Song of the Meadowlark has a New Cover!

Song of the Meadowlark is Book One in my Intertwined Series. It’s a contemporary inspirational romance with a splash of suspense set on a South Georgia ranch which wouldn’t be complete without its ornery cowboy, Rex.

Because I’m celebrating Song of the Meadowlark’s fifth birthday, I thought a new cover would make a great birthday gift. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Song of the Meadowlark is available in print and ebook through Amazon.

Please check it out!

Psalm 91:4: He will cover you with his feathers,  and under his wings you will find refuge;  his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Song of the Meadowlark synopsis:

She only wanted to move on with her life…

Shamed by the uncovered truth about her missing husband’s secret life, Cora Buchanan sets out for home to mend her broken relationship with her parents.

Her car breaks down in a small Georgia town where women are going missing and being murdered. Cora seeks temporary refuge at the Southern Hope Ranch and is embraced by all but Rex O’Reilly, a rugged widower who wants to protect his daughter from another loss.

Cora couldn’t have predicted that being stranded would set in motion a series of life-changing events not only for her but for everyone she meets, nor could she have known the significance of the song of the meadowlark.

Happy 5th Birthday!

Happy 5th Birthday to the book that will always have my heart, to the heroine who is a little too feisty for her time period! What are we if we can’t break the rules every now and then, right?

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To celebrate my book baby’s birthday, the ebook version of this Inspirational Historical Romance is FREE! And book two is just $.99 today!!

Download your copies NOW!

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To Laugh Once More: https://amzn.to/2tbTH4M

Ten Years Seems Like Yesterday and Yet a Lifetime Ago

4295_79887348582_2169551_nToday is the TEN-year anniversary of our daughter’s car accident that resulted in four days in the ICU at Atlanta Medical Center due to a broken back, concussion, and the loss of a front tooth. Our lives came to a screeching halt that night. It’s a phone call you never want to get. The phone call that simply said, “Kayla has had a small accident and would like for you to come.” Didn’t dawn on me that it must have been serious because if not, she would have made the call herself.

When we arrived at the scene and saw her fully restored (by her daddy) 1972 VW Beetle in Sunburst Yellow smashed, her dreams of sporting around in it all summer long shattered, my heart flew out of my chest about as fast as my husband bolted out of my moving car. He had to get to her and NOW wasn’t soon enough.

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We learned within moments that she would not go to the local hospital but instead they would life-flight her to Atlanta Medical because it was the only one with the trauma unit at the level she needed–the trauma unit for spinal injuries. What?  Was she not going to walk again?

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As we waited in the waiting room, along with approximately eighty of her friends (yes, I said eighty!), prayers went up begging God for his protection on her spine and claiming full healing. 5609_100638048582_6591257_nThat wait–the one that seems like days before you can get into the ICU to see your baby’s face–was grueling. But we finally got to see her and we waited with her to see if she would need back surgery for her broken back.

By the third day, her spirits had lifted, she’d been fitted with her back brace, and other than our concerns for her front teeth which were knocked around a bit and one would need to be replaced, she was stable and able to move her legs fully and didn’t need surgery. So we were thankful for that.

4341_85693141850_3011669_nAfter the fourth day, she was able to come home with the instructions to remain on bed rest for six weeks and in a back brace for three months. She could not get out of bed without the back brace and the back brace couldn’t get wet, so you can imagine the routine we had to go through to bathe her and wash her hair. The bed rest for an eighteen year old was not fun, but the love that was poured out on her–on us–during that time made up for it. The house stayed packed with friends and there were constant phone calls, emails, FB messages reminding us of the prayers that were being sent up to God.

When my husband went to the towing place to collect the car, the wrecker driver asked him who was in the car with her. But no one was with her in the car. Except for the angel that took of the brunt of the force from the accident. Proof?

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The windshield on the passenger’s side was shattered like a head hit it and the seat was broken as if someone had been in it. When we heard this from the wrecker guy, my entire body shook at the realization that my son had almost decided to ride with his sister that night after church to the restaurant to hang out with their friends but had decided instead to stay home. He would have been in that seat and most assuredly would have hit the windshield with his head. My precious only son! I am so thankful that God did not ask for the sacrifice of my only son that night. I am equally as thankful for the sacrifice He made so long ago of His only SON. Jesus! Thank you, Jesus, for protecting my children that night. Yes, even though my daughter suffered a great deal because of this accident, including PTSD from the trauma, God worked a miracle that night.

Some things I learned during that time:

God will do whatever He needs to do to get your attention.

He wants to be King and Lord of your life.

Our lives are not our own. We are here to point people to Jesus. We must let every season and circumstance be an opportunity to tell others of him.

Our children are given to us on loan. They do not belong to us. We are to raise them according to the Lord, love them, cherish them, and be ready to give them up if we have to.

My daughter is now fully restored and serving the Lord through her photography business. My son is now married and thriving.

This story is too good to be fiction!

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! Plus a GIVEAWAY!

Happy RELEASE DAY!

That’s right! The Erie Canal Brides Collection by Barbour Publishing is now available.

Check out this gorgeous cover:

The collection features six of my author friends and me.

Here’s a little about the collection:

Seven romance stories take you back to the building of the Erie Canal and the opening of the Midwest to greater development.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?

The Way of a Child by Lauralee Bliss
Little Falls, New York 1817
Widower David Marshall has no interest in selling his farm to the Erie Canal project presented by agent Ray O’Neil and his daughter Melanie. But his sons Matthew and Luke have taken a peculiar liking to Melanie. What the children reveal paves the way to a surprising future.

Wedding of the Waters by Rita Gerlach
Goshen Creek, New York. 1819
Charlotte Verger, a physician’s niece, is unexpectedly reunited with her first and only love, Blaine McKenna.  When word comes that the Erie Canal builders at the Montezuma Swamp, where Blaine is working as a surveyor, are stricken with malaria, Charlotte risks a journey to reach him.

Digging for Love by Ramona K. Cecil
Rochester, New York 1822
For budding artist Emily Nichols, the coming Erie Canal brings dreams of leaving Rochester for the art markets of New York City. As he builds the canal, Irish laborer Seamus O’Grady is building his American dream in Rochester. When hearts meld, divergent dreams and old prejudices threaten burgeoning love.

Return to Sweetwater Cove by Christina Miller
Sweetwater Cove, New York, 1825
Reverend Josiah Wells travels to his hometown to pastor the church and make restitution for his youthful sins. Betsy Bennett wants to honor her late husband’s memory and make sure Sweetwater Cove never discovers the secret she shares with Josiah. Can they leave behind the past and find love beside still waters?

Journey of the Heart by Johnnie Alexander
Circleville, Ohio, early 1852
Charity Sinclair secretly writes abolitionist pamphlets while thwarting architect Tavish Dunbar’s effort to redesign her father’s post office, a hidden stop on the Underground Railroad. When a slave-hunter captures a runaway, Charity vows to rescue the fugitive. But can she trust Tavish with her secret. . .and with her heart?

Pressing On by Rose Allen McCauley
Zoar, Ohio, 1856
As a child, Amanda Mack loved her life in Zoar, Ohio, where she was born to Separatists. Now an adult, she starts to chafe at its many restrictions. After meeting riverboat captain Daniel Jeremiah, they both must make decisions about their futures. Can she leave or will he convert or…?

The Bridge Between Us by Sherri Wilson Johnson
Albion, New York, 1859
John Hawkins steps back into Susannah Higley’s life just in time to save it. Despite her father’s longstanding disdain for John’s family, can Susannah and John settle the family feud and save her father’s struggling sawmill—and their chance for love? Or will the feud continue?

(Information supplied by Barbour Books.)

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!! Leave a comment HERE to be entered in the drawing for a gorgeous print copy of the book!

(U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years old to enter. Drawing will be March 15, 2019.)

The winner is Jeanette Plummer!!!


Hope of the South Series:

TO DANCE ONCE MORE 

TO LAUGH ONCE MORE

WHEN LOVE MUST WAIT

NEW RELEASE plus a GIVEAWAY!

Hi friends! Guess what? I’ve got a NEW RELEASE!

That’s right! The Erie Canal Brides Collection by Barbour Publishing will release March 1st.

Check out this gorgeous cover:

The collection features six of my author friends and me.

Here’s a little about the collection:

Seven romance stories take you back to the building of the Erie Canal and the opening of the Midwest to greater development.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?

The Way of a Child by Lauralee Bliss
Little Falls, New York 1817
Widower David Marshall has no interest in selling his farm to the Erie Canal project presented by agent Ray O’Neil and his daughter Melanie. But his sons Matthew and Luke have taken a peculiar liking to Melanie. What the children reveal paves the way to a surprising future.

Wedding of the Waters by Rita Gerlach
Goshen Creek, New York. 1819
Charlotte Verger, a physician’s niece, is unexpectedly reunited with her first and only love, Blaine McKenna.  When word comes that the Erie Canal builders at the Montezuma Swamp, where Blaine is working as a surveyor, are stricken with malaria, Charlotte risks a journey to reach him.

Digging for Love by Ramona K. Cecil
Rochester, New York 1822
For budding artist Emily Nichols, the coming Erie Canal brings dreams of leaving Rochester for the art markets of New York City. As he builds the canal, Irish laborer Seamus O’Grady is building his American dream in Rochester. When hearts meld, divergent dreams and old prejudices threaten burgeoning love.

Return to Sweetwater Cove by Christina Miller
Sweetwater Cove, New York, 1825
Reverend Josiah Wells travels to his hometown to pastor the church and make restitution for his youthful sins. Betsy Bennett wants to honor her late husband’s memory and make sure Sweetwater Cove never discovers the secret she shares with Josiah. Can they leave behind the past and find love beside still waters?

Journey of the Heart by Johnnie Alexander
Circleville, Ohio, early 1852
Charity Sinclair secretly writes abolitionist pamphlets while thwarting architect Tavish Dunbar’s effort to redesign her father’s post office, a hidden stop on the Underground Railroad. When a slave-hunter captures a runaway, Charity vows to rescue the fugitive. But can she trust Tavish with her secret. . .and with her heart?

Pressing On by Rose Allen McCauley
Zoar, Ohio, 1856
As a child, Amanda Mack loved her life in Zoar, Ohio, where she was born to Separatists. Now an adult, she starts to chafe at its many restrictions. After meeting riverboat captain Daniel Jeremiah, they both must make decisions about their futures. Can she leave or will he convert or…?

The Bridge Between Us by Sherri Wilson Johnson
Albion, New York, 1859
John Hawkins steps back into Susannah Higley’s life just in time to save it. Despite her father’s longstanding disdain for John’s family, can Susannah and John settle the family feud and save her father’s struggling sawmill—and their chance for love? Or will the feud continue?

(Information supplied by Barbour Books.)

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!! Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing for a gorgeous print copy of the book!

(U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years old to enter. Drawing will be March 15, 2019.)

The winner is Jeanette Plummer!!!


Hope of the South Series:

TO DANCE ONCE MORE 

TO LAUGH ONCE MORE

WHEN LOVE MUST WAIT

Soft Kisses and Birdsong by Lynnette Bonner #giveaway #prizes

I’ve told you before about my awesome friend and author Lynnette Bonner. She’s an amazing writer!

I couldn’t resist telling you about her next book, Soft Kisses and Birdsong. It’s now available for pre-order, and I encourage you to purchase it today!

Here’s a little about Soft Kisses and Birdsong, Book 2 in the Riversong series.

Years ago, he walked away from the only woman he had ever loved because he feared she wouldn’t want a man who’d failed.

She numbly tried to move on with her life. And is finally beginning to feel she can face the future.

Zaire Breckenridge can’t believe it when her lout of an ex-husband walks back into her life, claiming he’s a changed man. Worse than his invading the sanctuary of her town—the town they both grew up in together—is the fact that he’s invading the peace she finds at church. There really ought to be a rule. The heartbreaker should never be allowed to move back to town.

Landon Breckenridge knows that he’s made a mess of his life. But he also knows that finally surrendering everything to Jesus was the best decision he ever made. He aims to be a better person, and certainly a better witness to his friends and those who watch his rock climbing show on TV. Now if only he can convince the woman he loves to take him back. But if she won’t? Will Jesus be enough?

Sometimes the river of life cascades into a torrent of white-water. And sometimes it levels out on the other side, flowing smooth and slow, like soft kisses…and birdsong.

Ready to buy? You can do so here=> Pre-order your copy today by clicking here.

Lynnette is giving away some great prizes you don’t want to miss out on. If you’re interested in learning more, click here to visit her site!

Introducing On Eagles’ Wings by Lynnette Bonner #GIVEAWAY

My friend and fellow author Lynnette Bonner is here today to share a little about the story behind her latest story. She’s also here to reveal the gorgeous cover of her new book!

Born and raised in Malawi, Africa, Lynnette Bonner spent the first years of her life reveling in warm equatorial sunshine and the late evening duets of cicadas and hyenas. The year she turned eight she was off to Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya where she spent many joy-filled years, and graduated in 1990.

That fall, she traded to a new duet—one of traffic and rain—when she moved to Kirkland, Washington to attend Northwest University. It was there that she met her husband and a few years later they moved to the small town of Pierce, Idaho. During the time they lived in Idaho, while studying the history of their little town, Lynnette was inspired to begin the Shepherd’s Heart Series with Rocky Mountain Oasis. Marty and Lynnette have four children, and currently live in Washington where Marty pastors a church.

Now Lynnette is here to share with us. Let’s make her feel welcome!

The small logging community of Wyldhaven, the setting for On Eagles’ Wings, sits in the rugged mountains of Washington State at the cusp of the twentieth century. Wyldhaven is a logging town, and some of my research about early logging practices has been fascinating.

It is not often realized that the mid-19th century gold-rushes that took place across the West, and particularly in California, had a major impact on the logging industry. Mines had a steady need for the supply of good lumber. Lumber shored up tunnels, it fueled boilers used at the mines, and it was used to build extensive canal systems and dams to divert water. The Pacific Northwest supplied much of this lumber. Logging was the most important industry in Washington for decades. Sadly, in the early years heedless practices nearly destroyed many forests. However, over time logging companies realized the need for sustainable logging practices.

In the growing west, logging was very much a small-town enterprise. Settlements would spring up around a forested area. Quickly-constructed camps would be built nearby for the loggers to live in. And the cutting would begin. Along the coasts, boats would be used to ship the timber to California, or wherever else it was needed, but the inland towns had a harder time transporting their logs and lumber until the railroad network spread significantly.

Logging men were often hardened and profligate. No logging town of any size existed without a saloon, and with few other places to spend their money, men gathered to gamble, drink, and fight. This ensured that any town that wanted to encourage the settlement of families had need of a lawman.

Logging was also a very hazardous and bloody occupation. Men could be injured by saws, axes, hatchets, or snapping chains. They could be crushed by falling trees, rolling or tumbling logs, oxen or horses, or wagon failures. These dangerous conditions required that any operation that cared about their employees would have a doctor on hand to treat the workers.

I could go on and on about the early trials and history of the logging industry, but to keep this post short, I will stop there.

Wyldhaven has both a sheriff and a doctor. Sheriff Reagan Callahan was the main hero in book one, Not a Sparrow Falls. And Doctor Flynn Griffin is one of the main characters in On Eagles’ Wings.

I hope you will enjoy reading about him and all the other characters in this new book!

What historical profession do you admire the most?

AND NOW FOR THE COVER!

One commenter will receive a free eBook copy of On Eagles’ Wings when it becomes available. Leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. (Must have at least 10 entries to form a contest.)

 

You can preorder On Eagles’ Wings here: http://www.lynnettebonner.com/OEW

Here’s a little bit about the book:

Take the next stagecoach to Wyldhaven,
where the coffee’s perked hot,
the sheriff likes his apple pie fresh from the oven,
and adventure invariably waits just around the next river bend.

Boardinghouse owner Dixie Pottinger has done her best to avoid the attractive Dr. Griffin. But now that her mother-in-law is sick and he’s going to be coming around more to care for her, Dixie knows she must inform him about her past. She works up her courage and feels great relief when she finally tells Dr. Griffin that she’s a married woman…maybe…if her husband, Steven Pottinger, survived the bullet put into him before she fled.

Dr. Flynn Griffin can’t believe he’s been having feelings for a married woman! His honor requires that he immediately put those feelings to rest. As for the man who had abused Dixie so badly that she retreated into hiding… If he was still alive, he better never show up in Wyldhaven, because Flynn had plenty of ideas on how to teach the man lessons in gentlemanly conduct.

Little does Flynn know that Steven Pottinger is about to become his patient. Gravely injured by an accidental gunshot, Steven lies on the brink of eternity. Never in all his life has Flynn been tempted to break his Hippocratic Oath.

Until now.

Friday Feature: Author Rose Allen McCauley #GIVEAWAY

My friend Rose Allen McCauley joins us today to chat about her writing life and her latest book.

Rose, tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Louisville the oldest of 7 kids. I became a Christian at the age of 10. I taught school for over 20 years, then retired to write books! My husband and I have been married over 40 years and raised 3 kids on our farm before moving to a small town 2 years ago.

Tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers.

I played the violin in 2nd grade, besides reading and writing, I like to walk and sing (but not always at the same time!)

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

Yes, I always loved to read since my Aunt Hilda taught me when I was five! As a child I loved to read series with happy endings, and I still do!

What is your favorite genre to read now?

Women’s fiction with romance.

As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?

Yes, but the books I wrote then were schoolbooks because my first goal was to be a teacher!

When did you first begin writing?

About 10 or 11 for the schoolbooks but waited till I was 50 to begin writing fiction.

Why do you write?

To help my readers draw closer to God.

Tell us about the journey to getting published.

I joined ACFW in 2002, but didn’t get my first contract until 2010 that came out in 2011. Since then I have written many others, and got five more books published.

Tell us about your latest book.

It’s a novella collection with Kim Vogel Sawyer, Kristian Libel, Constance Shilling Stevens, and Julane Hiebert named Destination: Romance.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

Kim and I met at the first ACFW conference and had always said we would write a book together someday, so the day is finally here! A K-Love trip we took with our husbands last year gave us the ideas for the locations for our novellas—hers is the Grand Caymans, and mine is set in Jamaica.

Without giving away the ending (or the beginning and middle, for that matter) what is one takeaway message you hope readers will get from reading this book?

Since each novella is different I will just give you the take-away for mine: When opposing goals threaten the romance of a young couple for the second time, can they both learn to listen to God’s best for their relationship and service to Him?

Blurbs for stories in Destination Romance:

From a cave in the hills of Missouri to a sandy beach in Grand Cayman, romance blooms for five heroines when they least expect it.

Bare Feet and Warm Sand BY Kim Vogel Sawyer

Marine biologist Tamiera is determined to protect endangered sea turtles against man’s intrusion. When Joe arrives on the island of Grand Cayman with plans to build a resort near the turtles’ nesting grounds, will she be able to convince him to put the needs of God’s creatures above making money?

Sufficient Grace BY Constance Shilling Stevens

An abandoned Cherokee burial ground keeps secrets and draws a picture of deep, enduring love for Nora, but land surveyor Donovan threatens the place that holds sweet memories for Nora’s grandfather. Will Donovan follow his boss’s orders or follow his heart?

Better Together Than Apart BY Rose Allen McCauley

On a K-Love cruise to Jamaica, Natalie re-connects with Ken, a boy she met six years earlier on a high school summer mission trip. Attraction stirs, but opposing goals threaten their romance. Will they listen to God’s leading for their best place of service?

A Shelter in a Weary Land BY Julane Hiebert

A cave in the Missouri hillside was to be a shelter from pillaging Union soldiers for Charlotte and her unborn babe. But will she be safe when a wounded enemy seeks the same place of refuge? 

Cotton Candy Sky BY Kristian Libel

When a Kansas girl falls in love with the ocean, she thinks nothing could be more exhilarating than life on a beach…except maybe falling for a traveling photographer who introduces her to more adventure than she’d ever imagined. But is their connection one that can last, or will their time together simply remain a fond memory as they go their separate ways?

 

Where do you get ideas for your books?

Everywhere!

Is there any scene in your book that came from a real-life happening?

Yes, the decision the heroine Natalie makes is based on something I wrote on the back of a photo I gave my husband when he and I were both in college.

What are your favorite themes to write about?

Second chances at love!

What are you working on right now?

I’m thinking about a story to set in Hawaii, and my middle granddaughter wants me to write a story about her in Rome where she went last summer, since the latest story is named after my oldest granddaughter and my historical heroine in The Courageous Brides collection is named after my youngest granddaughter.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?

I started writing after I retired from teaching school, but I was still subbing quite a bit and watching grandkids 2 days a week. Now I no longer sub, and we only watch the youngest 2 each a half-day a week, but the days are still full with church, grandkids’ sports, etc.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

Yes, My faith impacts all of my life. I could not write without God to lead me.

Do you have a favorite scripture that applies to writing?

My fave Scripture for everything is Ephesians 3:20 and it also applies to everything else. I especially love it in the Message version: “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around, but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?

On vacation I ran and dove to save my save my 1 ½ year old granddaughter from trying to pet an alligator!

What are some things on your bucket list?

I’ve done most of them, but I would like to take a beach vacation with ALL of our kids, their spouses and kids!

What advice would you give to writers who are seeking traditional publication?

Pray, and follow God’s lead.

Thank you for joining us today! Where can readers find you or your books on the internet?

All of my books are available on amazon.com and you can also order Destination: Romance from http://wingsofhopepublishing.com/

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One commenter will receive a free eBook copy of Destination: Romance! Leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. (Must have at least 10 unique entries for the contest.)

Romantic Suspense #Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Grafted into Deceit, Book Three in my Intertwined series, I’m doing a giveaway! Leave a comment below and you could win a $25 Starbucks gift card and an ebook of your choice from this series! (Must have 10 commenters. Continental US resident only, please. Winner will be picked October 24, 2017.)

Big Cover Reveal!!

I’m so excited to reveal the cover of my next book, Grafted into Deceit! It will release October 24, 2017 on Kindle and in print, and is available for pre-order now!

Here’s a little about the book:

Answers are hard to find when there’s no one to trust.

Disappearing business funds and a missing dead body have Marina Acres doubting everyone — including the detective whose case can’t be solved without her help.

When Marina Acres launches an investigation to find her company’s missing money, she becomes a killer’s target and uncovers a tangled vine of deception in the process. Detective Steven Pennington, who suspects drugs are at the root of the problem, must keep Marina safe from the killer while keeping himself from falling for yet another victim. Marina refuses to believe that her business partner could be part of a drug trafficking ring, but when evidence points its finger at her, she must join the fight with Steven to weed out the killer.

And now for the gorgeous cover designed by Indie Cover Design!

Tell me what you think!!

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