Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Out for Blood by Brenda Pandos

Out for Blood by Brenda Pandos
Published Date: September 2013
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Genre: YA

The Story: With the aftermath of being staked by the Prince of Vampires, Phil D’Ella doesn’t find himself enduring an eternity in hell. Instead he wakes up human with a ton of memories that don’t make sense. Could it have been a dream? Having just moved to a new town, he knows places and people he shouldn’t. The worst problem is being attracted to a girl who shouldn’t exist, yet does. Neither Julia, nor anyone else seems to have had the same experience, until a new teacher shows up at school. One everyone should be afraid of. One who’s out for blood.

This 44 page short is told from Phil’s perspective and follows The Onyx Talisman.

My Review: WOW! Yeah, there's more to the Talisman Series!! And man, CANNOT wait for the next full novel to come out next year! It was great seeing Julia, Nicholas and Phil again!! I'm sure glad that we'll get to see what happens now to them!!!  If you've read the previous three books in the series: The Sapphire Talisman, The Emerald Talisman and The Onyx Talisman, you HAVE to get Out for Blood! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar

Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar
Published Date: September 2013
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story: Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.

Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.

When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.

Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?

My Review: I loved reading this book!!  Ghost stories are pretty neat, and this one takes it to a new level!  Poor Jade.  She has a talent that no one in their right mind would want.  As you read Ever Near, you get different feelings than watching The Sixth Sense - which this book is similar to. Jade has to learn who to trust, and how to get the ghosts to stop interfering with her life.  Perfect book for Halloween!

Chapter 1

A cloudless sky stretches above me. Daisies clutter the field, bobbing their white and yellow heads in a soft breeze.

She strides up the path, her legs straining against the long skirt of her dress. High cheekbones, dark curls, eyes as green as spring grass. Her human face. “Finally, you are here,” she says.

She extends her arms, reaching for me. I do the same. A sense of peace fills me. She wants me. She wants me to be here with her. But just as we’re about to connect, our hands inches apart, she transforms. Her face wrinkles and cracks, chunks of flesh dropping to the ground and exposing her skull. Fear grips my throat like a giant hand. Seizing me. Unwilling to let me go even as I try to get away. To run. To move. Her face is nothing more than a skeleton now. Her pristine dress and lace bonnet shreds into tattered rags billowing around a formless body. I gasp, but my lungs can’t seem to take in any air. I’m tied to a weight, sinking to the bottom of the ocean. The field and the daisies and the sky all melt away, a vanishing backdrop. I’m drowning. Lost. Gone.


 “Jade—sshhh—it’s okay.”

Charlie. He’s holding me by the arms. What the hell? And then I know. The realization comes quickly. I’m at Fair-Ever. My first night in my new home. I wheeze and pant and try to bring myself back under control. Was I screaming? I must have been, and it must have been loud.

 “What happened?” Charlie asks once I’ve calmed down.

“Bad dream,” I whisper. His hands are hot against my skin, so hot I think he might have a fever. Or maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m burning up with some kind of ghost-induced illness. “Sorry I woke you.”

 “It’s okay. I’m a light sleeper.”

Our eyes meet, and I can see he wants to know more—like if this happens a lot and what the nightmare was about—but I’m not going to tell him any of that. Instead, I avert my eyes. Looking at Charlie for very long is a bad idea. We don’t generally look at each other in the light of day—never mind in the middle of the night in my bedroom—because locking eyes is something that could lead to kissing. That’s how it feels to me at least, and kissing would be so very wrong now that we’re going to be steps.

Wrong Wrong Wrong. I have to keep telling myself that, but right now, all my brain seems to be registering is his scent—faded cologne and soap with a tinge of sweat. Middle-of-the-night Charlie smells and looks like a good dream, nothing like the nightmare I just emerged from.

As he gazes down at me, his lips press together, and his jaw clenches. His usually tousled brown hair is extra messy, and he wears only a pair of boxers. I wish I could say I wasn’t noticing his muscular biceps hovering on either side of my prone body, but I most definitely am. And for the record, this is a much better first night moment than Lacey’s ghost-attack nightmare.

 “Thanks for coming in,” I finally say, still a bit short of breath.

“Yeah. Sure. Want some water or something?”

“No. I’m good.”

“Okay.” He removes his hands from my arms, stands, and walks out the door.

Once he’s gone, I flounce back on the bed, kicking off the comforter and pulling just the quilt and sheet up to my chin. What’s happening to me? Lacey. That’s what I call the ghost in the lace bonnet living here at Fair-Ever. I knew she was here. I’ve encountered her before, but I didn’t know she could enter my dreams. I’ve never lived with a ghost before—never fallen asleep where one dwelled. Now, it’s unavoidable.

I trace the outline of a stitched circle on my quilt with my finger—the center point of one of the colorful wheels. Violet and Fuschia and Chartruese spinning in a continuous collage. For some reason, touching the bumpy lines soothes me. Grandma Irving made the quilt for me when I was little, and I’ve had it on my bed ever since. Some Grandma quilts are lame, but mine is definitely not.

And then there’s Charlie. Geesh. Half naked and touching me with his giant, hot hands. What the heck am I supposed to think about that? Where do I store that little tidbit of goodness? We learned in freshman biology that girls are programmed to want boys who are strong and tall because we’re really cave women at heart. We perceive they’ll protect us from saber-toothed tigers and make nice babies or something like that, so that’s how I rationalize my crush on Charlie. My hard wiring renders me powerless in the face of his primal charm.

I decide I need that glass of water after all, and luckily, I don’t have to go down the hall to get it. I have my own bathroom here at Fair-Ever. Just call me a spoiled rich girl now because my room at Fair-Ever has everything a girl could ask for—a queen-sized bed, a private bathroom, central air, and wireless internet for the brand new iPad Mom and Mike gave me for my sixteenth birthday last month—my own private palace. Too bad about the ghost clogging it up with her paranormal dysfunction.

In the bathroom, I snap on the lesser of the two lights and see myself in the mirror. Ugh. This look is not what I’d call sexy. My curly brown hair is mounted on top of my head in a very untidy bun. My usually caramel-colored skin looks yellowish, and my hazel eyes droop with sleep. Super hot, right? I shouldn’t be worried, though, because it’s wrong-wrong-wrong to crush on your almost-stepbrother, no matter what your cavewoman brain tells you.

Frustrated, I grab the glass and let the water run. The counter of my bathroom, although less than twenty-four hours under my domain, is a mess of cosmetics and hair and skin products. The water gets cold fast because Fair-Ever has shiny new plumbing. The Dowlers spared no expense in updating the insides and restoring its historic charm on the outside before Mrs. Dowler got sick and died. Too bad they didn’t know about Lacey, or maybe they would have ousted her along with the nasty old pipes.

The fact that my step-family’s house has a name probably makes it seem like I’m some Brontë character who’s going to be swept across England on some gothic journey, but in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Me being here in this million dollar home on Nantucket Island is a strange twist of fate or destiny that started when my mother divorced my dad and took this soon-to-be a step-family turn, somewhere about the time Charlie’s mom died. My mother was one of Mrs. Dowler’s nurses in her final days. The rumor around the island is that Rebecca Dowler picked my mother for Mike, as though she wanted him to be happy and thought my mother was perfect for the job. Weird and creepy but whatever. People love to gossip.

So that’s how I ended up moving into this house today, having my dreams invaded by a nineteenth century ghost, and seeing my half-naked hottie stepbrother in the middle of the night. I guess that does sound sort of like a Brontë novel.

But when I step back into my room, all thoughts of gossip and Charlie and Brontë fly out of my head because Lacey’s waiting beside my bed.  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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About the BookRegret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

My Thoughts: It was obvious immediately when I began reading NOT A DROP TO DRINK that this book was going to be different. Refreshingly different. I was hooked from page one and wanted to know why water was so sacred, such an important commodity that our heroine would kill first and ask questions later just to protect what little she had. 

Despite the fact that the first few chapters focused mostly on Lynn and her mother, the author's careful and well-timed reveals, kept the storyline dramatic and action packed enough to get my heart racing and kept the pages turning. I loved learning bit by bit what had happened to Lynn's world to leave it in such a bleak state, but also finding the clues as to what was to come. 

When unexpected tragedy strikes, I enjoyed watching Lynn discover not only more about the world outside of her home and her pond, but also more about herself. Before long, Lynn must decide if she can trust this new side of herself, and whether not she's going to let new people in. With the help of her older neighber, Stubbs, and a few inexperienced travelers, Lynn realizes there is more to life on the pond than destruction and death and maybe, just maybe, she can actually find love if she allows herself. 

I found NOT A DROP TO DRINK to be that rare kind of un-put-downable book that I look forward to more than more. With last minute twists and turns, I had a hard time thinking about anything but the story when I wasn't reading it, and I would definitely recommend this one! 

My Rating

*** About the Author***

Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Mindy has a pond in her back yard but has never shot anyone, as her morals tend to cloud her vision.


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***Tour Schedule***

Week 1

9/16/2013-Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf -Interview
9/17/2013- Never Too Fond of Books- Review
9/18/2013- A Book and a Latte- Guest Post
9/19/2013- Books Complete Me- Review
9/20/2013- The Eater of Books!- Interview

Week 2

9/23/2013- Readers in Wonderland- Review
9/24/2013- Books Over Boys- Guest Post
9/26/2013- Falling For YA- Review

9/27/2013- Some Like It Paranormal - Interview

Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Tour: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
Published Date: June 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA

The Story: Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah.
And he loves me.

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms.

It should be


forever, easy.

But it won't be.

Because he's Amish.
And I'm not.

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My Review: This is such a sweet story.  I loved how innocent Rose and Noah are.  How wrapped up in each other they can be, despite their differences.  This is a great beginning to a wonderful series.  Karen Ann Hokins has given us a place where hopefully love does win.  Rose and Noah's love and relationship are just beginning to be tested in Temptation!

About Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book Tour: Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins

Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins
Published Date: April 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA

The Story:
I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE

together forever.

But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

My Review: This was a well written book! I loved both Belonging and Temptation (the first book in the series). We are given a world, where things run simpler. Boys and girls know what is expected of them. But then, one Amish boy falls for an English girl. The community is turned upside down, with other things being realized. For those who have read the adult books centered on the Amish, will love this series!


About Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.
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Cover Reveal: From Gods by Mary Ting

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It’s not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus’s descendants.
Skylar Rome is supposed to be having the best summer ever before she heads off to college.  Little did she know, her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. Nearly drowning at the beach due to unknown forces, one of the Grand brothers she’d just met, Mason, saves her life. Cool, collected, mysterious, and dangerously good-looking, Skylar is drawn to him from the start. Though she knows he is the type of guy good girls stayed away from, it seems he is always saving her life, and the attraction was inevitable.
 Upon meeting the brothers, strange things begin to happen. When she accidentally kills one of the brothers, it throws her life into turmoil, as they search to find the answers. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world of the decedents of ancient gods, all who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, evil beings are after her. Running out of time and running for her life, she must unravel a mystery. What do they want from her? Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will she find the answers, or will she die trying?
WATCH for the Blog Tour starting on October 14th

Monday, September 9, 2013

Review & Giveaway: A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers

A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
Published Date: September 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult

The Story:
Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

My Review:  HOLY CRAP.  This book is fabolous!  I wasn't sure about the whole Step-Brother thing, but wow!  I loved this book.  There is so much going on, and Lisa Desrochers has put so much into this book!!  If you get offended easily, you might not want to pick it up.  But if you can appreciate the possibility of the things that happen to Lexie, you're gonna love this book!!!  Can't wait to see Alessandro's story - gotta wait til November, but it'll be totally worth it!

Other books in the series:

A LITTLE TOO MUCH (A companion novel coming November 12, 2013) - on Goodreads

A LITTLE TOO HOT (coming January 21, 2014)

About Lisa Desrochers

Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you'd told her five years ago she'd write a book, she'd have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she'd owe you an apology. Writing has become an addiction for Lisa and A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, is her first novel for adults. She is also the author of the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan.

When she's not writing, she's reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise. Connect with her online at, on her blog at, on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at

The Giveaway Prizes:
- An iPad Mini - one winner
-  A knowledge pendant, tote bag, and tattoos (Trent’s tattoo!) - one winner
-  A signed copy of HarperCollins’ BETWEEN THE COVERS sampler with the 1st two chapters of A LITTLE TOO FAR annotated, knowledge tote, and tattoos - one winner
-  A signed copy of BETWEEN THE COVERS with the 1st two chapters of A LITTLE TOO FAR annotated, and tattoos - two winners

The Giveaway Details:
-  Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY.
-  There will be FIVE winners total.
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The Tour Schedule
Week Two

Sept. 9th - Books Complete Me - Review

Sept. 9th - Always YA at Heart - Review

Sept. 10th - A Glass of Wine - Interview

Sept. 10th - In the Best Worlds - Review

Sept. 11th - Once Upon a Twilight - Review

Sept. 11th - Readers Live A Thousand Lives - Interview

Sept. 12th - The Book Cellar - Review

Sept. 12th - Book Labyrinth - Review

Sept. 13th - Lili's Reflections - Review

Sept. 13th - Stuck in YA Books - Review

Sept. 14th - A Bookish Escape - Review & Guest Post

Sept. 14th - Ramblings From This Chick - Guest Post

Sept. 15th - In Bed With Books - Review

Sept. 15th - Coffee and Characters - Guest Post

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September Madness Giveaway

Devon Ashley, author and blogger, is having a huge giveaway on her blog, The Crazy Dream Blog.  Head over there and see what's she's giving away!!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Experiment Blog Tour and GIVE AWAY

The Experiment, a new novel from the imaginations of Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon, and Jeffery Moore!

Time is running out for the Collaborative's oppressive rule of the remote world Senca One. The government attempts to suppress the escalating riots, even while seeking to further their experiments. When their parents are taken, triplets Juliet, Cilla, and Emiah Tripp set out to locate them, and soon discover they are at the center of a hunt to capture them.

Evading the Collaborative across Seneca One’s harsh terrain, they’re confronted with the trials of survival. They also discover something that changes the very core of what they are: they’re morphs. Struggling to adapt to the strange new ability, they question what they really are . . . and why. Are the rumors of experiments done on children true? Did their scientist parents have anything to do with it?

Their quest brings them to the capitol city of Brighton, which is on the verge of revolt. While searching for information about their parents, the Tripps align themselves with the very people fueling the rebellion. They unwittingly spark the revolution they want no part of and discover something more dangerous than they suspected

My Review: This book had a great Sci Fi meets Dystopian feel. The three main characters, siblings, are what every parent dreams of. They are loyal to each other. They take care of each other and they always put each other first.

The moment they sense something is off, they work together to hide in the forest. Each child has their unique talents, personalities and a LOT to learn about themselves and each other.

They thought they were on planet Seneca One because their scientist parents broke a child limit law on Earth and escaped to Seneca One to keep them safe. Little did they know that secrets, horrors and unimaginable truths that would surface as they make their way to where they think their parents have been taken.

The three kids meet unimaginable creatures, people with special gifts and the corruption that has taken over with the Collaberative in control.

I truly enjoyed this book. One author writing a book is an amazing experience. To read a book written by three authors in an amazing collaboration is an honor.



Jeffery Moore

Moore was born in Germany. As a military brat, much of his childhood was spent abroad, growing up in Germany on military installations. He subsequently enlisted in the military and served for ten years as an army pilot. While in the military, he lived in Italy and South Korea and deployed to many European countries. He has traveled to Australia, Japan, Singapore and most European countries. His experiences and contact with many different cultures helps form some of the elements in his stories. He currently works for a global IT company and lives in Massachusetts.

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Sherry Gammon

Unlovable was Gammon's debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added two more novels to her body of work. Not so Easy, book one of the Souls in Peril series, is the poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and a five-and-a-half inch fairy. Gammon and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping.

Find more about Sherry and her work at

Cindy C Bennett
Bennett is the YA author of several books, including Geek GirlRapunzel Untangled, Enchanted Fairytales, and Heart on a Chain. She lives in Utah and has six kids (two of which are daughters in-law). She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheese popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. She occasionally co-hosts a geek podcast with her son, called Geek Revolution Radio. Her favorite pastime is riding her Harley.

 Find more about Cindy and her work at


Blog Schedule:

The Experiment, a new novel from the imaginations of Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon, and Jeffery Moore!

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Amazing Limited-Time Offer for YA Bundle!

One of my all-time favorite authors is re-releasing his middle grades book Scourge!  But that is not all.  His book is being released as part of a bundle pack.  That's right! You can get more than one book, more than one author, all in one complete, awesome package.

So check it out and get your copy, because this offer is only available until September 19!

Authors include:
David Burton (Scourge)
Anthea Sharp (Feyland: The Dark Court AND Feyland: The Bright Court)
 Jason Letts (Powerless: Omnibus Edition)
Sarah Dalton (The Blemished AND The Vanished)
Susan Quinn (Closed Hearts)

Check it out HERE!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reading With Me - virtual book club

Reading With Me is a fabulous virtual book club of awesome, concentrating on books released by Spencer Hill and Spencer Hill Contemporary. It's a way to squee with fellow fangirls and fandudes about the latest Spencer Hill releases, authors, and to ponder the ever-present mystery of Where Is Spencer Hill? (Which is like Where's Waldo? but with books and not a random dude in the same striped shirt over and over again.) At Reading With Me, we promote books that we're excited about and our goal is simple: Read them. Love Them. Come back for more.

You can find us on Tumblr (, Facebook (, and Twitter (@ReadingWithMeSH).

Up coming releases!!

November 2: SENTINEL by Jennifer L. Armentrout  - CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE!!!!!  Loved the other books in the series, and I just have to know what happens to them all!!!

November 12: EXTRACTED by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler H. Jolly - Double the authors means double the goodness!!

November 26: FIREBLOOD by Trisha Wolfe - This one looks awesome too!!!! 


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