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Diverse Book Tours Presents The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

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Plot Summary:

The gods and monsters of India roar to life in this thrilling fantasy!

After three weeks of vacation, Ash Mistry is ready to leave the heat and dust of India behind him. Then he discovers a gleaming gold arrowhead hidden in the sands—a weapon used to defeat evil King Ravana in legend.

At least, Ash is pretty sure it’s only a legend . . .

But when Lord Alexander Savage comes after Ash, the legends are suddenly way too real. Savage commands an army of monstrous shapechangers called rakshasas, who want only to seize the arrowhead and restore Ravana to power. As they hunt Ash through magnificent fortresses and brutal deserts, he must learn to work with a powerful rakshasa girl named Parvati, and find the strength within himself to fight on no matter what. Because this isn’t just a battle to stop the end of the world. It’s a battle to stop the end of reality as we know it.

No pressure.

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Savage-Fortress-Sarwat-Chadda/dp/0545385172

 Barnes & Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-savage-fortress-sarwat-chadda/1108943042

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10466374-ash-mistry-and-the-savage-fortress

 Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Savage-Fortress-Sarwat-Chadda/9780545385176

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Biography

Sarwat Chadda has lived and traveled throughout the world, from China to Guatemala. He’s been lost in Mongolia, abandoned at a volcano in Nicaragua and hidden up a tree from a rhino in Nepal. Not to mention being detained by Homeland Security in the US and chased around Tibet by the Chinese police. Maybe he just has that sort of face.

Anyway, now he’s trying to settle in one place and stay out of trouble. Hence his new career as a writer. It’s safe, indoors and avoids any form of physical danger.

Throughout his travels, Sarwat has soaked up the myths, legends and cultures of far away places. Now, with the Ash Mistry series, he aims to bring these unfamiliar tales of ten-headed demons and blue-skinned heroes back home and put them beside the exploits of Achilles and Thor. His heroes are Prince Rama and the demon-slaying Kali. Isn’t it about time you met them too?

Author Links

Website: http://ashmistry.com

Twitter:https://twitter.com/SarwatChadda

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2869550.Sarwat_Chadda

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Diverse Book Tours presents Hush Puppy by Lisa T. Cresswell +Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Plot Summary:

Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he’s terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine’s left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.

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Book Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1uHKJAG

 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hush-puppy-lisa-t-cresswell/1116523522

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18304596-hush-puppy

 Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Hush-Puppy-Lisa-Cresswell/9781608208791

About the Author: Lisa T. Cresswell

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Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?

Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press.

Lisa T. Cresswell still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!

Author Links

Website: http://lisatcresswell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaTCresswell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peach83352

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5245305.Lisa_Cresswell

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Elite Book Promo’s presents a Guest Post by the author of The Invitation, Dawn Kohler

The Invitation by Dawn Kohler

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Despite having a loving fiancé, Kate Edwards is haunted by a feeling that something is missing in her life.

After losing her job as a reporter, a sense of inspiration is ignited by an invitation to spend the weekend with Emma Daines, a retired professor of social anthropology and the former US ambassador to Germany. Kate has long admired Emma’s accomplishments and for years has attempted to obtain an interview. Yet Emma Daines is known to be deeply suspicious of journalists, as she holds a secret that reporters have wanted to get their hands on for decades.

A thoroughly mesmerizing novel, The Invitation takes us to a beach community in Northern California, where through a series of outdoor adventures Kate struggles with her internal conflicts over love, ambition, and her need to gain Emma’s trust. Little does she know how her life will change when she stumbles upon Emma’s hidden memoir which exposes the underbelly of her determination, her relationships, and brings to light the walls that keep us separated from one another.

This riveting, insightful, and unpredictable story brings us into the heart of two women who ultimately learn from each other what’s important in life and the real and powerful meaning behind receiving The Invitation.

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Journey of personal awakening unfolds in new novel, The Invitation

 

Kate Edwards’ future career, happiness depends on one woman’s secret in ‘The Invitation

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Author Dawn Kohler has spent over a decade coaching top executives in the Entertainment, Technology and Fashion Industry.  She now taps that experience in her debut novel, “The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma” (published by Balboa Press).

In this first of a planned series, Kohler shows the vulnerabilities of a highly acclaimed woman as she finds her authentic self through a series of setbacks. “I wanted to show a story about a woman that is not defined by the tragedies in her life,” Kohler says, “but instead has learned how to use this time of global change to gain strength, wisdom, and to be truly productive and fulfilled in the world as a result of these experiences.”

The book is written from the point of view of Kate Edwards, an ambitious reporter. When Kate loses her job, she receives an invitation to spend a weekend with the reclusive Emma Daines, a retired social anthropologist and former U.S. ambassador to Germany. Kate jumps at the chance to meet her idol and sets out for Northern California in hopes to acquire Emma’s secret untold story, and answer her own questions about love, longing and how to pursue a meaningful life.

“It’s an intimate read,” Kohler says, “with several unpredictable twists. Like so many of us, the characters struggle with feelings of unworthiness, longing and rejection. These feelings often drive our choices and can veer us from the more authentic paths in our personal and professional lives. ”

Kohler aims to convey a message about personal responsiblity as a means for global progression.  In conjunction to the book series, she has established the Emma Daines Society, a community to support others through transformational changes and to inspire conscious and purposeful living.

 Buy the Book

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“The Invitation”

By Dawn Kohler

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515755

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515731

E-Book | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515748

Publication Date: 8/26/2014

Hard Cover Price: $30.95

Paperback Price: $13.99

Available at Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Balboa Press and www.dawnkohler.com

Dawn Kohler has previously published a memoir “A New Dawn Rising.” She lives in Laguna, Ca. near her three adult children.

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BPIC Promo’s presents the book blitz for Marcel Trigueiro’s The Next Target

The Next Target
by Marcel Trigueiro
Genre: Mystery, Cyber-Thriller, Political Procedural
Release Date: December 8, 2014

When fear is used as a weapon, the panic paralyses the target like a spider web which immobilizes the preys in the last seconds of their existences. Thenceforth, eliminating a life becomes something elementary.

Rio de Janeiro had already experienced the climate of terror at the end of 2010, with cars and buses being constantly torched overnight. Now, a similar climate settles in the city, but this time the targets have names and surnames. Hundreds of thousands of people are progressively threatened by terrorists who seem to know all the details of their lives. Some of them are cowardly murdered, in a demonstration that anyone can die.

Matheus Erming is the Computer Forensics specialist responsible for examining the computers used by the victims and for finding out how details of their daily routines, kinship and friendship relations were taken by the perpetrators of the attacks. The investigations are the starting point of a persecution not only cybernetic, which touches the lower levels of the organized crime and chases for the roots of chaos in the city. During this race, the security of Matheus’ family is also put at risk. When this happens, he knows he has only one choice: to go further, at any cost.

Matheus had never wanted to accomplish any goal as much as he wanted to accomplish this one thing. He wanted to catch these killers. It hadn’t been fair to his brother, and it wasn’t fair for the victims of these terrorists. The rational hesitation, the doubt and the natural fear of the dark possibilities of what he was about to do, tried to prevent him from committing what he would normally consider an atrocity. But what could be a more brutal atrocity than what had already occurred?  He had a choice. If he really wanted to prevent the escape, he couldn’t wait one more second. And yet, if he didn’t want to risk his own life, it would be better to stay where he was.

Limited Time Special Price – Only $1.99(Price goes to $4.99 on 12/12)

Almost five years ago, I started writing a novel. At first, all I knew was that the protagonist would be a Computer Forensics specialist, since a regular programmer or software engineer would be too boring for the plots I could figure. It would be better for someone to be able to hold a gun, involved in some mystery built from solid and real Information Security principles.

As for the antagonist, sorry, I can’t reveal anything about him/her now.

Still about the building of the plot; months passed, years elapsed, and after countless review rounds (made also by professionals) the book is finally finished and fully translated to English.

The title: The Next Target

I hope you enjoy.

Best regards,

Marcel T.


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BPIC Promotions presents Rebecca York’s The Off World Cookbook +Review

The Off World Cookbook
by Rebecca York
Genre: Cookbook
Release Date: December 8, 2015

Do you ever want to know more about the background and environment of the characters in a story? Here’s a chance to find out more about Rebecca York’s Off World novellas and short stories. Like what do the heroes and heroines in these science-fiction romances really eat? And where did they get the recipes? Or are they foraging for their supper in the forests, fields and streams of strange planets?

It’s fun to envision these future meals in strange environments and more fun to duplicate the dishes here on Earth–even the Farlian Celebration Cake pictured on the cover.

Some of the recipes, like the Backcountry Quick Bread from Assignment Danger, feature native foods, which you’ve never encountered. But you can make easy substitutions with ingredients found at your local grocery store.

Others like the Roasted Summer Vegetables or Cheesecake that the colonists on Jalar enjoy or the Fresh Cherry Compote made from the trees on Caleb Raider’s farmstead in Nightfall are made with ingredients originally brought from Earth and carefully cultivated in their new environments.

Some, like the Grilled Steak with Peppers and Onions from Conquest, are a blend of native and Earth traditions.

Each of these dishes is rich with the atmosphere of another time and place. Try them in your own kitchen. They’ll give you an–ahem–taste of what we have in store in the future when we venture into the unknown worlds of the galaxy and beyond.

GRILLED STEAK WITH PEPPERS AND ONIONS
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Grazing animals which resemble the buffalo of old earth inhabit the lowland plains on Jalar. The Jalarians hunt them for furs and food. Like all of the native warriors, Rohan could eat their meat at every meal. For variety, Elena taught him to add a flavorful marinade and some vegetables. Here on earth, you can marinate the steak in a plastic bag.

Makes 4 servings

11/2 pounds sirloin steak, cut 1-inch thick

1 1/2 cups chopped onions

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1/2 Tbsp Dijon-style mustard

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp salt

2 sweet peppers (green and red, yellow, or orange) seeded and sliced

  1. Place steak in a zip-lock plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine onion, oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, mustard, garlic, and salt; stir to mix well. Pour into the bag with steak, distributing evenly over meat. Seal, lay on a large plate, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Adjust rack 5 inches from broiler.  Preheat broiler.  Transfer meat to broiler pan. Broil meat for 11 to 18 minutes, turning once, until desired degree of doneness is reached.
  3. Meanwhile, transfer onions and marinade to a large skillet. Add 2 tablespoons additional oil. Add peppers, and cook over medium high to high heat, stirring frequently, 7 or 8 minutes, until onions and peppers begin to char.
  4. To serve, slice meat on the diagonal, and arrange on a serving platter. Surround with pepper-onion mixture.

I loved this book from the star! The cover drew me in because I love cake more than is socially acceptable. However it was the idea of an “off world” cook book that truly had me intrigued. I couldn’t for the life of me think what it could be filled with but i wasn’t disappointed.

I have to say that I hadn’t read the books that the recipes were inspired by but it definitely didn’t stop me from enjoying the the amazing suggestions Rebecca York’s book made. I enjoy experimenting new recipes on my family so this was an additional treat for me. Everyone loved the Jalaran Shish Kebab when I made in for a midweek dinner. and when I brought along the Dorre wings to my annual prethanksgiving bookclub potluck, all the girls raved over it!

My personal favorite though is the Farlarian Celebration cake!! if you want to know more about these zany titled recipes then I highly recommend this cookbook!

Buy the Books and read more about the worlds these recipes are from:

A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author, Rebecca has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.

Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements.

Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.


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Diverse Book Tours Presents the Review of Brit Brinson’s Dia of the Dead

Dia Of The Dead

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ISBN: 978-0-9907401-0-0

Publisher: Big Moon Press

Pages: 276

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Plot Summary of Dia of the Dead:

Protecting Romero High from all things supernaturally spooky as Dia Muerto is a tough gig for sixteen-year-old actress Dia Summers, but it’s nothing compared to protecting the ones she loves from real, live—well, formerly alive—zombies. Unlike the zombies that shambled around on set, the real deal don’t follow a script.

At the majorly important birthday party of her boss’ daughter, Dia experiences a series of potentially career-ruining social disasters. Before the night is over, she soon discovers that the possible cancellation of her show isn’t her biggest worry.

Armed with what they can find around Bixby Studios, Dia and her friends band together to find out why everyone they know has begun popping up as gray-skinned, black-eyed, limb-nomming zombies. With the ailment spreading, time is running out before Dia is swept up in Hollywood’s latest trend.

Buy the Book! 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1s7wMej

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23117815-dia-of-the-dead

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Dia-Dead-Brit-Brinson/9780990740100

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My Review of Dia of the Dead by Brit Brinson 

A fun, easy read and I really enjoyed it! especially since I’m a huge zombie fan! Dia of the Dead was great from start to finish.  The titular Dia was a likable character and to the author’s credit maintained that likeable personality throughout the book even when faced with some terrible situations. Which may sound like small potatoes but I assure you, is quite important and increasingly rare. The very clear origins of the zombies only lends to the solid world that was built.

How the zombie virus spreads is also more imaginative than most YA novels are especially because the author explains how it happens. All of the characters are very well developed and the plot is very exciting and surprising. The author doesn’t go the easy route in developing her story and you will be surprised at who gets zombified and who doesn’t.

No spoilers but the action scenes and the development of Dia’s character were the best parts of the story. Dia of the Dead is a zombie story that stays true to its audience without dumbing things down and I can’t tell Brit Brinson how grateful I am for that, but Thank you, Dear Author nonetheless!!  If you love The Walking Dead and my personal favorite Z-Nation then this is the book for you!!

Buy the Book by clicking the link! 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1s7wMej

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23117815-dia-of-the-dead

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Dia-Dead-Brit-Brinson/9780990740100

About the Author Brit Brinson 

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Author Biography

Brit Brinson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After time away to attend college and graduate school, she returned home. When she’s not writing, she enjoys doing nerdy stuff with her friends. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi.

Dia of the Dead is her first novel.

Author Links

Website: www.britbrinson.com

Twitter: @britbrinson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507189.Brit_Brinson

Website: www.britbrinson.com

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Lola’s Blog Tours presents Karen Rock’s A League of her Own + Author Interview

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This is my stop during the blog tour for A League of Her Own by Karen Rock. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

A League of Her OwnA League of Her Own
By Karen Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 1 December, 2014

Blurb:
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…

You can find A League of Her Own on Goodreads.

You can buy A League of Her Own here:
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Hi Everyone,  My name is Tamara Philip, the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid, and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing the incomparable, Karen Rock! The author of the fantastic, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN. Karen gave me some insight at what makes her tick while charming my socks off with her down to earth answers. Check out the interview for yourself! it’s guaranteed to make you smile!

In less than 30 words, tell us about your book, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN?

Ahhh! Pressure. (Wait- those words don’t count do they? lol) A LEAGUE OF HER OWN is about Heather Gadway, a collegiate softball coach who takes over her family’s minor league baseball team. She fights to prove her overly critical father wrong by succeeding with the team while battling her feelings for troubled ace pitcher Garrett Wolf.

why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?

Since my husband is a baseball addict (watches, plays, coaches and referees) I spend a lot of time around the sport. I thought it’d be fun to give a woman the challenge of managing the boisterous, competitive men I see on the field. The fact that Heather has trust issues because she’s been raised by a prescription-drug addicted mother was based on a person I care deeply about… and the perfect person to help her confront her past and learn to have faith again is recovering alcoholic pitcher, Garrett Wolf.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Faint.. but miraculously I’d still manage to book a trip to stay in one of those huts in Fiji!

 

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally ?

I always wanted this career since my high school years, but didn’t have the courage to face the rejection. My sister-in-law, and now writing YA partner, Joanne Rock, kept encouraging me to give it a try. She’d been writing for Harlequin Historicals and Blaze for years. Finally, I worked up the courage to show her one of my stories and her encouragement and advice led me to take a chance and start submitting professionally.

 

 If money was not an issue, what one thing would you love to do?

Buy a yacht with a full crew and sail around the world. What a great place to write… and travel!

 

Do you have a specific writing style? (ie which best selling author do you write most like?)

I’m a contemporary author who’s specializing in romance, although I hope to expand into Women’s Fiction and main stream literary works. I would say the authors I strive to be like are Nicholas Sparks, Elizabeth Strout, Annie Proulx, and Anne Tyler. They are geniuses at delving deep into relationships and people. Like them, I write character-driven novels with edge, high stakes, and emotional intensity.

 

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Oprah Winfrey (She is such a passionate reader!) and John Green because his Young Adult novels are brilliant and his attitude is so positive and down-to-earth. His Vlogs always make me laugh.

 

 Do you think Life experiences, research or just your imagination makes you a better a writer?

Tough one! I would say life experience, although when I was younger I would have said imagination since I hadn’t lived long enough to fully understand all sides to the issues I tackle in my novels. Research is always important and was especially so for this book. I had to nail down all of the rules and practices of baseball, including the slang, plays, positions and types of game-changing errors to make the book authentic.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Since one of my favorite books is The Hobbit, I would name my autobiography after Bilbo Baggins’ book: There and Back Again. I’ve always loved that title because life is a journey, but no matter how far we travel, we always come home.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Tamara! Wishing you and all of your wonderful followers Happy Holidays :)

Karen RockAbout the Author:
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.

You can find and connect with Karen here:
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You can buy A League of Her Own here:
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of A League of Her Own. These are the prizes you can win:
– a 100$ Amazon gift card (INT)
– a set of signed paperback of Wish Me Tomorrow, His Hometown Girl, Someone Like You and A League of Her Own (US only)
A League of Her Own Blog Tour Grand Prize

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