

I'll be going to a book discussion on Tuesday at a local college, so I'm excited about that. Can't wait to go! That's what I read Dirty Magic for. I've been wanting to read the book for far to long and it's been waiting on my shelf for me, so I picked it up and finished it. Looking forward to discussing it.

I picked up a few free photography books for the heck of it. I haven't ever read anything about taking pictures, I just do it. So thought maybe I could pick up a thing or two from a few books. Why not check it out? Might learn something, right?

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... This week was a week of life things. I didn't get as much exercise as I wanted. Tuesday I did the elliptical and Thursday I worked out with weights and elliptical.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Tales of the Blood Kissed by Seleste DeLaney
Content Editing Work

Current Audiobook:
Hathor Legacy: Revelations by Deborah A. Bailey

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

Audiobooks from Audible:
I should finish today.


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)



Guest Posts:



Posts:


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson

"Amanda did a wonderful job of tying all the books, events, people, and more together here to end the series. Amanda has once again created a high octane read that I didn't want to stop reading. I wanted to see/hear about everyone and learn all I could with why Jessica and how it would fit together for the new Coalition. And I got that!"


The Beast of the North by Alaric Longward

"When we think we have all the twisted plans figured out, they all completely flip inside out. I enjoyed the twists at the end."



Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:

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This Week to Come on the Blog:


Two reviews. And a Mythical Monday!


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Received Last Weeks:
(Note: Links to Amazon are buy links where I could earn commission, in case you are interested.)


For Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
Treasure of the Dead by David Wood & Rich Chesler
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Maddock and Bones set off on their first treasure hunting adventure! 

1715- Blown far off course, their treasure-laden ship sinking, a crew of Spanish sailors struggles ashore, only to encounter a horror out of their worst nightmares.

Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
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Goodreads Synopsis:
War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.

After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that—if she could save it—was beyond the King’s reach.

And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.

The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of which it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.

Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.

In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.

And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim
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Goodreads 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.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:



Audio:
The White Aura by Felicia Tatum
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Goodreads Synopsis:
If he meets her, she will die. Twenty year old sorcerer and college student Scott Tabors knew he’d found his heart mate the moment he saw seventeen year old Olivia Whitehead outside of a coffee shop. He longs for her, he wants her, and he knows she will be his. But due to a curse on his family, he can’t meet her. Not yet. So for now, he visits her in her dreams, where he can tell her everything but his name. 

Olivia Whitehead and her best friend Juniper are enjoying their junior year and are as close as sisters. But Olivia can’t tell anyone about the strange changes she’s experiencing, beginning with steamy dreams featuring a mysterious dark haired young man. But what will happen when the school heartthrob starts showing interest? Will she wait around for her dream man, or will she move on? 

Then, when Olivia’s life is put in danger by a new threat, Scott must find a way to save her – without condemning her to an early death.



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Photoshop: Absolute Beginners Guide by Edward Bailey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
This course will teach you everything you need to become comfortable and proficient in the use of all the key tools available in Photoshop 

Why You Must Have This Book Today! 

As a top-of-the-line photo editing software, Photoshop has gained popularity, and quite a number of following among professionals in every industry you can imagine, even among the young and technologically capable generation who can easily grasp abstract concepts from an early age. 

In This Short Book You will learn how to work with all of the most important panes. 

We will take you step by step and guide you through all the basics you will need to know in order to master photoshop quickly and easily. 

Photography: The Complete Photography for Beginners Guide by Nancy Ross
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... 
PICKING OUT THE RIGHT CAMERA THE RULES OF COMPOSITION COLOUR AND LIGHTING EDITING YOUR PHOTOS LEVELING AND LAYERS THE ORTON EFFECT FIXING COMMON PROBLEMS WITH YOUR PHOTOS MUCH, MUCH, MORE! 

Digital Landscape Photography by Kim Rormark
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Landscape photography is a popular genre in photography. As a landscape photographer you will find great subjects everywhere. Despite this, taking great landscape photos is more of a challenge. In fact landscape photography is one of the most difficult genres in photography to get right. 

This book discuss the basics and what you can do to improve as a landscape photographer. This is a beginners guide but intermediate landscape photographers will also find useful information in the book. 

Correct exposure and sharp images are the two biggest struggles for landscape photographers. The book covers both topics. 

Topics covered in the book: 
What to look for when buying a camera for landscape photography 
Learn basic camera settings and understand exposure 
Different lenses and how focal length impact on your landscape images 
The importance of light and time in landscape photography 
How to compose striking landscape photos 
How to choose you image editing software 

Implement the tactics discussed in the book and you will immediately improve your landscape photography. 

Get started now!

Jump-Start Your Photography in 30 Minutes by Raymond Salisbury
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Back to basics guide to improve your knowledge of and practice of photography. 
Topics include camera and lens types, lighting, exposure, composition and image editing.

Wreckers Gate by Eric T. Knight
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Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s a suicide mission with only one purpose. The king wants Wulf Rome dead.

When General Wulf Rome gets his orders to chase the marauders into the fiery hell of the Gur al Krin desert, he knows the king has finally decided to eliminate his too-popular general. What he doesn’t count on is causing the apocalypse.

Somehow Wulf Rome survives both the marauders and the desert, but he ends up in a lost catacomb deep beneath the desert sands, where he finds a strange axe embedded in a massive, unnatural wall. When he pulls it free, he unleashes a nightmare of epic proportions.

Now it looks like the apocalypse has come. Monsters and diseases plague the land. There is no defense, no enemy even to strike against.

Out of the chaos a mysterious stranger calling himself Lowellin appears. Lowellin claims to be immortal. He claims to be the world’s only hope. But the weapons he offers the land’s beleaguered defenders are dangerous and chaotic and Wulf Rome soon begins to doubt his true motives.

Thus does immortality sow the seeds of chaos…

Academia of the Beast by K.N. Lee
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Goodreads Synopsis:
NY Times bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents a dark twist on a classic fairy-tale that asks the question: what if the beauty was the mortal enemy of the beast?
Raised in fear of her power.
Sold and betrayed by her lover.
Allyn escaped the hunters once before. As a witch, she risks capture every day.
Now, she lives in the slums of the opulent kingdom of Elastria, where the Winter Winds are brutal,and force everyone into their homes for the entire season. When one of her best friends receives an invitation to the end of season Winter Ball, Allyn would rather sulk about her boyfriend leaving her instead of partying at the most exclusive club in the kingdom.
A chance encounter with the crown prince of Elastria sparks hope for a brighter future, one where she might find true love. All hopes are dashed when she's tricked by her ex-boyfriend and turned in for the bounty on her head.
Now, a prisoner in an eerie castle where the servants are...peculiar, the walls whisper, and the prince's mysterious twin brother struggles with the decision to keep or kill the witch he's hunted and once lost, Allyn struggles with the desire to tame the beast within the prince, or escape to freedom.
The curse of the castle is strong. But, the magic hiding inside Allyn might be more powerful than she or the prince realized.
Discover an enchanted world of witches and a cursed prince in this steamy modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Dreamthief by Tamara Grantham
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston’s only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.

Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can’t love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much.

As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…

The Night Bridge by S.A. Huchton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Shari 

For twelve years, she tried to convince herself he wasn’t real. The beautiful man by the lake was simply the product of a child’s overactive imagination. 

Eran 

For his entire life, all he has wanted is to be one of the elite protectors of humanity, but the only charge he’s ever known is a little girl who didn’t need him. Now, she is his last hope. 

Together, the foundations of their realities will be stripped away. 

Together, they must find a way to save two worlds. 

To survive, they must fight. 

But to live, they need each other.

Elyograr by Lorraine Beaumont
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Briarcliff Township: a picturesque town snuggled into the lush forests of the New England coastline where tourists had once flocked to restore their youthful vigor in the steaming bottomless pools, but as with all things that seem too good to be true, there are hidden dark secrets swirling just below the surface

Seventeen-year-old Evie Harrington has high expectations for the annual “epic” party thrown by the town’s wealthiest family’s son. Not only is the party falling on her eighteenth birthday but is also being held at Briarcliff Manor: a Gothic Mansion that is rumored to be haunted. Cool bands are playing and all the beautiful people will be attending and of course, her biggest crush ever will be there and he is finally acting like she exists. However, when the night finally arrives whatever expectations she had suddenly takes a dramatic turn and instead she finds herself in a world that can’t be possible with an admirer that can’t possibly be real.

Gargoyles and Degare’: Other worldly creatures are awakening,… are they friend or foe… protectors or enemies…

Briarcliff Manor: a rumored haunted Gothic mansion. Is it merely the backdrop for the party or does it play a larger role in the town’s mysterious restorative qualities.

Gargoyle by Lorraine Beaumont
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Briarcliff: A Reawakening: Gargoyle is the second book in the Briarcliff series.A NEW ADULT Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance with a dark side. #GARGOYLE
Briarcliff Township may look like any other picturesque town snuggled into the lush forests of the New England coastline but it harbors a dark secret. Seventeen-year-old Evie Harrington has high expectations for the annual  party held at Briarcliff Manor: a Gothic Mansion rumored to be haunted. Cool bands are playing and all the beautiful people will be attending and of course, her biggest crush ever will be there and he is finally giving her the time of day. However, when the night finally arrives whatever expectations she has suddenly takes a dramatic turn and instead she finds herself in an unlikely world with an admirer that can't possibly be real.

Forgotten Time by Lorraine Beaumont
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Goodreads Synopsis:
#1 AMAZON BESTSELLING SERIES IN TIME TRAVEL & #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING TIME TRAVEL SERIES 
Begin your adventure through time in a captivating world filled with debauchery, steamy sex, lies, betrayal and murder. Document the contents of a vast estate, discover riches beyond your wildest dreams, figure out a centuries old legend and fall into the arms of a handsome egotistical Earl, a dashing Duke, an irresistible Wastrel, a mouthwatering Millionaire and ultimately land in the bed of A Knight in Shining Armor. 

RAVENHURST: A ONCE FORGOTTEN LEGEND... 
Trapped within the confines of this Ancient Edifice is the key to unlock the door of time itself. 

Shadows of Yesterday by Lorraine Beaumont
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Revised Edited Edition 2013
This is the second installment in The Ravenhurst series - a spellbinding time-travel romance with unexpected twists and turns. Funny characters, dysfunctional hotties, and modern day heroine trying to cope in a time that is not her own.

Ravenhurst ~ a once forgotten legend, locked somewhere within the gloomy confines of this ancient edifice is the key that will unlock the door of time itself.

Katherine and Sebastian are thrown together by forces unknown, and are unwitting participants in a legend as old as King Arthur’s Realm. As these two very different, but very real people succumb to their hidden desires, they find in each other what no one else can give them, an everlasting love which time cannot forget.

Marguerite is sent to King Arthur's Realm...

This book contains adult situations and some mild language.

A Lady Out of Time by Caroline Hanson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Sent back in time to Victorian England to stop the invention of a deadly weapon, Helen Foster knows the job looks too easy: All she has to do is go to an auction, buy the weapon plans, destroy them, and she’ll save millions of people back in her own time. And even if she spends the rest of her life as a spinster stuck in the English countryside with a plethora of cats, changing the future is worth it.

Then she meets Edward Clifton, Duke of Somervale, the man she’s supposed to blackmail. He is one of the most powerful men in the land, so handsome and cold that debutantes have been known to faint in his presence. After one meeting, Helen will be thrilled to never see his royal (and quite spectacular) backside, ever again.

But as her mission falls apart and danger closes in, Helen has no choice but to turn to the one man powerful enough to help her not just change the future, but survive the night.

Scornful Sadie by Filicia Tatum
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A war is brewing...


Heartbroken and lost, Sadie left her family when she was only sixteen to fight evil. Years of searching out and destroying the vermin of the supernatural world have left her ruthless and jaded, and powerful.


Sadie’s success has made her a target, and a series of cryptic warnings leaves her questioning what is being asked of her. But nothing in her past has prepared her for the obstacles she now faces in trying to rid the world of a resurrected evil that no one saw coming.


She finally comes home for the chance to re-discover her first love, Aiden. Does she have the power to restore Aiden’s memories and hold on to her love for him, while battling for humanity—and her life?

Scrapplings Children of the Dragons by Amelia Smith
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Darna shouldn't have been born – priestesses aren't supposed to have babies – and she most certainly shouldn't see dragons. After all, no one else does, except in Anamat, or so the minstrels say. 

She sets out for the city of Anamat. Along the way, she meets Myril, an older girl with frequent premonitions and an eerie sense of hearing. 

Then there's Iola, who is so dragon-struck that she actually wants to be a priestess. She's blind to the corruption in the temples. 

Thorat is Iola's champion. He sees dragons as much as the girls do, but unlike them he blends easily in to a crowd. 

Apart from these four, the city seems to be nearly as dragon-blind as the provinces. Darna scavenges for scraps, but apprenticeships cost more than she’s likely to earn. When she's offered a sack of gold beads for a small bit of thieving, she takes her chances... and ends up angering the dragon herself. 

Immortal Bones by Trinidad Giachino
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Amazon Synopsis:
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU FOUND OUT YOU COULDN’T DIE?

(Previously published as "Undead")


Private Detective Richard Saussure is a murderer. 

He is also a retired policeman turned private investigator with a reputation for never walking away from an unsolved case. And now that a new case has landed on his lap, he has to acquire the ability to solve paranormal mysteries.

It is 1952. Lord Hugh Hurlingthon, a wealthy man living in the outskirts of town, calls Detective Richard Saussure and hires him to solve a mystery. This is no murder mystery situation. Oh, no…In fact, Lord Hurlingthon can’t die. Even if someone tries to kill him. This is a supernatural mystery situation.

What Richard Saussure encounters in Lord Hugh Hurlingthon is an ageing man who claims he is 213 years old and can’t die. With such situation at hand, Saussure has to decide whether or not to believe Lord Hurlingthon and if he does, how could he solve a mystery that defies all laws of nature? Where can he find answers to this (supposedly) supernatural situation?

In this gripping supernatural thriller, Richard Saussure will have to dig deep into his own past and ask for the help of his favorite enemy: Dr. Annette Kensington, a forensic doctor whose thirst for justice equals her despise for Saussure. 

Unknown: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology
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Synopsis:
A collection of twenty science fiction & fantasy short stories and novellas about experiencing the Unknown.

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent by Kristy Tate
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Petra Baron goes into the fortuneteller’s tent at a Renaissance fair, she expects to leave with a date to prom. Instead, she walks out into Elizabethan England, where she meets gypsies, a demon dog and a kindred spirit in Emory Ravenswood. 

Emory must thwart the plans of religious zealots. His mission is dangerous, his enemies are fanatical, and Petra Baron is a complication that Heaven only knows he does not need. Or does he? Although Emory is on Heaven’s errand, he learned long ago that Heaven does not always play fair. 

As Petra slowly falls for Emory, she wonders if he really is who he seems, or if he is just as lost as she is. How can they have a future while trapped in the past? Or is anything possible Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent?

The Rhyme's Library by Kristy Tate
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Crazy Aunt Charlotte is missing again. Blair Rhyme, Rose Arbor’s young librarian, doesn’t bother to check Charlotte’s regular haunts -- the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars lodge, the Four H-Club, or the bins behind Milton’s Fish shop – because Charlotte is dead. Blair discovered her body amongst the boxes of what-nots and whatevers in the library’s basement. Unfortunately, when she returns to the library with the police Charlotte is missing. Again. 


Desperate to prove that she doesn’t share her aunt’s mental illness and that Charlotte really has been murdered, Blair tangles with a former lover, a disturbingly handsome stranger and a wacky cast of Rose Arbor characters.


At first Blair tries to dismiss the skin-pricking sensation of being watched, but as small disturbances grow increasingly threatening, she must confront the enemies, real or imagined, that drove her aunt to madness and death in the Rhyme’s Library.



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Wizard's Nocturne by Gary Jonas
Infinite Magic by Linsey Hall
Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

6 comments:

  1. I've got a few Rick Chesler books on the tbr...I like my monster books! I hope to get a few looked at later this year. Hope you get some good reading done this week.

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  2. Wow. I see about a half dozen or so of these books I'd like to read. LOL My sister is into photography. I always wanted to do more with it but the equipment is so expensive and constantly being updated. Have fun with it.

    My Sunday Post

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  3. "A Lady out of Time" sounds like its going to be really good!

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  4. Good luck with the exercising. I need to step up my game, my rear is always in my computer chair!
    I have shorts on today and next Friday we could get snow. It is crazy. Hope the week ahead is a good one!

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  5. Will be interested in seeing your thoughts on Dirty Magic! I enjoyed those :D

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