Gypsies and Scones with Madelyn Hill

Today on my Appetizing April Blog, I’m featuring a brand spanking new book, and a delicious scone recipe. For the Love of a Gypsy released on April 17, 2015, and is Madelyn Hill’s third published book. It’s a historical romance, and, as the title implies, it’s about Gypsies. I for one am fascinated by Gypsies. Does this sound good so far? Keep reading!

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Can she betray the Gypsy clan who saved her for the love of a stranger?

Martine Petrulengo is stifled by the traditions of her adopted Gypsy clan. They gave her new life when she was left all alone. And now she is expected to marry in order to forge clan allegiances. When she nurses handsome and charming Lord Declan Forrester back to health, she is lured by the seductive idea of life outside of the clan—and the prospect of love with the Irishman.

Can he prove his innocence in order to claim his Gypsy?

Lord Declan Forrester trades prison bars for a loveless marriage in order to save his soul. And now he’s trying to prove his innocence not only as a traitor, but that of his wife’s murder. When the lovely and beguiling Martine saves him, he falls in love for the first time. Yet, the obstacles of his past seem insurmountable.

Martine and Declan must fight tradition, prejudice and the haunting ghosts of their past in order to fight for their love and ensure their future.

Wanna buy it? Click HERE.

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How about a tempting recipe from the author? My mouth started watering while I read the ingredients below. I can’t wait to convince my husband to make these scones (yeah – I’m not the cook in my relationship):

Lemon Apricot Scones

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• 2 cups all purpose flour

• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about 4 1/2 ounces)

• 2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

• 1 1/4 cups whipping cream

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425°F

Mix 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Stir in apricots and 1 tablespoon lemon peel. Add whipping cream and stir just until dough forms. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.

Knead gently just until dough holds together. Form dough into 10-inch-diameter, 1/2-inch-thick round. Cut into 12 wedges.

Transfer wedges to large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing evenly. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon peel in small bowl. Brush scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake scones until light golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool slightly. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Wrap in foil; store at room temperature.) Serve scones warm or at room temperature. Recipe Adapted from Epicurious.com (Bon Appetit) 1998

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Get to know the author who created both the above book and delicious scones:

Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could Madelyn Promo-Photoread and all through her school years, she’d sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a “closet” writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn’t be happier! A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, watching their children’s sporting events, and of course reading! 

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Thanks for hanging out! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another Appetizing April post. This month, it’s all about food – and books!
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Martine Petrulengo will be wed in less than a month—to a man she has never met.

 

 

 

Lord Declan Forrester is running for his life after his wife is found murdered.

 

 

 

Can she betray the Gypsy clan who saved her and gave her a new life?

 

Martine Petrulengo will be wed in less than a month—to a man she has never met. When her clan rescues an injured lord, she is tempted to betray them and be swept into his loving arms.

 

Lord Declan Forrester trades prison bars for a loveless marriage in order to save his soul. And now he’s trying to prove his innocence not only as a traitor, but that of his wife’s murderer.

 

Together Martine and Declan fight tradition, prejudice, and the ghost of Declan’s past in order to have a future together.

 

 

Can Martine and Declan’s love survive prejudice and the ghost of their past?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Apricot Scones

 

• 2 cups all purpose flour

• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about 4 1/2 ounces)

• 2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

• 1 1/4 cups whipping cream

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425°F

Mix 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Stir in apricots and 1

tablespoon lemon peel. Add whipping cream and stir just until dough forms. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.

Knead gently just until dough holds together. Form dough into 10-inch-diameter, 1/2-inch-thick round. Cut into 12 wedges.

Transfer wedges to large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing evenly. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1

tablespoon lemon peel in small bowl. Brush scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake scones until light

golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool slightly. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Wrap in

foil; store at room temperature.) Serve scones warm or at room temperature. Recipe Adapted from Epicurious.com (Bon

Appetit) 1998

Lemon

Apricot

Scones

• 2 cups all purpose flour

• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about 4 1/2 ounces)

• 2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

• 1 1/4 cups whipping cream

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425°F

Mix 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Stir in apricots and 1

tablespoon lemon peel. Add whipping cream and stir just until dough forms. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.

Knead gently just until dough holds together. Form dough into 10-inch-diameter, 1/2-inch-thick round. Cut into 12 wedges.

Transfer wedges to large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing evenly. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1

tablespoon lemon peel in small bowl. Brush scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake scones until light

golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool slightly. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Wrap in

foil; store at room temperature.) Serve scones warm or at room temperature. Recipe Adapted from Epicurious.com (Bon

Appetit) 1998

Lemon

Apricot

Scones

• 2 cups all purpose flour

• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about 4 1/2 ounces)

• 2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

• 1 1/4 cups whipping cream

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425°F

Mix 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Stir in apricots and 1

tablespoon lemon peel. Add whipping cream and stir just until dough forms. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.

Knead gently just until dough holds together. Form dough into 10-inch-diameter, 1/2-inch-thick round. Cut into 12 wedges.

Transfer wedges to large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing evenly. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1

tablespoon lemon peel in small bowl. Brush scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake scones until light

golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool slightly. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Wrap in

foil; store at room temperature.) Serve scones warm or at room temperature. Recipe Adapted from Epicurious.com (Bon

Appetit) 1998

The Romance of a Good Burger with Lynn Rae

It’s Appetizing April on my blog, and today I’m featuring a recently released book called Playing the Part, by Lynn Rae. While the book is about a Hollywood movie star and a hapless small town girl, food plays a significant role in Lynn Rae’s writing. Below is the blurb for the book, and then below that I’ve included a little commentary from the author, as well as an excerpt, so you can have a little taste of what you’ll get when you read Playing the Part. (Like what I did there?)

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Independent Melanie Sheraton has to hustle for odd jobs in her small town to eke out a living. When the opportunity to act as a driver for some movie folks comes up, she jumps at the chance to earn an extra paycheck. What she didn’t bank on was one of her passengers invading her imagination, something she resists since no movie star would ever be interested in her.

At a crossroads in his professional life, action star Thomas ‘Wheeler’ Locke is in Ohio for a role he hopes will launch his career in a new, serious direction. Instead of concentrating on his acting, he finds himself growing more and more distracted by his feisty driver and her irascible ways.

Dancing around the attraction growing between them, both Mel and Thomas struggle to maintain their distance as the time for filming grows short. Will a reunion at the movie’s London premiere bring them together, or will their disparate lives keep them apart?

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The Romance of a Good Burger

By Lynn Rae

Food, the production of it, the preparation of it, the consumption of it, always appears in my stories. I’ve written about cooks, growing tomatoes and potatoes, invented alien dishes, researched smoked hot dogs, and in general fed my characters very well. In fact, I have to restrain myself from paragraphs of description every time I write a dinner scene. For me, food is intrinsically a part of creating a safe and loving environment. Following is a fun little foodie excerpt from my newest book, Playing the Part. It’s the story of a school bus driver and a movie star, but I also was able to insert my love of roadside diners into it, which is where this scene takes place:

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“Onion rings? You aren’t kissing anyone tonight?”

“No. Not yet,” he added without thinking, and instead of pulling back from him and frowning in her patented way, Mel instead just stayed put, peering at him with a slight smile on her pretty lips, grey eyes sparking. With a pulse of heat through his veins, he realized that oh yes, he wanted to kiss her very badly; touch her, taste her, and that was not a good impulse at all. Graham was right, as usual.

“The night is young. Take a look around, I’m sure someone willing and able bodied will wander by eventually,” she quipped. “How adventurous are you feeling tonight?”

Thomas took a breath. Was that an invitation, a tiny flirtation?

“Mildly adventurous. What did you have in mind?” he replied, hoping he didn’t sound too lecherous.

“Well, they have this wretched thing called a Dumpster burger you might want to try.” Mel shot him a devious glance, very obviously not flirting with him, and he felt an internal crash of disappointment. She wouldn’t ever be flirting with him. She wasn’t interested or available, so he should just stop thinking about it.

“And why would I want to eat something with a name like that?”

“It’s slimy and fun. Pickled jalapeños, tomato, fried egg on top, cheese, and mayo along with the usual lettuce, tomato, and pickle. Whatever else they scrape off the floor in the back,” Mel concluded, looking as if she was having a great time trying to disgust him. “Oh, and fried onions too. They usually put so many on that they slide all down the sides like worms.”

“No one would want to get close to me after something like that. Okay, order one of those.” Thomas resigned himself to about forty grams of carbs and solitude. With a half salute, she turned and strode off just in time to rescue Graham who struggled with his wallet.

Rather than stare at Mel and wish things were different, Thomas focused on watching people passing by on the street; farm trucks towing equipment, minivans filled with kids in baseball uniforms, high-schoolers with their windows rolled down and music thumping while longing for attention. The weather was perfect for idling away the evening outside, anticipating dusk and fireflies. Stress from the day drifted from his shoulders, and he settled into himself, relishing this quiet moment where he wasn’t anyone other than a man about to eat a Dumpster burger with a good friend and an off limits woman who pushed buttons he didn’t know he had.

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I don’t know about you, but after that excerpt, I’m certainly adding this one to my TBR! And don’t forget – this is the third in the series, so you should pick up the first two books, too. Click on the covers below for purchasing info.

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And here’s how you can get started on Playing the Part:

http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Part-Love-Around-Corner-ebook/dp/B00UG0BVSO/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427120328&sr=1-5&keywords=playing+the+part

http://www.lsbooks.com/playing-the-part-p1003.php

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-playingthepart-1766782-149.html

Oh, and here’s a little tidbit about the author, Lynn Rae:

Lynn Rae is a romance writer with a quirky sense of humor residing in Columbus, Ohio. With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn Rae enjoys incorporating her real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty parts). She has made her own kimchee and knows how to throw a tomahawk.

 

Click the word to go to Lynn’s Goodreads page, if you want to add the above tasty books to your TBR.

Enjoy – and check back tomorrow for another Appetizing April post!

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Appetizing April? Tanner Lyons Is Taking Over Anyway

Here’s the deal: My name is Tanner Lyons, and I’m the hero (which feels awkward to say, by the way) of the first Lightbearer book, Into the Light. The reason I’m taking over my author’s blog is because my book is featured on this thing called Book Bub today, and is crazy-ass discounted at 99 cents for the next few days. Tami made it clear that I’m supposed to talk about food, because apparently her blog is sub-titled Appetizing April this month, and every post is supposed to tie into food or eating.

Okay, so here’s my talk about food: I like to eat it. Preferably meat, although I’ll be honest and tell you that the head chef in the Lightbearer’ s coterie does make some pretty mean vegetable dishes. Still, I’d choose a hefty rare steak over pretty much anything else in the world.

Into the LightGot it? Good. Now that we’ve appeased my author, let’s get something straight: She is not practically giving my book away because she thinks I am worth less than Finn Hennigan, who is featured in the second book, Dawning of Light, or his brother Reid, who is featured in the third book, Light Beyond the Darkness, which is coming out on April 27. The truth is, you’re gonna love my story so much that you’re gonna feel the need to read their stories too. That’s why mine is discounted. Because I’m the pack master, after all.

Shit, I really am a pack master now, aren’t I? I’ve been avoiding this trap for ten years. dawningoflight_CoverThen some hot little Lightbearer who looks like she could never hold her own, yet is stronger than you and me and your entire family put together, comes along and flings my freaking plans over the nearest cliff. (And yes, that was a reference to the cliff in the Lightbearers’ coterie – and there is a point in the story when I want to throw myself over that damn cliff. Except I’m a shifter, so I would just instinctively shift into the shape of a bird and fly instead of crash into the beach at the bottom.)

Olivia Bennett. She’s the princess of the Lightbearers, the only offspring of the king and queen. Oh, did I forget to mention that I didn’t even believe these magical beings existed, until I saw Olivia curled up in the far corner of a prison cell in the basement of my asshole father’s mansion? Yeah, you read that right. My father, the pack master of the largest pack of shifters on the continent, built a freaking prison into the basement of his ridiculously pretentious mansion home. That’s how much of a bastard he is. No, wait, it gets better.

He believes that to kill a Lightbearer is to inherit her magic. Yep. My kind can shift from human form into pretty much any warm-blooded animal form that exists, so therefore we are part of the magical community. But that is the only magic we possess, and that just isn’t good enough for my psycho old man. (Are you sensing a theme here? I really hate the guy. With good reason, I promise.) Quentin Lyons wants the combined magic of shifters and Lightbearers, like that’s going to make him all powerful or some shit. Make him a god, I guess. The man’s seriously fucked up in the head.

LightBeyondDarkness_CoverAs I am his only legitimate offspring, that means I probably am – or will be, eventually – fucked up as well. Which means the last thing in this world I should be doing is rescuing some hapless Lightbearer and helping her get back to her secret, warded home, where all the rest of the Lightbearers live in blissful safety. Because you know what’s going to happen if Olivia and I spend too much time together, right?

I am in so much freaking trouble.

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I Found A New Book Boyfriend!

On today’s Appetizing April blog, you get a character interview and an author interview! It is my pleasure to introduce Susan Behon, author of Fall For You, available now through Liquid Silver Books. First, let’s hear from Reed Sutton, the hero from Fall For You, who has a thing for the owner of the local bakery, Cookie Jar. Then we’ll hear from Susan, the creative force behind this fabulous book.

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TT: Tell us about yourself. Do you consider yourself your author’s muse or bane of her existence?

RS: My name is Reed Sutton. Since coming home from the Navy, I’ve taken over management of my family’s construction company. I’d have to say I’m Susan Behon’s muse. She loves to write about me since I make an awesome book boyfriend. What? It’s true!

TT: Ha ha. I love an awesome book boyfriend. Especially one with a sense of humor. With that said, what will readers like the best about you?

RS: Readers will like my sense of romance and my drive to make Sophie Brandon mine. Did I mention I like to talk dirty during love scenes?

TT: Funny, sexy, determined, and talks dirty? Oh my, you are a true book boyfriend! Who is the lucky lady in your book?

RS: Sophie Brandon is in my sights as the future Mrs. Sutton. She runs a bakery called the Cookie Jar in our hometown of Madison Falls. I’d have to say that she has it all: Beauty, brains, and a heart of gold. Did I mention she’s also sexy as hell?

TT: Maybe you are both lucky, eh? Okay, you seem like you’d be up for a little naughty fun. Favorite place to seduce your partner?

RS: My favorite, so far, is the cab of my pickup truck. We, uh, got creative since we missed out on making out back in high school. Don’t tell Sophie I told you that.

TT: My lips are sealed. What do you wish Sophie understood about you?

RS: I wish Sophie would understand that she’s my top priority and no one will keep us apart.

TT: You sound determined. Another check in the positive book boyfriend category. Tell me this, if you could rewrite one scene in the book, what would it be? How would you rewrite it?

RS: I would rewrite the scene where Sophie and I get hot and bothered in the storeroom. I would cut out the part where my best friend, Ben, interrupts us.

TT: Oh no! Speaking of, any other embarrassing situations in your book?

RS: I mention Sophie’s decorative underwear in front of my family. I was in the hospital so no one can hold it against me.

TT: Yes, I think we can say you were under duress! Is there anything specific in this book of which you are particularly proud?

RS: Well, there is the interlude in the truck…

TT: And there’s that sense of humor again… All right, it’s time to wrap up this interview.  Would you like to add anything else?

RS: Read Fall For You and get to know me. You’ll love Sophie too.

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Now, let’s learn about the fascinating lady who came up with Reed’s story!

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TT: Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a little about yourself.

SB: I graduated summa cum laude with a B. A. in English and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I put my career on pause while I enjoyed the glamorous life of being a stay at home mom. My high school sweetheart is also my husband of over 20 years. I also confess that I have a mad addiction to romance novels and Reese’s Cups.

TT: Now, tell us one incredibly strange or unique thing about you.

SB: I’m a green eyed, left handed, triplet. I was the first born and runt of the “litter.” 🙂

TT: Wow, that’s definitely unique! Okay, are you a pet person?

SB: At this time, I have geriatric dog named Max. He made a guest role in Fall For You as Sophie’s dog. Sophie’s Max was much smarter but I love my Max anyway.

TT: I understand. The newest addition to my family, Kaya, was featured in one of my books, too. How about seasons – winter or summer?

SB: I am a summer girl! I am usually freezing from October through April. I’m a big fan of heat and sunshine.

TT: Okay, one more: red or white?

SB: If we’re talking wine, I adore merlot and moscato. To be honest, I prefer the cheap Arbor Mist fruity flavors with the twist cap bottles to the real stuff.

TT: Hey, everybody has a favorite. I’m a big fan of wine, and my tastes vary from $4 bottles to far more than I have a right to spend on a bottle. Now, let’s get to the books. In which genre (s) do you write?

SB: I write contemporary romance.

TT: Is there anything specific that inspires you? How did you come up with the idea behind Fall For You?

SB: I get my ideas and inspiration from real life. I am an observer of human nature and I find that truth really is stranger than fiction. The idea for my last book is based on a real life dive behind a table of bread in an effort to avoid being seen at the grocery store. The rest is completely made up.

TT: How many books have you written?

SB: I have written two books and have a third in progress. The first book, Fall For You, Book One in the Madison Falls series, was released on March 2. The second book, More Than Words, is due out May 11, 2015.

Fall For you is a contemporary romance set in the small town of Madison Falls. Sophie Brandon and Reed Sutton heat up her bakery when they run into each other again.

The second book, More Than Words, is a continuation of the series. Ben Carrington and Tracy King get their turn at love.

TT: Readers love to know: how steamy is Fall For You?

SB: According to LSBooks, it’s rated a level 2 Spicy. The relationships are definitely consummated in detail, repeatedly. 🙂

TT: Excellent! Er… *clears throat* That was a little excited, eh? Is this book part of a series?

SB: This book is part of the Madison Falls Series. It is set in the small town of Madison Falls. Reed Sutton is back in town after 8 years in the service. The construction manager is home to stay and cookie baker, Sophie Brandon, is undeniably drawn to him.

Each book follows their friends and family as they get their chance at true love.

TT: Do you have a favorite excerpt you want to share here?

SB: Here’s a quick teaser:

Reality intruded when Sophie realized she was covered in powdered sugar, the heel of her shoe was jammed under a shelf, and Reed hadn’t let go of her yet. The bad news was that her chance at wowing him with her frilly green sundress had bit the dust. The good news, obviously, was that Reed hadn’t let go of her yet.

TT: Oh my, that’s great! Do you have a website? How about social media? How can your newest fans stalk you?

SB: I’m everywhere! 🙂 You can find me at:

www.susanbehon.com

www.twitter.com/suebeehny

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susan-Behon-Author/748016435281472

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13485524.Susan_Behon

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00TE65434

 

TT: Now, before they get lost in Reed and Sophie’s story, ask my blog readers a question, which they can answer in the comments below.

SB: What is the sexiest quality/attribute that you look for in a romantic hero?

TT: I think I’ve already answered this question for myself, above. Can’t wait to read what others think. Okay, Susan, thank you for joining us today! Now, for the important question: How can we read your books?

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fall-for-you/id966283072?mt=11&uo=4

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TDAID0C/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdl_PMk2ub0JNZQTZ

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121198766?ean=9781622101955

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Fall/Susan-Behon/Q791295333?id=6235154836106

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/fall-for-you-4

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Susan_Behon_Fall_for_You?id=inmWBgAAQBAJ

http://www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fallforyou-1756620-149.html

http://www.romanceandsmut.com/books/54f3fcba5b270e0a4cbd0aaf/fall-for-you-madison-falls-book-1-susan-behon/

Thank you, Susan and Reed both, for joining us today! Happy reading!

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