Author Alexandra K. Martin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alexandra K. Martin

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

If I could use one word to describe me it would be quirky. I love to snuggle when it’s cold, surround myself with animals and have a family that I couldn’t live without. My sense of humour is either dark and dirty or lame Dad jokes, with nothing in between. 

I’m an Australian full-time author and I love it every single day. So far I have written fantasy, paranormal and contemporary RH but I plan on always pushing my limit and evolving my skills. With my husband and 3 kids by my side, I can trudge through anything and refuse to give up when life gets hard.

Unfortunately, I have a rare chronic disease that can push to lower my quality of life but I use it as the fire to remind me to enjoy every soft breeze on my face, the colours that fill the sky and the joy to get older. Never wasting an opportunity to help a person in need, and never bring anybody down or waste my time with idle gossip. 

I am a true believer that kindness does make all the difference.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

Actually I went to university and studied 2 degrees in the hopes of becoming a federal officer or work in intelligence. The motivation to make the world a better place, driving me to success. However those plans never reached fruition as I got diagnosed with my illness and those jobs were then no longer a possibility for me.

So I spent my time doing what made me the happiest – writing. Never once did I consider that my fondest hobby could become my dream career. I hadn’t realised that it was even an option. Even though my home is filled with the tales of countless authors from throughout time, from Homer, Jane Austen, and Leo Tolstoy to the more modern authors Sherrilyn Kenyon (McQueen), Kelley Cole and Serena Akeroyd. 

One day it just snapped in my mind that being an author should have been my dream all along and that my deep desire to make the word better, can be fulfilled by bringing stories of love, laughter and fantasy to those who need it. So, here I am, doing what I love and regretting nothing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I read A LOT, and it was getting to the point where I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t find any RH books of single mothers or women in their 30’s. Then I thought, I’ll just make it myself. 

The Rathe Chronicles began with that thought in mind and then grew from there. It’s my plan to have a place for all kinds of women to shine. I have created a world that will show all women; short and tall, big and small, strong and timid, dark and light, older and younger, with and without children, and with different sexual orientations from all walks of life. 

This series will be ongoing and continue to grow and unfold through every chapter told. Rathe is a whole new world of my creation and there is so much that I have to show you and share. It will cover RH, Ménage, M/F, F/F, and maybe even M/M. Each story is individual to the characters needs but they’re all spicy because everyone needs a little spice in their life.

A world for every woman is my inspiration.

What are you working on now? 

Currently I have my focus on Lust. Lust is an RH fairytale retelling from a sinner’s point of view, and it’s a part of a collaboration that I put together with 6 other amazing authors that I feel privileged to be working with. AJ Blackburn, Kira Roman, J. Kearston, Kat Blak, Kris Butler, and Jay Leigh Brown. Each one of us has our own fairytale and sin to tell.

Lust is book number 6 in the series and will be released on the 1st of August, but the book 1 ‘Gluttony’ comes out on May the 15th. 

The Golden Bird is the retelling that I’m focusing on, and I love that because it’s more uncommon than most and it’s exciting being able to create something unique from such a special story.

It’s a contemporary dark romance and could have quite a few triggers involved but it’s all relatable to the story and will have a HEA, I promise. All of the sinners books will.

It’s super fun to write and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. The series collaboration is going to be epic.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I have to be either laying down or with my feet up. I have no idea why. Haha. I like to have my main playlist playing in the background while I write, with a bottle of water by my side.

I also write my daily words in one document before I add it to my manuscript, so that I can go over it again in case I’m not happy with it. It’s way more time consuming but I’m a big critic of my own work and like to make sure that I’m doing the best I can at that time.

I have a quirky hobby of collecting names and have a journal filled with them. I use it to randomly pick names for each character and mark them off so that I never double up in the future. It’s weird, I know. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

My Biggest hope at the moment is to learn how to write quicker and for my life to give me more time that I can dedicate to my career. Writing is everything to me and I look forward to always evolving and I never want to be settled in my writing because there’s always more to be taught.

I love what I do, I just wish there was more time to do it.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world? 

Listen to the advice of those around you and then decide what works for you because everyone is different and that’s okay. 

Be kind and supportive of other authors around you because we’re all in this together and being competitive is a waste of time and the only person you’ll disappoint is yourself. 

Find your support network! Without my little team of people I’ve found in the book community I would be lost, a good group of people to give you honest advice and remind you that you’re doing great is everything and make sure to give that support in return.

Find an amazing PA. My PA’s are my life savers, they are under appreciated and deserve more praise than they get. They work hard for you and keep life easier to maintain, I couldn’t recommend them more.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

You are everything! I appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to enter my world. My main goal in life is to bring you a temporary sanctuary to become a part of. A place for your mind to call home when you need a break and I hope that you’ve found it within my world of imagination.

Witch Heist in Westerham by @DionneLister

Witch Heist in Westerham: Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cozy Mystery Book 11 by Dionne Lister

Lily’s feeling a bit out of place at a high-end fashion show, but she can’t wait to see Will’s sister, Sarah, strutting the catwalk. Lily and Will have planned to spend some time with Sarah while she’s in town, but when jewellery worth millions is stolen from the fashion show and Sarah’s friend goes missing with it, their plans disappear in a miasma of expensive perfume.

Sarah refuses to believe her friend could have perpetrated the heist, but Lily’s magic proves otherwise. Worried about her friend and wanting answers, Sarah decides to investigate. But soon she goes missing too, sending Lily and Will into a panic.

Will and Lily recruit Imani and flamboyant make-up artist and witch Lavender, a friend of Sarah’s, to help solve the case. Their search takes them to Italy, Spain, and back. But as times passes, the worse things look. If they don’t find answers soon, someone will die.

And on top of all that, they have a new lead into the disappearance of Lily’s parents. It’s a dangerous assignment—one that will have unforeseen consequences and leave Lily despairing that they’ll never find answers. 

Yep, it’s just another day in Westerham.

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Author Mark McQuillen #interview

Tell us a bit about yourself

Im a 62 year old ex military self taught indie author, Ive been writing for almost five years with my writing partner Mara Reitsma. Our 5th anniversary is February 15th. and I live in Morris, IL. Im seperated. I love animals.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Ive always been a writer since I was about 8 years old when I read the Hobbit for the first time. Later in life I wrote my own AD&D campaigns, then I wrote Tolkien Fan Fiction for four years before writing Valkyrie Darkness.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Well the inspiration for the current series is telling Malices entire story..In Tales of the Petals Mara and I are telling of Mals time as an Archvillianess, and as always in my books things are not as they appear to be.

What are you working on now?

What we are working on now is the third book in Tales of the Petals entitled “Den of Whispers.”

Do you have any quirks while working?

I dont know if its a quirk but I write something everyday.

What are your hopes for the future?

Well right now my hopes are to get a publisher and or an agent..Ive been working on it but so far no luck…

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My advice to new authors is learn as much as you can about this buisiness, work your butt off and as you have one person who likes your book youve done your job.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

As far as my fans go, hold on to your hats folks the best is yet to come.

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Author Frost Kaye #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a certified book dragon with an excessive TBR, a shoe obsession, and mum of two wee beasties.


Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t always wanted to be an author. I’ve been writing since I was six years old but I never dreamed I’d actually publish a book, let alone have four series.


What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My most current series is the Twisted Kingdoms, which is a dark epic fantasy series with a mafia undertone and a sprinkling of fairy tale dust. I watched snow white for the first time in ages and was sorely put out with how much I HATED the story line. I wanted Snow to be hunter, not the damsel in distress which inspired The Hunt.



What are you working on now?

I work on several projects at once. I’m currently working on The Rook (Twisted Kingdoms 2), Court’s Fool (The Aermian Feuds 6 and the last book in the series), and The Fallout (Dominion of Ash 3)



Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like a sunny spot to write and I like it quiet. I’ve tried to write at coffee shops, but I find myself people watching instead of writing. #creepersbecreepin



What are your hopes for the future?

I’m actually hoping to take it a little slow in the future. I absolutely hate a deadline so I’ve decided not to give myself one so I can read sink into the story without the added stress of finishing on time.



Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Advice… sit down and write. You can’t market a book you haven’t finished. Also, remember that this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. If you need a break, take it. Burn out is real.



Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To my lovely readers: I would never had been able to do this without you. It amazes me every day that someone would take their precious time and reader something I created. It’s humbling and I’m so very appreciative. (((HUGS)))

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Author Amir Lane #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Amir. I’m a Canadian author specializing in urban fantasy featuring LGBT+ characters. I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, and I started publishing in 2016. I was very influenced by Holly Black and Darren Shan. Right now, I’ve been doing a lot of cop procedurals with magic.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I think I’ve wanted to be a lot of things. For a while, I wanted to be a paramedic, and then a lawyer. Apparently, when I was a kid, I wanted to be a bus driver. But for a very long time, I wanted to write. I just didn’t realize it was a thing that anybody could do until I was in about sixth grade. Since then, it’s become more of a real aspiration instead of some arbitrary, ‘you know what would be cool?’ sort of thing.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration for my most recent Barrier Witch series actually came from a dream I had. I was a witch cop undercover during a prisoner transfer, and the van got hit. I had no access to my powers, and I couldn’t tell anybody who I was. There’s this line in the second book that came right from this dream, where me and the person I’m supposed to be keeping tabs on are talking to this stone dragon, and it says, “You are a killer of men.” It was so vivid, I think I might have actually accidentally dropped into another universe for a bit.

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What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on editing the third book in my Barrier Witch series. It’s the culmination of a three-book arc that I’ve been working up to for a while, and I’m very excited about it.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have a really bad habit of starting sentences with And, But, and So. Especially So, and especially in dialogue. It’s something I do in real life conversations, too. I swear, half my text messages start with So. I always have to go through and edit them out.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can keep writing. I hope I have the time and energy to keep doing it, and that it still feels worth it to me down the line. Writing has always been a way for me to deal with and process the real world, and it’ll suck if there’s a day when it just doesn’t work for me anymore.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Take your time. It’s a fast industry and once you get into it, it can get overwhelming. Spend some time learning as much as you can and refining your craft before you hit publish. You can’t just write or just market, you have to do both. Learning what you can beforehand will make it way less overwhelmiing.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Don’t drink or text and drive, always tip your waiter or server if applicable, and leave a review if you liked a book.

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Author Andreea Pryde #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

100% Romanian woman, currently terrifying the UK together with my husband and 3-week-old baby boy.
I love knitting and baking, but in reality, I’ll engage in any crafty activity; from gardening and building to quilling and pottery.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, and no.
The impulse to write was always there, but for the longest time, between me and my stories has been a massive wall, which I couldn’t overcome until in my mid-twenties.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Considering I have two open series, I should probably tell you about both.
The first one, Fateful Dreams, started… well, from a dream, and my fascination with how they can predict the future through symbols and encrypted messages.
The second one, The Cursed Watches, started from a conversation with a friend. I remember we were complaining about how slow time passes when we are at work, and flies in our spare time. That’s what sparked the initial idea, then I just added some time-travel, some paranormal, a sprinkle of romance, and there you have it – first book was born.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book from both series, and a little something for an anthology.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Apart from mimicking my characters facial expressions, and talking to myself, no, not really, but it’s kind of fun when writing in public.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To write full time, and USA Today bestselling list.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Learn to accept critique.
Find yourself a good editor.
Learn from others.
Use your head.
Don’t give up.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for your support.
XOXO

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Shale City: Fox and Faun by Dani Smith #newrelease

Shale City: Fox and Faun by Dani Smith

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Welcome to SHALE CITY, a derelict punk rock metropolis populated by the fey creatures that overrun our mythological dreamscapes. A place where magic and technology run thick side by side…sometimes with devastating consequences.

Twinglader swordsman Ashe sacrificed his freedom in exchange for his grandparents’ lives. Now torn away from his faun tribe, he finds himself in the service of Drake, a cunning and powerful satyr chief known for his insufferable cruelty.

But when Drake returns from a raid with a new prize: the intensely beautiful Iona, a fire-haired fox maiden trained in the magic arts, Ashe will begin to question his loyalty… and his own heart. Swearing to protect and free Iona from her captor, Ashe will be forced to risk both of their lives–and a life unborn–for a chance at freedom.

Written and illustrated by bestselling comics artist and creator Dani Smith, SHALE CITY is a dark, gritty, and ultimately gorgeous journey into an urban fantasy world with no boundaries.

Publisher’s note: This illustrated novella contains adult themes including gore and violence, foul language, graphic sex, nudity, slavery, and dubious consent. It is intended for readers 17+ ONLY.

Author Cassandra Trussell #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a self published author from Utah. I published my first book Sincerely, Ira before I graduated high school, and I’ve republished it on ebook to correct teenage me’s mistakes. The sequel is still in the works just needs a little touching up.
I love to swim, write, and camp. I live with my family and together we have 6 horses, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. We’re thinking about adding some goats and alpacas to the mix, but I really just want to add a bearded dragon.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I always wanted to become a vet or a cosmetician. Then I looked at the schooling for becoming a vet and decided not to go that route, and there was just no passion in cosmetology for me. But I loved to write and there was passion in that.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I actually had a dream about it while going on college tours, and it only took off from there.

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What are you working on now?

My sequel to Sincerely, Ira and a couple of other books that are still in the works but not ready to be talked about just yet. I don’t want to jinx the flow.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have to watch something in the background while I write. Or listen to very loud music to tune the world out. I need to be able to submerse myself into the world I’m creating or it doesn’t flow as freely.

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What are your hopes for the future?

That my books will be read by someone who’s not friend or family. It’s a near future hope.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

If you can, find yourself a mentor. Someone who’s published a book or is knowledgeable about the whole process and is willing to help you out. Some of us have made a group that might be able to help out here’s the link

Ebook Mentors for Romance Authors

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you thank you thank you! Thank you for reading my book I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t worry everything will be fine I’m making the sequel!

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Author Lisette Brodey #interview @LisetteBrodey

Please give a warm welcome to author Lisette Brodey

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Helle.

I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. After high school, I lived in New York City for ten years where I worked in the radio industry for quite a while. It’s a long story, but I first moved out to Los Angeles many years ago where I worked for a couple of studios as an assistant. I then moved back East, where I worked as a freelance writer and resume specialist, and have now been back in Los Angeles for nine years.

These days, once in a while, I work as a SAG background actor. Oh, and I write books. And that’s the very short version of my life story.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I started writing as soon as I learned the difference between the lead point and the eraser on a pencil. But I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to write. For a while, I thought I wanted to be a playwright, then a screenwriter. But after writing nine books, I know that writing fiction in the form of a book is by far what suits me best.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current book, Hotel Obscure, is a book of seventeen themed short stories that take place in a run-down hotel in an unnamed city. I really love writing literary fiction and I wanted to work with an eclectic cast of characters and story lines all within the space of one book. It presented unique challenges, but was very stimulating and rewarding at the same time.

One of the challenges, for example, was to make sure that the stories appear in the right order, as some reference events in other stories. Also, I needed to be certain that I didn’t write details in one story that contradicted what I wrote in another. One of the rewards in writing Hotel Obscure was that some of the same characters appeared in multiple stories and I was able to continue seemingly finished stories in surprising ways. And yes, many of those ways surprised me!

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What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m editing a romantic comedy and preparing to give it to my editor soon. This is my second RomCom and it takes pace in the same town as my first romantic comedy, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! That said, this book is neither a sequel nor a series. What is a bit different, however, and definitely great fun, was that I used characters from Molly in supporting roles. But I made very sure that I didn’t give away the ending of Molly.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t know if I’d classify anything as a quirk, but unlike some writers, I can’t write with music playing. I have to have quiet so I can hear the words. I also find that I do a better job when I’m awake. Being asleep, however, has its perks: I’ve dreamed many a plot twist and important elements for my current work in progress.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to find inspiration for many more stories, and like most authors I know, I’d like to have a growing and appreciative readership. In terms of my writing life, I’m more focused on the immediate future. I find it too stressful when I think that far ahead. But on a much larger scale, my writing aside, I hope the world will become a better place.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

First and foremost: don’t rush a book to publication because you’re eager to see it out there and to call yourself a published author. Take care to get the best cover you can and have your book professionally edited. I know that it is a financial impossibility for some (not easy for me), but there are ways to work around these hurdles. I know some authors who are able to self-edit very well, but even they have help in some areas to check their work. Do your best. It will almost definitely be a longer process than you expect, but you won’t regret getting it right the first time.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

First, I’d like to say that I appreciate each and every person who gives my books a chance. I know there is no book, movie, song, artist, place, food, person etc. etc. that will appeal to everyone. Taste is subjective.

Second, readers looking at my books will notice that I write in several genres, from romantic comedies to YA Paranormal to women’s fiction to literary fiction. Sure, those genres are quite different and the books are too. But at the same time, I have writing styles that are present in every single book. I write character-driven stories and I always have multiple story arcs of some kind. I also like revealing secrets and giving readers satisfying endings.

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Oh, and one more thing: my 1970s coming-of-age novel, Squalor, New Mexico, has absolutely nothing to do with New Mexico.

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Author Aster North #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a brand spanking new author, a mom, a wife and have a small farm full of animals.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually, no. I’ve always loved to read but I never felt “author-y” so I just devoured other people’s works. Then one day, I realized I had been telling stories for a while, so why couldn’t I write them down? Some of the best people I’ve met said go for it and here I am.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I really don’t remember. It’s a story that I’ve been telling for years in bits and pieces. The RH component came after my intro into the book world of RH.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on book two of the Anomaly series (with more Willy!) as well as the first book of a new series which is going to be called Box of Puppets.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need music or I will get distracted by everything. Oh and snacks. I need snacks.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just hope people like what I write. As long as someone enjoys it, I’ll be happy!

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

The first piece of advice I got when I was hesitant to try was to “just write it” and go for it. You can always fix something later, unless you never put it down to begin with.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. To every single person who reads it, whether you love, hate it or somewhere in between, thank you.

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