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The Ring of Gilly Wood

The Ring of Gilly Wood by Ruth Banister

 ‘There he is,’ whispered Vixen. ‘It’s true then,’ said Buck Rabbit. ‘He’s just a small mole,’ said Doe Rabbit. ‘He’s not just a mole,’ said Vixen.  A great queen loses a ring. Hundreds of years later a ring slips onto the paw of a young mole. The mole grows to be a wise and trusted leader of Gilly Wood and all the animals that live there. But a great threat is coming. Can one small mole save a whole valley? Mole sets out to do just that with friends he makes along the way and the strange thing on his paw…

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About the Author

Ruth was born on a hot August day on a farm in Sussex. Her English teacher once made her write a story about wasps after one landed on her during a lesson. She still hates wasps but she loves writing. Ruth now lives in Kent with her family and their strange dog.

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My Review

5 Stars

Many years ago Queen Elizabeth came through the area and bathed her feet in the river, enjoyed a lunch at a local tavern, and lost a very special ring. The story then starts with a very young mole losing his family to a vixen. He happens to have the ring slip on his paw and this helps save him. This helps Mole make friends with Owl and shows him that the surface world is bigger than his little tunnels.

Mole also makes lots of friends with the other animals that come to him for advice. The suggestions are very helpful and make the animals really think about the results. There are many great morals that the animals learn from these suggestions. But then the Gilly Woods are threatened by humans hunting the animals or wanting to turn the woods into a golf course.

I loved this story. What a great way to teach morals and consequences to children! This story talks about real things like humans hunting the animals, foxes eating rabbits and moles, and such. Real life situations that are not pretty but necessary. I loved how the animals learn that working together helps everyone.

This is a wonderful story for children and adults alike. I strongly recommend adding it to any child’s book shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Fat Chance

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Fat Chance by AB Morgan

A missing barrister, a severed thumb and fat chance of finding out the truth.

Ella Fitzwilliam’s world is about to spiral out of control. She’s not cut out to be a private investigator. With little or no aptitude for the job, she’s been sent undercover to expose the hidden lives of two men who meet nearly every week at Buxham’s – a private members’ club where portions are large and secrets are held in strictest confidence.

One of those men is Harry Drysdale, a defence barrister, and the other is Marcus Carver, an eminent surgeon with a tarnished past and much to lose. Ella knows he has unhealthy appetites, she’s sure he’s feeding his perverted habits and putting his female patients at risk but she has to prove it.

When Harry Drysdale goes missing, Konrad Neale TV journalist tries to reveal the truth behind the lies, but some of the secrets start to reveal themselves… and they are big.

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About the Author

Alison Morgan lives in rural Bedfordshire, UK, with her engineer husband and bonkers dog. Life is never boring and they are usually planning the next adventure. Alison spent several decades working on the front line of mental health services as a specialist nurse and latterly as manager of an early intervention service for first episode psychosis. However, when a heart problem brought her career to a juddering halt, she had to find a way of managing her own sanity, so she sat down to write some useful clinical guidelines for student nurses. Instead, a story that had been lurking in her mind came spewing forth onto the pages of what became her first novel. Since then she has been unable to stem the flow of ideas and writes full-time from a luxurious shack at the top of the garden. Alison writes under the name A B Morgan and. within her storylines, she continues to make good use of her years of experience in mental health services, where the truth is often much stranger than fiction.

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My Review

5 Stars

Ella Fitzwilliam has just lost another job when Val, a friend from the past talks her into getting her private investigator’s license. It seems easy enough but she is going to learn that she really isn’t cut out for it. She would rather model nude for artists. But Val is on the hunt for some people that have harmed and are known to hang out at the private club Buxham. Val sends Ella in for recon and Ella learns that this club caters to those that enjoys ladies like Ella.

But then one of the men disappears and TV reporter, Konrad has a show where he looks into different cases to expose truths that were hidden. So he decides to start looking into the one man’s disappearance. There are secrets that are hidden and they are going to come to light quickly.

Ella is a great girl with a personality big as her. I love her confidence as she is posing and working in Buxham. This was not where I thought this story was going but it was a great read that kept me engaged. Ella is kind of a bumbling and not what you would think of as a PI but she gets the job done in her own way. The two guys she are interesting and as the secrets are revealed I was not expecting the results.

This is a wonderful story and one I recommend checking out. I loved it and can’t wait to read more about Ella Fitzwilliam or other books from AB Morgan.

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Finders Keepers

Book Details:

Book Title: Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition by Russ Colchamiro
Category: Adult Fiction, 310 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publisher: Crazy 8 Press
Release date: October 17, 2018
Tour dates: Jan 7 to 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (A few f-bombs, and mild sex scenes + some casual drinking/pot smoking)

Book Description:

In the spirit of The Good Place, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, author Russ Colchamiro has gone back to the future to deliver his wildest, funniest novel yet–the updated Sci-Fi/Fantasy tale Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition.

When a jar containing the Universe’s DNA falls from Eternity, bumbling backpackers Jason and Theo find their loyalties–and sanity!–put to the test. Unaware that a motley crew from another realm is chasing them across the globe to retrieve that radioactive vessel, these intrepid new friends are forced to contend with passion, responsibility, and their own mortality–and the fate of the Solar System, which hangs in the balance.

Traversing Europe, New Zealand, and the backbone of Eternity, Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition ultimately asks one simple question: Is the life you’re living the life you actually want . . . or does the Universe have more to offer than you can possibly imagine?

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Meet the Author:

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself.Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, and Brave New Girls. Russ is repped by The Zack Company.

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My Review
4 Stars

Donald and Danielle decided to spend a little me time together on a new creation. But in their distracted state a container of Cosmic Building Materials (CBM) falls to earth. A pinch of this could literally destroy or build worlds so a lot of people go on the hunt for this missing jar.

On Earth we meet Jason and Theo, two backpackers from Europe and New Zealand that have gone on a trip across Europe. These two are complete opposites but seem to complement each other. They find the jar and not knowing what to do with it keep it. This leads to a crazy race to get the jar of CBM and one heck of an adventure.

This is a great, hilarious adventure. Jason and Theo don’t really seem like a great pair but that is what makes this a team as they cluelessly wander the world with such a powerful element tagging along with them. But you also have the scramble in Eternity as they missing jar of CBM is found. It doesn’t help that they think down on us.

This was a great story. It was funny and kept me reading to see what else Jason and Theo would get themselves into. I think anyone that likes fantasy and humor would love to read this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

Guest Post

The Backpacker’s Guide to Books, Pets, and Car Accidents

By Author Russ Colchamiro

My new book Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition — a scifi backpacking comedy in the spirit of The Good PlaceHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure — has a strange connection to my … pets.

I’ll explain.

Almost 25 years ago, while I was away on a backpacking trip through Europe — the trip that inspired Finders Keepers — my cat, Alex, got walloped by a car and needed emergency surgery. He busted his leg in four places and broke his jaw.

He had a long, tough recovery (mostly while I was overseas), with a permanent hinge in his left arm, a slightly misaligned jaw, and some lost teeth. During his recuperation phase, he was forced to spend several months holed up alone in my bedroom, with my family checking in on him.

But using up any number of his nine lives, for Alex, it was like the accident never happened. An adventurer and trouble-maker through and through, after several months he was back to his full cool-cat self and lived a long, full life, including him traveling cross-country with me. Twice. (He since died, but that was in 2009, at the ripe old age of 18).

Alex, was indeed, the very best.

Fast forward to 2010.

I was attending NY Comic-Con to launch the original version of Finders Keepers (to clarify… my newest book, Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, is a re-issue of my debut novel that is shorter, tighter, cleaner, and updated to fit better with the sequels, Genius de Milo and Astropalooza).

Anyhoo, while I was at NY Comic-Con, my wife Liz was in New Jersey, visiting her parents with our twin ninjas (just two months old at the time), and our kooky dog Simon.

Well … while I was out promoting Finders Keepers, Simon decided that he was going to run out into the street and tackle a car, underestimating the power of a 4,000-pound vehicle, and the damage it could cause.

The result was that Simon suffered a badly broken leg (hmm… sounds familiar), with cuts and bruises all over him and enough staples throughout his body to put Frankenstein to shame (really familiar).

It took a few months, but Simon made a full recovery. Physically, anyway. He’s now almost 12, and crazier than ever.

But let’s recap:

Two pets. Two car accidents. Same book. The first pet accident occurred while I was out galivanting on an adventure that inspired Finders Keepers. The second pet accident occurred while I was promoting Finders Keepers.

So…what’s my takeaway? Should I not have any more Finders Keepers-related travel? Do I need to sit Simon down and explain the laws of physics to him? Is the Universe trying to tell me something more substantial I should already know?

I keep thinking there must be some cosmic meaning in these pet-related Finders Keepers misadventures of mine. If you happen to crack the code, I hope you’ll share. Because all these years later… I still haven’t figured it out.

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Ensnare

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Ensnare (Berlin Butterfly – 1) by Leah Moyes

Stay or flee? Life or family? An impossible choice.

It’s Aug 13, 1961, in Berlin Germany. Nationale Volksarmee soldiers roll barbed wire across the war-torn city to create the first Berlin Wall.

Families are separated, livelihoods destroyed, death comes easily as crippling fear paralyzes the occupants on both sides of the wall. Fifteen-year-old Ella is faced with an agonizing decision. Does she risk crossing the wall and possible death to reach her family? Or does she embrace her new life and blossoming love that could be wrenched from her at any moment? West Germany and possible freedom or East Germany and controlled chaos?

Ensnare, the first book in the “Berlin Butterfly” series, is a story of life, love, survival and the struggle of living through the dark early years of the Berlin Wall. Readers will be captivated with Ella’s strength, determination, and vulnerability as she opens her heart amidst a dangerous and terrifying journey.”

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About the Author

Leah Moyes is from Arizona but experienced many parts of the world in thanks to a career in the airlines. Now most of her time, aside from writing, is spent with her family, reading Historical Fiction novels or studying ancient cultures as a student of Archaeology.

She always believed she was born in the wrong time period, but since she doesn’t have access to a time machine she must write and read intriguing stories of the past.

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My Review

5 Stars

Ella has had a tough start in early 60’s Berlin. The only ones he has is her brother Josef and best friend, Anton. They did everything together until she gets adopted. But shortly after she finds a family she loses her mother and the first Berlin wall is created. She decides to stay in East Berlin with her failing father instead of leaving with Josef and Anton. Shortly after the wall is build she loses her father and finds herself employed to work off the funeral costs.

As Ella works off her debt, she finds the family’s son, Stefan particularly vile. He clearly hates her but we all know thinks have a way of working out. Ella has to balance her current life along with her relationship to someone that is not socially acceptable. Life in East Berlin is difficult but has a way of working out.

This is a wonderful historical story. I admit that I’m horrible and don’t know a lot of history regarding the Berlin Wall. Ensnare really brought it to my attention. I felt for Ella, she didn’t have a lot but she did have her own family. What a tough decision to make by staying behind as the wall went up! But when things seem toughest there is always a way.

This is a wonderful story and one I recommend for those that like historical romances. It really opened my eyes to a lot of what was happening. It sounds like this is going to be a trilogy and I would love to see where it goes from here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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“El?” The sound was barely a purr, but there was no doubt where it emerged from.

I glanced at Anton then down to Papa. The commotion must’ve startled him awake. I went to him but delayed my touch, knowing he would sense my uneasiness. I knelt to the side of the couch and leaned my face in until I felt his breath on my cheek.

“Go,” he mumbled.

I looked at him alarmed, although the darkness hid my face. Is he really telling me to leave? I waited for a confirmation that came within seconds.

“You . . . must . . . go,” he gasped with very little strength.

I placed my trembling hand on the side of his face. “Please, Papa. Don’t make me choose.” My eyes stung from the strain. I looked back at Anton, my heart emotionally torn between the people I loved the most.

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Mythicals

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Mythicals by Dennis Meredith

They’re real: fairies, pixies, werewolves, ogres! They’re aliens!

Drunken journalist Jack March can’t believe his bleary eyes when he stumbles onto a winged fairy! She vaults away into the night sky, and his unbelievable—and unbelieved—encounter leads to a stunning revelation that all the creatures of myth and legend are real!

Fairies, pixies, trolls, werewolves, ogres, vampires, angels, elves, bigfoot—all are alien exiles to the planet. For their crimes, these “mythicals” are serving out banishment disguised in flesh-suits enabling them to live among the planet’s natives.

Jack reveals their secret to the world, along with a horrendous discovery: they have decided that the native “terminal species” must be eradicated before it ruins its home planet’s ecology.

In this riveting scifi/fairy tale, Jack joins with sympathetic fairies, pixies, and ogres to attempt to save the planet from the mythicals, as well as the mysterious alien cabal known as the Pilgrims.

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About the Author

Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country’s leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation’s major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over his career.

He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Science Writers and has written numerous articles and guidebooks on science writing and science communication. He has also served as a judge and manager for the NASW Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards.

He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with The American Association for the Advancement of Science to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.

In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow “for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication.” In 2012 he was named the year’s Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).

He is currently writing science articles, non-fiction books and science fiction novels. He also develops and conducts communication workshops for researchers seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories.

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My Review

5 Stars

Jack March is a drunken reporter. One night he sees a fairy trying to squeeze into a skin tight flesh suit. Of course he sees a story and tries to tell everyone about it. But no one believes him, he IS a well known alcoholic. But the fairy and other creatures that are hiding in plain sight believe him and are trying to keep their world secret.

The Pilgrims have decided that they like our world but feel that the humans are destroying it. So the best way to preserve the world is to remove the problem, humans. Thankfully not all of the creatures feel this way. There are some sympathetic to human and are willing to help him save the world.

This is a great story. I was sucked into it as soon as I read about A’eiio and her husband before and during the party. What a crappy position to be in yet when you read “Damnnity-damn-damn…Shit!” you can’t help but continue. And Jack, he is a drunk but still a reporter and wants to get the story out. Although he doesn’t seem to be the savior of the human race he does suck it up.

This is a great fantasy/scifi story that will draw you in and not let you go. The ending was kind of expected but still a good one. If you like fantasies you should check out this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Author Marketing Experts and the Author for the opportunity to read and share this book.

Ginger Snapped

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Today I’m happy to share an exciting thriller with you all called, Ginger Snapped by Chloe Sunstone! There’s an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway to enter, so be sure to check it out!

Ginger Snapped - eBook.jpgGinger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Twist

Genre: Thriller/ Cybercrime

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

*Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

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Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body. Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

About the Author

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After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.
On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

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Contact and Confusion

Zaftan Troubles by Hank Quense

I hinted at these books in December and have finally gotten to post their reviews.

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Contact (Book 1)

An alien mining ship discovers a planet loaded with rare earth minerals. The aliens, known as zaftans, plan to fill their ship with the mined minerals. Unfortunately, the planet is inhabited by intelligent beings. But what could possibly go wrong with a simple mining operation on a planet with primitive natives?
The zaftans negotiate with the government for permission to mine the minerals. The aliens vow to respect property rights and not damage any property.

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My Review

4 Stars

We start this story out in space on a Zaftan spaceship. The Zaftan’s are a corporate driven society and this is one ship that goes out and gathers minerals from various planets. The planet they have just discovered is rich with the minerals they need the only problem is that it is inhabited. The captain has decided to negotiate with the local government to mine the area.

On the planet we learn that there are several creatures from dwarves to elves to humans. Each race has their own things going for them but the biggest problem they have is the government that is out for itself instead of thinking for the people. So when the Zaftan’s land and start making deals the government is very excited to help them.

This is a quick read that creates this wonderful world full of those just wanting to live and those willing to exploit the first group for their own gains. The book did take a little bit to get warmed up and going but it is the first book in the series. I quickly come to like MacDrakin and Leslie. Of course I couldn’t stand the Zaftan’s but I wasn’t supposed to like them.

This is a great start to the series and I’m excited to see how Confusion continues it.

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Confusion (Book 2)

Afterwards, the zaftans deploy robotic explorers to search for minerals. The robots trespass on private property and also destroy some property. A local gem miner, MacDrakin, uses his battle axe to destroy one trespassing robot. More robots are destroyed by yuk chieftain after the machines survey his tribal lands
Uh-oh! This isn’t going the way it was planned.

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My Review

5 Stars

We jump right into this story as the Zaftan’s have deployed mining robots to the planet. The government is bickering within itself and doesn’t tell the locals about the robots. When robots show up on MacDrakin’s land he promptly ends it. There are others that follow suit. Of course the Zaftan’s are irritated and demand compensation for the robots. While on the planet the people are trying to figure out what is going on.

We jump right into the action from the end of Contact. Everyone is trying to figure out why the robots are invaiding and they are not going to stand for it. MacDrakin and Leslie are working together and starting to get closer still. But MacDrakin is out to start a war with the robots while Leslie is trying to follow orders and help the people at the same time.

I really enjoy this series and like how it is quick enough to read on a lunch break. I love the relationship between MacDrakin and Leslie. I also feel for Leslie since she is trying to do what her bosses want but also wants to help the people.

I’m really excited to see where the story is going in the next book, Combat. This is a great series that I recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of these books. I voluntarily chose to read and post a honest reviews.

Hank Quense

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Afterwards, the zaftans deploy robotic explorers to search for minerals. The robots trespass on private property and also destroy some property. A local gem miner, MacDrakin, uses his battle axe to destroy one trespassing robot. More robots are destroyed by yuk chieftain after the machines survey his tribal lands
Uh-oh! This isn’t going the way it was planned.

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