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Claiming Excalibur promo goodies

 Hey Hey everyone! I am so excited for this week because I’ve got an amazing lineup of blogs all willing to help me spread the word about my upcoming book Claiming Excalibur!!!

 

final Claiming Excalibur coverAliana Fagan has done what many thought impossible: she’s awakened King Arthur from his fifteen-hundred-year sleep, reunited the Knights of the Round Table, and even beaten Mordrid and Morgana LeFay in battle.

But the Destined One’s quest has only begun.

Before the knights can “unearth and reclaim their lost relics” they must survive the trip to Charleston, South Carolina and meet the newest member of the Round Table. If King Arthur’s men thought Aliana and Lacy were tenacious, they’ll be even more surprised by Dawn, the third member of the fem-trio.

Deadly secrets, unexpected allies, and a traitor lurking in the shadows await Aliana and the new Round Table as they continue their search for Excalibur. Their only clue is a beyond confusing poem from a mysterious book that speaks of a terrifying creature guarding the legendary sword. Trying to build a somewhat normal relationship with Sir Galahad adds a whole new level of complexity to Aliana’s task, especially when several among them suspect the White Knight may not be wholly himself. Her friendship with King Arthur grows closer, and when circumstances become intense, he may finally get the chance with Aliana that he’s been pining for.

Mysteries, legendary quests, and haunting memories will either unite the members of the New Round Table or fracture their bonds. Aliana and her crew only have seven months before the planets align and Mordrid can seize the power he needs to conquer the seven realms. Can the Destined One keep her new family together and lead Arthur to his destiny of saving the realms? Or will a centuries-old plot for revenge finally spell the king’s end?

Head on over to Goodreads to add it to your TBR list or pre-order it on Amazon  Barnes & Noble iBooks which ever e-reader or print service you prefer 🙂

 Ever since I first pitched Legendary to an editor from Omnific Publishing, and signing a contract for my saga, life has been a whirlwind of fun, anxious nerves, writing, creating and meeting some amazing people. I can’t thank Omnific enough for taking a chance on an unknown author! My team to Omnific is beyond amazing, and so are the other authors. I love them al also much. And speaking of amazing authors, several of my sister authors have graciously put up e-copies of their books to be featured in my giveaway this week! I can’t thank them enough. One lucky winner will receive 9 new ebooks including the ARC of Claiming Excalibur!

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 There are plenty of ways for you to enter in this amazing giveaway, but only 1 lucky winner will get this prize so be sure you give yourself the best chance!

My entire series was founded on two different thoughts, the most recognized line from all Arthurian lore: “Once and Future King” and this:

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 And it all starts here with the first book of the Saga: Legendary

  Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the Legendary Coverworld, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father’s research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it’s up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest-an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she’d be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid’s impending Armageddon?

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Even better, I am giving away 2 signed copies of LEGENDARY on Goodreads–along with swag! The contest runs all the way until the release of CLAIMING EXCALIBUR so don’t miss your chance to get some hard copies!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Legendary by L.H. Nicole

Legendary

by L.H. Nicole

Giveaway ends December 16, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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      There are a bunch of great blogs taking part in this week-long promo tour so here are the links to follow:

SUN:

Smexy Fab Four     LBM Book Blog      Trying to Do Something That Matters to Me

Madly in Love with Books

MON:

AJ’s Bottylicious Book Reviews    Monday Love 2013   Miss Little Book Addict

TUE:

Blue Chrysalis Book Promotions   On Writing and Riding    Jessica Heffner

Cherie Colyer

WED:

Sandra Love    Book Worms/Book Written Love Affairs    Books You Can’t Put Down

Carol Oates

THUR:

Naughty Girls of Romance    Stalking the BookShelves    Blushing Diva Book Reviews

FRI:

Meradith Tate     Nicki Elson’s Not So Deep Thoughts     Angela Myron

Miss Little Book Addict YA House of Books

SAT:

The Book Nuts      Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog    Archaeolibarian I Dig Good Books

Reader’s Heaven     Dying to Read and Weaving Tales   Sweet and Sassy Book a Holics

Yikes, what a list, and I can’t stop grinning! What a great surprise to have so many people willing to share my book! As the links go live I will link the sites so it’s easy for you everyone to find the posts! Visit one or all, but a few blogs will have some extra scenes or different ones from the others. I hope you enjoy it all 🙂 <3 always LH a Rafflecopter giveaway

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ATO- Amy Patrick

 Hey lovelies! It’s almost thanksgiving, where has the year gone? That aside it’s time again for #ATO Tuesday here on the Legendary Saga blog, and we’ve got New Adult author Amy Patrick! She’s talking to us about her 20 Something series, and I gotta say it sound good Check out my interview with her to learn more 🙂

 

  • You’ve written four books in your New Adult contemporary 20 Something series this year—three have been released with the fourth coming out this month. What’s your writing routine?

I write almost every day, usually about three hours per day, usually at the same spot in my local library where I do NOT log onto the internet. I think the routine helps my productivity because when I get to my spot my brain knows it’s “writing time” and doesn’t wander. I also plot my books out first, down to the scene level, which enables me to write quickly without too many wrong turns. I’m lucky to have a wonderful critique partner who reads everything I write as well as a great editor.

  • What are some of the most useful things in your writer’s toolkit?

A lumbar pillow for my squidgy back.

An outline that I print and fill out (in pencil) during my pre-writing stage. It’s from the amazing book, My Story Can Beat Up Your Story, by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. It’s what I follow for my story structure, but I also keep a good eraser on hand in case inspiration strikes and I want to make changes. I’m a plotter, but not rigid about it—things can and do change as the story progresses.

My Kindle Fire—I use its text-to-speech feature to listen to my manuscript being read to me. It’s a great way to proofread and also to identify sentences that are awkward or unclear as well as gauge story flow.

  • Have you written anything else? What’s next for you?

I wrote a YA murder mystery last year that my agent is submitting to New York right now, and I’m writing the first draft of the fifth (and likely final) book in my 20 Something series.

I’m also *really* excited to be working on a YA Fantasy series again. My 2013 Golden Heart finalist manuscript, HIDDEN DEEP, is the first book in The Hidden Trilogy. It’s finished and ready to go. The second and third books are plotted and waiting to be written as soon as I get the chance. I plan to release them in 2015.

Thank you so much for having me here for ATO Tuesday. It’s been fun!! And heres more about my series!

CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING FINAL COVER  CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING (20 Something #1) : 22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.

Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.

Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.

He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.

Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the cameras is the real news. 

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STILL YOURS (20 Something #2): 23-year-old Mara Neely knows who she is and what she wants—she’s an ambitious reporter with a taste for himbos— beautiful dumb guys who don’t even tempt her to get involved past wham-bam-thank you-sir. When she takes a TV news reporting job in Providence, it’s a great step up career wise, but it’s also a little too close to home … and to him, the only guy who’s ever tempted her to let go and love someone.

To billionaire web entrepreneur Reid Mancini, Mara was like a rare comet– beautiful, exciting, and impossible to hold onto. Now his first love is on his television screen and back in his life, and this time, he’s got a surefire plan to catch a star and make her fall. 

 

STILL ME FINAL  STILL ME (20 Something #3)–23 year old Kenley Moran is going through a mid-life crisis… WAY early. Pushed since childhood by a nightmare stage-mom to use her looks to “land a rich man”, she’s reeling from a broken engagement and regretting the day she gave up her career in TV news for a guy.

Now Kenley’s determined to change her life, shunning makeup and fashion and fighting her way back into the highly competitive career she loves, off-camera this time. When she lands a producing job at Worldwide News Network in Atlanta, she plans to keep her head down, work hard, and prove she’s not just another pretty face. And vows NO ONE is EVER going to make her compromise herself again.

WNN anchor Larson Overstreet has it all—old money, good looks, a prestigious job, and more women than he can count throwing themselves at him. Problem is… none of it is real. He’s known his whole life that people are only interested in him for his fortune and his famous family name, in that order. Except for Kenley. The shy news producer isn’t interested in him at all.

Working closely with the anchor of her new show, Kenley’s dismayed to feel an instant spark. Larson’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too good looking, too charming, and worst of all, too rich. She’s not looking for another big money honey. In fact, she’d prefer a nice little guy from the mailroom, maybe a guy who lives at home like she’s been forced to do.

But when they must travel together for a special report, Kenley realizes Larson’s not the spoiled pretty rich boy she pegged him as, and she’s not as immune to him as she’s pretended to be. Now, even at the network level, what happens behind the cameras is the real story.

FINAL STILL BEAUTIFUL COVER STILL BEAUTIFUL (20 Something #4)– 20 year old double-engineering major Cinda Moran is the smart one. Her older sister Kenley… is the pretty one. Their nightmare match-making mom has always made their roles pretty clear, and it’s no mystery which daughter she prefers. So while Kenley played the passive dress-up doll, Cinda did the opposite, refusing any attempts to prettify her and make her into “billionaire bait”. Instead, she’s fiercely focused on academics and her internship at an Atlanta TV station.

And as far as romance goes—please—she’s not even sure true love is a “thing”. As she does for everything else in her life, Trekkie-girl Cinda’s got a logical plan: select a sensible mate, come to a mutually satisfactory agreement, and decide to stick it out for better or worse.

Then she meets Blake Branham. He makes no sense for her at all. He’s a reporter at the station, years older, and has ambitions to work at the network someday while she intends to stay put in Atlanta. Even worse—he’s a total alpha. With her own Mr. Spock personality, the last thing she needs in her life is a swaggering Captain Kirk taking stupid risks and tempting her to do the same.

And he is tempting. When she’s forced to work closely with Blake on live shots and gets to know him outside the station as well, Cinda feels things she’s never felt for another guy and starts to wonder… should she boldly go where she’s never gone before? Should she give love a chance… even if it’s not logical?

Amy DeLuca Author Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and Contemporary and Fantasy romance as Amy Patrick.  

Her books have won and finaled in many RWA chapter contests, and she is the author of the 20 SOMETHING series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
http://www.amypatrickbooks.com/    Facebook   Twitter
Amazon Author page 

 And there it is lovelies! I hope you all enjoyed it, come back next Tuesday for the next ATO.

<3 always LH

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ATO- P.S. Cherry

It’s #ATO Tuesday again lovelies and today we’ve got some angels taking over! P.S. Cherry is here talking about her YA series involving angels and the bad guys they face! Take it away !

Here’s a little background on main characters and villains in the story.

Millie thought if she was a good girl, she would go to heaven and become an angel. She didn’t know about the little detour to angel training school. She didn’t know about the different types of angels, or the talents required to become a certain kind of angel. Her roommate Zadie and best friends Amber, Opal and Star are perfecting their talents to offer on Birth Day.

But Millie finds an injured bog and begs to keep him in a world where dogs don’t exist. She spends her time caring for the dog instead of developing a talent. Millie and Jet, her deaf-mute friend are still searching for a talent to offer as their gift, but time is running out.

Annie, the pop diva of WhiteFeathers seems to have it all. She is beautiful, talented and smart and a number one contender for best talent gift on Birth Day. Annie is not content to be best. She wants all the competition to disappear and does her best to make it happen.

WhiteFeathers Academy is a perfect location for the time honored conflict between good and evil.

L.H. asked if I had challenges in getting my first book published. I chose to self-publish this book because I wanted to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible. The decisions about editing, critique advice and proofreading were important issues. I’ve learned a lot but am happy with my decision. I will probably self-publish the sequel.

My idea for writing stories about angels is the result of a Bible study group discussion about how babies and children are judged differently than adults. Thus the concept of an angel training school when they reach a certain age.

I guess everyone worries about writer’s block. I try to avoid the “blank page” by first outlining and doing a synopsis of my story. If I have an idea about what needs to happen in each chapter I have a place to start. Of course, the story can and often does change somewhere along the way. The positive thing is I have a beginning and a probable ending when I start to write.

Marketing is a major puzzle for me. I don’t know enough about social media to have a good marketing plan. I’m still learning and the world is changing faster than I can learn.

L.H. asks “What do you hate doing?” I really, really hate getting up early in the morning. “Why?” I seem to get my best ideas late at night.

 BOOK BLURB:

  Like people, different angels have different talents and different jobs. Angels in Training is a book for “children of all ages” about a school named WhiteFeathers Academy.

Typically the students at WhiteFeathers depart their worldly lives as infants. They grow up in angel villages and arrive at WhiteFeathers at age twelve for their final year of training in their fields of talent. Graduation day is called Birth Day. The students get their wings and “fly up” as angels on their thirteenth Birth Day.

The story is about a student named Millie who entered WhiteFeathers directly from earth at age twelve. She is at a disadvantage having spent so little time in training and having no discernible talent. But she is determined to overcome obstacles, get her wings and fly up on Birth Day.

Scan0036 (2) Phyllis Cherry is a coal miner’s daughter from southeastern Kentucky and a graduate of University of Alabama. She is a watercolor artist and has written newspaper and magazine articles about food, wine and travel.

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And there you have it guys! Pretty cool sounding to me. That is it for this #ATO but keep checking back because we’re in full swing promo mode for the release of Claiming Excalibur! Available Dec 16 🙂

<3 always LH 

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Cover reveal of Claiming Excalibur

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for this! The cover reveal for the second book in my Legendary Saga: CLAIMING EXCALIBUR

Everything started with the first amazing cover! 

And the saga now continues with the next fantastical one!

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OMG A-maz-ING right? I love it so much, and I’m so excited that Queen Titania is the feature of this cover, makes you wonder whose next right?

Now for the official book summary!

Aliana Fagan has done what many thought impossible: she’s awakened King Arthur from his fifteen-hundred-year sleep, reunited the Knights of the Round Table, and even beaten Mordrid and Morgana LeFay in battle.

But the Destined One’s quest has only begun.

Before the knights can “unearth and reclaim their lost relics” they must survive the trip to Charleston, South Carolina and meet the newest member of the Round Table. If King Arthur’s men thought Aliana and Lacy were tenacious, they’ll be even more surprised by Dawn, the third member of the fem-trio.

Deadly secrets, unexpected allies, and a traitor lurking in the shadows await Aliana and the new Round Table as they continue their search for Excalibur. Their only clue is a beyond confusing poem from a mysterious book that speaks of a terrifying creature guarding the legendary sword. Trying to build a somewhat normal relationship with Sir Galahad adds a whole new level of complexity to Aliana’s task, especially when several among them suspect the White Knight may not be wholly himself. Her friendship with King Arthur grows closer, and when circumstances become intense, he may finally get the chance with Aliana that he’s been pining for.

Mysteries, legendary quests, and haunting memories will either unite the members of the New Round Table or fracture their bonds. Aliana and her crew only have seven months before the planets align and Mordrid can seize the power he needs to conquer the seven realms. Can the Destined One keep her new family together and lead Arthur to his destiny of saving the realms? Or will a centuries-old plot for revenge finally spell the king’s end?

Head on over to Goodreads to add it to your TBR list!

And for those who are still new to my series, or don’t quite know what’s happening here’s the blurb and links for the first book in this series LEGENDARY

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father’s research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it’s up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest-an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she’d be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid’s impending Armageddon?

AMAZON   GOODREADS  B&N  iBOOKS   B A M   GOOGLE PLAY

More news: in one week, Nov 30 we will be starting a very special tour for CLAIMING EXCALIBUR that will be filled with sneak peaks, fun information, playlists and of course GIVEAWAYS! Be sure to keep an eye open for them, I will be providing links to all the pages each day here and on my blog page 🙂

Hope you all loved this cover as much as I do!

<3 always LH

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ATO- Allie Burton

Hiya welcome to #ATO Tuesday! I have another of my critique partners, Allie Burton, on today, talking about her A-maz-ING Daughters of Atlantis series. I’ve been hooked on this one since I read the first book about a year ago. Allie is also giving away a copy of both books featured here to one luck commenter! I am so excited to see what Allie’s got in store for us, so take it away!

 

Music That Inspires

While I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, I find music is part of the creative process. Certain songs inspire my world and my characters. Even my website www.allieburton.com has a music theme and I regularly list the songs I’m listening to on the Extras page.

For example, last month one of the songs I listed was “Life’s a Beach” by Heymouse Molly. If you’ve read my Lost Daughters of Atlantis series you’d understand. In fact, ATLANTIS TWISTING TIDES, a short prequel which was just released last week was inspired by that song. The story features Princess Adria who lives under the ocean and has her first adventure on an island.

Adria’s growth in ATLANTIS TWISTING TIDES takes her from inexperienced, shy girl to a teen who heads out on a quest and learns to trust her instincts. But she still has more growth to accomplish and a love to fulfill which is why she will have her own full-length book, ATLANTIS GLACIAL TIDES, to be released December 4, 2014.

In ATLANTIS GLACIAL TIDES it was the song “Let It Go” by Demi Lovato from the movie FROZEN and “Heroes (We Could Be)” by Alesso and Tove Lo. What does a song from FROZEN and the Atlantis world have in common? Well, this story takes you under the ocean surrounding Antarctica.

Besides listening to music while I run and ski, I also love to go to concerts. In September I traveled to New Orleans to hear 5Seconds of Summer and One Direction. Great music and great performances. Someday I’ll have to write a book about a musician. Hmm…I’m already inspired.

What songs inspire you to be the best you can be? What songs inspire you in your creative process whether it be writing, art, or music?

Tell me about it in the comments below for a chance to win an e-copy of ATLANTIS TWISTING TIDES and ATLANTIS GLACIAL TIDES.

For more information about other books in the Lost Daughters of Atlantis series, visit my website at www.allieburton.com.

Atlantis Glacial Tides

Lost Daughters of Atlantis Book 5Atlantis Glacial Tides final

Shocked by her family’s plans to wed her to a stranger, sixteen-year-old Princess Adria must decide whether to flee the underwater Kingdom of Merta or fight to keep her rightful place. When Kai, the criminal she’d rescued informs her of a plot to kidnap her future sister-in-law, Adria decides to take action to prove her loyalty.

Sparks flew between her and Kai when they met during a hurricane misadventure, but she can’t trust her judgment about him. Especially when Kai won’t help her stop the kidnapping because he’s on his own secret mission. A mission that he refuses to divulge.

In a case of mistaken identity, Adria is kidnapped and whisked away to a mysterious glacial underwater world of ice and evil where she learns that everything isn’t rainbow fish and roses, that there are Atlanteans who suffer and slave, and that being cold isn’t a state of body, but a state of mind.

With Kai as her prison guard, the two teens grow closer, and Adria must choose between loyalty to her kingdom or her dreams.

Atlantis Twisting Tides

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When unrest threatens her kingdom, a mermaid princess must choose between loyalty and love.

When fifteen-year-old Atlantean Princess Adria sneaks away to see a hurricane on the surface of the ocean, she finds an air-breather in trouble. Kai’s sailboat is sinking and Adria risks exposure of her Atlantean powers in order to save him.

Kai believes he’s rescuing Adria. He’s Atlantean too, with his own skills and secrets.

The two teens stumble onto an uninhabited island still thinking the other needs rescuing. When other Atlanteans show up—Atlanteans plotting against Adria’s kingdom—Adria must decide whether to trust Kai based on the guy she’s come to know or the company he keeps.

 

Allie didn’t realize having so many jobs as a teenager would become great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a bike cop to a professional sports’ mascot escort. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine biology, and advertising.

When her kids asked, “when are you going to write a story we can read?” she switched from adult novels to Middle Grade and Young Adult and felt like she found her voice. She enjoys reliving the teenage years (without the angst) while writing her books.  FACEBOOK   TWITTER

WOW, I can’t wait to get into these two new stories 🙂 That’s it for this week, come back next week for the next #ATO

<3 always LH

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