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20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories By Dan Salerno

 

 

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories by Dan Salerno
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STORY-LINE 20 SHORT ONES: 20 SHORT STORIES

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, filled with stories of hope, redemption, and in some cases forgiveness, the reader finds a relaxing and inspirational read.  Each story’s short, however, all are complete.  Exploring human relationships and the human heart, Salerno crafted a glimpse of romance and friendship.

My Christian fiction book reviews of 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, the reader finds 20 stories which are short in length and long in content.  Filled with hope and expectations of good things to come, 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories a feel-good read.  Each story is complete unto its self.  This book does not focus on one religious group but features several from Catholic to Jewish and ones in-between.  Salerno is an equal opportunity author.

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Silver City Seductions By Laura Fletcher

 

 

A Western Cowboy Mail Order Bride Romance; Book 1

Silver City Seductions by Laura Fletcher
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STORY-LINE SILVER CITY SEDUCTIONS BY LAURA FLETCHER:

Silver City Seductions is a sweet romance straight out of the old west.  Victoria Nolan is alone in the world since the death of her parents.  Working as a waitress, barely making ends meet, Victoria’s rooked into an unsavory situation by an evil man.  Upon realizing the hotel he has brought her to is a brothel, Victoria runs hard and long.  Her last stop is Silver City.

Silver City is a small town and Sam Flynn’s home.  Sam and his three ranch hands have run through a multitude of housekeepers.  Victoria seems the answer to his prayers. Not only is Victoria an excellent housekeeper and cook, but the attraction between Sam and Victoria also grows daily.

But evil is still stalking Victoria?  Will Sam be able to protect Victoria?  When Sam learns the truth, will he forgive Victoria?  Come along and have a seat, my western romance book reviews of Silver City Seduction follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT

Firstly, let me say Silver City Seductions is a relaxing easy read for a lazy afternoon.  A short novella, the author, could not explore the depth and character development of the novella’s parent, the novel, due to the short length of novellas.   However, Fletcher did a good job of including everything needed to craft a solid story.  Secondly, Fletcher created a strong woman in Victoria.  Women, of necessity, had to be strong in the west to survive, Victoria is such a woman.

Furthermore, in Sam, Fletcher created a knight in shining armor.  Yes, he has his issues. However, he is ever ready to protect and care for Victoria.  I found the plot progressed smoothly without starts and stops; it did not lag or bog down.  Containing one love scene, which takes place after marriage, I found the scene inoffensive; it was not erotica or graphic sex, but a loving scene between two people in love.

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Two Tocks before Midnight By Clay Boutwell

 

A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery

(The Agora Mystery Series)

Two Tocks before Midnight
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STORY-LINE TWO TOCKS BEFORE MIDNIGHT CLAY BOUTWELL:

Forgery, mystery, and murder are found in Two Tocks Before Midnight.  Beginning on the night of October 24, 1889, Clay Boutwell crafts a mystery of suspense and murder.  When forgeries appear, the Agora society is on the case.  This society’s dedicated to the betterment of man, and as such, see this case as part of their creed.  However, the society finds a member’s involved in these crimes.  Who is the one helping the criminals and who is the mastermind behind the scene?  As the murders mount, Carl Brooke, a member of Agora, ferrets out the secrets and reasons.  My book reviews of Two Tocks Before Midnight follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short tale of 51 pages, Clay Boutwell, created a story filled with forgery and murder.  Similar to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Carl Brookes is methodical, as well as, intuitive in his reasoning and investigative techniques.  Boutwell slowly revealed Carl’s investigative genius as he developed the storyline.

Authors can not develop characters or plot lines in a short story to the extent they can a novel.  However, Boutwell did a skillful job of developing the characters and plot lines in this short book.  Boutwell held the who, what, and why close;  revealing them at the last moment in the storyline.  Using observation and deduction, will Carl Brookes solve the crimes and reveals the culprits?  Sorry, you will have to read the book to decide if the night of October 24th, 1859, remains a mystery in the annals of time?  In addition, Boutwell added a surprise ending which I did not expect.

Two Tocks Before Midnight is perfect for an hour or so of light reading.  As a bonus, the book is free on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles websites.  A clean read, it has violent scenes, but without descriptive language, making the book suitable for young adult and adults.  Also, I did not find any editing errors in this bookTwo Tocks Before Midnight will satisfy anyone who likes mysteries similar to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series.

TWO TOCKS BEFORE MIDNIGHT RECOMMENDATION:  STARS

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The Accident By Glen Ebisch

 

The Accident
The Accident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ACCIDENT BY GLEN EBISCH:

Karen Walker, a former homicide detective, is alive yet not living life.  After a terrible auto accident, the death of her husband in the crash, and numerous surgeries, she lived in limbo.  A call from her friend, Clarissa Hammett begging for help changes things for Karen.  Clarissa’s sister, Justine, is missing and the police are no help.  Karen leaves her hermit-like existence to find Justine.

Moving into the house Justine occupied before her disappearance, taking a job at the same restaurant, and nosing around, Karen knows she has hard work ahead.  With a variety of characters from the antagonistic Audrey to the handsome Sam and many more, Karen interviews and questions each one.  Then Paul, her husband’s brother and Justine’s estranged husband, Jimmy, show up to cause even more problems.

Has Justine been kidnapped?  Is she alive or dead?  Who keeps trying to kill Karen?  Has Karen gotten too close to the truth?  Come along with Karen as she ferrets out the facts and deals with side issues.  My mystery book reviews of The Accident follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found The Accident an intriguing mystery story.  Author Glen Ebisch created first-class suspense in The Accident.   Filled with twists and turns, many suspects, and an unexpected action-packed, mouth dropping finale, Ebisch created a tale which will rivet the reader.  I found myself unable to close my E-reader until I read the last sentence.  Ebisch‘ plotting is excellent as he added element upon element to this story.  His scenes transition well and his writing flow smoothly.  As a result, I could see the scenes and feel the characters emotions.  I became enmeshed in the lives of the characters immediately.  Karen’ character portrays an intelligent, savvy woman who faced the worse life could throw.  Karen lived in isolated limbo for months; breathing but not living life.  As a result, it was terrific to watch Ebisch develop her character.

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Reunited By Danger By Carol J. Post

Love Inspired Suspense

Reunited By Danger
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STORY-LINE REUNITED BY DANGER BY CAROL J. POST:

Police Officer Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyons feature in author Carol J. Post new mystery, suspense, romance Reunited By Danger. Amber receives facebook posts from her old friend, Ramona, begging her to come to the ten-year class reunion. Ramona says she has cancer and wishes to connect with the former group of six at the reunion.

Amber, a girl headed for no good in high school, ran with a bad crowd. Six of them who grouped together for drinking and fun. When one of the six is murdered at the reunion, Amber finds a one-line message near him. Each of them has mysteriously received cryptic messages from someone seeking vengeance for a past deed they feel the six are responsible.

Detective Caleb Lyons ran with the good crowd in school; always top grades, helping others, and a Christian to boot. These two must now work together in this case. Amber and Caleb, find her friends murdered one by one, as they receive messages of retaliation for the past. Caleb with his own demons, tries to get Amber to open up to him and tell all she knows? Will they solve this mystery? Can a relationship, possibly love, bloom between Amber and Caleb as they come closer and closer? My mystery suspense romance book reviews of Reunited By Danger follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Reunited In Danger grabbed me from the beginning of the book and did not let go until the last page. A fast-paced tale of vengeance, murder, and secrets, author Carol J. Post, crafted a first class story filled with mystery and suspense. I could relate to their immature behavior, as we all were immature in our teen years of high school. Post highlights the repercussions of immature behavior with the resulting damage and repercussions which occur.

I found the suspense and mystery is addictive as I became involved in the story-line. Then, I found myself asking: who’s going to be next and what happened on that night long ago? Post kept the identity of the murderer and secrets close to her chest and did not reveal either until absolutely necessary to the story-line. What event set the murderer on the trail of vengeance? Wondering if Amber’s involved and praying not, I impatiently clicked my E-reader screen, reading this book straight through as I had to know the answers.

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Music Of Her Heart By Sophie Dawson

 

Christian Historical Fiction

(Stones Creek Ladies of Sanctuary House) Book 2

Music Of Her Heart
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STORY-LINE MUSIC OF HER HEART BY SOPHIE DAWSON

In Music Of Her Heart, the reader finds Red Dickerson’s staying in a line-shack on Hawk’s Wing Ranch.  After the break up of his engagement to Laura, he needed to review his life and think.  The boss gave him orders to also look out for the King Gang.  An evil group terrorizing the countryside, kidnapping women, stealing, and killing, they live like animals.

When Red finds a frightened and soaked Gema Volkovichna running in the icy rain, she reveals her escape from of the King Gang.  As ice turns to snow, trapped in the line-shack for three days, Red takes care of Gema.  Even though he knows he has sealed their fate by caring for Gema alone, Red takes his responsibility seriously.  Marriage will be the only option open to Red and Gema.  Forced into marriage, will Gema and Red come to care for one another?   Will love grow and bloom? My romance book reviews of Music Of Her Heart follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Sophie Dawson, once again, created a lovely romance for her readers.  Continuing with the Sanctuary House series, Red Dickerson and Gema Volkovichna feature in Music Of Her Heart.  Of course, we meet all our old friends from earlier books, catching up on their lives along with possible romances for future books.

I did not like Red in the earlier books.  However, Dawson matured and broadened his character in Music Of Her Heart, creating a knight in shining armor I found Red dependable, capable, respectful, and striving to do the right thing.  He’s a good man who finally meets the woman God created for him.

Imagine marrying a man because you spent innocent days and nights in his care.  Gema found herself in this position and quickly married to Red.  Social rules of this time forced marriages if a man and woman spent time alone.  Even though married too beautiful young Gema, Red’s thinks he too old for her.  He felt she could not possibly want an “old zeezer” of thirty-four.  Dawson crafted a lovely woman in Gema who’s determined to get her man.  Limited English skills, do not stop Gemma from having her way with Red.  Dawson did not rush Red and Gemma into love.  Instead, she slowly developed their feelings for each other.  Also, Gema has hidden talents which Dawson revealed in a timely manner.  After you read the book, you will understand the meaning of the title.

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The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection By Penelope Sotheby

 

A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery Collection

Volume No. 1

The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection
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A collection of three Diane Dimbleby Murder books, I choose to review Murder On The Village Green. 

 

STORY-LINE THE DIANE DIMBLEBY MURDER COLLECTION:  MURDER ON THE VILLAGE GREEN BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:

Diane Dimbleby, a retired school teacher, has a talent for solving crime.  She carries her own set of booties and gloves because you never know when a crime will occur.  Diane sees a man sitting on the village green which appears to be reading.  On closer inspection, she discovers he’s dead.  Although Inspector Darrell Crothers is on the case, Diane immediately starts her investigation.  After all, she has helped him in the past, and she is ready, willing, and able, to help with this investigation.  Diane will come face to face with evil and a crime organization willing to do anything to safeguard its enterprise.  However, they did not count on Diane’s smarts and Inspector Crothers’ determination. My book reviews of The Diane Dimbleby Murder Collection:  Murder On The Village Green follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

As everyone who subscribes to my blog or reads my book reviews is aware, I love the cozy mystery genre.  If you have never read a cozy mystery, you are missing out on fantastic entertainment.  Cozies have main characters who are usually strong independent women.  Also, a cozy mystery does not contain the graphic nature of a full-blown mystery.  Without a doubt, Murder On The Village Green is a true representative of this genre.

Murder On The Village Green features retired teacher Diane Dimbleby.  After retirement, Diane discovered she has a talent for solving crime.  I love Diane’s character.  Far from a retired little old lady, Sotheby developed Diane into an aspiring novelist and crime fighter.   Although living in a small country village of Apple Mews, Diane finds murder outside her door;  or more correctly, across the road on the village green.

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Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: by Stacey Alabaster

 

Boxed Set Includes Books 1-3

Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set by Stacey Alabaster
Bakery Detectives Cozy Mystery Boxed Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE BAKERY DETECTIVE COZY MYSTERY BOXED SET 1-3 BY STACY ALABASTER

 

STORY ONE:  A PIE TO DIE FOR:

Rachel, the owner of a new bakery shop, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in Baker Detectives Cozy Mystery, A Pie To Die For.  Death of the hated food critic at the food fair leads to failing baker Rachel’s door.  She is sure Bakermatic is behind all her woes including the murder.  Can Rachel and her friend Pippa ferret out the truth and prove Rachel Innocent?  Is romance in the air for Rachel and the local detective on the case?  Will Rachel and Pippa solve the murder and save the bakery in time?

STORY TWO DONUTS, ANTIQUES, AND MURDER:

The bakery‘s succeeding and Pippa’s assistant manager in Two Donuts, Antiques, and Murder Pippa thinks Rachel’s haunted/cursed;  people seem to die around Rachel.  Nevertheless, Rachel’s determined to expand into the antique store next door;  which Pippa declares haunted.  Of course, there are another murders or two and questions about the portrait of two children in the antique shop.  Is the portrait

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Diamonds For Christmas By Holly Blair

 

A Juniper Falls Holiday Romance

Diamonds For Christmas
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STORY-LINE DIAMONDS FOR CHRISTMAS BY HOLLY BLAIR:

Ruby Parkers meddling Aunt Muriel and her sister are setting Ruby up with eligible bachelors.  However, each one has been a dud.  With Ruby alone after breaking her engagement to Declan Rossi a year ago, they have decided enough is enough;  they want her settled and married.

Little do they know, Declan is back in town and planning to stay.  He and Ruby decide to have a fake engagement to get Ruby’s family off her back and his family off his.  In steps fate, and things heat up for Declan and Ruby.  Will this fake engagement turn into the real thing?   My romance book reviews of Diamonds For Christmas follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Diamonds For Christmas is a second chance sweet romance.  A short read of seventy-seven pages, the reader finds a cute, sincere, abiding, love story.  Ruby has ghosts she must face and lay to rest before she can commit to Declan again.  However, fear has her in its grip.  Meanwhile, Declan is determined Ruby will not get away again.

Holly Blair created a light, cute, sweet, romance which can be read at any time of the year.  A second chance at love, with the same person, does not come often.  However, Ruby and Declan have a chance to grab love and happiness;  if Ruby can conquer her fears.  Bringing the story to an end with a crisis creates an opportunity for Ruby to face her fears head-on.  Set in the small town of Jupiter Falls, I liked the small town feel of the story, as well as, Aunt Muriel’s determination.  Blair’s scenes transitioned smoothly, and her writing flowed well.  As a result, Diamonds For Christmas is an easy book to read.

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Buzzy and Thomas Move Into The President’s House by Vicki Tashman

 

Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President's House by Taahman
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Story-Line Buzzy And Thomas Move Into The President’s House by Vicki Tashman

In Buzzy and Thomas Move Into The President’s House, author Vicki Tashman, created an excellent story and teaching tool for young children.  Buzzy, a beautiful female dog, lives a glamorous life in the country.  Her master, Thomas Jefferson, newly elected President of the United States, is moving to the President’s house.  Buzzy is not sure about leaving her beloved country life and all her friends.

Come and follow Buzzy as she comes to terms with the move.  My children’s fiction book reviews of Buzzy and Thomas Move Into The President’s House follows.

Characters, Plotting, Development:

What an excellent teaching book for children.  In Buzzy And Thomas Move Into The President’s House, not only will the child learn history, but also how to handle a move.  Moving is always traumatic for a child;  Buzzy gives the child a different view of moving.  Reading this story several times before the move will give the child/children a reference to Buzzy’s experience. The child or children need not be in the progress of moving to enjoy this story. This book is geared for young children ages 4-8.  The pictures will hold the young child‘s interest, and the story is interesting. The story’s well-developed with a variety of interesting characters.

In concluding my children’s fiction book reviews of Buzzy And Thomas Move Into The President’s House, I found a solidly written story which will hold the child‘s attention.  An excellent teaching tool, the book‘s well constructed with well-thought-out characters. With the length of 42 pages, the child or children will not become bored. For younger children, the book need not be read in one

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Snowed In With Death By Ruby Loren

 

A Holly Winter Mystery

Snowed In With Death
Snowed In With Death

 

STORY-LINE SNOWED IN WITH DEATH BY RUBY LOREN:

In Snowed In With Death, aspiring detective Holly finds herself in Scotland.  As a result of winning a contest, she’s to spend time with seven esteemed detectives at their annual meeting.  After solving a few minor cases, Holly’s excited at the prospect of meeting the greatest detectives in Britain.  She hopes to learn from the cases they solved and their methods.

However, things do not go as planned.  Holly finds herself in the middle a murder mystery as each detective‘s killed.   Will Holly find the killer and solve the case before she meets her violent end?  My book reviews of cozy mystery, Snowed In With Death follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a cozy murder mystery, I must say I found humor in this story.  With snips, snarks, and quips, the reader sees these, so-called, brilliant detectives, are not as bright as Holly thought. Holly, thinking she’s not as smart as the other detectives, and in awe

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Kiss A Bridesmaid by Courtney Hunt

 

A Novella In The Always a Bridesmaid Series

(Always a Bridesmaid Book 3)

Kiss A Bridesmaid
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STORY-LINE KISS A BRIDESMAID BY COURTNEY HUNTER:

In Kiss a Bridesmaid by author Courtney Hunt, we find Abigail Browne, strolling in beautiful Forsyth Park.  Living alone since her Grandmother decided to move into the local senior retirement center, Abigail’s lonely and without a job.  Watching a lovely wedding group prose for photo’s, Abigail notices the dog sitting peacefully with the group.  When the doggie ring bearer takes off after a frisbee, Abigail grabs the leash and ends up muddy and bedraggled.  Recused by wedding caterer, chef, and owner of  The Pie Plate restaurant, Shortie Campbell, Abigail finds herself opening up to him.

Suggesting she apply for a job with his partner, Always a Bridesmaid’s, who provides everything needed for a successful wedding including extra bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Abigail, shy and withdrawn, finds it hard to relate to people, but knows she must find a job or lose her home.

As Abigail and Shortie, work together, in the business, they become closer and closer.  But Abigail has childhood trauma which she must come to terms.  Can these two build more than a business relationship?  My reviews for romance novel,  Kiss A Bridesmaid, follows.

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The Earl’s New Identity By Jasmine Ashford

 

The Regency Renegades Series – Beauty and Titles)

(CLEAN Historical Romance)

The Earl's New Identity by Jasmine Ashford
The Earl’s New Identity, cover

 

STORY-LINE THE EARL’S NEW IDENTITY BY JASMINE ASHFORD:

In the Earl’s New Identity, we find Wesley, Earl of Rippon, ran from his life in Ireland.  Never looking back, Wesley is a rising star in the British Navy; his life is exactly what he wants.  On leave he and his mates stay with Lord Bamber, Third Lieutenant.  Bamber’s the only person on board aware of Wesley’s true identity.  While staying with Bamber, Wesley meets a beautiful young singer on the street, not realizing she’s Lola Montclair;  Bamber’s good friend and a well-known actress.  The attraction is immediate for both.  However, something terrible is happening at the theater.  Three young men have died who had scenes with Lola.

With Lola a suspect in the case, Wesley has decisions to make;  decisions which will affect the rest of his life.  Can Wesley solve the murders?  Can nobility and commoner forge a relationship?  My reviews of mystery romance novel, The Earl’s New Identity, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First let me say, this book’s a relaxing and entertaining read.  Perfect for an afternoon of light reading in your favorite chair. I found Ashford’s characters likeable and the story-line interesting.  However, I could not imagine a person of higher rank

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The Shepherd’s Daughter By Lynn Winchester

 

 

(Dry Bayou Brides Book 1)

Jackson d’Lynne Writing As Lynn Winchester

THE SHEPHERD'S DAUGHTER BY LYNN WINCHESTR
The Shepherd’s Daughter,Cover

 

STORY-LINE THE SHEPHERD’S DAUGHTER:

The Shepherd’s Daughter’s, a clean sweet romance, takes place in 1800’s Dry Bayou, Texas.  Willem Ducharme aka Billy and Raychelle, aka Ray, have been friends since they were small children.  Ray’s family came to Texas to manage the Ducharme sheep enterprise. Thick as thieves, they are seldom apart.  As time passes, Ray realizes her feelings turn into adult love for her best friend.  Then her world falls apart. The Ducharmes have ordered Billy a bride from back East.

The picture of perfection, Rebecca DuCastille’s is everything Ray’s not.  Beautiful, poised, charming, Rebecca is a lady while Ray is the shepherd’s daughter.  Wild haired, hard-working, an unladylike tomboy, and opinionated, Ray’s determined she will not go down gently;  she will fight for Billy’s love.  How far is Ray willing to go to get Billy to choose her for his wife?  Will Rebecca win Billy’s heart or will perfect Rebecca win the day?  Is romance in the air?   My reviews for western romance novel The Shepherd’s Daughter follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Jackson d’Lynne writing as Lynn Winchester crafted a sweet clean story filled with emotion and believable realistic characters. I could feel Ray’s insecurity and sadness, as well as, her wonder when she realized her feelings for Billy.  Winchester’s story-telling talent invest the reader in the characters and story-line.  As Billy and Ray come to realize their

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