Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Witness to Slaughter by K.A. Lugo (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT ADULT title




Witness to Slaughter


 K.A. Lugo




GENRE: Thriller






Jack has coped through previous holidays, but this one feels different. It's been four years since he lost his family, and clues to finding those responsible have dried up. Hopelessness has him so tightly wound that he's often driven out of his claustrophobic apartment before the ever-present black dog of depression drags him to a place where there's no coming back from.


Jack wants to be left alone with his sorrow, but when he's offered double his fee by the wife of one of the city's most elite families, how can he refuse? She wants him to follow her husband, Franklin, as she suspects he's cheating and needs photos to get around the strict prenup. Franklin leads Jack across the city to The Majestic Lounge, the Castro District's most popular gay nightclub. By the time he finds Franklin, Jack is forced to break up a heated argument between him and club owner, Chad Lucas.


Lucas approaches Jack the following day, wanting to hire him for added security during the club's popular annual Drag Queen Extravaganza. The event's usual excitement is marred by the deaths of several of Lucas' friends that authorities are calling suicides. Lucas convinces Jack something more nefarious is going on and agrees to the job.


Does the city have another serial killer on its hands, one who's targeting the LGBTQ community? Can Jack find a witness? Surely in the crowded nightclub, someone must have seen something.





"I want you to follow my husband."


What had Leah said about the famous? It's unicorns and rainbows on the outside, baby. Inside, they're squirrels fighting in a sack.


Jack nearly chuckled as he gazed across the desk. With her classic beige pantsuit with matching pumps and wide-brimmed sun hat, and the oversized Louis Vuitton handbag, Ginnifer Whitney-Cummings emulated the epitome of classic fashion. Nothing screamed squirrels fighting in a sack, but he wondered why she wanted her husband followed.


And why him? If she suspected her husband was cheating on her, she certainly could afford an investigator who moved in her own circle.


As if reading his mind, she continued, "I know I must seem out of place . . . here." She quickly cast a heavily-mascaraed derisive gaze around the small room and settled on the sofa, which looked like someone had recently been sleeping there. He hadn't been expecting anyone so hadn't bothered to put the blanket and pillow in the backroom.


"You could say that."


She smiled but it didn't reach her eyes. "I'll get to the point. You're a man who can get the job done. That's what I need."


"There are many good investigators in the city who can get the job done. Why me?" He leaned back in the chair and wove his fingers over his abdomen.


"If rumors are correct, you did what the San Francisco Police Department couldn't. They sat on a serial killer and got nowhere. You solved the case within days."


"I got lucky."


"Luck or not, you accomplished in those few days what a whole department couldn't do in years, and who didn't even see fit to warn the public, I might add. Really, I have no idea why we continue to donate to police charities. Anyway, I need someone like you."


"Mrs. Whitney-Cu—"


"Ginnie. You'll be working for me, so there's no need to be so formal," she told him.


Jack cocked an eyebrow. "I haven't agreed to anything."


"You are. I'm paying double your normal fee."






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


K.A. Lugo is a native Northern Californian who was raised near San Francisco. In 1997 she left the employ of Clint Eastwood to live in Ireland for six months. It was during this time she met the man she would marry and relocated to live in Ireland. Since 2005, K.A. has published fourteen titles in genres including romantic suspense, erotic romance, cozy mystery, and now thrillers. Slaughtered was the first in the new highly acclaimed Jack Slaughter Thriller series.     



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My review:


4.5 out of 5 stars


Witness to Slaughter by K.A. Lugo follows bereaved former detective Jack Slaughter as he reluctantly takes a purportedly run-of-the mill case to follow a straying husband. The black depression that drags Slaughter down is temporarily distracted as his case continues to develop twists and turns, where nothing is quite what it seems on the surface and the body count continues to mount.



This intriguing mystery has great twists and turns even as it gives glimpses of the world of cross-dressing, drag contests, and the fascinating neighborhoods of San Francisco. The action starts immediately, and the reader is drawn into the gut-wrenching miasma that surrounds the main character, whose life is almost not worth living, given the tragedies he’s suffered. I was invested in the story and anxious to turn the page to see what would happen next. Although I haven’t yet read the first story in the Jack Slaughter Thrillers series, enough backstory was provided to give me reference. I still can’t wait to read it, and I look forward to reading more exciting stories by this author.



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Monday, January 11, 2021

Pour Attitude by P.J. DeVere (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT ADULT

It's my pleasure to share a guest post by author P.J. DeVere, who answers my question:

ELF: What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?


PJD: Why do I like to write romance? That’s easy. It’s the butterflies. It’s the anticipation that zips all over your body in the seconds before the man you’ve wanted in so many ways leans down to give you a scorching kiss. Writing romance allows me to recreate this time after time, and I love it. I try to bottle that feeling and pour it on the page. I think romance writers have the best career, because we get to constantly experience new love (even if it’s just in our heads), and that is an intoxicating, powerful drug.


The romance genre consistently outsells all the other genres, and that is not by accident. The readers are avid and loyal. They take your characters into their lives and make them their friends and family, and they develop deep emotional connections. As an author, I can’t ask for a better audience to serve. 


Also, like many people, I have a stressful day job. I’m a prosecutor, and this is not a job in which you see the best in people. Some days I feel as if I’m trudging through the worst of what mankind has to offer. Writing romance gives me a counterbalance that helps with my sanity. I believe this is why many people love the romance genre so much. You get your happy ending. The world is not a pulsing cesspool in the hours your nose is in a romance book. Instead, even in the darker romances, there is hope and lust and love.   


Plus, romance can be anything. My romances have an element of suspense, mystery, comedy, and heart-wrenching emotion to go along with the sexy times. As a reader, I like how I can search out what heat level I want, whether I want to sear off the top layer of my eyeballs with the hot sex scenes on the page or maybe opt for more of a wholesome story. I don’t know of another genre that can be everything like the romance genre can.










Pour Attitude

by P.J. DeVere




GENRE:   Contemporary Romance






Madeline Everly wants to climb her muscular bartender like a mountain, but he seems opposed to the idea. After she starts working alongside him behind the bar, will he finally give into her?

When Madeline’s misogynistic boss, overbearing mother, and grudge holding sister become too much to bear, it’s time to let off a little steam. Mads has a wild streak, and she doesn’t apologize for it. She likes men, and she has her sights set on one in particular—Exel Kinley. If she can check him off her to-do list, maybe he won’t take up so much room in her head. As nothing in her life has ever been permanent, Mads has no problems going through men like she goes through gin and tonics at happy hour. Can she have the adventure she wants and the pleasure she craves, all from the same man?








“Got a new boyfriend to add to your collection?” Exel asks as he pours a drink for one of his customers. That’s the first voluntary thing he’s said to me tonight.


“That quota’s not going to fill itself. Why do you ask? Are you jealous?” I ask with a hand on my hip.


“At not being another notch in your bedpost? Nah.”


I don’t dignify that with a response. Instead, I turn and take more customers orders as they flood in. One of the women across the bar is specific as to what brand of vodka she wants in her Cosmo, so I scan our array of bottles on the wall behind me until I find it.


They don’t call it top shelf liquor for nothing, and it looks like I’m about to scale a wall. I get a good foothold on one of the lower shelves so I can swing a knee onto the slender countertop to climb up. I grab the bottle of Grey Goose which is now at eye level, and I’m contemplating my descent when strong hands grab my hips.


“Whoa!” I yell as Exel pulls me backwards off the counter and into his arms. I clutch the bottle of vodka to my chest as I fall into him, worrying about breaking the bottle and myself, but I don’t have to worry. He is in control of my fall as he brings his arms all the way around my waist to catch me. He puts my feet on the ground but holds me to him a moment or two longer than necessary.


“I would leave a pretty deep notch,” he whispers before releasing me from his hold and walking away like nothing ever happened.





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



P.J. DeVere is the author of The Starkford Series. She was born and raised in Mississippi, where she is still a practicing attorney. A life-long lover of books, P.J. finds it hard to tear herself away from a steamy romance novel. She’s had multiple careers in her life, but writing is by far her favorite. Before earning her law degree from Ole Miss, she was a fifth-grade teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State. 

She is a wonderful wife, a terrible housekeeper, and a devoted mother. Her sons are all grown with lives of their own, and she is making use of this newfound time and freedom to get to know the imaginary friends in her head. She is giving readers a distinctly different view of life in the South as not everyone down here spits tobacco through a missing tooth hole or says “I declare” while lazily fanning herself under a magnolia tree. P.J. has found joy in creating a series of novels that reflects the Mississippi she knows and loves, and she hopes her readers will find the lure of returning to Starkford as irresistible as she does.



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Friday, January 8, 2021

Winter Wonderland Gay Romance Giveaway reminder (ADULT titles)

Over 180 Gay Romance authors have come together to give you a post-holiday gift! Download brand new, exclusive stories from your favorite authors and new-to-you authors as well. Each story in this giveaway is a full, complete story that includes a gay romance (no samples, bonuses, or partial stories). Be sure to click each entry to learn more about the stories and download our free PROMO CHECKLIST to keep track of which ones you've downloaded and tried. We invite you to try new authors with this free promo. You never know if your new favorite author is just waiting to be discovered for free! Find the checklist as an entry in the giveaway below or download it here:: readerlinks.com/l/1606874/wwchecklist . If you would like the checklist in spreadsheet format (with tabs) you can find it here: readerlinks.com/l/1611168


 Winter Wonderland giveaway is only going on for a couple of more days at this link

After that time, most of the titles will be available on Amazon. If links are available at the time of this post, I have included them below.


I am slowly working my way through some of the titles I downloaded. I have to be honest, I'm partial to Gabbi Grey's story, not only because I got to see it before it went out to the rest of the world, but because it made me love this couple even more.







Solstice Surprise


Gabbi Grey 


A blizzard, an urgent plea, a desperate journey, and the most important moment of their lives.

Action movie star Peter Erickson is spending the Christmas holidays ensconced with his in-laws and his new husband. In the wilds of Northern British Columbia, they are as far away from the bustle of the city as they can get.

Thomas Walsh and his famous husband are deeply in love. Although he prefers the intimacy of their city house, he’s come home to face the reason he left ten years ago, and to finally tell his parents the truth.

A desperate phone call has the couple scrambling. Will they get back to Vancouver in the middle of a snowstorm in time for their solstice surprise?







Best Beast


EJ Russell


Blurb: Being invisible makes it really hard to get laid.

When half-human Kai Schiffer steps into the Interstices—the post-creation gaps between realms—his supernatural half kicks in and he literally disappears unless…well, don’t ask.

But in a stroke (heh) of good fortune, Kai finally has a chance to show his face (and other parts, stars willing) to his long-time crush Jovan Kos—Interstitial Law Enforcement agent, wolf warrior, occasional berserker, and best man at their mutual best friends’ Imbolc wedding.

Jovan, who’s half in love with Kai already, is grateful his best man duties are light enough that he can focus all his attention on Kai. After all, with Enchanted Occasions Event Planning handling the Olesson-Pakulski wedding, what could possibly go wrong?


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My review:

4.25 stars

Wonderful explanation for what threatened the Enchanted Occasions organization. Frighteningly funny look at what can go wrong with a wedding. What a sweetheart of a groom, poor guy. I love visiting the complex and magical world this author has created and as always, this can be read as a stand-alone story but it will whet your appetite for the rest of the adventures set in this wonderfully wacky alternative universe.





Winter Waites


Lucy Lennox



Gentry Kane is a rockstar I've been half in love with my whole life. And now he's my patient.

When Winter Waites knocks on the door to the snowy cabin where his next physical therapy patient awaits him, he has no idea his dream celebrity is on the other side. Gentry Kane is everything Winter has always fantasized about. But it was only a fantasy. What happens when Winter is faced with the flesh and blood man who wants more than physical therapy? Can one night in a cozy cabin lead to more? And how will that affect Winter's growing career in the tiny, charming town of Aster Valley?

Winter Waites is a 25k word standalone novella.


My review:

4.25 stars

Yum. Lovely introduction to a new series. Emotion, romance, a hunky music star, and a dedicated medical professional, with a glimpse of a wonderfully picturesque snowy hideaway. I look forward to the upcoming story!

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Shock and Joy


BA Tortuga 



If Bonner knows anything, it's that rodeo cowboys don't belong on skis, a fact that proves itself all over again when he crashes into someone on the bunny slope. He's worried he's hurt somebody, or that he'll get his butt kicked, until he realizes he's taken down his old college roommate, Jared.

Rock star Jared can't believe Bonner has crossed his path, literally, but he's excited to get to know his favorite cowboy again. Things have changed for both of them, though, and they have a lot to learn about each other. Will Bonner's kids, or Jared's rock star life, be a deal-breaker? 



My review:


3.75 stars

Quick spicy second-chance romance. Great thumbnail picture of two guys who reconnect...on the bunny slope, of all places...and discover the old flame is burning just as intensely. 








Lucy Lennox



Colin’s Do’s and Don’ts for a Happy New Year: 

1. Do not develop a crush on your archnemesis, contractor Ryder Richards.

2. Do finish remodeling the heinous mega-mansion with him well before the first snowflakes fall on New Year’s Eve.

3. Do not notice that he's still the hottest man in Licking Thicket.

4. Do not let that gorgeous man provoke you.

5. Do not let his provocation distract you.

6. Do not let your distraction leave you stranded at the house with him during a blizzard.

7. Dear heavens, do not let him crack open the moonshine and light a fire.

8. Do not play drunken truth or dare with him.

9. And for gravy’s sake, do not let yourself fall in love.

10. But if you do… Don't be surprised if this is the happiest year ever.


My review:

4 stars

Quick sweet read set in the quirky town that houses so many unique individuals. Fun to get a look at the stars of the first two couples in the series from a different perspective. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

First Light in Morning Star


Charlotte Hubbard


Founded by five enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a joyous success. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these unmarried women—the unexpected blessing of love . . .

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position—but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned.

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith—and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand.















“Miss Christner, we’re pleased to offer you this teaching position,” Bishop Jeremiah said as he grasped her hand, “and if you need time to consider your answer—”

“Oh, no, I’ll be happy to accept!” Lydianne interrupted gleefully. “Denki so much for considering my application. What I lack in experience, I’ll make up for with careful preparation and my love of learning. I won’t let you down.”

“That thought never entered our heads,” the bishop put in. “And with Lorena Flaud and Clarence’s Lucy being in their final year of school—and with their sisters right behind them—you’ll have plenty of eager assistance as you teach the youngest ones the basics of reading and arithmetic. I anticipate a productive—and fun—year for our scholars.”

“This is so exciting!” Lydianne said as she shook each man’s hand in turn. “Maybe this sounds silly, but I still love the smell of fresh packages of notebook paper and new bottles of glue, and the joy of opening a fresh box of crayons—thinking of all the drawings and reports and projects that lie ahead of us.”

As she left the schoolhouse and drove down the road, Lydianne floated on a cloud of euphoria. After she turned off the main county highway to head for home, she paused at the sight of a little blond girl chasing a butterfly on the front lawn of Tim and Julia Nissley’s place. With the sunshine shimmering on her golden hair and upturned face, six-year-old Ella Nissley looked for all the world like a little angel. Her laughter rang out as she ran and reached eagerly for the butterfly, followed closely by a little brown puppy that yipped and yapped.

Lydianne’s heart overflowed with a wave of emotions. Her dream had come true: she would now be Ella’s teacher. But she would have to be very, very careful. Ella was the apple of her adoptive parents’ eyes, and Lydianne had no intentions of interfering with their happy family.

No one else, including Tim and Julia, knew that Ella was the newborn baby Lydianne had given up when she’d been an unwed mother.


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About the Author:


In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.










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Saturday, January 2, 2021

In case you need something to read...

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Happy New Year, everyone!


There are quite a few book giveaways available for a limited time...


Winter Wonderland Story Giveaway (Gay romances)


The Danger Files


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Military romance

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Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday by Nell Iris (Release blitz, excerpt, review and GIVEAWAY) GBP

 Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday


Nell Iris


Publisher: JMS Books 

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs 

Release Date: December 30, 2020

Genre/s: Contemporary, holiday M/M Romance

Trope/s: Meet cute

Themes: Being true to yourself, New Year’s Eve, holiday

Heat Rating:  1 flame

Length: 20 849  words

It is a standalone story.



Two strangers, a twisted ankle, an ancient stone ship, and a New Year’s Eve they’ll never forget



Petter sneaks out of the New Year’s party he didn’t want to go to and treks to an old burial site he’s dying to see. Alone. Without telling anyone on a freezing December night. Without cell service…a huge problem when he twists his ankle.

Someone passes by Isak’s house on the path leasing to the stone ship. When the person never returns, Isak worries and sets off to investigate. What he finds is Petter, a pack of sparklers, and an instant connection.

Under a starry sky, they learn they have a lot in common. Will the attraction burn hot and fizzle out like the fireworks going off over their heads when they return to the real world? Or will it deepen, grow, and turn into something real? Something everlasting like the stone ship?


“Did you come here to ring in the new year?” He nods toward the bottle still positioned between my legs.

“Yeah. I’ve always wanted to visit this place and since I was dragged to the village, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I even brought sparklers.” I pull them out of my pocket, holding them up for him to see.

“Bubbly and sparklers by the stone ship. Sounds like the perfect New Year’s celebration to me.”

I stare at him. He sounds serious enough, not like he’s mocking me. And he doesn’t know me, so he won’t know what buttons to push to get me to agree to do shit I don’t want to, like my friend Jonas, who’s the sole reason for me being here. “You can’t be alone on New Year’s Eve, Petter. Only losers and people with no friends stay home alone on holidays. Besides, you don’t want Maja to think you’re not her friend, do you?” Bastard played me and used his girlfriend to get me to agree, knowing how much I like her. More than him, most days.

But this guy, this stranger, seems honest. “You really mean that?”

“I do.” He grabs the bottle and takes a swig, his face scrunching up in a grimace.

“Yeah, I know,” I snicker. “It’s vile. Serves me right for grabbing someone’s bubbly from the fridge before heading up here.”

“I’m not a wine expert, but that was…”

“…too sweet,” we say simultaneously.

He nods. “Exactly.”

I smile.

“Listen. What do you say we ring in the new year a bit early? New Year’s is just an arbitrary mark of the passage of time invented by humans anyway, so who says we can’t do it now? Light some sparklers, tell each other our resolutions. Try not to barf as we drink more of this.” He holds up the bottle. “Then I can help you down. Call a doctor if you need one. Or take you back to your friends if you prefer. I assume you’re at the Andersson house for the party?”

I raise an eyebrow. “How did you know?”

“It’s a teeny tiny village. Everyone knows what’s going on in their neighbors’ houses.”

“Really? That can’t be good?”

“It has its downsides, that’s for sure. But I’m mostly fine with it.”

“Okaaaay.” Because surely, he doesn’t mean the neighbors know everything? Not what other people have in their nightstands and stuff? Ew.

“So what do you say?” He nudges his knee against my leg.

“Sure. I approve of the plan.”

Isak removes his gloves and holds out his hand. “Let me light the sparklers. Did you bring a lighter?”

“Yeah, hang on.” I dig into my pocket without taking off my mittens—my fingers are pretty cold—until I find it. “Here you go.”

“Awesome. Are you the kind of person who makes resolutions?”

“Usually not.” I accept the lit sparkler he holds out to me. I’ve loved these things since I was a little kid, even more than fireworks, and up here, in the howling wind with a sky full of stars above my head, in the company of a kind stranger and huge ancient stones, they’re more beautiful than ever.

“But this year is different?”

“Yeah. I’m doing some…significant changes in my life this coming year, so I thought ‘why not?’ It can’t hurt, right? Even if I agree with you about the arbitrariness of this so-called holiday.”

“You do?”

“Sure. It’s not a thing we celebrate because of some natural phenomenon, like the solstice. It’s just to mark that the Earth has done another lap around the sun. I mean, that’s great and all, but why do we need to celebrate it?”

Isak’s face lights up in a wide grin. “Yes! This is what I always say when people complain because I refuse to embrace the spirit of the holiday.”

I return his smile. “Exactly!”

“I’ll drink to that.”

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About the Author

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along at the top of her voice but she’s no Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, bullet journals, poetry, wine, coffee-flavored kisses, and fika (a Swedish cultural thing involving coffee and pastry!)

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.

Nell is a bisexual Swedish woman married to the love of her life, a proud mama of a grown daughter, and is approaching 50 faster than she’d like. She lives in the south of Sweden where she spends her days thinking up stories about people falling in love. After dreaming about being a writer for most of her life, she finally was in a place where she could pursue her dream and released her first book in 2017.

Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, short over long, and quirky characters over alpha males.

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My review:

4 out of stars


Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday by Neil Iris chronicles Petter’s New Year’s Eve decision to visit somewhere he’s always been interested in, with disastrous results…until Isak’s intervention, that changes the night to something worth celebrating.



This short and sweet contemporary gay romance reminds us to celebrate and accept our differences. I love that it shows how decisions can have far-reaching effects (and haven’t we all beaten ourselves up over poor decisions?) and unexpected benefits. The gentle evolution of the relationship between these two guys and the genuine caring that shines from Isak’s pores made me feel warm and fuzzy while reading this story, and I love that they can be awkward but free to be who they are. There are great images (“It’s extremely difficult being romantic when we’re two marshmallows rolling on top of each other, trapped underneath a net.”) and I connected with both characters immediately because of their self-deprecating personalities and their abilities to laugh at themselves. I have definitely been in search of feel-good stories the past few months, and this was a perfect for my mood.


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