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Blog Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt & New Release Review! Crave the Heat (The Smokejumpers #2) Marnee Blake!





Hello, Readers! Today, I am joining the Crave the Heat Tour and sharing it with you along with a bit about the 1st book in The Smokejumpers series by Marnee Blake as well! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!








The Smokejumpers #2
by Marnee Blake
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 1/15/2019

Smokejumper Dak Parrish has come home to Oregon to fight fires—and to mend fences with his family. He left the Warm Springs Tribal Reservation after feuding with his father. Now, with tribal lands threatened by an arsonist, Dak gets a chance to make amends by acting as a liaison between the reservation and the forest service criminal investigator—a woman who sparks a surprising and hungry flame in him.


After a trauma on the east coast, Heidi Sinclair left DC to start fresh as a criminal investigator in Oregon. But her first serious investigation provides one stubborn obstacle after another—including an arrogant firefighter she suspects knows more than he's saying. Though she tries to battle her attraction to Dak, it’s too late. As they track down the arsonist, someone will do whatever it takes to keep old secrets buried, even if it turns everything Heidi and Dak have fought for to ashes . . .




Dak Parrish has come home to Oregon to fight fires and hopefully mend his relationship with his family. Criminal investigator, Heidi Sinclair wants a fresh start but her first investigation in Oregon provides one stubborn obstacle in the form of an arrogant firefighter.


Heidi and Dak are strong, bold characters that are easily identified with and readers easily become caught up in their story. The chemistry between Heidi and Dak sizzles with lots of fiery heat and the romance burns at a slow pace that builds to combustible proportions as Heidi does her best to fight their attraction. Lots of emotional turmoil peppers this story throughout and keeps readers and characters on tender hooks as Heidi tries to overcome the trauma of her past and Dak tries to mend the broken family fences.


The plot is suspenseful and fast paced with lots of intriguing mystery that keeps readers glued to the pages with surprising twists and old secrets that add to the tension building suspense. The characters and their situation is what really makes this story and grabs readers’ by their imagination with those old secrets adding tension to the relationship and in the investigation. Once again, the author provides well written words that paints vivid imagery that captures the imagination and brings the story and the wonderful characters to life.






Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41811284-crave-the-heat

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/crave-the-heat-by-marnee-blake


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1033568

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c08cbd501dbc864fb95a259/crave-the-heat-marnee-blake

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Crave the Heat is the 2nd book in the Smokejumpers series!


They’re the most elite firefighters in the world–smokejumpers. They’re the first to respond when a wildfire is too isolated for firefighters to access, parachuting in to fight the flames. They know what it means to endanger their lives.

Yet the greatest risk might be to their hearts…


Author - http://marneeblake.com/the-smokejumpers/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/239196-the-smokejumpers


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L6MCV7Z?ref=series_rw_dp_labf




1 Tempt the Flames
2 Crave the Heat


3 Risk the Burn ( August 27, 2019)






AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Crave-Heat-Smokejumpers-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07DSZWR2G


iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/crave-the-heat/id1399986176?mt=11


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The Smokejumpers #1


Meg Buchanan is determined to prove she didn’t get the trainer job in Redmond, Oregon’s rookie smokejumper class because of her family’s long history as firefighters there—or out of pity. But if teaching one of her own brothers isn’t challenging enough, Lance Roberts is in the new class of recruits. Once her brother’s best friend, and her first, unrequited crush, he’s also the son of the man responsible for her dad’s death. Lance is stunned to realize that this confident redhead is the stubborn girl he once dreamed about. There’s no way he can fall for her now. He needs to focus all his attention on his training—and discovering the truth about the long-ago fire that killed both of their fathers. But as the undeniable heat between them threatens to ignite, someone attempts to put an end to Lance’s amateur sleuthing—and his life…




Review Info


See my 4 Star review of Tempt the Flames at


The full blog post here: http://stormyvixen.booklikes.com/post/1793095/tempttheflamesrevtour






Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39975473-tempt-the-flames

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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Tempt-Flames-Smokejumpers-Marnee-Blake-ebook/dp/B078LJTYTF


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My nose has been buried in a book my entire life. My mother would catch me, flashlight in hand, hiding under the covers to “finish this chapter.” A lifelong reader herself, she’d usually sigh, mutter something about how I’d ruin my eyes reading in the dark, and then leave me to it.


After all, she often stayed up past bedtime reading, too. She couldn’t judge.

For me, books are magic, so earning a BA in English Literature from Dickinson College was a perfect fit. It wasn’t a big jump from studying literature to teaching it, and I spent a few years as a high school English teacher.


When my first son was born, I finally got serious about putting fingers to keyboard, and I haven’t looked back since.


I have been humbled to be a finalist of both RWA’s prestigious RITA® and Golden Heart® contests. My writing has been awarded the Daphne du Maurier award, the PRISM award, and the Golden Leaf award. I am represented by the amazing Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary Agency.


And my first born? I caught him recently, up way past his bedtime, trying to hide the book he’d snuck into bed. I sighed and mumbled something about how he’d ruin his eyes reading in the dark.


Then, I walked away, grinning. After all, like my mother before me, I can’t judge.



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Book Blitz & Giveaway with Q & A with the author! Winter’s Heist by Emily Duvall!




Welcome to Wednesday, Readers! Today, I have a romantic suspense to share with you – Winter’s Heist by Emily Duvall, who has agreed to answer a few questions for us! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!







Winter’s Heist 
by Emily Duvall 
Publication date: December 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense




Beautiful. Haunting. Rare. The Fabergé Eggs are on display at the Carter Museum of History and Science. Jason Hood, the museum’s pretentious owner, knows their value is bound to attract attention, but the coordinated attack on the exhibit is not something he saw coming. A field trip to the museum for Amara Massey and her students takes a deadly turn. She finds herself at the center of a police investigation with few leads. Convinced Amara is withholding information, Jason pursues her to get the answers he cannot get on his own. The outcome neither of them expect is their surprising need for each other. What must they sacrifice to get everything they want?





Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43170592-winter-s-heist


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1034654


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c349bd801dbc864fb979193/winters-heist-emily-duvall





AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FBszjQ





Welcome, Emily! I am so glad that you could join us today and I want to thank you for taking the time to share a few things about you!


Q: What is the first book that made you cry?


A: Not the first book, but a scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry witnesses Cedric’s death-I think I was just riding on the emotion of the series and then when that scene hit, I just started to cry. The dialogue and actions were beautifully written.


Q: What are some traps aspiring writers should avoid?


A: It is important for writers to create the story they want to write. I’ve made the mistake of letting people review manuscripts too early, and then making every little change. Feedback is extremely valuable, but there is a time and a place for incorporating suggestions and building confidence for what must stay and what should go. A writer can lose valuable writing time changing every detail based on each suggestion. Bottom line? Trust your vision.


Q: Have you ever gotten reader’s block?


A: Big yes. I was just telling a friend that I’ve been in a reading slump the last few months. I think it’s because I see the story from a writer’s POV now or maybe because there are so many choices for books in every genre, that it can feel overwhelming with what to pick and what to read.



Q: As a writer, what would you choose as your avatar or spirit animal?


A: Big Foot. It reminds me of Indie Authors. We’re out there and we’re writing and publishing even if you can’t see us.


Q: What’s the best way to market your books?


A: Word-of-mouth is still the most powerful tool, but with social media, I like engaging in readers that I follow on Instagram or Twitter and asking them to beta read. If they like the story, they’ll do these amazing posts with the cover of the book and reach far more readers than I can do on my own.


Q: Do you view writing as a spiritual practice.


A: Yes. The heart has so much to say.


Q: How do you select the names of your characters?


A: I look up names on baby naming websites. They’re all there with rankings and popularity. Mostly though, I just look to see if a name catches my attention.



Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?


A: Yes, there’s always the occasional inside joke or word choice that is based on someone I know. Whether they pick up on it, I can’t say 



Q: What is your favorite childhood book?



A: Nothing’s Fair in the Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements



Q: Do you believe in writer’s block?


A: Absolutely. I was at a writing retreat a few years ago and Sylvia Day was the guest speaker. She said that writer’s block means that something is wrong with your story and that point resonated. Now instead of wasting time trying to move forward if I’m stuck, I go back and re-read the chapters before, and that usually unlocks the problem and the solution.






Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

· One signed paperback (Winner can choose either Winter's Heist

or Back to You, both romantic suspense) and get this cute mug.

· Winner number two will get a signed paperback (same as above) and a $15 gift card to Homegoods (one of the author's favorite stores)


Giveaway ends Jan 31st:


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Emily loved reading books as a young girl and filled up her journals with characters (both real and not). Romance is her favorite genre to write. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. She loves hearing from fans and readers. 


Twitter - https://twitter.com/eduvallauthor


Website - https://emilyduvall.com/


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text 2019-01-22 11:00
Book Blitz & Giveaway with Excerpt! False Start (False #3) Meli Raine!






Guess What Readers the final book in the False trilogy is here and today I will be sharing it with you! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!







False Start (Book 3, The False Series)
Author: Meli Raine
Release date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:


This isn't how my life is supposed to end.

Then again, a case of mistaken identity got me here. No one is ever who we think they are. Especially my kidnapper, a man whose entire life is designed to deceive.

Powerful people want my rescuer to die. I'm just a lure. A pawn. An object.
But objects hold meaning. Emotions attach themselves without logic.

Like love.

I now know that Duff will do everything to protect me.

If he gets here in time. And if I can hold on long enough.

Because my body can only handle so much. Pushed to the limits, it's finally giving out. Giving way.


Giving up.

I know Duff, though.

He never will.



Read the stunning conclusion to USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine’s False series, told from both Lily and Duff’s points of view.





Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42088271-false-start


Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/false-start-by-meli-raine








AVAILABLE only at iBooks

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Now Available


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“What about our future?”
“Do we have one?”
I love her strange combination of shy and bold. “Yes.”
Her smile is a treasure. “Good.”
There isn't much to say after that, so we don't, until I park at the restaurant and turn to her, needing a kiss. Making out in the front seat of a big SUV has its perks.
Namely, plenty of room.
“Look, we're steaming the windows!” she giggles.
“Great. More privacy,” I say as I go in for another kiss.
Breathless, she stops me. “You're getting me riled up.”
“That's my line, babe.”
“And we're late for our reservations.”
“So what–”
My phone buzzes.





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· $25 Gyft.com gift card


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Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.



Website: http://meliraine.com/


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


Twitter: https://twitter.com/meliraineauthor


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Release Day Review! The Conspiracy (Maximum Security #1) Kat Martin!


The 2nd book I have for you today is Kat Matin's The Conspiracy - the first book in her new Maximum Security series! Enjoy and don't forget to add The Conspiracy to your shelves!







Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can’t find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend, now the only man she can trust…or so she hopes.


As the successful owner of Maximum Security, Chase has learned to trust his gut. He knows Harper’s father is mixed up in a deadly business, and suspects there’s more to Michael’s disappearance than meets the eye. Getting involved again with the Winstons goes against everything he stands for, yet old loyalties die hard. As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into the Winstons’ snarled crime family, he is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe…and both of them alive.






Thrilling suspense and danger holds readers hostage while the emotions grips readers by the heart. Harper’s brother is missing and her only hope is the man who used to be his best friend. Trusting his gut, Chase suspects that there is more to Michael’s disappearance than what meets the eye. Chase and Harper’s chemistry sizzles with electricity and the attraction between is undeniable but this couple has some emotional issues that has to be overcome as well as family issues that need to be resolved which keeps the relationship on a razor’s edge throughout. Readers hold their breath in anticipation of the outcome even as the couple fight their attraction.


The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly throughout with lots of adrenaline pumping suspense and dangerous events that keep readers on the edge of their seat as Michael is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe. Surprising twists ensures that readers are kept guessing right along with the characters. The author has created another wonderfully, thrilling and suspenseful story with strong, imagination catching characters in a setting that demands readers come back for more and once again I was completely caught up in her world until the very end.






Author's Book Page - https://www.katmartin.com/romantic-suspense/maximum-security/the-conspiracy/



Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39929060-the-conspiracy


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The Conspiracy is the 1st book in the Maximum Security series


Goodreads -https://www.goodreads.com/series/239415-maximum-security


Author - https://www.katmartin.com/romantic-suspense/maximum-security/


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G1D579Z?ref=series_rw_dp_labf



.25 After the Sunrise
.5 Wait Until Dark
1 The Conspiracy




AVAILABLE in print or ebook


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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.





Website - http://www.katmartin.com/


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Blog Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt! Lizzy’s Kiss (Savage Security #6) Karen Tjebben!





Come on in! Today we putting the spotlight on Lizzy’s Kiss – a psychological romantic suspense by Karen Tjebben! Enjoy & Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!





Psychological Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 21, 2018



Lizzy Adams spent the summer pining for Tyson Smith, the sexy security agent whose instruction at a safety seminar saved her life. Now, every man she meets is measured against the absolute awesomeness of the brawny black man with the soulful eyes, the baritone voice that whispers over her like a velvet caress, and a smile that turns her knees to jelly. Now she just had to get him to notice her.


Tyson Smith had a lot of respect for Lizzy Adams, the spunky teacher who freed herself from the clutches of a deranged miscreant who’d wanted to take her hostage. But his concept of her wholesome ‘girl-next-door’ image was challenged the night she showed up at a company barbeque dressed as a flirty cowgirl. Always the gentleman, he managed to keep his eyes off her assets as she strolled around the farm. His mother had raised him better, but there was no denying that she was every man’s ‘American Beauty’ fantasy. But the night he’d shown up at her doorstep to help her out altered their relationship forever. Between the fear in her eyes and the baseball bat perched on her shoulder, his protective side surfaced, and he handed her a piece of his heart.


Their whirlwind romance is threatened when a man from Lizzy’s past attacks her. Sam Clark wants vengeance for his son. He blames the jurors from Jason’s trial for Jason’s death and crafts a hit list. But killing Lizzy, the scrappy survivor, is harder than he thought. After Sam fails at his first attempt on Lizzy’s life, he resolves to kill her before he’s forced into hiding. He just has to get past the big, black man who appointed himself Lizzy’s protector.




Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42743925-lizzy-s-kiss


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1031395


Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5bf5035301dbc864fb94d0cc/lizzys-kiss-karen-tjebben




Lizzy’s Kiss is the 6th book in the Savage Security series.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/220023-savage-security


1 Blood Kiss
2 Avenging Kiss
3 Coveted Kiss
4 Stolen Kiss
5 Grace’s Kiss
6 Lizzy’s Kiss





AVAILABLE in ebook


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Lizzys-Kiss-Savage-Security-Book-ebook/dp/B07JL1T247





Music danced through the air and led Lizzy to the barn. The large, red structure had been updated in the early 2000s. Her roommate, Grace, had spent many hours over the summer with the team from Savage Security transforming the barn from a working barn for animals to the company headquarters.


Voices and laughter came from inside. Lizzy approached the large barn doors that had been rolled open. She cradled the stacked dessert containers in the crook of her arm. Using her free hand to knock on the open door, she called out, “Hey”.

Grace Berry looked over her shoulder and spotted Lizzy. Grace couldn’t help but smile. Lizzy had come dressed to play. Her roommate’s brown hair was parted down the middle and braided into two French braids. With her cutoff jean shorts, red tank top, and cowboy boots, all she needed was a piece of hay to nibble to complete her cowgirl image. If Tyson had a thing for southern cowgirls, Lizzy would rock his world.


“Wow, you look adorable,” Grace called out as she set her paint roller in the paint tray. Taking a quick glance at her hands, she wiped them on her old, paint-splotched t-shirt and approached Lizzy. “Glad you made it.” Grace stepped up beside her and whispered, “You look great.”


“Ah,” Lizzy purred, doing her best to scan the area for Tyson. “Thanks. Since we’re in a barn, I figured I’d dress the part.” And hopefully catch Tyson’s eye with her sexy cowgirl look. She was hoping that her sweet but sexy demeanor would impress him.


Sam circled the apartment complex and made his way back to his car. Fate was on his side. Lizzy walked out of her apartment with two trash bags. He’d already scoped out the garbage dumpsters on an earlier trip. In order to keep the apartment complex looking nice, the dumpsters were behind the apartments, tucked away behind tall, wooden privacy fences. That would be the perfect place to take her. Let her die among the garbage and refuse of the community.


He picked up his pace and walked around the opposite side of the building as she walked around to the back on the other side. Glancing around, he looked for anyone who could interrupt his time with her.


Lizzy walked into the garbage area. Two large garbage dumpsters and two recycle dumpsters were tucked out of sight. Setting one of the bags on the ground, she swung the other bag into the garbage dumpster. The plastic bag disappeared into the dumpster. Grabbing the remaining bag, she hefted it into the dumpster too.


Sam stepped behind the wooden slats and watched as she tossed the bags into the dumpster. Her back was to him. The thought of dumping her body into the dumpster brought a smile to his lips. She’d just disappear from sight without a trace. But if her body was discovered, it would be obvious that she’d been purposely disposed of. That revelation would destroy the appearance of a natural, fluke death.


No. He could not throw her away. He could leave her body to be discovered in the garbage area. That would have to be good enough.


Turning around, Lizzy came to a stop when she noticed him. Her lips arched into a gentle smile, but then she paused. The smile slid off her face.


“Hi,” she said, pausing for a moment to take the man in. Was he the same guy that nearly bumped into her minutes earlier? He didn’t have any trash bags. Why was he back here? The beginning tremors of her flight or fight response zapped to life inside her gut.


“Hello,” he replied with a smirk.

That one word, laced with anger, brought a chill down her spine.


He pulled the cap off the needle but kept it hidden in his hands. His knuckles were white from clenching the needle in front of him so tightly. She wouldn’t get past him.


She’d been attacked before. She knew that a stranger could go from intimidating to dangerous in a heartbeat. “Can I help you?” she asked, her voice full of anxiety. “Are you looking for something?”


Sam couldn’t help but taunt her. “I’m looking for you.” He hoped the admission scared her. He wanted to treasure this interaction. Maybe it would replace the nightmares that haunted him.


Lizzy cocked her head to the side, “You were looking for me? Why?” The sinister look in his eyes confirmed the warning bells clanging in her ears.


“Don’t I look familiar?” he asked, taking a step towards her.


This was way past creepy. “Do I know you from somewhere?” Her eyebrows pulled together as she desperately tried to place him. Where had she seen his face before?


“That’s because we’ve met.” He took a step towards her, a fake smile plastered on his face. Once he got close to her, he could slide the needle into her flesh with very little chance of a fight. If it did come to a fight, he knew he’d win. He may be nearing retirement age, but he was still stronger and bigger than her.


“Huh,” she looked around for something to pick up to use as a weapon in case she needed to defend herself. Rocks and some sticks lay on the ground along the fence wall, but she’d never get to them before he’d get to her.


Her flight or fight response flooded her body with adrenaline. Her pulse beat wildly and sweat coated her. “You do look a little familiar. Do you have a child at Carrisburg Elementary School?” If this was a parent from school, this scary vibe would be a first. Parents were always friendly when they saw her outside of school but following her to her apartment building and the trash bin was beyond disturbing.


She tried to think back to her list of students. Did any of them have special arrangements because of family issues? Any custody issues or abusive parents that she needed to be aware of? She didn’t recall any.


Sam bit out a harsh grunt. “No. You don’t know me from school, but you do know my son. His name is Jason. Does that name ring a bell?” Would the callous bitch recognize Jason’s name?


“Umm,” she mumbled. She’d had a Jason a few years ago, but this man didn’t look like his dad.


Sam stood shocked, angered, ready to blow. “You dumb bitch,” he seethed. “You don’t even remember the young man you destroyed. The life you tossed away,” he motioned with his arm as if he were throwing something away.


Damn! Lizzy had no idea what he was talking about, but she knew enough to recognize crazy and dangerous. “I’m sorry. I think you have the wrong person,” she stated as firmly as she could. Should she try to rationalize with the man? Get him to see that she is not the person he’s looking for?


“I’ve never killed anyone, not even by accident,” she stated. She’d been in a fender bender a few years ago, but everyone had been fine. There hadn’t even been a boy in either of the cars.


Her mind screamed for her to run, to get away from this man, but logic kept her feet planted. She had nowhere to go. He blocked the exit. If she ran, she’d be running towards him. And the wooden fencing that surrounded her on all the other sides cut off any chance of escape.


“Jason Clark,” Sam said the name with perfect enunciation. There would be no mistaking the name he said. “Does that ring a bell?” His grimace took on the diabolical look of Pennywise.


Lizzy took in a strangled breath as memories of Jason and his father on the witness stand rushed through her mind. Jason had murdered a man, and she’d sent him to jail.





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