Alison Golden

πŸ“š Spring is here! πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, Last month was a banner month for me, my most successful since I started writing nine years ago. It's very exciting for me to see so many people around the world discover Annabelle, Graham, Roxy, and Diana for the first time, especially in...

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πŸ“š Audio Video πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, I'm taking the week off writing and will start again on April 1st, but have a few announcements to make. If you celebrate Easter, I hope you eat as much chocolate as you wish (which may be none, of course - I prefer hot cross buns) and have a...

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πŸ“š Early mornings πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, The clocks have changed here in the US and I'm sitting at my desk at 5:30 a.m. (really 4:30 a.m!) writing, writing. I love the early morning - so peaceful and quiet. I typically go out for a morning walk at 6 a.m. for 90 minutes, after I have...

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πŸ“š Broken is live πŸ“š

Hello! Well, it's finally here. Six years after the last installment, I am so pleased to announce that the fifth book in the Diana Hunter series, Broken has hit the Amazon shelves. Please read on. There is an extract from the book below, along with purchase links. But...

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πŸ“š I nearly decided not to πŸ“š

Greetings! I'm getting closer and closer to publishing the next book in the Diana Hunter series, Broken. I can't wait to share it with you. To whet your appetite, I have a teaser and a new game that you can play without having read the book. But first, a warning....

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πŸ“š Don’t get left behind πŸ“š

Hey there, I am bereft. After twenty years, my hairdresser is retiring. He lives in Miami and has decided not to travel to the Bay Area anymore. When I first went to him, I had hair down my back and I wanted a change. I dropped my kids off to preschool and without...

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πŸ“š A story about Dora The Explorer and me πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, I was having lunch with a friend last week and we were talking about how, twenty years ago, when we were raising very young children, computers for kids were still in their infancy. We discussed how lucky we were that our children loved books...

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πŸ“š It was a dark and stormy morning… πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, It was New Years Eve 2022. I was heading to an early morning doctor's appointment. It was dark. No one was about. It was raining. As I went down the hill, I noticed rainwater accompanying me on my journey, but I didn't worry too much. I got...

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πŸ“š Novelties, news, and titbits πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, New year, new you? I hope not. I think you're pretty great as you are. 😊 Today, I have updates on my wip, some recommended authors whose writing is set in earlier eras, and what to do if you don't follow me on Amazon. Always learning, always...

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πŸ“š What does 2024 have in store? πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader, Good morning! We're into the second week of the new year and I'm cracking on with Diana #5. Yesterday I got some writer's block on a scene and was also noodling another plot point. I started to procrastinate. I ended up buying a few things on...

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πŸ“š Did you miss anything? πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! I hope you had a lovely holiday season and are now recovered and raring to go! I barely stopped over the winter break (reason for that will be in next week's newsletter) and it's full steam ahead here. 2023 is in the rear view mirror. And now...

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πŸ“š Happy New Year! πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! It's the end of 2023. Many people count down the days but I think every day is precious. πŸŽ‡ As the year ends, I'm feeling grateful. 2023 has been an amazing year for me and that's all down to you. If you’ve bought one of my books, left a...

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πŸ“š πŸŽ„ Happy Holidays! πŸŽ„ πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! Are you nearly done with your holiday prep? I don't have too much to do having such a small family and it's just about done. 🦌 We are limiting gifts this year to one from each person (3) plus our Secret Santa gifts, also three. Our Secret...

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πŸ“š Are they or aren’t they? πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! Ack, I managed to plant my bulbs this week but forgot to water the Christmas tree. I love a profusion of daffodils in spring, but gosh, do I procrastinate putting them in. I finally got it done at the weekend, but then realized the tree was...

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πŸ“š Christmassing πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! If you're in the US, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving last week. Ours was just as I like it, nice and quiet. A friend told me about her plans for having twelve people over and then moving to someone else's the next day, and I had to tell...

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πŸ“š Birthdays πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! Gosh, it's noisy here today. We've got a couple of world leaders meeting for a summit two miles away and the air is full of planes and helicopters. Add a few police sirens and this author is struggling to concentrate. Today, I have updates on...

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πŸ“š I was wrong πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! Ka-pow! Boom! Pshewy! That's the sound of my brain exploding. I am spending part of this week attending an author conference (online.) I am particularly interested in new technological developments especially as they relate to book marketing,...

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πŸ“š My Dress πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! I hope you enjoyed Halloween. I had a blast! I stayed in, doled out candy, and reminisced about Halloweens of years past which were SO much fun, they are permanently etched onto my memory. This week I am revisiting a story I've told before...

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πŸ“š You’ll never forget if you do this πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! I got into the Halloween candy after a stressful weekend. ?This happens every year. I really need to buy the bag of sweets on October 31 rather than a month before. I promise myself that I will do this every year and I never do. Perhaps...

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πŸ“š Grist for the mill πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! As we move into the holiday season ?, I am thinking of next year - what I want to do, achieve, who I want to spend my time with, how I want to move forward with my life. I reach a milestone birthday next year, a number I find unbelievable, so...

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πŸ“š My comma problem πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! Fall is here. ? It was ninety degrees last week. β˜€οΈ Goodness. This week I have some more thoughts on artificial intelligence, some fun for you, and an announcement. Also the latest on the impossible jigsaw. ? Comma, comma, chameleon When I...

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πŸ“š Ai, ai, ai πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! I've been studying and experimenting with artificial intelligence for months now as I think about when, how, and if I want to use it. What AI can do is amazing, shocking, and mediocre all at the same time. Undoubtedly it will get better. Is...

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πŸ“š A Haunting and an Ancient Monolith πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! I went to the pictures last week to see Kenneth Branagh's A Haunting in Venice. I don't go to the movies that much. It's too loud. I am probably the only person who takes her earbuds with her, switches them to noise cancellation, and can...

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πŸ“š Two stories πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely people! I went to a neighbour's party last weekend. I've lived on this street for 27 years and this was only the second one I've been to. In that time, older people have moved away and families have moved in. There are more young children here than I...

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πŸ“š What does it mean? πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader! The mornings are getting cooler. I had to put a jacket on to go for a walk this morning. I usually like to get out for an hour before everyone else and before it gets to hot and before I write for the day. It sets me up well. I listen to...

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πŸ“š Dog Days of Summer πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely people! It's a beautiful day here in Northern California. The skies are a deep, clear blue, the temperature is just right - not cold, but not energy-sapping hot, either. It truly feels like the dog days of summer and I'm here for it. I am rereading...

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πŸ“š Back to Business πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely people!, I'm back from the UK and back to business here in the US. Got a bit waylaid by the obligatory virus one picks up while travelling and also by a kitty who was pleased to see me, but I am back at my desk and beavering away. What's next? My...

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πŸ“š Can you help Annabelle? πŸ“š

Hey there, Phew! Have I been hot, dirty, and dusty these past few weeks? I am helping a relative declutter her home. It's been hard, physical work - quite the opposite to the type of work I usually do - but very satisfying and, I hope, helpful. Help Annabelle find a...

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πŸ“š New York, here I come πŸ“š

Hey there, I'm off to New York for my son's graduation on Saturday. We're staying all week to enjoy the sights, a show or two, and a couple of escape rooms. I can't wait! The ceremonies are taking place at Radio City Music Hall and Yankee Stadium, two places I haven't...

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πŸ“š Cajun Catastrophe is live πŸ“š

Hello! It is my pleasure to announce that the fourth book in the Roxy Reinhardt mystery series, Cajun Catastrophe has hit the Amazon shelves. Buy Cajun Catastrophe or read for free with Kindle Unlimited If you missed last week's cover reveal, scroll no further and go...

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πŸ“š Don’t lose out πŸ“š

Greetings! I'm getting closer and closer to publishing the next book in the Roxy Reinhardt series, Cajun Catastrophe. Early feedback has been fantastic. I can't wait to share it with you. If you missed last week's cover reveal, scroll no further and go here. To whet...

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πŸ“š Need a little pick-me-up? πŸ“š

Hey there, Thank you so much for all the well wishes. I am well on the way to recovery now. COVID plus pneumonia was no fun, but our Starry looked after me and, well, who could resist that cute face? Writing isn't physically strenuous, so I have been able to work in...

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Would you do me a favor?

Greetings, I hope you are doing well. I am decompressing from my trip, attending to a few things Stateside, and getting ready for my son's graduation next month in New York. It was so lovely to share with you my UK experiences. As I replied to readers who wrote to me,...

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πŸ“š Bye-bye UK πŸ“š

Hey there, Greetings, When you receive this, I'll be touching down again in San Francisco, two months after leaving for a trip to the UK. Someone asked me how the trip had gone. It has been by far my longest visit since I left the country nearly 27 years ago,Β  and I...

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πŸ“š Paris πŸ“š

Hey there, Well, what an adventure I've been on. Since I last wrote to you, I've gone from being stranded by snow to navigating a fiery dystopian hellscape. But I tell you, to an author, it's all grist for the mill. Expect my experiences to be featured in a story or...

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πŸ“š Is this my real name? πŸ“š

Hey there! This week I have answers to some questions, and of course some photos. There won't be a newsletter next Thursday because I'll be in Paris with my son who is flying in from New York. We will meet at St. Pancras International and take the train under the...

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πŸ“š Which one of these? πŸ“š

Hey there! Gosh, this week's been busy. I feel I've finally mastered the basics of living out in the sticks. I know when the freshly-baked cakes are delivered to the coffee shop. I've eaten in the pub. I've discovered there is a bus tracker app. (OMG. There. is. a....

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The real life “St. Mary’s”

Hey there, Golden gang! I hope you had a gorgeous week. I have been beavering away in my cottage writing. I've also been hanging out with my family and catching buses. Or not. I had planned to show you pictures of a nearby town today. It's a terribly pretty place, but...

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πŸ“š Naked covers πŸ“š

Hey there, Golden Gang, Another week has passed, and I've had a lovely week. Friday evening fish and chips with a friend, afternoon tea in the cottage with another. The mornings are getting lighter and the evening sunsets from my cottage are wowsers. What goes on...

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πŸ“š Real life inspiration πŸ“š

Hey, hey, hey! I'm writing today from a converted cow barn half a mile outside a North Bedfordshire village in the UK. The village was where I got the inspiration for Annabelle and Upton St. Mary and I hope to share with you over the coming weeks some of the village...

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πŸ“š Going… going… gone! πŸ“š

Hey, hey, hey! The pink Annabelle covers are going away! That's today's message. Next week, they start disappearing. Poof! ? Poof! ? Poof! (Imagine a ninja deflecting books that come flying through the air. That's what it'll be like. ?? ?) (Not really. ☺️) Get your...

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πŸ“š What’s going to happen? πŸ“š

Good day! How are you? I have not yet got washed away in this atmospheric river that's sweeping California, but I am staying at home a lot and am very grateful I live on high ground. I promised last week I would let you know what I have planned for 2023. Here we go ....

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What happened?

Hello! 2022 is in the rear view mirror. At the end of each year, I like to review what I achieved and look ahead. Last year was full of achievements I crossed a few things off my bucket list. Things got done. In 2022, I achieved the following. If you missed any of...

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Happy New Year!

Hello! It's the end of 2022. Many people count down the days but I think every day is precious. As the year ends, I'm feeling grateful. 2022 has been an amazing year for me and that's all down to you. If you’ve bought one of my books, left a review, or recommended me...

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Happy Holidays!

Hey there! Are you nearly done with your holiday prep? The final Golden bird returns to the nest later today and the fun (and food!) and games can begin. On Christmas Day there will be calls to my English family, gift opening (with sausage rolls and mimosas,) followed...

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The best Yorkshire puddings

Hey everyone! Seems like it's been cold everywhere this week. Even here in Northern California, it's been cold. I'm staying warm lugging gifts home and wrapping them. Writing a bit too. Last week's email got readers a-thinking. In answer to the many questions about my...

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Chocolatey biscuits for the win

Hey there! Hey there, Golden gangstas! I am continuing to pull my holiday season together. I simply love Christmas. It is my favourite time of year. It will be the four of us again this year and we are staying in California. We like our family time quiet. Christmas...

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The Family Tree Mystery

Hey there! One of my favourite authors is Peter Bartram who has a new book out:Β The Family Tree Mystery. Pick it up if you need some good reading for the weekend. I recommend it. Bartram writes clever, fun cozy mysteries set in Brighton during the Sixties. While I do...

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Not quite to plan

Hey there! I hope you are doing well. I am still in the UK, dodging the rain, still in awe of the green scenery after a three-year dry spell. I have been quiet this week. I injured my foot a few days ago. It has forced me to stay home for a few days, but not to worry,...

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✈️ I finally made it

Hey there! I bought a ticket to the UK last week and jumped on a plane inside twenty-four hours. I am currently in a coffee shop charging all my devices as it buckets down outside. I am damp but connected to the interwebs. Business continues as usual. All is good....

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My lucky break

Hey there! Thank you for all the well wishes, last week. I'm slowly returning to the land of the physically moving and fully cognizant, and starting to dip my toe in to the cool waters around Gorey Harbour again. Also thank you for the feedback on recent features. I...

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This was unexpected

Hey there! Welp, this week I was expecting to show you pretty pictures from my converted cowbarn in the middle of the English countryside where I was finishing off the new Inspector Graham. But two days before my flight to the UK, Covid visited my household. So...

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What law enforcement tell me

Hey there! Counting down to my trip to the UK ??. Lots of appointments, seeing friends before I leave, writing reminders for things that need to happen while I'm gone. I won't be back until Thanksgiving ? in November and that feels like a long way away. A newsy...

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❀️‍ Don’t these look cool!

Hey there, It was so great to hear from so many of you last week about my jumble sale dress. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. It was fun to write. I live in earthquake country, just a few miles from a fault line. These past few weekends I have been updating our...

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A true story

Hey there, Something happened a few years ago. I wrote about it. It's cute. And completely true. A magical (and true) story I moved to California on October 30, 1996. Virgin Atlantic flight VS019 arrived at SFO at 2:50 p.m. to be exact. I sat in seat 49C. Five years...

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Are the books appropriate?

Hey there! I hope you are doing well. I went for a lovely afternoon tea on Sunday with a friend who'd just had surgery. We ordered extra sandwiches because I love sandwiches. We didn't order extra scones though which I think was a mistake because I needed more...

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No more pink cartoons

Hey there, I had dental treatment last week. I'm adjusting to my new mouth and grateful for pain medications and sedation and skilled dentists on the forefront. I'm not a fan of the dentist. And as I had been waiting in trepidation for over sixteen months for this...

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It’s been a while

Hallooooo! Gosh, it feels like I have been gone a long while. I hope you are doing well, and enjoying your summers. I've been hearing from some of you about your trips to Cornwall and Jersey. Seeing the photos makes me very happy. What I've been doing I have been as...

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Sunny problems

Hey there, oh dear reader! It's windy where I live. In the afternoons, I can barely stand upright when I go for my walk and have to cover my head with my hood, holding it at the neck to keep the wind out. It is lovely and sunny though, so inside it is very nice. Next...

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How a reader changed everything

Hey there, Last week I mentioned I had something personal for you. A few weeks ago, my friend Lisa invited me onto her podcast. I haven't done a spoken interview since I became an author so this is a first! I've known Lisa for 15 years and we got into it. You'll learn...

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The Result!

Hey there, lovely readers! I hope you have had a great week. Today I have the results of aΒ newsletter subscriberΒ poll on what my next-but-one book should be and answers to some frequently asked questions relating to my future plans. But first... ? My next release will...

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What could you win?

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Conclusion for the Series Hey there, I had a busy launch week last week. If you missed news of the release of the eighth and final Annabelle mystery, you can get your copy of it here. I have two contests for you today. Enter for a chance...

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Will Annabelle and Mike make it up the aisle?

Hello! I am so pleased to announce that the eighth book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series, Witches at the Wedding has hit the Amazon shelves. Every book I write has a quotation associated with it. The quote for this book comes from Maya Angelou:...

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Did you win?

Greetings! I'm getting closer and closer to publishing the next book in the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series, Witches at the Wedding. Early feedback has been fantastic. I can't wait to share it with you. To whet your appetite, I have a teaser below. Also, there's...

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Star says hi

Good day gangsters! I often get asked where I get my ideas from. And I always answer, "real life." A couple of examples: I had to take Star to the vet on Saturday. Phew. It was a two-person military operation. We got her some medicine to put in her food and when we...

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Are you a highly sensitive reader?

Hey there, Recently, a reader wrote to thank me for writing stories she doesn't have to hide from her granddaughter. And that made me think of a story from my own life. When I was a little girl I would visit with my grandparents every summer. They lived in Cambridge,...

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✨ The new Graham is live ✨

✨ The new Graham is live ✨

Hello! I am so pleased to announce that the eighth book in the Inspector Graham series, The Case of Sampson's Leap has hit the Amazon shelves. Please read on. There is an extract from the book below, purchase links, and what to do if you haven't tried this series yet....

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πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€ Beautiful artwork

πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€ Beautiful artwork

Hey there! The Case of Sampson's Leap will be out earlier than expected. I originally said November, but it's ready and will be published next week! The Case of Sampson's Leap will be available on Kindle, in paperback, and via Kindle Unlimited. In a few days, I'll...

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I apologize

I apologize

Hey there! Wow, here we are mid-October. Time is flying. I don't know about you but last year I got caught scrambling in December buying Christmas presents and food when so much had already sold out. So this year, I got myself sorted nice and early. When I had sent...

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