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What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Gail Gaymer Martin and Free Books!

Following the death of her abusive husband, Jemma DuPree follows her quirky mother-in-law to the resort town of Loving to begin a new life, a life she never expected and one she struggles to accept.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Thread of Revenge, by Elizabeth Goddard, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Gail Gaymer Martin, author of the contemporary Christian romance, Loving Treasures (Winged Publications, January 2018).

Best-selling and award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of contemporary Christian romance, sweet romance, and romantic suspense with 80 published novels and over 4 million books sold. Her novels have received several national awards, including: the ACFW Carol Award and RT Reviewers' Choice Award.

CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. She is the author of Writer Digests' Writing the Christian Romance and a founder of American Christian Fiction Writers. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations.

In her earlier career, she was a teacher of English, literature, and public speaking at high school and university levels and still enjoys teaching workshops at conferences.

Though living most of her life in Michigan, Gail now lives in Sedona, Arizona with her husband.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I have been blessed with two talents, writing and also singing. I’ve sung in auditioned chorale groups, church choirs and solo work since I was a pre-teen. If readers are interested, they can hear an audio from our church when I sang the song Who Am I. The song is accompanied by photos of beautiful Sedona, AZ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfcRHXH8R7s&feature=youtu.be

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Loving Treasures.

Jemma Dupre, a young childless widow, longs to be independent, but she has no resources and Claire, her mother-in-law, is the only family Jemma has. After her husband Lyle's death, Claire decides to move back home to Loving.

Jemma follows her to the resort town, and with the help of her wealthy cousin, Philip Somerville who owns the resort, Claire opens a boutique, Loving Treasures.

Though Jemma assists Claire in the shop and shares her living quarters, she wants a life of her own, and when Philip, the opposite of Lyle, offers her a job at his resort, she declines, finding herself attracted to Philip and not wanting to be a charity case.

But frustrated, she accepts the job, and Philip, who had loved and lost, sees Jemma’s loving ways and wants to give her the world, yet he must show her and himself that God’s plan includes the treasure of a second chance at love.

What is it about Jemma that will make your readers care about her?

Jemma a young woman filled with faith, but finds herself making mistakes. She is trusting and hopeful, but her bad marriage creates fear and doubt about love and life. Living with her quirky mother-in-law, Jemma begins to find herself and knows she wants something she’s never had—independence, and yet when people are kind, she often looks for an ulterior motive. But as her experience grows, she gains strength and confidence in her ability and proves that she has worth she never knew.

Share with us a quote you like from a book other than yours. Why do you like it?

"You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." 
2 Corinthians 3: 3.

This verse has become a guide to my writing. It reminds me that we are not just writing a story on paper, but our words and plots are touching lives and giving people hope and strength as they did with life’s troubles and failures. As writers then, we have a responsibility to write messages that are testimonies to God’s promises.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

For Such a Time, by Kate Breslin. It is the story of a young Jewish girl who is saved from a firing squad but forced into working as a secretary for the SS-Kommandant Colonel at the transit camp in Czechoslovakia, while she watches other Jews be sent off to Auschwitz. The story is of her struggle to hide her Jewish background and save some of her countrymen. Exciting from beginning to end.

What are you working on now?

Loving is a seven book series that was published in the early 2000s, and I am now reissuing them with updated edits to meet my writing standards. Loving Treasures is Book #1 and I am presently working on Book #2, Loving Hearts.

Where else can readers find you online?

I have a website and am on numerous social media.

Website: www.gailgaymermartin.com
Facebook
Twitter
GoodReads
Google Plus

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What draws you to a novel, the cover, the blurb, word-of-mouth, first few pages or something else?

Thank you, Gail, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Gail has offered to give away a free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Gail's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Elizabeth Goddard and Free Books!

Marine biologist Sadie Strand is back in her coastal hometown to prove her best friend was murdered—but searching for evidence could cost Sadie her life.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winners of the e-copies of Fall'N for You, by Mary Alford, Gail Gaymer Martin, Joi Copeland, Martha Rogers, Debby Mayne and me, are:

lelandandbecky@...
Jackie_tessnair@... and
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Congratulations! We'll get your books right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Elizabeth Goddard, author of the romantic suspense novel, Thread of Revenge (Love Inspired Suspense, February 2018).

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than thirty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies--a 2011 Carol Award winner.

Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire, and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist.

A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m a descendant of Alamo Defender Claiborne Wright.

Well, you don't mess around with your 7th generation Texan status, do you? That's wonderful, that you know that about your heritage.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Thread of Revenge.

I love all things ocean, and especially the characters in this story. I had wanted to be a marine biologist growing up so in a way I’m living vicariously through my heroine. The hero is a Coast Guard investigator, which was fascinating to research.

Here’s the blurb: Marine biologist Sadie Strand is back in her coastal hometown to prove her best friend was murdered—but searching for evidence almost costs Sadie her life. Abducted, drugged and left for dead on a sinking boat, she’s barely rescued in time by Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Gage Sessions, an old friend.

Assigned to protect Sadie and connect three complicated cases, Gage risks his life time and again to make sure the woman he once loved survives. But although the handsome, guarded agent vows to protect her, someone will keep killing to ensure the truth never rises to the surface.

What is it about Sadie and Gage that will make your readers care about them?

Sadie wants to know the truth about what happened to her friend. Who murdered her. Sadie holds herself indirectly responsible for her friend’s death. After all, if she had been home instead of gallivanting around the world on a research trip, her best friend might still be alive.

I think we can all relate to asking those ‘what if’ questions. What if I’d done this or gone there, things might have been different, ya know?

As for Gage—the Coast Guard protector—he’s just an all-around likeable hero whose life has come full circle and he gets another chance to maybe fall in love with this girl he loved years ago.

I think readers will be rooting for him to get Sadie’s attention this time. And for Sadie to notice him—the man of her dreams that was right there in front of her this whole time, but she never noticed him.

Share with us a quote you like from a book other than yours.

“The stars shine bright when it gets dark enough. The invisible becomes visible.” 

That’s from Sibella Giorello’s The Stars Shine Bright: A Raleigh Harmon Novel, Book 5.

I love that quote because it’s deep and has all kinds of meaning. Depending on where you are in life, it could mean something different to you.

When we were camping in Yellowstone this last summer, for the first time in my life, I could see the stars all night long because we were sleeping in the back of minivan (in a special tent that attaches to minivans). At some point I would wake up and the sky would be seriously pitch black and the stars--ohmygosh--they were so amazing and bright, and I could see the Milky Way even. So it's really true the stars shine brightest in the darkest night.

Metaphorically, when we’re in our darkest place—we need to look for the stars. To me, God can more easily be “seen" there—He’s the invisible, after all.

That's lovely. And what a stunning sight that must have been at Yellowstone.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

That’s a tough question to answer since I would recommend almost everything I read—I usually read romantic suspense written by friends. I just wrapped up Lisa Harris’s Vanishing Point, so I’ll go with that one. I would recommend it because it wraps up her Nikki Boyd series and answers the question about what happened to Nikki’s sister.

What are you working on now?

Ha! Many things. I’m starting another book in my current Coldwater Bay Intrigue series, and then will soon be turning in my first book for Revell—Abducted (working title). This year is a busy writing year for me because I have five books to write—three for Love Inspired Suspense and two for Revell.

My goodness, I can't imagine. Ever since working a full-time job, I've been fortunate to even get two novellas written each year. I'm very impressed with your prolific pace!

Where else can readers find you online?

elizabethgoddard.com
Bookbub
Facebook
Twitter
ChristiansRead
Suspensesisters

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

How do you find new-to-you authors?

Thank you, Elizabeth, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Elizabeth's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE


Monday, January 29, 2018

Fall'N for You Giveaway!








These sweet romances will dispel the chill in the air and warm your heart. From perfume to baked goods, six women find their happily ever after while leaves are changing to shades of gold and red.

Before we feature this week's giveaway, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Surgeon's Choice, by Dr. Richard Mabry, is:

keepinupwithus@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

Just for fun today, I'm featuring and giving away a six-novella collection which includes one of my novellas, Local Girl.

The e-collection is called Fall'N for You, and these brief snippets will give you a small clue about the flavor of each of the six novellas:




-- Did their past mean nothing to Wynonna, or is she desperately trying to keep him at arm’s length because, like him, she never got over the love they once shared? - Texas Strong (Mary Alford)








-- Even though she agrees to appear as Derek’s girlfriend to aid his possible promotion, can her growing feelings survive the past that she can’t forget? - Autumn's Fresh Beginning (Gail Gaymer Martin) 










-- Walk through the struggles with Spencer and Joy in Fall n Joy. (Joi Copeland)



-- With the help of her mother and best friend Susie, Alicia learns the power of forgiveness and opening her heart to love when it comes around to her back porch. - Love Comes Around (Martha Rogers)



-- But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes. - Local Girl (Trish Perry) 






-- Jonathan sees through it right away, but it takes Carrie a little longer to realize what’s happening. After both of the adults know what’s going on, is there any chance of them falling for his plan … and falling in love? - Love in the News (Debby Mayne)



As you may have surmised by the collection's title, all of the stories are set during the autumn, one of my two favorite seasons (spring being the other). I love the air here in Washington, D.C. during the spring and autumn--clear and crisp. I love the blooms of the spring and the turning colors of the fall.

I plan to move across the country soon, to live closer to my kids and grandkids on the west coast. I won't miss the cold, wet, icy winters, I can tell you that. But I suspect I'll miss the fall.

Still, I know when I'm hanging out with family, enjoying the nearly constant spring and summer climate, I'll feel it's a very good trade-off.

Obviously, you don't all feel the same about winter weather, because I hear from people who happily live all over the U.S. and beyond. So, I'm going to give away the Fall'N for You e-novella set to three of the people who answer the following question in the comments section below:

Which is your favorite season where you live right now, and what is it you like about it?

If you have interest in purchasing the set, that can be done via the following button:





The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE



Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. Richard Mabry and Free Books!

Surgeon’s Choice: Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, thought getting her parents to their wedding was their only problem, but then people started turning up dead.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Death at Thorburn Hall, by DeAnna Dodson, is:

dobeworld@...

Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Dr. Richard Mabry, author of the Medical mystery with romance, Surgeon’s Choice, Indie-published (Kindle: Amazon; Print: Smashwords, January 2018).

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical mysteries with heart.” He is the author of one non-fiction book, four novellas, and eleven published novels. His novels have been finalists for the Carol Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Selah Award, and others.

He and his wife live in north Texas. In addition to regular efforts (thus far unsuccessful) to improve his golf game, he spends much of his time trying to convince his family that sitting at his desk staring into space does indeed represent work.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I spent almost three years in the Air Force, participated in a helicopter rescue, and hate heights.

I can't imagine dealing with a fear/hatred of heights while up in the air!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Surgeon's Choice.

Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, can’t get her divorced parents to stay in the same room, much less attend their wedding together. He is also looking over his shoulder expecting more trouble from a very senior surgeon who has shown he is still smarting from a previous dust-up. Ben doesn’t know if a series of mishaps and accidents are caused by a disgruntled patient’s relatives or represent more from the older surgeon.

Then his prospective father-in-law approaches him, needing money for reasons Ben can’t fathom. Rachel has an idea about the cause of the request, but she doesn’t want to accept it. Then, when the deaths begin, Ben and Rachel begin to wonder if they can escape unscathed…and alive.

What is it about Ben Merrick that will make your readers care about him?

Dr. Ben Merrick suspects the father of his fiancé has done some bad things—he doesn’t know what, and doesn’t press her—but he stays by her side, even when things go wrong.

What special effort do you want to make in 2018 to improve your writing?

I want to remember the advice of Donald Maass: Decide what the worst possible thing can be for your protagonist. Do it. Then make it worse. I want my readers to keep turning pages to see what happens next.

Such a good reminder. I don't think I'm hard enough on my protagonists.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I spend a lot of time re-reading books by some of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading The Litigators, by John Grisham. I get a lot of legal material from his books (he doesn’t do much research, but he’s a lawyer), as well as seeing how he can get his characters into and out of trouble.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing (actually, re-writing) my next novel, Guarded Prognosis. I plan to release it in the summer of 2018. I’ve also made a start on the novella I want to release in December of 2018, Emergency Call.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find out more about me on my web page (www.rmabry.com). I post twice a week on my blog (www.rmabry.blogspot.com). My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/rmabrybooks, and my Twitter page is www.twitter.com/RichardMabry. I’m also on Goodreads as Richard Mabry.

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is your preferred genre for reading? When you read mysteries, do you like those that make you leave the lights on or ones that allow you to sleep with them off?

Thank you, Richard, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Richard has offered to give away an e-copy or a print copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Richard's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE


Monday, January 8, 2018

DeAnna Dodson and Free Books!

Drew Farthering goes to Scotland for the 1935 British Open, but instead of a week of world-class golf, he finds himself involved with murder, betrayal, family intrigue, and the possibility of Nazi spies.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Jerusalem Rising: Adah's Journey, by Barbara Britton, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist DeAnna Dodson, author of the historical cozy mystery (think Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham or Dorothy L. Sayers), Death at Thorburn Hall (Bethany House, November 2017).

Julianna Deering has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity.

A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey.

Her series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016), Murder on the Moor and Death at Thorburn Hall (2017).

Also, as DeAnna Julie Dodson, she has written a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) and several contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction and Guideposts. She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love doing hand sewing, particularly needleturn applique. I just got one of those fabulous cutting machines, so I can cut out patterns perfectly. I’m so excited!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Death at Thorburn Hall.

Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing holiday, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about him?

I love Drew! He’s such a gentleman, the old-fashioned kind who stands when a lady comes into the room. Besides being kind and honorable, he’s funny and adventurous and wants to help people in difficult situations. He’s learned from his own mistakes that people are never quite what they seem. Best of all, he was educated at Oxford and loves classic literature, especially cozy mystery. Plus, as Madeline says, he always smells like freshly laundered linen, new books and tea and honey What’s not to love?

I love the "classic" feel of this entire concept. 

What special effort do you want to make in 2018 to improve your writing?

I’m determined to find a way to plot my stories more quickly. James Scott Bell has a wonderful book called Write Your Novel From the Middle which has an extremely useful fourteen-point list to ensure you have good structure. I highly recommend it, but I want to read more of his craft books (and those written by others) to help me get done faster.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I just finished The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer. Heyer was without question the queen of Regency romance back in the 1930s and ’40s, and her stories (with a few exceptions) are clean, humorous and so romantic! The Talisman Ring is one of my many favorites of hers, and any fan of Regency romance just has to get the three Georgette Heyer audio books that Richard Armitage has narrated: Sylvester, The Convenient Marriage, and Venetia. Swoon!

You're inspiring me to dive back into Regency reading! Thanks for those suggestions.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a book for Guideposts’ Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard series (under the name DeAnna Julie Dodson), Water Flows Uphill. The main character, Priscilla, has concerns about the stranger who has quite suddenly declared his love for her cousin Joan. Is he sincere or just using her to cover up something illegal? It’s a fun contemporary cozy mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

On the web: www.juliannadeering.com
www.deannajuliedodson.com
On Facebook: AuthorJuliannaDeering and
julie.dodson
On Twitter: @DeAnnaJulDodson
On Goodreads: Julianna_Deering

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I would ask them “What kind of book would you like to read that nobody seems to be publishing right now, at least in Christian circles?”

Thank you, DeAnna, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, DeAnna has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to DeAnna's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE


 

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