Friday, December 30, 2016

Interview with W.T. Fallon, FAIL TO THE CHIEF

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
My latest book is Fail to the Chief, a parody of presidential proportions. In it, I imagined the presidential election as a reality show called American President—every week, candidates have to perform challenges selected by the audience, then the person with the least votes is eliminated.

I wanted the challenges to be things that I'd always wanted to see in a real election. The first challenge is working a real job—all the candidates have to go out and work at a real job, with no aides around to make sure they say the right thing and look good. Each candidate gets a different job, voted on by the audience, based on his or her previous experience or campaign promises. So there's a scene where this governor who opposes raising the minimum wage has to go work at a fast food restaurant, where obviously his coworkers aren't his biggest fans. As he's trying to work the cash register, he also has to deal with customers who have their own issues with him.

Other challenges include a debate where all the contestants are hooked up to polygraph machines—something I've always wanted to see, even though it'll never happen in real life—and a sort of reverse drinking game where you take a shot every time someone says something trite and overused—only the candidates are the ones who have to take a drink. I always wanted to see a debate where all the candidates are drunk.

Do you have a favorite character?
Probably  Bryan Seafoam, the host of American President. The story is told from his point of view, so we get to see all the candidates and their antics through his eyes. Bryan has his own subplots—he wants to be a serious reporter, but his producer pressures him not to be too hard on the candidates, to leave that up to the audience on social media. Later in the story, he uncovers a cheating scandal and has to make some difficult decisions. There are some surprise twists at the end.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Years ago, with my probably-needed-some-work first effort at a novel, yes, I tried querying agents. What a waste of time that was. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't wasted so much time on that. It really was a big time suck. I spent hours reading about how to write an effective query letter, rewriting mine a million times, and it was just an ROI of ZERO.

When I finally gave up on that, it was around the time that self-publishing on Amazon was getting big. So I became very interested in self-publishing. I had heard that a few people were actually making good money with their self-published novels, although a lot of people don't. I decided I was going to finish my next book and put it on Amazon myself, and the hell with agents and publishers. That was in 2012, I think, around the time the Kindle Fire came out.

So that year I started a Nanowrimo novel with the idea of finishing it in November, and I did—November of 2014. (Hey, they never said it had to be November of the same year, right?) By then the self-publishing field had expanded exponentially. I think the Kindle Fire's success helped make ebooks more popular, but besides that, everybody and their dog decided to publish a book on Amazon. Unfortunately, that made the market really cluttered, which is still true today. There are some great self-published novels out there, but there's also a lot of stuff that really needs an editor. It's very hard to get noticed with so many books of varying quality out there.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
So after I finally finished that Nano novel in 2014, I was still really into the idea of publishing myself on Amazon. But, like I said, there are a lot of challenges to overcome. You can either figure out how to design your own cover, or pay someone to do it. I didn't have any money, so I figured I'd just design my own or use one of those free covers Amazon offers to authors. (That was a seriously bad idea, and I don't recommend anyone do that.) As far as editing, I figured I'd do it myself and hope I didn't miss anything.

But even if you do a great job of designing a cover and editing your book, it's still difficult to get anyone to even see it, especially if you don't have a marketing budget. So I ended up talking to a small press, Oghma Creative Media.

Initially, I found it hard to let go of the idea of self-publishing. I'd gotten really attracted to the idea of doing everything myself and having control of everything. I probably found self-publishing so appealing because I'm a little bit of a control freak. However, after thinking about it, I realized it would be nice to have help with things like editing and cover design, so I agreed to let them publish that novel.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I liked that Oghma wanted its authors to be involved in the whole creative process, from editing to cover design.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I was very involved with the cover, which was designed by Richard Howk at Oghma Creative Media. I told him it was very important to have some of the candidates on the cover, and I also wanted the host, Bryan Seafoam, sort of sitting off to the side doing the facepalm. I really like how it turned out. It really shows what the book is about.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
Yes, I belong to a couple critique groups, and they have helped me improve my writing a lot. For a long time I thought, I'll wait until I improve my writing, I don't want to read them something awful. Eventually it occurred to me my writing might improve a lot faster if I got some feedback on it, so I went, and I wish I had done it sooner.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Usually I listen to music, but I try to write whenever I have time. Thanksgiving Day, I was in the longest line EVER at JCPenney waiting to buy something in their sale, and I was so bored. So then I remembered I was trying to do Nanowrimo again, so I got out my phone and wrote a whole page while I was standing there in that never-moving line. No, I didn't win Nano this year, but I did get some writing done.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I'm a pantser. I can't outline. If I had to know everything that was going to happen in my story before I started, I would never start. I just figure it out as I go along.
I had no idea where I was going with Fail to the Chief. In fact, when I started writing it I really only planned on it being a short story. That's actually a good example of one way my critique group helped me—I read them the first five pages of what would become Fail to the Chief, which I hadn't yet figured out how to finish. I was hoping someone would suggest something funny that would help me think of an ending.

Then someone said, “This should be a book,” and I was like, “I don't think there's enough here for a book.” But everyone else said, “It should be a book,” and it's rare for everyone in the group to agree about any one thing. Usually you get a wide variety of opinions, and that's good, but this time it was unanimous.

So I said I'd think about it, and I did, and the funniest thing happened. Once I stopped thinking of it as a short story, I realized I had more than enough material for a book. In fact, I ultimately figured out why I couldn't finish it—there was too much story for a twenty-page resolution. I would have no problem finishing it as a book.

Of course, it probably would have taken me months, and I'd probably still be writing it if I hadn't lost my job the next month. So there I was, a two-time college graduate who had finally gotten a job that paid like I was a college graduate and not a kindergarten dropout, after years of being a college-educated cashier, and six months later I got fired. (My former employer claimed they were going in another direction, and technically that was true. That direction was replacing me with a couple of interns at a much lower rate of pay.) Then I got denied unemployment because my former employer lied and said I was fired for cause after telling me I did nothing wrong. I was angry, depressed, and humiliated. I had spent so much time, working two jobs to pay for college, just so one day I could make more than minimum wage, only to spend years working in retail for little more, then the minute I got a decent job, it got taken away.

So I said, “Screw it, I'm going to finish my book.” And the next scene I wrote was the one with the governor in the fast food restaurant. In it, he meets a manager at the restaurant who's working three jobs just to make ends meet, despite having gone into debt to earn a college degree. The governor declares that he's obviously solved the state's unemployment problem if someone can find not one but THREE jobs, showing just how out of touch he is. It's a funny scene, and it got a lot of laughs at my critique group, but it also has a serious message: A lot of people struggle to pay for college, only to end up working for minimum wage. The fast food manager's explanation of his problems was a good way for me to work out my anger and frustration with my own life, while hopefully making people think. That's one of the reasons I write: To make people think.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
It is difficult, because I do spend a lot of time looking for opportunities to do interviews, write guest posts, and appear on podcasts. But it's also important, because again, it's very difficult to get your book noticed when there are so many books out there.

What’s next for you?
I'm working on my next book, The Trust Pill, which will probably be published in 2018. It's a comical look at the pharmaceutical industry in the not-so-distant future. If you've ever seen a commercial for some sort of medication, and the list of side effects was so long and so much worse than whatever it was for, you have some idea of what the book is about.

Book Blurb
After years of emceeing insipid singing competitions, TV personality Bryan Seafoam can't wait to host "American President," the world's first reality show to elect a president of the United States. Finally, an opportunity to be a real journalist, digging up dirt and playing hardball with the top ten candidates.

But it doesn't take long for the contestants to start slinging mud at Bryan - literally, when billionaire candidate Ronald Chump is challenged to dig his proposed moat along the Mexican-American border himself. Forced to work in a fast food restaurant, an anti-minimum-wage-hike candidate learns his coworkers are struggling to survive with multiple jobs and claims to have solved the unemployment problem in his state-leaving Bryan to duck ketchup bombs from customers. To make matters worse, Bryan's producer pressures him to be nicer to the candidates, and his former crush, now an experienced political correspondent, shows up-and shows him up at every turn.

When a cheating scandal rocks the show, Bryan begins to suspect it's just the tip of a very underhanded iceberg. Will trying to expose a plot to wreck the most hysterical, er, historic election in history cost Bryan his career-and his personal life?

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Author Bio:
W. T. Fallon believes if you can’t say something nice, you should say something funny and totally true. She has few marketable skills, but is highly talented in the areas of sarcasm, satire, and snark. For the past several years, she has written for the local Gridiron Show, and this year she started a blog called Sharable Sarcasm. The 2016 election provided so many opportunities for humor that she decided to write her first novel, a political satire called Fail to the Chief, which will be released in September. She was recently published on The Satirist, and has been writing for Humor Outcasts since September of 2016.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

#SALE .99 - THE SINGLE DADDY CLUB Boxed Set by USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her novels have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #1.

Donna has a website, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Contact information can be found inside Donna Fasano's books. She loves to interact with readers.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#Excerpt: DARE TO LOVE A SPY by Debra Elizabeth

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Richardson curtsied to her partner before leaving the dance floor. Her cheeks were flushed, and the ringlets of her rich brown hair that had escaped their pins lay wet against her neck. She made her way to the double doors leading to the balcony overlooking her aunt’s gardens and stepped through. She looked around to make sure there were no gentlemen in the vicinity so as to not compromise her reputation. She was hot from dancing and a few moments outside on the balcony couldn’t possibly cause a scandal. She inhaled deeply of the cool night air. Goosebumps rose on her arms from the chill, but she ignored them. She was happy to be out of the stuffy ballroom, if only for a moment or two. Aunt Mary’s gardens were one of her favorite places to visit, and she felt at home and comfortable here. It was her own private sanctuary, and she relished the beauty and peacefulness of the place. A few goose bumps were well worth it for such a sanctuary.
 “It’s so lovely here,” she murmured as she stepped off the balcony and wandered down the path while breathing in the exotic smells of the gardens. Her aunt had hired the best and most experienced gardener in London, and no other gardens rivaled the Tisbury Gardens, especially with its many varieties of roses. Hannah bent over one of the more fragrant roses and breathed deeply. When she straightened, she thought she heard voices scattered on the breeze. She looked farther down the path, but the shadows were deep and no one was in sight.
“Who’s there?” she whispered. Perhaps it was a couple seeking privacy. She knew she shouldn’t go snooping, but the thought of seeing who was meeting in secret spurred her down the path.
She looked left and right, but there was no one around. She sighed. There would be no spying on illicit love tonight and it was time to return to the ballroom before her own reputation was compromised. Before she could take another step, an arm circled around her waist and a hand tightened around her throat as she was tugged back against a broad, hard chest.
“Oh!” she cried out in surprise as her heart hammered in fright. A cold, quiet terror unfurled in her chest. She had never been handled so roughly in her life. Who would dare do such a thing, and especially in her aunt’s gardens? What was the meaning of this?
“You must be careful not to walk alone at night, Miss Richardson,” a deep, husky voice whispered in her ear.
“What do you want? Unhand me at once,” she demanded, her rising indignation overtaking her original scare.
“To pass along a warning, that is all. Heed my advice,” he said, his hot breath on her neck sending unexpected shivers down her spine.
“How dare you put your hands upon my person?” she asked, trying to dislodge the arm around her waist.
In an instant, the pressure was gone, and she almost felt adrift with the mystery man gone. Hannah whirled around to confront the scoundrel who had accosted her, but there was no one there.

Title: Dare to Love a Spy
Author: Debra Elizabeth
Genre: Regency Romance

Miss Hannah Richardson is enjoying a Season in London. She's not looking for a husband, at least not this Season. She wants to enjoy herself before settling down to married life. All that changes, however, when she sees the Duke of Wetherby. He's tall, dark and impossibly handsome and someone Hannah wants to get to know better.

Camden Darkin, the Duke of Wetherby, is not fond of attending soirees, dinners or balls, but his latest mission for the Crown demands he mingle with the ton. He has vowed never to marry because of his dangerous work and the constant bevy of beauties anxious mothers throw into his path is not tempting him in the least. That is, until he meets Hannah Richardson, a young woman unlike any other he's ever met. Can he learn to love or will his hardened heart rob him of the very thing he needs the most.

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Reviewer’s comments:

"I loved the murder-mystery flair that seemed present and the deliciously tense undertone of the spy network. These points gave lots of flavor to the budding romance and caused lots of conflict well so we ended up with a really meaty story"

"A very well-written book, I highly recommend it for those who love a witty, fast-paced Regency romance."

Author bio:
Debra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy under her true name with her co-author and brother, David W. Small. A full list of all of her books can be found at her blog, Two Ends of the Pen.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

#Excerpt: SECRET OF MOOLIGHT COVE, A Romance Anthology

Excerpt from Mr. Valentine Comes to Town by A.G. Reid
The problem with being immortal is that you can’t vacation in the same place very often. Usually, a couple of weeks every decade was all Valentine allowed himself. More than that, and people started asking too many questions. Moonlight Cove. His research told him this location was ideal for his needs. A coastal city with a Mediterranean climate, extended dry summers and short wet winters. The structures, though old, were well maintained. Best of all, Moonlight Cove has a transient tourist population.



Mr. Valentine Comes to Town by A.G. Reid:  A mysterious vacationer—and supernatural entity—Mr. Valentine is matchmaking despite strict instructions from the goddess Venus to leave the people of Moonlight Cove alone.

Maggie’s Mystery Man by Barb DeLong: Who is the reclusive visitor that has rented the entire Bed and Breakfast in the historic Moonlight Cove Lighthouse and who only appears in public in a bad disguise complete with a ridiculous fake wig? Maggie might find the big story that will save her small town paper. Or she might find much more.

Once Upon a Love Letter by Jill Jaynes:  Chloe Reiser sees dead people, and now that she’s back in Moonlight Cove to make a fresh start, she’s done keeping it a secret. But how is she going to tell her more-skeptical-than-ever high school crush that his dead father has an important message for him?

Surprise Deliveries by Shauna Roberts:  Serious, sensible Mr. Hamasaki left for a trip and never came back. His daughter and an artist must team up to find him.

Second Time Around by Janna Roznos:  A woman with her business on the brink may find more than she bargained for in the old Victorian house left to her by her dead sister.

Lily’s Pad by Kathleen Rowland:  Lily Holmes knows enough tricks to attract celebrities to her beachside bistro, Lily’s Pad. She knows the rules but breaks one when she falls in love with her valued client, reality T.V. star Scarlett Royale’s man, Creed Taylor.

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Jill Jaynes began her love affair with romance when she was a teenager growing up in Southern California, spending many a late-night under the covers with a flashlight and good romance novel.  Today she writes stories with happy endings her own way--with a dash of magic that means anything can happen. When she’s not writing, you can find her wine-tasting or hiking with her awesome husband, plotting her next story with her writer-daughter or working at her day job in her spare time.

Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, romance, and fantasy and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her publications include more than a thousand nonfiction articles, three nonfiction books, several short stories, two novelettes, and three novels (Like Mayflies in a Stream, historical fiction, 2009; Claimed by the Enemy, historical fiction with romantic elements, 2014; and Ice Magic, Fire Magic, fantasy with romantic elements, 2015).

A.G. Reid developed a love for romance novels while serving in the military. It helped keep him grounded. He now writes romantic stories with a paranormal twist. Enjoy his short story Mr. Valentine Comes to Town in the romance anthology, Secrets Of Moonlight Cove.

Barb DeLong loves all things romance, animals and light-hearted, so she combines the three into her contemporary and paranormal stories. She has published a short story in Romancing the Pages anthology, Secrets of Moonlight Cove anthology, and is currently working on another short story plus a three-book paranormal romance series.

Janna Roznos writes about the middle-ages: middle-aged women that is! Second chances, life changes and starting over are themes she continues to explore in her writing. Her short story, Second Time Around for Secrets of Moonlight Cove is her first published work.

Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Some are sweet: Lily’s Pad within the Secrets of Moonlight Cove anthology, but a sizzling hot example is Deadly Alliance from Tirgearr Publishing. 

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Monday, December 26, 2016


Book 1, Age of Innocence series 

Eighteen-year-old Emily Stanton is excited to attend this season's society balls and begin her search for a husband. She is thrilled when the dashing and handsome Connor Preston begins to show her more attention. After each ball, Emily finds a love note in her drawstring reticule, and she expects a marriage proposal from Connor any day.

When her father objects and forces Emily to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew, Ethan Richardson instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?

LOVE BY SECRETS is a novel. (~200 pages)

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Reviewers Comments:

"As a fan of the incredible Jane Austen ... this novella was a real treat for me to read. The author does a wonderful job with descriptions, such as when she describes Emily's first ball as a kaleidoscope of colors as the couples dance the night away." 

"Love by Secrets is a sweet, bite-size love story. ... I really liked the time period the book was set in. It reminded me of Pride & Prejudice in that regard." 

 "The story was captivating, truly well-written.....Overall, Love by Secrets was an enjoyable, quick read. The author did a good job in conveying all the right elements of a sweet historical romance and I look forward to continuing the series, as well as read her other works. I recommend giving this one a try.

#Excerpt: AT FIRST SIGHT by Candy Caine

The Clio Award was like the Academy Award for advertising. It was awarded for creative excellence in all forms of communication.

Autumn rushed into her office breathless. Stuart looked up from his computer monitor.

“Who died and left you a bundle?”

“Money? Who cares about money? This is way better than money, and definitely something money can’t buy.”


Autumn rolled her eyes. “Look, do you want to hear the great news or not?”

“Sure, humor me.”

“We’re up for a Clio!”

Stuart stared gaped-mouth at Autumn as the words she had just spoken filtered through his shocked brain. Suddenly, he jumped up and grabbed her as they did an impromptu happy dance around the room. It took approximately thirty seconds before they both stopped dancing and locked eyes for several moments. Then their lips met. Though they broke apart quickly after realizing what they’d done, Autumn still felt its sweetness flow through her, her heart wanting more—much, much more.


When Autumn Stiles lands the advertising job of her dreams, she feels it's the happiest day of her life. She doesn't count on the tall, handsome, dreamy-eyed Stuart Tanner doing his best to get her to quit.

When Tanner learns that he has a new socialite employee at the advertising agency where he works, he is determined to get rid of her. She is obviously just trying out for a hard-working job that she thinks is glamorous.

But soon the heat sizzles between them and he determines he will never give in to his desires.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Whether she’s writing a short story or novel, Candy Caine will make her interracial romances hot and spicy. Always striving to entertain her readers, Candy tries to breathe life into her characters by running them past her husband, Robert--which often makes life interesting in their new home in Arizona.
Candy loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at
Visit her website at and find her books on Amazon, B&N, and wherever books are sold.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.  

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.


His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday #SALE .99 LOVE AND KISSES CHRISTMAS by Debra Elizabeth

3 clean and sweet Christmas stories that will make you believe in love.

Christmas Wedding Wishes
After being left at the altar, Callie Spencer needed a fresh start. She accepted a position as the Children's Librarian in a small Vermont town. Single dad Tom Sullivan was too busy raising his 4-year-old daughter to look for love, but all that changed when he meets Callie. Can these two fragile souls find love and heal their broken hearts?

Second Chance Christmas
Megan Duffy needed to get away after a broken engagement and a few days at her family's cabin could be just what she needed. She was looking forward to the peace and quiet, that is, until she meets hunky store owner Ryker McCabe. Can Ryker put the light back in her eyes and heal her broken heart?

Mistletoe Kisses
Petite Ellie Davison had the worst luck when it came to dating. Not wanting to endure any more bad first dates, she swore off dating, that is, until she met the impossibly handsome Jared at her friend's wedding.

Corporate lawyer Jared Castian was not pleased when his Washington firm transferred him to Boston to oversee a complicated merger. He was on the fast-track to making partner and had no time to date. When a chance meeting at his friend's wedding paired him with bridesmaid Ellie Davison, he found himself captivated by the pretty brunette. Was Ellie the one that would open his heart to love?

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