Did an interview with A Book and A Chat where we discussed young adult books, being a teen, growing up, writing and more. You can learn which singer was my first kiss, too! Check it out here: newvisionsradio.com/2014-02-26-19-59-03/a-book-and-a-chat/a-book-and-a-chat-2016-pg2
I was so excited to see this book review for Competing with the Star on YouTube reviewed by author Jo Linsdell. You can check out what she has to say about the book here:
In honor of Father's Day I wanted to share this post that I wrote after the funeral. This is our first Father's Day without him and I've been feeling it, so I thought about the best way to honor him and decided to share some of the things he taught us over the years.
There are so many things I learned from my father over the years. My friends always said Dad gave them the best advice (especially when it came to relationships, career, and raising kids) and after his passing we heard from numerous students of his who shared his impact on their lives as well. In fact, we heard so many great stories about how Dad made a difference in the lives of students who had gotten a “troublemaker” label about how he showed he cared and made them see they had a lot more to offer. Hearing how he impacted several people to turn their lives around was so inspiring.
As many of you know, Dad is a big inspiration for my character, Landry’s, father, Mr. Albright. Landry always turns to her dad for advice when she doesn’t know what to do because that's what I always did. I’ve had a lot of readers and book reviewers comment on the “wise advice” and “wisdom” in Best Friends…Forever? and Landry in Like on how to deal with frenemies and friend issues, stress, school and that’s all due to the great insight Dad shared over the years. Since I share so much of his wisdom in the series about dealing with friends and other people (the man really knew his stuff on relationships and friendships!), I thought I’d pick just a few other things to share with you about Dad.
*Follow your passion, not a paycheck. Too many people go for the paycheck, but at the end of the day you have to ask yourself—is that enough? Is what you're doing going to help people?
Dad often wondered if he should have stayed in counseling because he wanted to help young people find their way in the world and guide them, but we now see how he had a bigger impact helping the kids who needed guidance the most in his school system due to the messages we have received from students who said, "he took the time to really listen to me and not just punish me like everyone before him had," "He cared. No one else had, but he did and I turned my life around."
*Always keep your word. Your reputation is so important. Keep your commitments and your word.
After he passed, the last thing I wanted to do was admin work and keep up with interviews and commitments I had made prior to his hospitalization. No, I wanted to hide out on my couch with a big bowl of chocolate coconut ice cream and cry. But I knew that wasn't honoring what he taught me, so each day I have gotten up and handled the admin side of my career because you always keep your commitments.
*How to unclog a toilet. To show you how impressive he was as a toilet “un-clogger,” he taught me how to do this over the phone.
*Always say a prayer. However, he told me this might not be enough to unclog a toilet and that I may indeed need to use a plunger.
*Listen to people. They tell you everything you need to know about them if you just take the time to really hear them. And sometimes people just need to be heard.
*Always wear a scarf in the winter. Some of this was for protection from the cold, but let it not go unnoticed that the man knew how to accessorize. That gleaming white scarf and black fedora were always on when he went for a walk around the block.
*Let people make their own mistakes. If you offer unwanted advice then they become defensive. When I confided in him about a friend who was engaged to someone who wasn’t right for her, he told me to just nod and let her do all the talking and not bad mouth the guy. He said she’d eventually come around to realize that it wasn’t a good situation. It was hard to hold my tongue, but he was right.
*Take time to appreciate art. Mom and Dad went to art museums a lot when they were dating and he and I had a great time at the Detroit Institute of Art a few years ago. He loved museums and learning about history and different cultures. He also jumped at the chance to see any plays or shows I got free tickets to as a journalist.
*Buy quality clothing. My dad was my favorite shopping buddy. He knew all the best places to buy designer stuff and get great discounts. We never saw him in jeans. The most dressed down we ever saw him was when he wore a sweatsuit on days he was taking a sick day from work. And even then it was a Christian Dior sweatsuit—no joke. He even mowed the lawn in nice pants and a golf shirt. Even now I find I can't giveaway any of the clothes we bought together. There are memories there.
*How to make…wait for it…goulash. He taught Mom how to make this and later, me. He could also make a mean cup of hot chocolate.
*Education, learning, and books are always good investments. Dad was always buying us extra books to help us write papers and essays for school. There were several history classes I took in college and grad school where he read all the books I was assigned and even the ones I bought extra as research for my papers. He kept stacks on the tables in his “man room” of all the books from my classes and also the ones I got for review for the newspaper that interested him. He often read the books for my classes before I did and then he’d suggest topics for my papers. Some of his favorite books were on WWII history, books on Mary Queen of Scots, Bloody Mary, and Queen Elizabeth the 1st, several of the Popes (especially Pope Pius XII and John Paul II), and baseball biographies on Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Sandy Koufax.
*Stay current on events. I got my love of the news from Dad. Growing up we had at least two new daily newspapers coming in a day and he’d watch all the news shows (as well as the boring stock shows. I can hum the Wall St. Week theme song). He also read all the news magazines at the library. When 9/11 happened, Dad was now working in real estate with my mom and he was on a house tour. He was in a separate car from my mom and she told me that everyone in his group came back to the office saying, “Who is Bin Laden? Bruce says he thinks Bin Laden is behind this attack—who is he talking about?” I knew who that was because I, a news junkie like my dad, had been reading up on the U.S.S. Cole attack because he had been discussing it with me.
*Show up looking professional. Naturally he wore a suit and tie when he worked as an assistant principal, but later in real estate he would do open houses and he always wore a jacket and tie. The other guys mostly wore golf shirts, but Dad wouldn’t hear of it. And he always wore a jacket and tie on appointments or even going to the office for paperwork.
*Treat everyone the same. Exactly the same.
After Dad passed, my cousin Ben commented that Dad’s lessons and words live on through the impact he made on his students and how his advice lives on in the Landry’s True Colors Series. I never thought about that when writing--I just thought, Dad would know how to handle this situation and now it makes me smile knowing another generation with be impacted by his advice. He always wanted to help young people find their way in the world and now he still will. ♥♥♥
This week on the Author Blog Challenge we are sharing our book "movie" dream casts of the actors we could picture playing our characters. This is my dream cast for both of my Star Series books: Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star. I've said before that I had been flipping through TV channels when I saw Peyton Meyer on Girl Meets World and thought, "That's exactly how I picture Nick Jenkins." So that's actually how I started watching GMW and where the idea to have Hadley and Nick begin dating came from. I hadn't planned to write a sequel to Next Door to a Star, but then after my dad passed away I was really unsure of what my next move was. It seemed like every movie or TV show I watched had a parent dying as part of the storyline, so when I found GMW and they weren't doing anything like that, it seemed safe to watch. During that time I had started getting messages through my website from readers asking what happened with Nick and Hadley in Next Door to a Star. It was while watching GMW that I started thinking, okay, what does happen with Nick and Hadley?? So I began writing what became Competing with the Star so we could all see what Nick and Hadley's relationship would be like.
And here's my dream cast for Landry in Like...yeah, I watch the Disney Channel a lot. Ross Lynch makes the perfect Vladi Yagudin and that was another strange thing because neither Nick or Vladi were created at a time when I knew who those guys were because I got the ideas for the books so many years ago (the idea for the Landry's True Colors Series came to me in the 6th grade and next Door to a Star came to me in 2002.) I actually had an athlete in my mind when I created Vladi! And the original four girls: Landry, Devon, Peyton, and India were based on the singing group the Bangles. And originally when I was picturing Ashanti as a teenager, it was Letoya Luckett from Destiny's Child that I saw--actually when I write Ashanti, I still picture a 14 year old Letoya.
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This week on the Authors Blog Challenge is writing about our 5 favorite books. It's hard to narrow it down, but here are 5 of mine:
Good-bye, Glamour Girl by Erika Tamar. I read this for the first time the summer after 5th grade. It’s a coming of age story about a girl whose family escaped Europe during WWII and she is trying to assimilate in America.
Frida’s Bed by Slavenka Drakulic. This is a fictionalized version of Frida Kahlo’s life. Completely gripping as you see how Frida dealt with constant physical pain and how it impacted her artwork as well as her personal life. An amazing book.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. There’s more than just a forbidden love story here. Tolstoy writes about the time period and manages to work the political climate and economic structure into the book without making it too weighty.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I didn’t appreciate this book when we read it in school, but I fell in love with it when I read it as an adult. The symbolism, Gatsby, Nick, and the way Fitzgerald shows that desperation and longing. Love, love, love.
Life is a Gift by Tony Bennett. The title says it all. I love that Tony feels we keep creating all through our lives.
Today the talk show Living Dayton featured my Star Series in their Summer Reading Barnes & Noble segment. I'm going to be speaking at the Beavercreek Barnes & Noble on Friday at 8 p.m as part of their B-Fest teen book festival. You can watch the Living Dayton segment here:
I was sent some fun interview questions for inspiration, so I thought I'd share them with you.
What makes you want to share your stories?
What makes me want to share my stories is that I’m writing for that girl who comes home from school after having a hard day where she feels left out or maybe that she just doesn’t feel like she completely fits in and life seems overwhelming. I want her to feel like she’s not alone—make her laugh and make her realize she’s okay just the way she is right now.
Name two fun facts about you or your work.
I went to my high school reunion this summer and saw some of the people who fueled my inspiration for the mean girls, crushes, frenemies, etc. Not all of them were there and I was tempted to ask, “So hey, how’s ____?” But I was afraid it’d get back to them that I was asking and they'd wonder why. I will say if Next Door to a Star or Competing with the Star had come out before the reunion…well, I probably wouldn’t have gone!
The book is set in Grand Haven, Michigan where I used to visit in the summers when I was a teen. I used to dream I’d run into one of my celebrity crushes there and I never did, so I let Hadley live out my fantasy with that. Almost all of the places she goes in the Star Series are real places in Grand Haven and Saugatuck.
If you could be friends with a character in one of your stories who would it be and what kinds of things would you do together?
I would love to be friends with Charlotte. She’s such a loyal friend and has a sweet, sensitive way of giving advice and helping out her friends. She wants what’s best for Hadley and provides kind of the calm in the storm for Hadley. She’s a good listener and the voice of reason, too. We should all have a friend like Charlotte.
What would your dream library look like?
I love watching TV shows about old estates or visiting them like the Edsel Ford house in Detroit or the Dodge house because they have these amazing rooms with built-in bookcases. I also used to like the library on my Clue board game, too! I’d want my library to have dark wood built-in bookcases, a green velvet sofa, a window seat, and a fireplace.
If you could go on a road trip with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and where would you go?
I would love to go on a road trip with F. Scott Fitzgerald and we could go visit New York City and he could show me what places inspired him. We’d need to go shopping too, and I feel that Scott would be fun to shop with—like he’d hold your purse while you tried stuff on and never complained how long you took.
If you could have lunch with 3 authors (past and present) who would they be and what do you think you would all talk about during lunch?
I’d love to have lunch with the late Paula Danziger because her biography is what made me realize I was meant to write YA books. She took her own difficult experiences with growing up and shared them with her readers to help them deal with going through the same things and that’s what I hope to do with my own work. I loved her novels as a teen, but really began to appreciate them after I was past those angst-y years of trying to fit. I would also like Lois Lowry and F. Scott Fitzgerald to be there and I wouldn’t say a word—I’d just sit and let them talk about their writing process while I listened and took notes.
Thanks to YA Bound Books for the inspiration!
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WARNING SIGNS by Alexandra Moore
Broken Promises Series #2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: May 10, 2016
— SYNOPSIS --
After spending two years on the run following an assault that nearly took her life, Bea Morrison returns home…
But home isn’t how she left it. Her mother is ailing with dementia and now lives with her brother, Ben. Even Ben isn’t the same. An incredibly famous rock star, he is bitter and angry over Bea’s self-inflicted exile. But Bea can’t explain why she left—it’s impossible to describe what living with PTSD means, and how her life has turned into hell.
But that’s not the only issue that’s kept Bea away for so long…
A deep depression has taken possession of her, to the point that getting out of bed becomes a chore. The relentless paparazzi chasing Ben’s fame only heighten her anxiety. And family secrets are far from dead and buried. It takes just one meeting with an old friend, Splinter Nightingale, to make her path clear—move to Connecticut, attend college, and start an ordinary life.
Her plan for a semi-normal life is going fine—until she meets Professor David Long…
It isn’t long until David shows an interest in Bea, and soon after, interest turns to obsession. Fearing for her safety, Bea sees everything falling to pieces. And right when she finds a way out, she vanishes a second time…and not by choice.
Bea must find something worth fighting for, or she will face death yet again. This time she may not make it back alive…
— PURCHASE --
— BROKEN PROMISES SERIES --
— ABOUT THE AUTHOR --
My name is Alexandra Moore. I’ve been creating stories since I could talk. I’ve been putting them onto paper since I could write. Writing books is my dream and my passion, alongside with rescuing African Pygmy Hedgehogs, retired race Greyhounds, French Bulldogs, and other various animals I’m probably allergic too.
I’m convinced I’m the blood of the dragon, and the Mother of Dragons.
When I’m not watching GoT, I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy (again) on Netflix, and crying over all the MerDer feels. I also spend time with my Boston Terrier Tank and my boyfriend. Both are my cuddle buddies, and I’m afraid the dog is around more often. I don’t bite (unless provoked) so feel free to tweet at me, or leave a comment on one of my InstaPics. I can’t wait until my book is in print, and to share my thoughts with the rest of the world.
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This Friday for the Authors Blog Challenge, we're sharing our bookshelf and latest reads. So here is what I'm currently reading. I always have one non-fiction book that I'm reading that helps me with my personal growth. Right now that book is Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein. It is filled with great sections about forgiveness (which is really hard for me), finding peace and calmness, dealing with stress, and more. Yesterday I ran into a woman I hadn't seen for a year and she mentioned to me that there was a calmness and ease to me that wasn't there a year ago. She said she felt I was now in a place where, and then she mimicked doing a big exhale. Now is it because I'm working on finding inner peace in the midst of all the chaos I'm currently going through in the last two months with an ill family member, moving, and other big issues? Or is it because I'm more aware of how little control any of us has over anything--something that I learned with my dad's passing? Maybe a mixture of both, but I like to think that I am finding some peace, which is why I recently bought a lotus flower bracelet to symbolize that something beautiful can come out of something murky. This book has done a lot for me.
For fiction, I am reading Frida: a novel of Frida Kahlo by Barbara Mujica. I actually bought this book a year ago when I went to the Frida Kahlo exhibit (okay fine, it was both Frida and Diego) at the Detroit Institute of Art. I've read two other novels about Frida that were really good and I have a biography on her as well, so I'm eager to read more of this one--I've only gotten the first chapter in.
Another book that I read a bit of every night is Power Thoughts: A Devotional by Joyce Meyer. I read from two different devotionals at night before I go to bed. Some people like to do them in the morning, but I like to get my mind right at night.
So that's what I'm reading this month, what about you? Put your current reads in the comments below.
I guess by now if you've read Competing with the Star you know what I dealt with for over a year. This is the 1st time I've shared in an interview how I took my own experiences for the book. Somehow it's easier to write about it in fiction instead of talking about it in real life.
Here is a link to the interview:
A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. 'I DO - or Do I?' is her first chick lit for Accent Press. She has been contracted for two more.
Karen has had two other romance novels, several short stories for women’s magazine and 120 children's books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
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Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.
The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancé, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.
Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question - Who Will She Choose?
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Jared must have seen the panic in her eyes because he quickly composed himself and shook Sylvia’s hand. ‘Delighted to meet you. And this must be the bride-to-be.’ He smiled at Cassie as if he’d never met her before. Never held her in his arms, kissed her, made love to her, promised that he’d love her forever and then walked out on her.
She’d often imagined seeing Jared again, wondered how she’d react. Now it all came flooding back and all she could do was remember how utterly devastated she’d felt when he’d walked out on her.
Get a grip, Cassie told herself. That was years ago. You’re over it now. You’re marrying Timothy. Jared is history.
She was suddenly aware that Jared was holding out his hand to her and Sylvia was watching her curiously. She forced a smile on her face and shook his hand, desperately hoping she showed no sign that his touch still made her tingle.
‘Miss Tyler,’ he said smoothly.
‘Call me Cassie,’ she told him. ‘Sorry I kept you waiting.’
‘Not a problem.’
How she wished she’d arrived on time. Jared used to tease her about being late. He probably thought she was still as ditzy as she was back then. If only she’d put on one of her power suits instead of a maxi dress, then she would have looked sophisticated and professional. Like she’d changed; which she had.
Oh God, she was still holding his hand. What must Sylvia think? She quickly removed her hand, tore her gaze from those big brown eyes, and tried to act as if her body wasn’t zinging at his touch. Just like it always had.
‘Take a seat, ladies, and tell me exactly what sort of photographs you’re looking for.’ He glanced down at his notes. ‘I see that the wedding is only two months away.’
‘Yes, we decided against a long engagement,’ Sylvia replied as if she was the bride. She sat down in one of the plush dark brown chairs and indicated for Cassie to take the other seat. ‘Timothy and Cassandra got engaged on Valentine’s Day and we thought a summer wedding would be lovely. Especially when we managed to secure Hollington Castle,’ she paused to make sure this announcement had the desired effect.
Jared nodded, looking suitably impressed, and Sylvia continued, ‘I know it’s short notice but Daniel assured me you’d be able to fit us in.’ She was letting him know that she was on first name terms with the director of the company.
Jared nodded again. ‘We’ve had a cancellation for that date, so yes, we can accommodate you both.’ His gaze flicked to Cassie then back to Sylvia. ‘Would you like a cup of coffee while we discuss the arrangements?’
‘Thank you. Black with no sugar, please.’
Jared raised an eyebrow questioningly at Cassie. ‘And for you, Cassie?’
‘Black with no sugar for me too, please,’ she replied. That would surprise him. She always used to have white coffee with two sugars. The Cassie he used to know had a sweet tooth. At least that was one thing that had changed. Except it hadn’t, really, she was only drinking black coffee to make sure she could get into her wedding dress. Well, to be honest she was drinking black coffee in front of Timothy and his mother because they would frown and remind her about needing to get into the wedding dress. When they weren’t around she still took her coffee with milk and sugar. She thought longingly of the iced mocha she’d be enjoying with Sam later.
Jared pressed the intercom and asked the receptionist to bring in the coffees, then he leant forward, linked his hands under his chin, and gave Cassie the benefit of his full attention. Devastating. She quickly averted her gaze. ‘Now, tell me about the wedding,’ he said. ‘It’s important that I get a feel of the atmosphere you’re trying to create so I know what tone to set with the photos. We aim to be professional but not intrusive. And please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. We want our clients to be completely happy and relaxed on their special day. We won’t take offence at all if you decide that we aren’t the right photographers for you.’
You’re not! Cassie’s mind was screaming. You’re the very last person I want as my photographer. Ever. For a moment she feared she’d uttered the words aloud, but Sylvia was now talking to Jared, so clearly it was all in her head
The Magic of Love
The Album Book 3 - Carol’s Story
Contemporary, Fantasy Romance
By Kathy Bosman
Carol is frantic as her ordered life has been flung into chaos. Pauline passed The Album onto her but it’s disappeared. She’s the one who’s looked forward to the magic the most; now she can't even use it. To top it off, she realises her boyfriend, Cliff, has disappeared with The Album. The sense of betrayal leaves her reeling.
She hires private investigator, Darryn, to help her find her missing treasure. Shocked at her inexplicable attraction to the man after coming out of a serious relationship, she’s reluctant to fly with him to Canada in search of the stolen artefact, but her need to find The Album burns strong.
In Canada, they soon discover that not only has Cliff stolen The Album, but also magic antiques belonging to other people from South Africa. They soon recover the artefact but, much to Carol’s disappointment, the magic is broken. Carol needs answers and is also burning to help the other antique owners - even if it means leaving her successful career and working with Darryn who has his own issues from his past.
How can Carol still have feelings for a man who keeps on breaking her heart? And will she fix the magic? Once again, The Album's magic works in mysterious ways.
Cliff couldn’t care a bit about her, about them, if he’d upped and disappeared with The Album. He’d lied to her. Used her. All those confessions of love had been false—those flowery text messages every day, those detailed plans for their future together as they sat outside on the swing chair watching the sea.
“He’s a family friend, isn’t he? Can’t you ask a family member?” Ella said.
“Not really. He was my uncle’s friend years back. They don’t really keep in contact anymore. He came to a wedding because he was dating my cousin. I liked him then, and when I found out he’d broken up with my cousin, well, you know the rest—I basically threw myself at him.” Carol gave a cynical smile. “Figures.”
She rested her pounding head into her shaky hands.
“Hey, don’t blame yourself.”
“I’ve always gone for the wrong men.”
“That’s how I felt before I realised Ross was the one.”
“Ella, I’ve messed up. I’ve ruined my chances at love. I didn’t think I really needed The Album’s magic like you and Pauline, because the antique did help you find love, didn’t it? And I thought I’d found it.”
Ella nodded, her eyes soft with kindness.
“Now I’ll never find love. I don’t think I ever had it.” She stared at the bare wall opposite her. As bare as her heart felt. “Who have I been kidding?”
“You loved Cliff?” Ella asked.
“Shouldn’t you know those things? You’re the matchmaker.”
“I’m asking you.”
“I thought I did. I thought he did. It’s all so confusing.”
“You need to find The Album.”
“I know that.”
“Hire a private investigator to find Cliff.”
Carol nodded. She walked to the window and ran her finger along the frame, surprised at how much dust came off onto her finger. Frantically, she picked up a cloth and dusted all the frames. While she panted from the exertion, she stood up straight, reeling that her life had flipped one-hundred-and-eighty degrees in a few hours. How she hated being the weak one, the woman out of their group who needed advice and assurance. When had she become so arrogant to think she was beyond care? Tears filled her eyes and she swiped them roughly against her cheeks, scraping some skin with her long nails, shuddering from the pain.
“I have to get going, my friend.”
She found Ella at her side, her nappy bag packed and Myron in her arms, all ready to go. When had that happened?
Don’t leave me. “Sure, of course.”
“Will you be okay?”
“Yes, yes.” She grappled to find her old, confident self to at least not look so helpless.
“I’m a phone call away.”
Seemed Ella had been conned by her false calm. Carol nodded. “Thanks.”
Ella gave her a hand squeeze and let herself out. Carol stood in the centre of the room which seemed to spin uncontrollably around her. Bracing herself on the back of a chair, she chose to be strong. If anything, she had to find The Album. The search could keep her mind off Cliff and his betrayal. How she would confront him when she found him, she had no idea. She’d deal with that when the time came.
Kathy lives in South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool and bugs thrive. She writes romance in many forms, most of the time with women who feel deeply, men who care strongly and characters who learn lessons along the way. Every so often, she sprinkles a little magic in her stories. When she’s not writing, she makes sure her kids work hard as they do school at home, tries not to get too distracted by dust bunnies and cooks up a storm to keep the tummies full. When she’s not hectically busy, she loves reading romance and fantasy novels, watching movies, and dabbling in different crafty things, depending on her mood.
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