Thursday, December 18, 2014

Coliere: Reflections by Jena Baxter

We’re thrilled to be talking to Colovere, from Jena Baxter’s, Reflections. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Colovere. Can you tell us your story?

I’m a unicorn and King. My brother Petaire, is watching over my kingdom now. My mate was missing, and the Witch, Zylphia, promised to take me to her. When I entered the portal to the fantasy world, I knew I’d been deceived, but Zylphia threatened to kill Ophelia if I didn’t stay. My most loyal subjects have stayed with me, and we spend a good deal of time frolicking in the meadow.

Sometimes Juliette and I harvest apples together. She climbs on my back to reach what I can’t. She’s a clumsy girl though, and blames me when she falls. I eventually come to the conclusion, my mate is dead, but stay for fear of what might happen if I leave.


Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I have a black horn with a golden spiral because I’m royalty, and my mane and tail are black.


What would I love the most about you?

I’m always there to keep things in perspective.


Where do you go when you are angry?

I have a clearing in the middle of the forest. I rarely take anyone there.


What is your most treasured possession?

My mate’s horn.


What is your greatest fear?

The earth shakes when the mirror is moved. My entire herd trembles.


Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She did on most days, but I think I fought far more valiantly toward the end. I complained of course, but Jena wouldn’t change it.


What is your idea of a perfect day?

Good friends, races in the meadow, and tasty apples.


Who is your best friend?

Juliette of course; she and I are much the same. She has no mate and right now I’m alone too. I have my herd but it isn’t the same thing, and what unicorn can resist a pure girl?


What is your favorite weather?

Sings – Sunshine on my shoulders, makes me happy. Sunshine, in my eyes can make me cry.


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About The Author:


Born in Ojai, and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California, Jena always loved to read, and dreamed of writing a novel. Having the ability, but lacking the confidence to do so, she enrolled in the UCLA Writer's Extension, and soon her first novel was in process.

Jena writes YA, historical fantasy, and paranormal romance. She is also a screenwriter, and reads for a screenwriting contest annually. She spends her free time with her husband, amazon parrot, and toy maltese. You can visit her website at www.jenabaxter.com.

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About The Book:

Title: Reflections
Author: Jena Baxter
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing / Jenabaxterbooks
Publication Date: October 31, 2013
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0991167715
Genre: YA / Historical Fantasy


When Juliette has a domestic servant beaten for pursuing a young man above her station, she finds herself cursed by a witch to live in a world behind her own mirror. She is unable to leave except on the first night of a full moon.

Juliette is forced to seek what food and shelter the new world provides with the help of a unicorn, a man who is half bear, and a centaur. Together they struggle to survive against lions, wolves, and the challenges of watching their friends live and die through the back of the mirror, as their own world, family and friends moves on without them.

Reflections begins in Regency era London, and ends in Clover Springs, California, an all but abandoned Gold Rush town.

A tale of love, friendship, and facing unavoidable challenges.








Dr. Robert James Austin from William R. Leibowitz's cross genre thriller MIRACLE MAN



We’re thrilled to be talking to Dr. Robert James Austin from William R. Leibowitz's new cross genre thriller, MIRACLE MAN.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!


 Q: Thank you for your interview, Dr. Austin.  Can you tell us your story?

A:  No one (including me) knows why I have the extraordinary intelligence that I have.  My IQ is so high that it can’t be accurately measured.  Tests indicate that my intelligence is 10X that of Albert Einstein.  Many tragic things have happened to me, starting immediately after my birth. Maybe that’s why I decided to devote my life—and my special gifts—to one thing, finding cures for diseases.  I did this when I realized that the big pharmaceutical companies have no interest in curing diseases –they just want to sell expensive pills to treat symptoms.  While you might think that I’d be a really popular guy given what I’ve accomplished, the sad fact is that my life’s work has created many enemies who actively seek to destroy me –and those enemies aren’t just people;  there are much more powerful forces in the universe than people.

Q:  Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

A:  My most distinguishable features are my intelligence and my laser-like focus.  Physically, my most distinguishable feature (I’ve been told) are my eyes ----they’re a very clear piercing translucent blue;  they seem to make some people nervous.

Q:  What would I love the most about you?

A:   I think you’d respect the fact that I’m working so hard to do good things for humankind and I’m not interested in being a celebrity or getting anything for myself.  I just want to make a big difference by helping people.

Q:  What would I hate the most about you?

A:   Probably my “one-track mind.” 

Q:  What is in your refrigerator right now?

A:   A bottle of Bombay Gin, some previously frozen chili, cheddar cheese, and a big box of pretzels (I came them in the refrigerator so they don’t get stale).

Q:  What is your greatest fear?

A:  I know that there are very powerful forces that are out to kill me or drive me insane.  I’m afraid that they’ll get me before I can finish my work.

Q: Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

A:  Definitely not.  William R. Leibowitz meant well when he wrote Miracle Man and perhaps he did his best.  But his limited abilities got in the way.  No matter how much time he spent with me, he never really understood me.


Q:  Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

A:  Unfortunately, I have almost no friends.  Growing up, I was always the youngest kid in any class—I was taking college and graduate courses when I was 7 years old.  Everyone always treated me like I was a circus curiosity.  People seem intimidated by me, which really bothers me because I don’t judge anyone.  But the biggest problem is that I’ve always been spending my entire time working—so I haven’t left time to establish many friendships.  

Q:  Who is your best friend?

A:  My personal assistant—Susan Corwin.  She’s really more than a friend –she’s  my surrogate mother.


Q:  If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

A:  The same thing I do every single day. I’d push myself to the breaking point to try to cure another disease before I died. The fact is that I live every day like it’s my last—I’ve been doing that since I was 20 years old.
 
About the Author:


William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years.  He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses.  At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group). 

William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.  He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George. 

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.  Miracle Man won Best Thriller in the National Pacific Book Awards.

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REVERED   REVILED    REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. 

Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real. 

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history.  But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect.  Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal.  But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand. 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Felipe from Mike Hartner's 'I James' #historicalfiction #romance



We’re thrilled to be talking to Felipe from Mike Hartner’s, I, James.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Felipe.  Can you tell us your story?   

I am a lonely goatherder from the middle of Spain…. Hehehee… sorry, just wanted to laugh.   No, I’m a saylor.  I’ve spent most of my life working on boats for the Iberian Empire, and my home port has been Madras.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? 

Well, there’s my brawn, and my size, and my good looks…

What would I love the most about you?   

Everything.  And how could you not.  I’m Spanish.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Hate.  You can’t hate me.  I’m a lover not a hater.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

When I get angry, it’s usually because someone else is hurting my crew.  I grab my sword and fight.

What makes you laugh out loud?  

 Small children, bad jokes, and people having fun.

What is in your refrigerator right now?   

What is this thing… refrigerator?  ( hears whispers telling him to keep food cold)… Nothing.  I don’t eat cold food.  Just salted meats and fresh hot food.

What is your most treasured possession?  

The title of Godfather that my best friend gave me to her daughter Mary.

What is your greatest fear? 

That I won’t be there to defend my god-daughter or my friend.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?   

My ability to love quickly, and leave just as quickly.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?   

What I saw and what he said was accurate.

What is your idea of a perfect day? 

Sun, very little wind, and pleasant seas on our Barque in the Med.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store? 

Dried meat, oranges and dates.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see? 

None.  The only place I have food is on the boat or in a tavern.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?   

Nothing at all. I’m perfect. (swipes hair with hand)

Who is your best friend?   

My best friend is Mary, and the second is her husband James.

Do you have children? 

No, but I’m working on it.

What is your favorite weather?   

Sun.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?   

The only one I had was from Mary.  She makes fish with citrus and it tastes good. 

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?   

As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to sayl.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?   

I like to eat.  But I can’t cook.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?   

Everything I can to make Mary happy.


About the Author

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He's traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.

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James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?  

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  • I, James is available at Amazon.
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Sarah Tremont: Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus



We’re thrilled to be talking to Sarah Tremont from Jeff Gunhus’ supernatural/thriller/horror novel, Night Terror. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!


Thank you for your interview, Sarah.  Can you tell us your story?


I live in Prescott City, Maryland, the site of that massive underground cave-in you probably heard about in the news about ten years ago. Contrary to what the newspapers said, that was actually my dad and a guy named Joseph Lonetreewho blew up the caves to save me from a cult trying to kill me. I was five when that happened and over the last ten years I’ve pretended that I have no memory of the caves and I’ve hidden the fact that I still have psychic powers. I hold them back but they are threatening to overwhelm me.



Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I can see into people’s minds. Hear their thoughts. Even when I try not to hear, sometimes it’s so loud that I can’t help it. Sometimes, especially when I’m angry, things move around without me touching them.



What would I love the most about you?

I’d do anything for my family, even if it means sacrificing myself for them.



What would I hate the most about you?

There’s something inside of me, a hate, a dark power, that I can’t control sometimes.



Where do you go when you are angry?

I disappear inside myself. Inside the fire where my powers burn even when I ignore them.



What makes you laugh out loud?

My dog, Buddy, is a great friend. He’s getting old now so he barks at squirrels even after they’ve run away because he can’t see them. It’s pretty funny…but kind of sad too.



What is your greatest fear?

That there are more people in the word like the ones who tried to kill me before. When I close my eyes I can still see them reaching out for me. 



What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I find it harder to control my temper. When I get angry, bad things happen.



What is your favorite weather?

I like the spring when everything comes back to life after being dead for the winter. The fall is when I was abducted. That time of year always give me the creeps.




What is your most treasured possession?


I still have a small stone I picked up in the caves from when I was five. It reminds me of the hundreds of people who were held like cattle in those dark caves. It makes the nightmares feel worthwhile because I avenged what happened to them. 


About the Author:

Jeff Gunhus is the author of both adult thrillers and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. As a father of five, he and his wife lead an active lifestyle simply trying to keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
His latest book is the thriller/horror novel, Night Terror.  
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Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.

The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With her parents and Joseph Lonetree’s help, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.

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  • Night Terror is available at Amazon.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Ophelia from Arielle Strauss' The Wraith Trilogy


We’re thrilled to be talking to Ophelia from Arielle Strauss’, The Wraith Trilogy.  She is coming to us all the way from the great state of Ohio. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Ophelia.  Can you tell us your story?

I most certainly can! And thank you for having me.

Where do you go when you are angry?

Oh that’s easy. I just disappear!

What is your greatest fear?

Disappearing forever…

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

I have no need to go there. Anything I eat just goes straight through me.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

I would be warmer to the touch.

Who is your best friend?

It’s a tie between Todd Nichols and Lenora Scabbia. I would be lost without them.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Eddie makes it no secret. I used to like him a lot, but then he got weirdly obsessed…

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to write children’s stories. I like books that rhyme and that make you think outside of the box.

What is your most treasured possession?

My stuffed white rabbit. I call him Marvin.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’m already dead, but that doesn’t stop me from living life to the fullest!

 he Author:


Arielle Strauss is a twenty-two year old author, actress, and percussionist originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she began to write "The Wraith Trilogy." She's pleased to finally share her first novel, The Wraith, and the sequel, The Huntress, with the world.

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The Wraith - Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?

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The Huntress - Ophelia's been dead for several weeks, but she's still around. Yet other students at Ohio University are dropping like flies, never to return. Surely the most haunted campus in America is home to other wraiths like herself? Ophelia is determined to find them—and to discover the truth about why she continues to dwell in the world of mortals. But faced with a mysterious clan of ghost hunters closing in, threatening to end her unlife, three meddlesome (and crotchety) divine beings determined to control her new existence, and a best friend with more than friendly feelings for the love of her life, how long will Ophelia be able to hide the truth of her death—and her destiny?

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Spencer: K-9 Cop by Erna Mueller #characterinterview #YA



We’re thrilled to be talking to Spencer from Erna Mueller's new young adult fiction, K-9 COP.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!


Thank you for your interview, Spencer.  Can you tell us your story?

Hey there. My name is Spencer Watley, and I’m a Lieutenant at the Seattle Police Department. Well, I guess that’s not the whole truth.  You see, some Cyber killers did me in and I landed before the gates of heaven. I was standing there knockin’ but the door wouldn’t open. An angel standin’ there told me no way am I going in.  What, you must be mistaken, I says, what’s my room number? Here I am a great cop, donno know how many scumbags and lowlifes I put in the slammer. Don’t that count for nothin’? The angel wasn’t listening, she just told me I was jerk, and insensitive to boot. Do you believe that, a jerk! She said I had to go through the J.R.P. if I ever wanted to enter. The J.R.P I asked, what the heck is that? It’s the Jerk Redemption Program, said the angel. That’s non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns, we will make you nice and sensitive, jerk.  I shivered and nearly passed out at the thought. Can you imagine that? I can’t stand all that mushy, touchy feely stuff.  But the angel had something else up her sleeve. The other option she gave me was, I could help a young kid and his dysfunctional family. Hey, that sounds way better I said. And just as she’s sendin’ me back down to earth, she pulls this zinger on me.  I can only go back in the body of my K-9 partner. Well, I just said forget it, I ain’t becoming no dog.  But the angel wouldn’t listen. So here I am a stupid dog. And the teenager I’m trying to help is a smart-mouthed, know-it-all puber who’s grouchier than I am.  You think this is bad, wait till you read the rest, it gets even worse. I dare you to read it. Woof.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
 
I have beautiful hair. I use a natural horn hair comb to avoid breakage.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m reliable, and I tell it like it is. Most sensitive types don’t appreciate that. Not accepting reality doesn’t mean it will go away.

What would I hate the most about you?

Some people think I’m a jerk. It’s good I don’t care what people think about me. But I guess I’m getting mushy since I’m taking care of Justin. You know the teenager I need to help. Kids do that.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I try to be by myself and I grind my teeth a lot. And hitting something usually helps. Preferably a couch, if there isn’t a couch around a tree stump will do.

What makes you laugh out loud?

The funnies in the newspaper.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

A six pack. Beef jerky. Ho Ho’s and Mac & Cheese with bacon.

What is your most treasured possession?

My gun and my six iron golf club. Both can be used as weapons.

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll lose my hair.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I’m scared of spiders.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yeah. I think she knows me pretty well, although I don’t appreciate her trying to change me. Isn’t that just like writers and women?  They always want to change you. But I gotta admit, I’m not such a jerk anymore and I am getting to understand people better and I do have more patience.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Golfing on the green, then a steak dinner and a nap on the porch.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

The three B’s. Bacon, beer, beef jerky.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

Dog food, all the condiments from the grocery shelf, pork and beans, and lots of Malox.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

I’d like to be able to fly.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I’m more of a loner I guess.

Who is your best friend?

My dog.

Do you have children?

No.

What is your favorite weather?

Sunny and not too warm. It gets hot in my uniform.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Cheeseburger, beer and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

I knew it, it was that girl in the holding department. She’s always making goo goo eyes at me. Forget it sister, I’m married to my job. Ain’t no one putting no chains on me.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A cop.

What is your most treasured possession?

My badge.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook?

Here is my recipe:

·        Open freezer door.
·        Take our frozen dinner.
·        Remove frozen dinner from packaging.
·        Open Microwave door.
·        Put in frozen dinner.
·        Set Microwave to 6 minutes.

That sums up my culinary talent.

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I was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.
I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.
My new book, K-9 Cop, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.
Please visit my web site at http://www.k9cop-woofwoof.com  for more reviews and other info.
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No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.

After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But - what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.

But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog.  He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet.  He just has to become a dog first.

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