Friday, February 28th 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP! Author Interview, Giveaway and Review: Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder

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Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publisher: Leap Books

Publication Date: October 2013

Genre: Middle Grade

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Thursday, February 13th 2014

Author Interview & Review: Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz BLOG TOUR STOP!

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Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: February 2014

Genre: Adult Fiction/Erotica

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Friday, June 21st 2013

GIVEAWAY, Author Interview and Review: The Wig In The Window by Kristen Kittscher

Title: The Wig In The Window

Author: Kristen Kittscher

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: June 2013

Genre: Middle Grade Mystery

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Review:

Grace and Sophie- two peas in a pod.
Best friends till the end.
And now, partners in crime!

One night during their sleuthing, things get real! And Sophie and Grace stumble upon a mystery that could put them both in danger. Something is off about Dr. Agford, the school counselor. And it’s up for Sophie and Grace to figure it out.
Can they solve the mystery before they lose the most important things of all- their friendship and possibly their lives?

Wow.
So I should probably start off with the fact that I know the author. We’re friends. And now, after reading The Wig In The Window, I’m a fan. A huge fan.

Grace and Sophie come alive on the pages. Their mannerisms and easy going dialogue flow naturally and showcase the best and sometimes, worst parts of each other. I love Grace’s sharpness and fearlessness and Sophie’s vulnerability and self doubt. They are a perfect pair, balancing each other out in the best ways possible.

The mystery is a fun ride with a lot of twists and turns. Seriously, I was reading and thought a couple of times I knew what was going on, only to be surprised!
And while the mystery is intriguing, and moves along quickly, that’s not the real reason I love this book.

It’s the heart.
It’s Sophie’s heart, Grace’s heart. Their friendship and devotion to one another. All friendships are tested and Kittscher does a great job of writing authentic challenges that any friendship will encounter, and hopefully overcome.


Overall, a fun and exciting mystery filled with surprises, friendship and…wigs!

I’m excited to read the sequel!



Author Interview with Kristen Kittscher

What inspired you to become a writer?
I’d long wanted to write—really as long as I can remember—but I lacked the confidence and was too practical to dare. I thought writing was something only mythical, supremely talented beings could pursue, so I did things tangentially related to writing instead. I worked in Hollywood as a story editor, then as a 7th grade English teacher for several years. It was after I read a book a student loaned me, Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, that it occurred to me how much fun it would be to write something for the funny, precocious students I loved teaching. I admired her high-stakes and the way she avoided condescending to her readers; it inspired me to give writing a shot! It wasn’t until I took an online writing course and connected with other writers that I realized writing a book was something mere mortals with a little passion could accomplish, as well.

What was the last book you read?
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer. Everyone’s reading her latest for adults,The Interestings – but I felt like checking out this rare middle grade book. It so happens that, like Wig, it deals with some friendship angst, as well!


What sparked the idea of your book?
I stumbled across some (heavily autobiographical!) old snippets of a free-writing exercises in which an adult main character reminisces about her time as a childhood spy. It was fun stuff—and I wondered what it might sound like from a kid’s point of view. I scrawled a note then: “Nancy Drew meets Rear Window?” and further down on the page, another, “cozy mystery for kids.” As a longtime seventh grade English teacher, I’d always been impressed by how well kids’ root out adult hypocrisy—so I knew I wanted to create a potential villain that exemplified that falseness. Enter school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford and her eau de Lysol perfume.

Sophie and Grace are best friends.
What are your favorite things about Sophie and Grace’s friendship?

What a good question! I especially enjoy their wit and wise-cracking when all is going well with their sleuthing—and the way they work as a team when the chips are really down.

Did you want to be a sleuth like Sophie and Grace when you were young?
I didn’t want to be a real spy; I’m far too cowardly for that. However, my childhood friend and I spent a good deal of time pretending our neighbors were dangerous criminals. Didn’t everybody? Our games were more about drawing posters and writing up fake “case files” than actual spying, however.

What came first: the friendship between Sophie and Grace or the mystery? And how did one impact the other as you were writing?
The two really came together as a package. The book started with Sophie’s voice – with this precocious, insecure 12-year-old telling the story of her spy-adventures-gone-terribly-wrong with a friend she idolized. Once I had that voice down, the plot could follow.

How do you like your potato?
Hot.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I have a fantasy of being a rare books dealer. Can I do both?

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Oh, I dabble in a little neighborhood crime-fighting. No big deal. Undercover stuff, really. Very hush hush. And when I’m not unmasking villains? I’m usually off hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains with my crazy dog. I can’t figure out whether it’s a terrible thing for a writer to have a dog that needs hours of exercise or a good one—it is certainly never a bad idea to be forced to get away from the computer, that’s for sure.

What are you working on now?
A sequel to WIG is slated: The Tiara on the Terrace. In it, Young & Yang go undercover Miss Congeniality-style in their town parade’s “Royal Court” to stop a murderer. It’s very loosely based on the Tournament of Roses here in Pasadena; it’s such a rich, fun setting, and I’m enjoying slipping in a bit more Pasadena flavor into “Luna Vista,” my sleuths’ fictional town.

Thanks so much for having me at The Windy Pages! I really appreciate the chance to shout from the rooftops about my debut! Hope people will enjoy “wigging out” over Young & Yang’s hijinks.


Thank you for stopping by Kristen!
I love the book and you can follow Kristen here on her website.
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Thursday, May 9th 2013

Giveaway, Author Interview and Review: Bruised by Sarah Skilton

Title: Bruised

Author: Sarah Skilton

Publisher: Amulet Books

Publication Date: March 2013

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:
Imogen freezes during a hold up and blames herself for the gunman’s death. She should have been able to do something, right? She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Guilt, blame and aggression, as well as a drive to prove herself once again, leads Imogent through a journey of self discovery and forgiveness.

I couldn’t put this book down.

Imogen is strong, physically and mentally. So when she finds herself frozen during a hold up, of course she blames herself. She has prepared her whole life for situations like this, so why does she find herself totally at a loss when it actually happens?

I loved Imogen’s journey. Her complex emotions were so real and rich, I felt like I knew her and could sympathize with her struggles. The anger she keeps hidden under the surface and her quest for normality are bittersweet as she grapples with who she was before the incident and who she wants to be from now on. She makes mistakes, she judges people harshly. I liked all these things because it made her a real person.
The story line involving her and her family added a depth to Imogen and her back story.

And Ricky is just sweet. Thank you Sarah Skilton for writing a boy who is supportive, sweet, friendly and still swoon worthy. I liked how their relationship developed, organically.  Nothing is rushed or forced and it is obvious why these two characters are drawn to each other.

Overall, a strong debut with an emotional story.





Interview with Sarah Skilton!
Thanks so much for having me here at the Windy Pages, Kimberly! I really appreciate it!

What inspired you to become a writer?
When I was around 9, I wrote a letter to James Howe (Bunnicula) and he wrote back! He had a form letter for fans, but he also included a personalized letter. In the form letter, he said that as an author, you can look at your story and characters and know, “This exists because I made it exist.” That’s stuck with me for years.

What was the last book you read?
Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, a tag-team novel in which real-life exes write alternate chapters of a murder mystery (and disagree about the book’s direction in emails to one another, which we’re privy to). It was lots of fun. This week I finally started 11/22/63 by Stephen King, which is terrific so far.

What sparked the idea of your book?
I love X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I wanted to write about a girl who had the “real world” equivalent of superpowers, which I viewed as martial arts, and then I wanted to show how she’d cope if the one thing that defined her was taken away. 


Imogen is an experienced Tae Kwon Do fighter. What research did you do in order to write about Tae Kwon Do and her fighting?
I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do, though I haven’t studied in years. Luckily, I kept all my old notebooks, binders, calendars, and handouts, so I was able to refer to them a lot while writing.

What are your favorite things about Imogen?
She’s funny, she’s tough, she’s true to her values, and she expects a lot from herself.

Imogen is a complex character, and her relationships with her parents, brother and friends are complicated. What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing the relationships in your novel?
From the opening page, we know she’s annoyed with her brother and her former friend, Shelly, and then we also learn pretty early on that she’s upset about her dad’s diabetes, too. I personally think her anger and frustration make sense, but of course I would say that; I wrote her ;) I ended up toning down some of her narration, which I believe was the right move, but I didn’t want to gloss over her anger too much, so it was a balancing act.
I think the story shows her at a crisis point, and then, having to deal with the diner robbery amidst her relationship issues makes everything more difficult for her (and more difficult for the people in her life, too!)

How do you like your potato?
Baked, with either cheese and salsa or plain with butter. Mmm.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Wildlife photographer or psychotherapist. Kind of a leap, eh?

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my husband and our son, who is 15 months old. I also watch old movies, go on walks, and grab dinner with friends.

What is one thing you would tell aspiring writers?
Write the book you would most love to read.

What are you working on now?
I just turned in my line edits for HIGH AND DRY, my next YA book for Abrams/Amulet. It comes out Spring 2014 and it’s a mystery involving a teenage soccer player. Like with BRUISED, there is action and some romance. This time my narrator’s a boy, though, which has been really cool to write.


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Monday, March 25th 2013

Giveaway, Author Interview & Review: The Taker by Alma Katsu

Title: The Taker

Author: Alma Katsu

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: March 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

I purchased this book.

Review:

Lanore McIlvrae has been in love with one man her entire life, that of the beautiful and selfish Jonathan. But that was any many years ago, hundreds, and Lanore finds herself bloody and alone, in the cold reaches of Maine, in a hospital and wanted for murder. There, she finds Dr. Luke Findley, who listens as she tells her story of immortality, love, betrayal and hopefully, one day, redemption.

I really don’t want to give anything away.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when my friend Crystal picked this book for book club. The synopsis sounded promising. I was totally blown away by this book. Magic, immortals, evil and sin shake the pages as I read of Lanny and her adventures. It reminds me of a shorter, sexier Discovery of Witches.

It’s romance. It’s historical fiction. Lanny tells her story through flashbacks, from her friendship with Jonathan and the jealousy she feels as he’s courted by every girl in their small Maine town, to the sexual awakening and predatory adventures of her time in Boston with Adair, her immortal maker. The writing is solid and before i knew it was enjoying every twisted rabbit hole the author took me down, including Adair’s past and lies, Jonathan’s side of the story and Lanny’s struggles.

Lanny is a sharp and struggling heroine. She changes so much from the girl in Maine to the seductress in today’s world. Her own selfishness, self discovery and bad choices lead her to the hell she finds herself when the book opens. But Lanny is a sympathetic character, human and complex, making bad decisions and paying for them all.

Adair is my favorite character in this story. His tale is dark, strange and evil, and the man that emerges from that is full of rage, entitlement and ill will. And yet, Adair is like a very bright light in the story, a strong and yet menacing character who haunts every page he’s on. He’s a perfect villain, making me fearful but curious about his real intentions and past. Make no mistake, Adair is not to be liked. He is awful, horrendous, vile being, at least not now. Though I do believe his tale of redemption may come, and it will be a very long ride.

Lanny’s great love, Jonathan, is too washy for me. I feel Lanny’s heartbreak through her narration, but most of the time, I waned to slap Jonathan around. He’s beautiful, rich and wanted. And he knows it. As the book goes on I felt a little warmer towards Jonathan, but I still want to slap Lanny for her unconditional love for him.
I have very little feelings towards Luke, her Dr. savior in modern day as well.

No, the real meat of the story is told in the flashbacks, in her time in Boston, in the house in which she lived with Adair and his minions.

Seriously devoured over two days.
I ran out the next to buy the sequel, The Reckoning. I am biting my nails, waiting for Book Three.
Rating 9: Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream







Interview with Alma Katsu!

Welcome Alma! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions!
What inspired you to become a writer?
Being an avid reader. I was always a reader and I think at some point most readers want to see if they can write a story themselves, create something like the books that gave them so much pleasure. I started writing in earnest when I was in high school, writing chapters of some silly fantasy story in class instead of paying attention to the teacher. Then some friends of mine would read the chapters in the afternoon after school. That’s probably all it took to get me hooked as a writer: having an audience.

What sparked the idea for The Taker series?
My crazy sense of melodrama, I guess. I wanted to see if I could write a really haunting story, a book you’d read that would stay with you for days. The best stories aren’t necessarily ones where you agree with everything the character does or where you identify completed with the characters, but one that makes you think, that you can’t forget. That’s what I wanted to do with The Taker: tell a story that you couldn’t forget.

Lanny’s hometown of St. Andrew, Maine is rich and vivid. How did you create this fictional town during this time period?
I grew up near Concord, Massachusetts, which is rich in Colonial American history. I was literally surrounded by all the trapping of the time: farmhouses and taverns and inns from the 1700s, museums and historic sites. I guess it all seeped into my bones. However, I needed a location more isolated than Concord for the town of St. Andrew and so I moved it to the northern part of Maine. That required quite a bit of research, because conditions in Maine during that time were quite different from Boston. I was able to use quite a bit of that research to give those sections real flavor, I think.

Jonathan, Lanny and Adair are all deeply flawed, complex characters, each with their own strong personalities. Which one did you enjoy writing the most?
Adair. He is so bad and so different—you don’t meet people like him every day, thank god—that it was quite an experience putting myself in his mindset. And yet as forceful and powerful as he is, he becomes vulnerable when he falls in love, and so you can’t close your heart to him entirely. Jonathan is infuriating but he’s meant to be. He’s patterned after real men I have known, men who are emotionally aloof, who like to keep women guessing. We all meet a man like this at some point in our life, and some women get really hung up on them and never learn to let go—which brings us to Lanny. There are lots of heroines in literature like her—Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina—unwilling to settle for less, unable to get past their own tragic flaw.

Adair has a very long and shady past, making him my favorite character that I love to hate, and hate to love. Will we see more of his past in The Reckoning and The Descent?
I’m glad you said that, because Adair really took over the story. It’s because of him that we have a series! The Taker was supposed to be a standalone but I saw a way to continue the story and in many ways, it’s Adair’s story as much as it is Lanny’s. It’s the two of them who grow and change, and learn to be deserving of love.

What is your favorite thing about Lanny?
I like that she’s real, and she’s real because she’s flawed. She can be headstrong and stubborn. I wouldn’t say that she’s selfish but she’s going to go for what she wants. She’s forced to deal with her fears—the greatest one being the fear of being alone—but she learns that she can live without Jonathan. After everything she goes through to win him, then save him and herself, she loses him and has to go on for decades without him. She becomes a stronger and wiser (if not exactly happier) person for it. Some people—many people—won’t face their greatest fear in their lifetime.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing your novels?
The biggest problem is that, because these books aren’t a specific genre, it’s hard to find the right audience. Readers expect to be able to judge a book right away—yes, by it’s cover but also by the blurbs (are they from authors you know and like?) and which shelf it sits on in the bookstore. Many reviewers have said that the books would please just about any reader (we had a great review in the Barnes & Noble book club about this) but that’s made it really hard to market.

How do you like your potato?
Just about any way except raw :)

Do you have a favorite literary character?
I think my favorite characters come and go. Also, I like characters not for themselves but if they’re well-written and fully realized. I don’t care if a character is “likeable” or not, if they’re someone whose actions I agree with or someone I’d want to know in real life. I tend to appreciate characters who are complex but whom the author has expressed well.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Working. I’m a researcher for a think tank and my field is emerging technology, especially communications technology. With all the changes going on right now, it requires a lot of reading to keep up!

Book three of the trilogy is coming soon! Which of the three is your favorite book? Which was the hardest to write?
The Taker, the first book, took 10 years to write but in some ways it’s been the easiest, probably because I had turned the story over and over in my mind and knew exactly what I wanted it to say. The prize for the hardest is now a toss-up between books two and three!

And what is the one question you always wish someone would ask you, but haven’t yet? (Answer too please!)
What kind of car do you drive?
A John Cooper Works 2009 MINI in White Pepper. The John Cooper Works are the factory tuner (read: race car) version of the MINI and I absolutely love it! I wouldn’t mind track racing it one day when it’s no longer my daily driver.


Thanks for stopping by Alma! Can’t wait for the final book!
You can learn more about Alma at her website here or follow her on Twitter @AlmaKatsu

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Wednesday, February 13th 2013

Review: The Fourth Stall Part III by Chris Rylander

Title: The Fourth Stall, Part III

Author: Chris Rylander

Publisher:Walden Pond Press

Publication Date: February 2013

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book III


Synopsis can be found here.
You can check out my author interview and review of Book Two in this series here.
I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

Mac and Vince are trying to live a simple, uncomplicated life now that their business is closed. But you know what they say- you can’t ever really leave. Being pulled back into business, a new nemesis from another school, and Mac and Vince are in way over their heads. And it’s not just them who are in trouble. Their entire school has a target on it and the only way to save everyone is by banding together once and for all.

Filled with humor, crazy jokes and a lively cast of characters, The Fourth Stall Part III is a seriously fun ending. Mac and Vince are still stuck like glue- best friends till the end. And when their enemy Staples, from Book One, appears asking them for help, a strange camaraderie ensues, but is it real? Or does Staples have a hidden agenda?

The plot keeps you guessing again and again, leaving you running after Mac and Vince, rooting for them the whole time. Mac’s voice, his observations and narration, are my favorite part, but following closely behind is good ol’ Vince and his grandmother’s ramblings. Even the secondary characters, and acquaintances, have clever nicknames, odd personalities and funny quirks. (At the moment, the new kid Matches, is probably my favorite. Yes, his nickname is Matches. Guess what he likes to do.)

It’s such a great book and a fantastic series.
A sure hit with any middle grade reader, or, ehem, older reader like me.

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Thursday, August 23rd 2012

Author Interview, GIVEAWAY & Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: January 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

Review
Why haven’t you read this yet?

Cinderella gets a major makeover in this futuristic and heartwarming tale. 
Cinder is adopted by a nice man and taken home to live with his wife and two daughters. But then the plague hits, the man dies and Cinder is left with her step-mom and two step-sisters. Think you know the story yet? I don’t think so.

Cinder is a cyborg mechanic, her only pleasures fixing androids and spending time with her side kick Iko and nice step sister. She lives in New Beijing, minding her own business. Until one day, Prince Kai walks in and needs her help in fixing an older, broken android. And then, the adventure begins.

Of course, the cover is totally eye catching and made me curious as to what was inside. But I wasn’t prepared for the awesomeness that this book contained.
Cinder is a wonderful role model. She’s smart, clever, strong and vulnerable. I love her quick wit and her compassion for her family and friends. I really lovePrice Kai as well. It is refreshing to have a nice guy be the love interest. Make no mistake- Prince Kai has a lot of personality, is charming and holds a great deal of responsibility. He’s not a flat cookie cutter kind of guy. Their relationship grows naturally and never seems forced.

New Beijing isan incredibly unique setting. Between the mixture of cultures and the additional Lunar people, I wished I could see New Beijing for real, maybe as some theme park in Southern California. That would be awesome. The mysterious Lunar people added another layer of danger and once the story wraps back around, the aHa! moment is fun and exciting.
I don’t want to give too much away. I didn’t know where the book was going so the surprises really made me want to keep reading.

Overall, a fun and creative retelling of Cinderella. I can’t wait to read Scarlet, book two.

Author Interview with Marissa Meyer!

Have you always had aspirations of being a writer?
Yes, ever since I was a little kid. As soon as I realized that the books I loved so much were the creations of real people—and that it could be a real job—I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

What was the last book you read?
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. It was so much fun, and also very thoughtful and heart-warming. (It also has an amazing book trailer that everyone should go watch – it’s like a movie preview!)

Kai is such a warm and down to earth character, especially for a Prince. And Adri is a deeply angry and lonely step-mother. Which character was the hardest to write?
I would say Kai was the most difficult because my brain kept wanting to force him to be something he really wasn’t. When I first started writing this book, I had it in my head that Kai and Cinder would have a love/hate, Pride & Prejudice type love story, for which Kai would have to be arrogant and something of a jokester, but that just wasn’t him. Once I finally stopped forcing him to be what I thought he should be, then his compassionate, strong, somewhat-sarcastic character started to shine through.
Adri was difficult at the beginning, too, just because I hadn’t yet figured out what had made her so cruel and hateful. Once I gave some thought to her past and how she came to be the guardian of Cinder, then her motivations became clear. She was a lot easier to write after that.

Cinder’s cover is really unique and eye catching. The illustration of the bright red shoe and the mechanical workings underneath make it stand out from other covers. Do you buy a book based on its cover?

It’s impossible not to be affected by a cover in some way—for good or bad. There have been books that I bought based on the cover and ended up being very disappointed in, and others that I never would have chosen because of terrible covers, but maybe a friend recommended it and I ended up loving it. I love Cinder’s cover (and Scarlet’s!) and am so lucky to have my publisher’s creative genius behind them.

Cinder experiences a lot of heartbreak both before the novel opens and as the events unfold throughout. But there is still a lot of humor and lighthearted moments, especially between her, Peony and Iko. Was it difficult to balance the grim world and the lively characters?
The lighthearted moments tend to come pretty easily. Cinder and I share a sense of humor, and Iko is such a flamboyant and hilarious character that I can always count on her to roll in and say something awesome. Creating a balance between the grim and the lively wasn’t something I did intentionally, it just came about from creating characters that I adore.

How do you like your potato?
Mashed. With lots of butter. (Or if it’s a sweet potato, then sweet potato fries.)

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
An aspiring writer.

Do you have a favorite literary crush?
Mr. Darcy! You just can’t beat him.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read an awful lot and on the weekends my husband and I go to a lot of estate sales and antique stores. We also love roadtrips, which generally consist of baseball games, wineries, and stumbling into insanely creepy Bates-motel-like inns at 2:00 in the morning because we can’t keep our eyes open anymore and this is the last town for 80 miles. Yeah, we know how to live it up.

Your next book, Scarlet, comes out in February, continuing The Lunar Chronicles series. This new story is about Little Red Riding Hood. With two more books after that, how did you pick which fairy tale characters to become part of this world?
When I first started imagining a series of futuristic fairy tales, I made a list of my favorite tales and started brainstorming neat sci-fi twists I could give to them. These four stories (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) quickly rose to the top. Not only did I have lots of ideas for each individual story, but as I brainstormed and plotted, the tales started growing together into one continuous arc, with my cyborg Cinderella caught in the middle of it all

Thank you Marissa for stopping by!

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