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Episode 69 – Co-authoring and the Survivalist series, with Sharon Ahern

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Sharon Ahern, along with her late husband Jerry Ahern, is the co-writer of over ninety novels, some short stories, magazine and newspaper articles and even an unpublished song or two.  Best known of their work is THE SURVIVALIST series which ran from 1981 to 1993 and then picked up and continued in 2013 by Sharon with fellow friend and writer Bob Anderson. The series has been considered men’s adventure, science fiction and soap opera with a twist of in your face social commentary thrown in.  Two spinoffs have evolved from the SURVIVALIST series, EVERYMAN, also co-written with Bob Anderson, and CAMP ZERO, a young adult series, written by Sean Ellis. 

An avid researcher, Sharon has traveled around the world during various times in history via national geographic and Britannica searching for information to broaden the scope of their stories and make them as fact based as possible.  In some cases, looking for a particular piece of information has led to the inception of still another story idea. Some days, all it takes is listening to the news.

Sharon is also a professional photographer and a small-time antiques and collectibles dealer. She’s an avid reader and enjoys anything that requires getting dirty such as refinishing furniture and gardening and has lost a lot of her thumbprints using hot glue guns.  She is the proud mother of two children and five grandchildren and lives in Northeast Georgia with her hound dog Shelby and two goldfish.

Her upcoming book LODESTAR will be the 34th book in the series. It will be available at Speaking Volumes http://www.speakingvolumes.us 

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Interview with Sharon Ahern

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • How the Survivalist Series came to be (1980s) and how Sharon and her late husband, Jerry, used the series to kill off the population of Atlanta.
  • Who published the series in the early days, and why it was considered men’s adventure rather than science fiction.
  • Why Axel Kilgore and Jerry Ahern are closely affiliated.
  • Who made up the stories for the series
  • Sharon’s thoughts on series writing and how to know when the end of the series should happen
  • What co-authoring is like and if it is easy or hard to accomplish
  • How authors create characters when co-authoring
  • What Jerry wrote specifically and what Sharon wrote – and how they acted out scenes in real life
  • One huge mistake can make a reader stop reading your book and Sharon shares how this happened to Jerry and what the outcome was
  • Sharon shares what she thinks the formula for success is for a long-running series

and so, so much more, including BEST advice for aspiring authors

Listen to the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find Sharon online at:
WEBSITE: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/a/sharon-ahern/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jerry.ahern.73
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Ahern/e/B001HP264U
SPEAKING VOLUMES:  http://www.speakingvolumes.us/

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WGP Episode 68 – Sean Ellis, action adventure novels

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Sean Ellis has authored and co-authored more than 20 action-adventure novels, including the Nick Kismet adventures, the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series with Jeremy Robinson, and the Jade Ihara adventures with David Wood. He served with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Policy from Oregon State University. Sean is also a member of the International Thriller Writers organization. He currently resides in Arizona, where he divides his time between writing, adventure sports, and trying to figure out how to save the world.

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Interview with Sean Ellis

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • All about Sean and his writing career and how Indiana Jones influenced his writing.
  • How he got published through small presses and how networking worked for him.
  • What co-authoring is like for Ellis
  • Insider info about his latest book, Camp Zero, a futuristic thriller that teaches about survival skills
  • Discussion about the imagery on the cover and what it means – pitch for our NEXT guests Jerry and Sharon Ahern
  • Details about categories and how our books get put there thanks to algorithms-where Ellis’s books are listed and why he thinks they are there
  • How many books are planned for this series beginning with Camp Zero.
  • Insider info about being a serial writer and whose series has excited Ellis.
  • Discussion about readers and how they operate with a series, beginning with book one and going forward.
  • Problems with writing series of books (great info for authors!)
  • Details about Sean Ellis’s process of writing.

and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find Sean Ellis online at:
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Ellis/e/B002E74G1G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476630337&sr=8-2-ent
Speaking Volumes author page: http://speakingvolumes.mybigcommerce.com/sean-ellis/

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WGP Episode 67 – Rich Meyrick, travel adventures

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Rich Meyrick is the fingertips behind everything associated with Jaspa’s Journey. Born in Wales, he developed a fascination in geography, history and the environment at an early age, interests which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a post-doc at the University of Waterloo (Canada). In 2000, Rich accepted a position as an environmental scientist in Weimar, Germany, at a research station of the renowned Senckenberg Institute. Four years later he married Sue and returned to Waterloo, this time permanently. Since then, when he and Sue aren’t actually travelling with Jaspa, Rich spends his days writing books and blogs about Jaspa’s adventures. It’s a Journey he hopes will continue for many years to come.

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Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration


Follow the thrilling adventures of Jaspa, a distant relative of the giraffe only three inches tall.He and his equally-small Ses friends must take on The Journey – a perilous, 800-kilometre ordeal across Africa’s Serengeti Plain in the company of the immense herds of the Great Migration.

Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London


Jaspa and his friends are at it again! This time they embark on a whirlwind tour of London,attempting to solve the riddles of The Path in order to help their new friend Ernest, a Ratses, become a member of the clandestine Ses society known simply as The Pride.

Interview with Rich Meyrick

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • How Rich and his wife, Sue, met and how his writing journey got underway
  • What Rich thinks is the most enjoyable and straightforward part of the writing journey
  • How Rich helps with the administrative part of the family life and how his writing life fits into it
  • Where research comes into play with his books
  • Rich’s opinion about editing and how it works
  • We learn about Jaspa’s Journey and how he and his wife have created the world of it
  • How Jaspa got his name
  • Where the settings are from in the books and how they set the tone of each
  • Insider details about the cover art of his books and a little about the artist, Brad Hughes
  • Why Rich and Sue went with an indie publisher, Speaking Volumes, rather than going it alone
  • Discussion: How marketing has remained a big black box for Rich and why he feels like it is not his forte
  • The total country count for Jaspa and how he is a very well traveled little plush toy
  • Info about his blog

and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:


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You can find Rich Meyrick online at:

Website : http://www.jaspasjourney.com/
Blog : https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/
Goodreads : www.goodreads.com/author/show/3083164.Rich_Meyrick
Twitter : https://twitter.com/richmeyrick
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/jaspasjourney
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Jaspa-48561121909/

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WGP Episode 66 David Hardiman, non-fiction author

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David Hardiman is the author of the novel, Bailey’s Remarkable Plan. And you will LOVE the bond between this fabulous man and his service animal.

A Christian, David R. Hardiman lives with his wife of forty-six years in Arlington, Texas. He has served in numerous community leadership roles and as trustee for one of his previous colleges. David is the father of three daughters and the grandfather of six precious grandchildren. Bailey, a double-pedigreed shih tzu and special friend, completes the family as his beloved service dog. She arrived seven years ago with a remarkable plan to help David face his new life challenges. Bailey became the inspiration for David’s life story, Bailey’s Remarkable Plan.

Interview with Mr. Hardiman and Bailey

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In this episode we learn:

Show Notes

    • David tells us about his family and how the book came to be when Bailey came along
    • The circumstances that required David to need a dog like Bailey
    • What was going on when David was born and how it shaped his future-a future colored by a veteran related trauma
    • The official name of his disorder (no, you cannot say it fast even once) and how Bailey knew from the start that he had something that needed her attention
    • Insider info on the catalyst that sent him to the writing chair
    • How faith changed his life and his situation with this disorder (which is very rare)
    • Discussion about Shih Tzus (and Bailey steps in for a visit!)
    • How this dog picked her owners instead of the other way around! (we had a glitch in the audio-but when it straightened out- I continued my story about my Tinkerbell and how we got Darby who also picked us)
    • Great info about service dogs and certification
    • Why David believes in angels and how Bailey fits into that belief
    • Where David is coming from, in regards to the message of this book, and how it is for Christians and non-Christians alike

and so, so much more, including David’s BEST advice for aspiring authors or anyone struggling! DO NOT MISS THIS!

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find David Hardiman online at:

Website : Bailey’s Remarkable Plan
or through his wonderful publicist, Stephanie Patrick at Cottage PR and Consulting.

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WGP Ep 65 Thom Reese, Spec Fic Author

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Thom Reese is the author of the novels, THE INFUSION OF ARCHIE LAMBERT, A SAVAGE DISTANCE, THE DEMON BAQASH, DEAD MAN’S FIRE, CHASING KELVIN, and THE EMPTY, along with the short story collection, 13 BODIES: SEVEN TALES OF MURDER & MADNESS. The first in the trilogy of novels, THE DRACULA JOURNALS, will be released in fall of 2016. Thom was the sole writer and co-producer of the weekly audio drama radio program, 21ST CENTURY AUDIO THEATRE. Several of Thom’s audio dramas have been published on CD and MP3 formats. A native of the Chicago area, Thom currently makes his home with his wife in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He has also been contracted to write a Dracula Trilogy titled THE DRACULA JOURNALS. These are intended to be sequels to the original Bram Stoker novel with the first acting as both a prequel and a sequel. As with Stoker’s masterpiece the books will be written as a series of journals and correspondences. Unlike Stoker’s novel, Dracula’s own journal will be included, thus allowing the reader to get a glimpse into the vampire’s thoughts and motivations as well as his origins as a vampire.

To get any of Thom’s books simply click the cover!

The Demon Baqash

Dead Man’s Fire

13 Bodies: Seven Tales of Murder & Madness

In this episode we learn:

Show Notes

    • Thom tells us about his radio drama experience
    • Short discussion about turning books into movies
    • Thom’s experiences as a writer and how he found his publisher
    • We discuss briefly a bit about Kurt Mueller and Speaking Volumes, his publisher, and you can find them here
    • Details about Thom’s genre, speculative fiction, and exactly where he thinks he would be in a bookstore, and what cross-genre books have to contend with
    • (We had a glitch in the audio at this time and some of the info got repeated-sorry!) Thom tells us about his most recent work, Infusion of Archie Lambert
    • Insider Details: Thom’s most difficult part of the writing life, marketing
    • Thom’s love of story creation and especially character development

and his BEST advice for aspiring authors!

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find Thom online at:

Speaking Volumes Website: http://www.speakingvolumes.us/authors/thom-reese/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/thom.reese.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThomReese @thomreese
Amazon: Thom Reese’s page on Amazon

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WGP Episode 64: Marie Lavender, author

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Welcome to Writer Groupie Podcast! Episode 64 with Marie Lavender

Marie Lavender is the bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. She has the honor of such titles as:
March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe.

Her books, SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK, placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. She has been nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. She was the poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest.


Some other notables are:

The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015.
Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards.
Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition.
Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award.
Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014.
Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com.
Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

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Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

COMING SOON!
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Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

WGP Episode 63: Rich Zahradnik, mystery

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Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series from Camel Press. Last Words is the first novel in the series and was published October 2014. Drop Dead Punk came out August 2015.

Drop Dead Punk won the gold medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). It was also named a finalist in the mystery category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Last Words won honorable mention for mystery in Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards and the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs.

Zahradnik was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter, often writing news stories and analysis about the journalism business, broadcasting, film production, publishing and the online industry.

In January 2012, he was one of 20 writers selected for the inaugural class of the Crime Fiction Academy, a first-of-its-kind program run by New York’s Center for Fiction.

He has been a media entrepreneur throughout his career. He was founding executive producer of CNNfn.com, a leading financial news website and a Webby winner; managing editor of Netscape.com, and a partner in the soccer-news website company Goal Networks. Zahradnik also co-founded the weekly newspaper The Peekskill Herald at the age of 25, leading it to seven state press association awards in its first three years.

Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he writes fiction and teaches elementary school kids how to publish the online and print newspaper the Colonial Times.

To get any of Rich’s books simply click the cover!

BOOK ONE
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BOOK TWO

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In this episode we learn:

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WGP Episode 62: Dana Faletti, YA and Women’s Fiction

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Dana Faletti is a Pittsburgh native who loves Broadway musicals and knows all the words to Les Miserables – the entire show. One of her favorite TV series is Sons of Anarchy, and her favorite movie is the Sound of Music. Don’t try to start a conversation with her in the morning until she’s had at least one cup of coffee – preferably Starbucks, but do come over for a glass of wine (red) and some good conversation at dinner time. Dana loves to cook and owned a successful catering business for a few years, before giving it up to focus on her family and write full-time. She shares her life with a Gemini husband who also knows every word to Les Mis, and three amazing daughters – an eleven-year-old theatre buff, a nine-year-old future mega-entrepreneur, and a curly-haired six-year-old who is the true CEO of the household.
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Dana has been writing for what seems like forever. Her young adult trilogy, The Whisper Series, is a paranormal romance that’s rife with angels, demons and forbidden romance, as well as a message of love and acceptance that has touched readers nationwide. Her newest novel, Beautiful Secret, is a women’s fiction set in the scorched hills of Southern Italy, where Dana has spent much time traveling and visiting relatives. Beautiful Secret is set to be released this summer by Pandamoon Publishing. Dana has a love affair with all things Italian and is proud to be part of the loud, crazy, and wonderful Italian family that inspired her new book.

To get any of Dana’s books simply click the cover!

In this episode we learn:

Show Notes

  • The insider details of Dana Faletti’s journey as an author
  • Information about her YA trilogy, The Whisper Trilogy and her upcoming release, Beautiful Secret
  • We discuss her website and blog contents, be sure to see the links below this post!
  • We get the scoop on her publisher, Pandamoon Publishing
  • Inspiration from her on the three things she wants to accomplish as an author

AND SO MUCH MORE including her best advice for aspiring authors!

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*with intro from hostess, Kim Smith*

You can find her online at:

Website: http://www.danafaletti.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordanafaletti/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/danafaletti @danafaletti
Blog: http://www.danafaletti.blogspot.com
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WGP Episode 61- Michael Bowler, YA author

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Michael-J-BowlerMichael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels–A Boy and His Dragon; A Matter of Time (Silver Medal from Reader’s Favorite); The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Book Awards; Honorable Mention from Reader Views and the Southern California Book Festival), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America; Spinner (Seal of Approval – Literary Classics; Winner – Young Adult – Hollywood Book Festival; Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite; Runner-Up – Young Adult – Southern California Book Festival; Honorable Mention fro m Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, San Francisco Book Festival, Halloween Book Festival; Recommended Read from US Review of Books), and Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot.

His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.
He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet President Clinton in the Oval Office.

He is currently working on a novel based on his screenplay, “Like A Hero.”
His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • We learn how Michael’s disability led him to write books and how screenplays came to be the dominating field for his efforts
  • How his love of working with kids got him interested in writing books for teens
  • Insider details about his experience with kids with learning disabilities
  • Info about his book Spinner and how it came to be
  • Inspiration about his process of writing and how he turned screenplays into books
  • Discussion about how writing a story unfolds in our head like a movie
  • Information about how cross genre fiction can make marketing difficult sometimes
  • What Michael thinks his strength is as a creative
  • Where Michael sees himself in the next five years, career-wise and personally

AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!

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You can find him online at:

Website: http://www.michaeljbowler.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/wmichaeljbowlerauthor
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/BradleyWallaceM
Blog: http://www.sirlancesays.wordpress.com
tumblr: http://michaeljbowler.tumblr.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/michaelbowler/pins/
Instagram: StuntShark
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WGP Episode 60 Robert Smith, Thrillers

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Robert Smith writes thrillers. Sometimes as TyCobbsTeeth (pen name) and he tells us how that pen name came to be in the podcast. Areas of the thriller genre that interest him are: Psychological; Suspense; Horror; and Crime/Detective. He’s from Prince Edward Island, just off Canada’s east coast, where the ocean winds drive the cold waves of the north Atlantic hard against the island’s red cliffs. More recently he is from Ottawa, and the US East coast.
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Be sure to have a listen to Robert’s interview by clicking on the podcast player below. We discuss his work, including, Breakfast is Severed, Society for Supper, and What Lies Within which is coming soon.

You can get these works by Mr. Smith by clicking on the covers.

In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • Robert Smith’s journey into writing thrillers and how visual arts has played a part in that
  • How Stephen King influenced his writing
  • What led him to write his first short story, Breakfast is Severed (a tagline did it!)and a little about the sequel Society for Supper
  • Discussion about ideas and how they can disrupt your life
  • Insider info about Robert’s pen name and how it came to be and how Sotheby’s Auctions played a part
  • Details about how writing under a pseudonym can be problematic
  • A look into the new work, What Lies Within, and what he is going to do with it
  • His new agent (Debbie Lyon) works for Media Bitch Literarybased in the UK but has agents in the US and Canada.

AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!

One of the books we discussed was his favorite Stephen King story. You can get IT here by clicking on the cover:

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You can find him online at his Facebook page Robert Smith, Thrillers and on Twitter @tycobbsteeth
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