Friday, September 27, 2013

Saying No to the Right People

Some of you might have noticed I've been a bit hit and miss with posting on my blog of late. It's been hard because I love blogging and have been writing on this little spot for over six years now! Life has been crazy, full of good things, hard things, trials, learning, growth, and did I mention learning?

My good friend, Connie Sokol, writes an amazing blog and sends out uplifting newsletters. I was so inspired and validated by a thought from her latest post that I asked if I could share it on my blog.
Here it is: 

"But as women, wives, and mothers, there will be times when a "no" is not only right but necessary. In order for us to preserve the time and energy needed to care for our families, we are going to have to disappoint someone, even daily. We just need to be sure we've disappointed the right one." 

--Connie Sokol, author, speaker, and amazing mother of seven



 I love that and wanted to share it as much as a reminder to me as anyone. Lately I've had to say no a lot and there continues to be so many opportunities--wonderful things that I could do.
My first priority will always be my family. 


The second is my writing, because when I take time to nurture my creative side, it makes me more able to complete my first priority. 

I love writing, crafting a story, getting inside a character's head--it's all so fascinating and invigorating! I also love how writing has opened so many doors for me and my family. I cherish the moments I've witnessed recently of my children enjoying a book because my husband and I are a reading team who recognize the importance of instilling a love of the written word to our children ages 10 to 2.

Part of that writing is taking a few moments to update my blog with book reviews, inspirational thoughts, guest posts, and the occasional ramble from me. I'm working on revising my schedule, updating my blog, and all social media, so stay tuned because I have a new posting schedule I'm going to introduce next week!

Thanks for reading. I hope you have many opportunities to say yes, and more importantly to say NO, so that you keep what is most important central in your life.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review of another great Austenesque read, My Own Mr. Darcy



Folks, I have a new author to add to my favorites list! Karey White has done it again in My Own Mr. Darcy. This is a fabulous read, a clean romance with plenty of wit and charm. White knows how to draw a character that is far from the sappy lovesick hero/heroine. Her characters have depth and it's easy to feel their emotion and struggles in this story.
If you're looking for a great chick lit/romance, then read on to learn more about My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White.

I absolutely loved her book For What It's Worth, you can see an author interview I hosted earlier with Karey here: http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/2012/12/author-interview-with-karey-white.html





After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough.

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.






Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.













Excerpt 1

Janessa folded her arms and looked at me for so long I started to squirm. “What?”
“I wish you’d look at yourself. You’re ruining your life with this stupid obsession.”
“I’m not obsessed.” I stood up quickly, nearly tipping my chair over. I rinsed my plate and put it in the dishwasher. I could feel Janessa’s eyes on me the entire time, but I refused to look at her. “And just because I’m not interested in this guy doesn’t mean my life is ruined.”
“Let me guess. Was he blond?”
“Knock it off.”
“Too short?”
“He wasn’t short. I’ve got to go.” I left the kitchen with Janessa on my heels.
“Was he too cheerful?”
“Oh brother. I’m not having this conversation with you.”
Janessa grabbed my arm and turned me toward her. “Yes, you are.”
“I’m going to be late for work.”
“Then we’d better talk fast.”
“I don’t have anything to say,” I said.
“Then I’ll talk. You listen. You have to start giving these guys a chance.”
I folded my arms tightly. “I give them a chance.”
“You give them one date, two at the most. But you’re not really giving them a chance because your mind’s already made up before you even go out.”
I was getting annoyed. “I don’t have time for this conversation again.” Janessa was practically reciting word for word what she’d said after my last date. And the one before that.
“Lizzie. If you don’t want to have the same conversation, do something different. Shake things up a little.” She smiled and did a little shimmy. I refused to smile no matter how silly she looked.
“How do you suggest I do that?”
“If this guy… What’s his name?”
“Chad.”
“If Chad calls you back, go out with him again.”
“I don’t see the point.”
“Did you get a serial killer vibe from him?”
“No, I got a nice-guy-that-doesn’t-deserve-to-be-led-on vibe from him.”
“Nice guys are good. So you’ll say yes, right?”
“If I’m not interested, it wouldn’t be fair to say yes.”
“Oh knock off the baloney. You haven’t been fair to a guy since high school. You’re just afraid if you get to know a guy, you might like him. And wouldn’t that be awful? Was Chad funny?”
“Yes, he was funny.”
“Handsome?”
I sighed. “I don’t know if I’d call him handsome, but he was cute.”
“Cute is good. Especially if he was funny. So go out with him again.”
“You act like it’s all up to me.” I walked to the closet and collected my purse. Like a tiger leaping on her prey, Janessa pounced at the bowl on the entry table and grabbed my car keys. “This isn’t funny, Janessa. I’m going to be late for work.”
“Then let’s make a deal. You agree to go out with him ten times before you toss him aside and I’ll give you your keys.”
“Ten times? No way.”
“That’ll give you time to get to know him.”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
“I’m serious, Lizzie. Ten is a good number. In that amount of time, you can make a real decision. Instead of one based on a stupid movie.”
Now Janessa was skipping through a minefield. “It’s not a stupid movie and I’ve got to go.”
“It’s the stupidest movie in the world if it ruins your life.”
“Nothing’s ruining my life and I’m going to be late. Give me my keys and we’ll talk about this later.” A little tussle ensued as I tried to rescue my keys from her clutches. I almost had them when she darted to the bathroom and shut the door hard and fast, locking it behind her. “This is real mature.”
“I don’t care about mature. You’re my best friend, Lizzie.  I love you and I’m trying to save you from yourself.”
I banged on the door. “Give me the keys. Now.” My voice had become shrieky.
“I’ll give you the keys as soon as you promise you’ll go out with him ten times.”
“I doubt he’ll ask me out again.”
“Why? Were you a jerk?”
“No.”
“Are you sure?”
I hesitated, knowing I hadn’t been very good company. “I’m pretty sure.”
“If he doesn’t ask you out, you have to ask him.”
“No way am I asking out a guy ten times. No way!”
“You just have to ask him out once. If he doesn’t return the favor you can move on. But you have to be nice to him and give him a reason to want to ask you out again.”
“This is the dumbest idea you’ve ever had.”
“Listen Liz, I’m doing this for you. Give a guy a chance before you give him the old heave-ho.”
I leaned my head on the door. “Just give me the keys. Please.” Now I was whining.
“You’re the one keeping yourself from your keys. And probably true love.”
I looked at my watch. Now I’d have to risk a speeding ticket or get to work five minutes late. I wasn’t sure which was worse—a ticket from a police officer or a tongue-lashing from Delia.
“Fine. I’ll go out with him again if he asks me.”
“And?”
“If he doesn’t ask me, I’ll ask him?”
“Right. And how many times will you go out with him?”
“Way too many,” I said under my breath.
“I can’t hear you.”
“Ten times. If he asks me.”
The door cracked open. “And you’ll be nice to him?”
“Whatever you say. Now give me the keys.”
Janessa emerged from the bathroom and triumphantly dropped my keys into my outstretched hand.
“You’re an idiot,” I said.
“An idiot that loves you and wants you to be happy,” she said. She turned and headed down the hall. “Someday you’ll thank me,” she sang.
“If I don’t kill you first.” I slammed the door behind me.





Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not Even Once, A Great Motto for Kids in Wendy Nelson's New Book



I have a fabulous book to share with you today. The Not Even Once Club by Wendy Watson Nelson is the perfect story to help kids the understand the power of their choices, of peer pressure, and also the power of good friends. Illustrated by Brandon Dorman, this book has pictures that pop, appealing to children young and old.

After I read this book, I was so excited that I went to the website in the book and printed out posters for each of my kids. Then we read this book for our family night and had a great discussion about what "Not Even Once" means. My kids loved it! They began using Not Even Once as their password when they were playing games. Even  my two-year-old could be heard chanting, "Not Even Once!"

I was so impressed with this book that I took it to church and read it to my seven-year-old Sunday School class. Such a great lesson in an enjoyable book! I'd recommend this book to anyone with children or grandchildren!

This book isn't about perfection. It's about making a commitment to do the best you can. We all make mistakes, but if we don't start with a goal in mind, which is to be like the Savior, how can we expect to come anywhere close to that goal? Just because we are going to make mistakes doesn't mean that we shouldn't learn, try, and set goals, boundaries, and guidelines to help our children have the best chance of success when it comes to obeying the commandments. I wouldn't tell my kids, "Well, since you can't be perfect don't worry about trying for it because I don't want you to feel bad when you make a mistake." Yet, that is the sentiment I've seen posted for this book. That is sad.

I urge you to read this book, keeping in mind what the Savior said in Matthew 5:48: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

Why would the Savior give us a commandment He knew would be impossible for us to obey? Because He also gave us the Atonement and that is central to His plan. Nelson's book encourages us to follow Christ and obey his commandments. I certainly don't see anything wrong with that and all of the children I have read it to have been excited, happy, and smiling about joining the "Not Even Once Club." We've also had plenty of lessons on the Atonement and love, something I noticed lacking in most of the reviews on this book.


The Not Even Once Club is an adorable and appealing way to engage children in a story that will help them choose for themselves to keep the commandments and to never break them. Not even once.

Children will meet Tyler, an energetic boy who is excited to make new friends in his Primary class. They have invited Tyler to join their special club, but first he has to pass the test and keep the club promise.

With illustrations from bestselling illustrator Brandon Dorman, The Not Even Once Club is a fun and engaging way for parents to help teach their children the importance of keeping the commandments. Included in the back of the book are additional teaching helps for parents and leaders.http://deseretbook.com/Not-Even-Once-Club-Wendy-Watson-Nelson/i/5097848


About the Author
Wendy Watson Nelson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology. Prior to her marriage to Elder Russell M. Nelson, she was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years. Sister Nelson has served as a stake Relief Society president, stake Primary president, and chaired theBYU Women’s Conference. Currently, she is an institute instructor and visiting teacher. Sister Nelson was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Leonard David and Laura Byrde McLean Watson.




About the Illustrator
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman’s artwork at BrandonDorman.com

I received a review copy of this book, as always all of my opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I, Spy...A Rockin' Book Blast with 13 Free Gifts

To save her country and her secrets, CIA operative Talia Reynolds must sacrifice the man she loves—but your choice is much easier! Just buy a copy of I, Spy during the book blast AND receive awesome prizes!
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What you're going to get

EVERYONE who participates gets fabulous prizes, including 13 free books and samples from wonderful authors!
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a free copy of A Body in the Backyard (A Myrtle Clover Mystery) by Elizabeth Spann Craig

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a preview of A Change of Plans by Donna K. Weaver

a sneak preview of The Witnesses by Stephanie Black, out next month!

a sneak preview of Pocket Full of Posies (Hostage Negotiation Team #3)
by Julie Coulter Bellon, out next month!
Christmas ornament
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Janitors Are Amazing People, My 10 year-old says

Ever have a hard time finding a book that will keep your child's attention? Today I have a book series that has been tried and tested by my ten-year-old daughter (and her entire class!)



First off, I must share that my daughter says, "Magical creatures are awesome!"
She also loved that the kids in the stories have special tools--janitor tools that are magic, including glop. I think that sounds fantastic! She said it is a good book for kids because the janitors preserve education--evil creatures try to take it away! I love it when my kids can grasp a take-away from a book like that.

Last year, we purchased Janitors, Book 1 for my daughter's 4th grade teacher and she read it to the class. According to report, the kids begged the teacher to keep reading every day. They LOVED Janitors by Tyler Whitesides!

The latest book is here and the cover had my kids ogling over it for a good long time. Tyler Whitesides is a phenom children's author with a clean writing style that lends easily to a fantastical world full of heroic janitors who conquer evil. You'll never look at a mop in the same way!
I witnessed my daughter (5th grader now) read this book for an hour and a half straight. She took every opportunity to finish the captivating story.

Janitors, Book 3: Curse of the Broomstaff

A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business, deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.


Right now for only 99 cents, you can get the awesome first book in this series! Janitors, Book 1

No one takes Spencer Zumbro seriously when he tried to warn his classmates about the mysterious things prowling the halls and classrooms of Welcher Elementary School. But when he sees Marv, the janitor, going after one of the creatures with a vacuum, he knows he's not the only one who can see them.

With the help of his new friends, Daisy, Spencer has to find out what the janitors know. The children's search uncovers the magic taking place behind the scenes of their seemingly ordinary school, where a battle is being waged for the minds of the students. Who can be trusted – and can Spencer and Daisy protect their school and possibly the world?




Janitors, Book 2: Secrets of New Forest Academy

No one takes Spencer Zumbro seriously when he tries to warn his classmates about the mysterious things prowling the halls and classrooms of Welcher Elementary School. But when he sees Marv, the janitor, going after one of the creatures with a vacuum, he knows he's not the only one who can see them. With the help of his new friend, Daisy, Spencer has to find out what the janitors know. The children's search uncovers the magic taking place behind the scenes of their seemingly ordinary school, where a battle is being waged for the minds of the students. Who can be trusted – and can Spencer and Daisy protect their school and possibly the world?

About the Author--Rachelle's note: He's a really nice guy with a wicked sense of humor involving pychic abilities. And I have an autographed book from him! :)

Tyler Whitesides worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. In addition to writing novels, Tyler is an avid composer and arranger of instrumental music. He and his wife, Connie, who teaches third grade, live in northern Utah.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

$50 Amazon Gift Card, Win it in the Rocky Road Book Blast

Rocky RoadRocky Road It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
 
Author Josi S. Kilpack Born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, I met my husband in high-school--well, he wasn't my husband then, just the cute guy in weight training with the permed mullet--and we married in 1993. I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child and have gone on to publish 20 novels, the most recent being part of The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.  
  rocky road
Culinary Mysteries by Josi Kilpack
culinary mysteries
  BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/6/13   Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

15 Years Ago the Journey Began

On September 11, 1998, I married my sweetheart, Steve Christensen in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

It has been quite the journey so far with plenty of ups and downs, heartache, and happy times! What started out as two young lovers has evolved to a marriage of two "young" lovers who are best friends.

Steve is the person I can share my heart's deepest desires with, my secret dreams and ambitions and he always makes me feel as if I can conquer the world.
Happy 15th Anniversary Steve! I love you so much!

I hope all of my readers have a blissful day!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Stolen! Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson


 I have a funny story about this particular review. My husband and I went out of town and my mom came from Idaho to take care of my kids. While she was here she saw my ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) of Blackmoore and snagged it. I had lent her Edenbrooke which she absolutely loved and shared with all my Idaho relatives. When I arrived home I told her, that was my review copy and I had a blog review post due, but because I'm a nice daughter I told my mom to go ahead and revel in Julianne Donaldson's writing and then tell me about it.

So today you get a review from my mom who is a fabulous judge of character when it comes to books!

My mom said the story was riveting, the heroine strong-willed with a romance that had her lecturing Kate Worthington, the main character, about what she should be doing. Several of her friends saw her reading Blackmoore and she had to keep a tight grip on the book because they all wanted to snatch Julianne's latest work and read it themselves!

And the best part of the story is that last week I visited a book club who had just finished reading Wrong Number. The host gave me a goody bag with a new book--Blackmoore! I was so excited that I called my mom on the way home and told her she could keep that copy because I had my own. My mom replied, "Oh good then I can lend this one to my friend. She'll be so excited."

And that is what happens when you write a good book!

About Blackmoore
Kate Worthington knows she can never have her heart’s desire and so believes she will never marry. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore on the cliffs above the seashore, where she must face the truth and the man that has kept her heart captive.

Set in northern England, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn to follow her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue and devotion.

About Julianne Donaldson
Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children.
 Visit her FB page here https://www.facebook.com/DonaldsonJulianne

Currently Reading a Terrific New Book, My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White

I'm reading a new book by Karey White called My Own Mr. Darcy and I can't wait to finish it! So happy to tell you about this great read and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! my own 
My Own Mr. Darcy
After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.
My Own Darcy SALE copy
karey Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  
My Own Tour
     
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families Book Review

Let's watch a movie! But wait, what should we watch? That one's too scary, that one's too violent, that one has tons of swearing, there are naked people in that one. Hmmm, Looney Tunes anyone?

Sound familiar? My husband and I are very selective of the movies our kids watch. We have four little ones who have incredible imaginations and we want to be very careful what we feed their brains. If our stance wasn't enough, our kids have voiced their own opinions about anything remotely scary so it makes the choosing a little bit easier AND a little bit harder.

The solution: 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families by Jonathan Decker.
http://www.moviesformormons.com/
 This book is an intensive guide to movies that your family can watch and Decker gives you all the details you need to know to make your decision with confidence. I love the insight he gives and the clear-cut grading system that involves several factors. We're excited to have a family movie night!

Here's more information about this great new resource:
“The theatre, the theatre, what’s happened to the theatre?” This is what many LDS parents are also asking. Finding films is not hard with the unlimited resources available for entertainment, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon instant video. But finding movies that are entertaining, well-made, andwholesome is a challenge.
Jonathan Decker, host of the KJZZ Movie Show and certified marriage and family therapist, offers this review guide—complete with easy-to-navigate indexes—on movies that range from Bing Cosby’s Going My Way (1944) to the more modern Avengers (2012). Each film receives a discussion of artistic value, a general content review, and suggestions for gospel parallels. This guide has something for everyone and is an essential tool when planning movie nights, dates, family home evenings, and other gatherings.
Meet the Author:
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist moonlighting as a film critic, providing Hollywood movie reviews from a Latter-day Saint perspective at mormonmovieguy.com. He also writes regularly for Meridian MagazineModern Mormon Men, and Mommy Bear Media, and has published articles in St. George Magazine, Desert Saints Magazine, and Southern Bride Magazine. Jonathan earned a master’s degree from Auburn University, where his thesis was picked up for international publication. He has a background in entertainment, winning a campus-wide talent show at Brigham Young University for his act, “One-Man Lord of the Rings,” and spending two years as a writer and performer with the popular BYU humor group Divine Comedy. Jonathan lives with his wife and children in St. George, Utah.

I received a review copy of this book. My opinions are always honest and my own.

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