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The Legend of the

Jack-O-Lantern:


The legend of the Jack-O-Lantern comes from Ireland from about the 18th century. With some variations the basis of the Jack-O-Lantern is as follows:

There was a stingy drunkard of an Irishman named Jack who tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree. Then Jack quickly cut the sign of a cross into the trunk of the tree, thereby preventing the Devil from climbing down. Jack made the Devil swear that he wouldn't ever come after Jack's soul again or claim it in any way. However, this did not stop Jack from dying and when he did he was not allowed into Heaven, because of his life of drinking, being tightfisted and being deceitful. And because of the oath the Devil had taken Jack was not allowed into Hell either. "But where can I go?" asked Jack. "Back where you came from!" replied the Devil. The way back was windy and dark. The Devil, as a final gesture, threw a live coal at Jack straight from the fire of Hell. To light his way and to keep it from blowing out in the wind Jack put it in a turnip he was eating. Ever since Jack and his "lantern" has been traveling over the face of the earth looking for a place to rest.

The moral of the story: Don't mess with the devil.
This Legend was taken from....here

Another version of this legend......






According to Irish folklore a man named Jack, well known for his drunkenness and quick temper, got very drunk at a local pub on All Hallows Eve. As his life began to slip away, the Devil appeared to claim Jack's soul. Jack, eager to stay alive, begged the Devil to let him have just one more drink before he died. The Devil agreed.
Jack was short of money and asked the Devil if he wouldn't mind assuming the shape of a sixpence so Jack could pay for the drink and after the transaction the Devil could change back. The Devil agreed again to help Jack out and changed himself into a sixpence. Jack immediately grabbed the coin and shoved it into his wallet, which just happened to have a cross-shaped catch on it. The Devil, now imprisoned in the wallet, screamed with rage and ordered Jack to release him. Jack agreed to free the Devil from his wallet if the Devil agreed not to bother Jack for a whole year. Again, the Devil agreed to Jack's terms.
Realizing he now had a new lease on life, at least for a year, Jack decided to mend his ways. For a time Jack was good to his wife and children and began to attend church and give charity. Eventually Jack slipped back into his evil ways. The next All Hallows Eve as Jack was heading home, the Devil appeared and demanded that Jack accompany him. To Continue Reading this version...CLICK HERE


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Thank You so much for stopping by this weekend!!!!!!!
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OTHER GREAT WORKS BY MARY CONNEALY!!! (there are many more, but my blog can only hold so many!!!! if you would like to see the complete list visit Mary's Website)

About the Book:
A beautiful songstress on the run.
A distrustful cowboy who can't abandon a woman in need.
An evil man obsessed with controlling that stunning voice.
The brutal cold of the Rockies in winter.
A suspicious family risking everything to protect a singer with secrets.
One perfect chance for a star to lead two lonely people to true love. Cowboy Christmas. -Sept. 2009
(I Just Won this Book!! I can't wait to read it!!!)


About the Book:
Left pregnant and widowed in the unforgiving west, Cassie is forced into an unwanted marriage to rancher Red Dawson. No decent man could turn away from Cassie and leave her to the rough men in Divide, Montana. Red Dawson can't turn his back on the spoiled, snooty, beautiful woman. Now he's got himself a wife he's sure God never intended. And when he informs her there'll be no more silk dresses and she has to do some work around the ranch he's surprised she immediately tries to help with everything. Too bad she's a walking disaster. His ranch may not survive her efforts to pitch in.Now, instead of a spoiled wife he's got himself an overly obedient and badly incompetent one, and poor Red is so charmed by her he can't bear to scold. He's not much for bossing people around, anyway.While Red tries to survive Cassie's help and Cassie tries to use her own mind instead of meekly obeying for the first time in her life, an obsessed man plots to make Cassie his own, something he can't do as long as Red lives.Montana Rose was actually inspired by Janette Oke's beautiful classic novel Love Comes Softly. Of course, I'm not Janette Oke (unfortunately for me) and my novel has taken an alarming turn to romantic comedy, suspense and chaos.
"Connealy's new series showcases her usual wit and charm, with a budding romance at the center of the story. The characters are easy to like, even those who are plotting their own agenda."

About the Book:

Belle Tanner buries her third worthless husband and makes a vow over his shallow grave. She’s learned her lesson. No more men.Silas Harden just lost his second ranch because of a woman. The first deserted him when times got tough. Now he’s had to quit the whole state of New Mexico to avoid a trumped-up shotgun wedding and the noose of matrimony. He’s learned his lesson. No more women.Belle needs hired hands to move a cattle herd late in the season and there’s no one around but seemingly aimless Silas. She hires him reluctantly.Silas signed on, glad for the work, though worried about a woman doing such a thing as hiring drovers, only to find out he’s the lone man going with five woman, including a baby still in diapers. After the cattle drive is over, he might as well shoot himself to speed up the process of being embarrassed to death.A fast approaching winter.The toughest lady rancher you’ve ever seen.A cynical cowboy who has to convince five women he’s right for their ma. . .and then convince himself.And one thousand head of the crankiest cattle who have ever been punched across the backbone of the Rockies.
...coming in January 2010


About the Book:
Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead tribe, has never met a man she didn't want to pull a knife on, including the man who's determined to marry her.....coming in May 2010






About the Book:
A collection of cozy mysteriesOF MICE...AND MURDERPRIDE AND PESTILENCE THE MICEMAN COMETH
Maxie, the World's Largest (Stuffed) Field Mouse, must come through time and again to thwart the criminals in his peaceful-albeit mouse-obsessed-hometown of Melnik, Nebraska. OF MICE...AND MURDER American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year FinalistCarrie Evans, hates mice and loves the big city, so why has she returned to her dinky hometown and taken up residence in an infested house? PRIDE AND PESTILENCE Museum curator Bonnie Simpson is attacked while at work in the proud home of Maxie. Can she believe the guy's claim to have never before seen-let alone murdered-the person in Bonnie's storeroom? THE MICEMAN COMETH Attorney Tyler Simpson thinks he's found a home in Melnik, but will he be run out of town when he's forced to defend the town's nemesis as her court-appointed attorney?




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Gingham Mountain by: Mary Connealy
#3 in the Lassoed in Texas Series
285 pages

Back Cover:
When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant, a disreputable-looking cowboy, she's determined to keep him from exploiting two more orphans. When she gets the job as schoolmarm, she resolves to keep Grant's adopted children in school to minimize their time spent in hard labor on his ranch. Will she succeed in her plans or lose her heart-and the children- to a man she despises?
Grant already has a Texas ranch full of orphans he's rescued, but still he's determined to take on the two brought in by the orphan train. Can he wrangle his growing brood while resisting his attraction to the meddlesome Hannah and keeping clear of Prudence, a designing dressmaker?
When a couple of con artists discover oil on Gran's land, they'll go to any length to steal his ranch, including forcing him into marriage. Will their plans succeed before the secret of oil spills out?



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I have to say this was a fun read!! And as always Mary Connealy has done a superb job in writing the ending to this series!!!

I love how, she still keeps you informed about her other characters, from past books, and doesn't just let them hang!

Hannah is Not sure she can trust Grant, a Man, who adopts children but doesn't have the greatest things for them...Her concern is that he just wants free labor...

All Grant can see when, he looks at Hannah is a young woman, who can hardly take care of herself, but can't seem to stop trying to get in other peoples affairs. Being an orphan himself, Grant has decided to help when ever he can, and if that means adopting more children, even if he isn't positive where the next meal is going to come from, just so they don't have to go back to an orphanage....thats what he'll do!!!

Now all he has to do, is convince Hannah of that, while trying to keep from getting killed for his land.

It's hard for me to do a review for this one, because I'm afraid I'll say to much and ruin the story...lol, this happens often when there are books that I really like, and so when I'm telling others about them, I (most often than not) end up saying to much, and then the person doesn't have to read the book....hehe. So Just take my word for it....It's a great book!!!

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Calico Canyon By Mary Conneally
Book #2 in the Lassoed in Texas Series


About the Book:
Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?


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Another great addition to the Lassoed in Texas Series, Mary Does a great job of bringing these two people together.
These Two are the last possible people you would think of being together. She a Prim School Teacher, He a Rough Cowboy with 5 boys! Now these boys you would think bad enough if they were all seperated by a few years, but NO! not so lucky...the older 2 are twins, and the younger 3 are tripplets! Can you IMAGINE? I guess I could, but I certaintly wouldn't want to be their teacher! As you can guess these boys give Grace a Hard time of it! And Their Father isn't much better, she actually calls him,
'The leader of the Rats, the man ad the intelligence of the average fence post,
the personality of a wounded warthog, and the subbornness of a flea-bitten mule.
Grace silently apologized to all the animals she's just insulted.'
Grace has had a difficult life, she was adopted by an abusice father, she has overcome many trials and discovered how brave she can be. Now she's in Texas doing her dream of being a teacher, while she has to send money home to her sisters...But this dream may not be what she wants, now that she has convinced the 5 Reeves' to come to school. They may just ruin everything.
But Everything changes when you father comes to Texas intending to kill her...when she makes her wild escape into a land she hardly knows, it leads her to the winter she'll never forget....The Winter she's Stuck with the Reeves Family...in a little cabin...

Check Back tomorrow for the last Book in The Lassoed in Texas Series Review! Gingham Mountin!


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Ok, I know I've already 'Reviewed' this one, but not really! and Since this is 'Mary Connealy Week' I'll just do a better Job reviewing this Book!

As you've probably already guessed, Mary Connealy is the Author of this Fabulous Book! And it's #1 in the Lassoed in Texas series!


Back Cover:

Sophie Edwards is doing just fine alone in the bleak wilderness of Texas. Still, God hears the cries for help that she is too busy to voice. One night a strange-yet oddly familiar-man rides into her life and insists on rescuing her and her four daughters. Can she find a way to love a headstrong mountain man?

When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered, he's bent on finding the killers and seeing them properly hanged. But first, he believes, Christian duty demands he marry his sister-in-law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her...Right?

Judd Mason is determined to get his hands on the Edwards ranch. But that widow-woman has gone and gotten herself a new man to protect her. What will it take to get Sophie Edwards out of his way for good?

Can Sophie and Clay-the mismatched newlyweds-work together to protect their land and find love on the Texas Frontier?


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I guess that shouldn't be a question should it? I'm gonna give them to you weather or not you want them...so ha! ( a little sass for a change lol)

By the Title and Back Cover, you can glean that this story has to do with 'Petticoats' or aka Women/girls. 5 of them to be exact, A Mother and her 4 daughters, and then there is Clay...a man who was raised by....MEN! And he's staying with 5 Girls! Can you believe what he's going through? All that Emotion?! I kinda feel sorry for the Fella...But the way he deals with it is really Funny! It's most of the Humor to this story, and let me tell you, this Story has Humor! I laughed for at least half of it! When You read how Clay 'Proposes' (if you can call it that;) You'll bust up! Here's a man, who thinks it's his Christian duty to 'Marry up' with his Late Brother's Wife...But he doesn't know squat about her, or about any woman for that matter!


Now Sophie...She's a wife, that has been alone most of her marriage, what with the war and all. Her husband was never home for long. And when he was, he didn't do much, so Sophie was 'stuck' with the workins of the Ranch, and then He died...leaving her and the children alone in the middle of Texas, where they're not many unmarried Females! So Marriage proposals start coming from all directions, so Sophie has to hide...and thats when she Meets Clay.


Clay...as the back cover said he is Headstrong! And he's not much for saying what he's feeling in the case of emotions like, "I love you" or "You done Good" or anything like that...He's a firm believer in the no news is good news kind of attitude...So when he says "That was stupid" he meant it, at least he doesn't mean you're stupid, just what you did was...but you know what a woman first thinks...."He Just called me Stupid!" (Am I right?) Will he ever learn, that's not what you say to 5 Girls?


Will these two ever truly be 1? Will Clay figure out how to handle a house full of Petticoats? Or will he loose his mind?



Petticoat Ranch is one of my (many) favorites! (if you click on that link...it'll take you to my first posting on the Book...But beware...Calico Canyon is included in that post....so if you want to wait...I suggest NOT going to it!)


To buy this great book, CLICK HERE.



~Rae Byuel~
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Today I'm doing an interview with Mary Connealy, the Author of Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon, and Gingham Mountain.


Welcome Mary and thank ya for Joinin Me today!


Hi, Rae, thanks for having me on.


What is your inspiration for your Books?
Rae, I wasn’t that aware of it when I first wrote Petticoat Ranch but, after it was done, I realized I got a lot of it from my husband. He’s from a family of seven sons and now we have four daughters. And having grown up without women…except for his mom of course…he has strange reactions to the girls. He just never learned to enjoy making girls cry or scream, like a lot of men who, when they were boys, tormented their sisters. Petticoat Ranch was a man thrust into an all-girl world.
So, I decided I needed to write the flip side of that, a woman in an all-male world. Calico Canyon became my husband story when he was a boy. All those out-of-control boys…my mother-in-law, who is one of my favorite people on the planet…can tell little boy stories all day long.
So, to be fair, I have my own family—my brothers and sisters—in mind for Gingham Mountain. Gingham Mountain is Hannah’s story. I got Hannah in a lot of trouble as a secondary character in Calico Canyon. Now I’ve got to get her out of it. The fundamental story is inspired by my own family. I was the third of eight kids. We grew up in a tiny old farmhouse, three bedrooms-well, eventually four when my brother moved into this tiny wreck of an attic room. We didn’t have material things but we had lots of love and plenty of fun. That’s how I KNOW Grant could have shoe-horned all those kids into that little house, because we did it.


What's your favorite part about writing a book?
I love writing.
I don’t even like to break it down into pieces.
I love story, possibly most of all. A story in my head I want to tell. But finding the right characters is such a fundamental part of that story that I’m not sure you can separate the two. And historical research…well, I say I hate it…but I hate it because it sucks me in. I’ll find out an hour has gone by while I try to figure out if there was a train coming into El Paso in 1883…and I got off on some sidetrack and am now reading about The Younger Brothers or studying if a puma, mountain lion and wildcat are all the same animal. Or did laudanum come in a bottle sold widely or did you have to be a doctor. Or were there colleges who would admit women and what paperwork did you need to be a pastor, legally able to perform a wedding.
So, I love research but I know it’s a time sink.
I love revisions. I always feel like the book gets soooooo much better during revisions. I just love every part of writing.


How did you know you wanted to be a writer? What got you started?
I wrote my first book when I was about twelve. I’m not saying it was long, nor good, but even back then I liked expressing myself through the written word. My children’s baby books are full of writing, almost more than pictures. I started writing as an adult about the time my baby, the fourth of my four daughters, went to kindergarten. Then, my first book released (PAY ATTENTION TO THESE DATES) in February, the year my baby would graduate from high school. So that’s how many years I wrote with no success. Very tough business.


What was the road to getting published like? Any Advice for amateur authors?
My main advice sounds trite really but the bottom line is write. Write and keep writing. Finish a book, start the next, send the books in to publishers and agents, enter contests, read great books you love, and through it all, keep writing. I had twenty finished books on my computer when I finally sold. I did get better. I learned. I studied. I took online classes, attended writer’s conferences, listened to the critiques of my work when I’d enter a contest and take those comments, however painful, to heart and try, try, try to improve. But keep writing. If you learn a new skill you’ve got to apply it to really get it.


Write.


Who are some of your favorite Authors to read? And Favorite Books?
This is a mean question and you should be ashamed of yourself for asking it, Rae. I am a book junkie. Seriously, if books were whiskey, my family would be holding an intervention. I am on two blogs with multiple authors and I love all their work. I don’t think I’m going to answer this one just because the list is so long it’s crazy.
Ummmmm….favorite book of all time……To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Most powerful emotional experience with a book….A Lantern in her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Most fun I’ve ever had reading a book…Matchmakers by Jude Deveraux. It’s an odd, very short book, book two in her novel, The Invitation…which had three novellas in it. Just the most hilarious thing I’ve ever read. I think I particularly like it because the heroine is an author.


Do you have a favorite Time Period/Place to write in, and why?
I am loving writing about the American west. There is just something about a cowboy saying, “I reckon…” that I love. But I’ve written contemporary too. I have a book coming in June called Nosy in Nebraska which is a collection of three cozy mysteries. I had so much fun writing that book, just wonderful.


How have your personal faith and beliefs influenced your story?
I love having a faith thread in my books. I think it gives a book a foundation that no other type of books have and it matches so well with the west and the cowboys and their rough but unshakable moral code.
And I hear people say writing Christian fiction is limiting because of the rules of no bad language and no graphic love scenes but I feel just exactly the opposite. I feel like secular fiction is limiting…it is to me. Because I am NOT going to write bad language or graphic love scenes and in secular fiction you almost have to. So I can find no one to publish my books in that world. Thank God for Christian fiction.




What is your Life's Verse, and how do you apply that in your life?
My favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
One thing I explore in Gingham Mountain is my own version of ‘why do bad things happen to good people.’ My direction is homeless children. Grant, the hero of Gingham Mountain has a heart for this children until it makes him almost desperate to help them. He lays away nights agonizing over the thought of children hungry and cold and dying and turning to thieving and whatever else they have to do to survive. Why would God let that happen? How does he reconcile that with a loving God.
It’s what I think of as a deep truth, or maybe a hard truth, that people—innocent people, suffer in this mean old world. I try and explain, to my limited ability, why I think that is.


What's your next Book called and about?
The next book is Nosy in Nebraska, it’s a riot. I just had way too much fun writing it.
Then after that, I am settling in to write three books a year for Barbour all historical western romantic comedies. The next one of those comes out in July and is called Montana Rose, book one of a new series called Montana Marriages, I think it’s the funniest book yet.


Who is your favorite character and why?
Right now I’m completely in love with Grant. He’s my most well-rounded hero, which of course…who wants a well-rounded hero. We need trouble, conflict, angst. And Grant has that, but he’s got such a great, soft heart. I adore him.


Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
The thing that comes to mind is how much I love that there is Christian fiction in the world today. It’s the fastest growing genre, did you know that? Any book you love, check in your local Christian book store and you’ll find a Christian version of it. If you like romantic suspense, we’ve got it. If you loved Bridget Jones Diary, but regretted the sinful attitudes, there’s a Christian version of it.
Cop drama, sweet romance, serial killers, romantic comedy, issue driven serious literature, chick lit. We’ve got it all in Christian fiction so go hunt up whatever you love in your nearest Christian bookstore.


Thanks Again for Joinin me here today! I enjoyed having you! And Again Congratulations on the release of Gingham Mountain!


Thanks for having me, Rae.


If any of your blog readers have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them.
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Hi Y'all,
I'm happy to announce, that I've won my first blog award!!!!

Thanks so much to Lori for awarding my blog with this awesome award!


Okay ~ here are the rules for this award...
USE ONLY ONE WORD! It’s not as easy as you might think.Copy and change the answers to suit yourself and pass it on.It’s really hard to use only one-word answers so try your best.

1. Where is your cell phone? nonexistent
2.Your hair? Brown
3. Your mother? loving

4. Your father? awesome
5. Your favorite food? Mexican
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Barq's
8. Your dream/goal? Cosmetologist
9. What room are you in? kitchen
10. Your hobby? Reading
11. Your fear? failing
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? smarter
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? Employed
15. Muffins? chocolate-chip
16. Wish list item? laptop
17. Where did you grow up? Georgia
18. Last thing you did? wash-face
19. What are you wearing? Tank-Top/robe

20. Your TV? Flat
21. Your pets? nonexistent
22. Friends? Great!
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Sleepy
25. Missing someone? brother
26. Vehicle? nonexistent
27. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
28. Your favorite store? Old-Navy
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? 9/11 (reading one Tuesday morning)
32. Your best friend? Kayla
33. One place that I go to over and over? church
34. One person who emails me regularly? Rene

35. Favorite place to eat? Mexican



Now I would love to pass this awesome award on to:
Jenn @ Everything Fashion/Makeup Related and Me!
Debra Ullrick @ http://christianromancewriter.blogspot.com/
Marta @ http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/
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That's Right Folks, It's Time for October's CFRB Tour!!!!

This Month its, (drum roll please) Mags Storey's novel, If Only You Knew


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Jo's summer vacation is off to a good start when she meets Kevin, an amazingly attractive guy, and Sam, her soon-to-be best friend, on the same day. Now she only needs a job, future plans, and a few goals for her life. No big deal, right?

As if that's not enough, Jo would also like to know why no one talks about the horrible accident she witnessed last summer. Bust as much as she wants to know the truth, someone else wants to keep it a secret. Can she handle creepy stalkers, death threats, and her crazy love life without losing control?

For Jo, unraveling the mystery and piecing her life together will mean discovering if God really listens-and if he cares enough to answer.






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A GREAT STORY!!! I loved it, I wasn't so sure, when I requested to review it, but then I started reading! and boy did I get sucked in! I ended up reading it in 2 days...(had to take breaks...I had to clean my room :)

Mags did a great job with Jo's mystery...she get's you wondering who are these people that are stalking her, who and why are they threatening to kill her? The only thing is, that Mags did such a good job writing this book, that it's hard to say what I really thought of the story, without giving it away!

Mags opens the book with Jo walking on the beach until she comes to a couple fighting in the middle of her path...making it impossible for Jo to get around them until the fight broke up! So she sitts down in the back of a truck, and watches the fight...and I tell you, What a Fight!!! The girl was acting like a 2 year old that was just told no!

She was so ingrossed in watching the fight, that she didn't even realize that the owner of the truck, had gotten in and started the truck. But once she heard the engine, she jumped off the truck...but instead of landing on her feet, she landed on her behind...and the driver didn't realize that she was back there...

Sam's one of those friends, that you can just call for anything, and Jo does! When she feels like she's in danger she calls Sam... They end up hanging out ALL the time....until things with Kevin start getting serious! More serious than I think Jo or Kevin would like them to be.



I Highly recommend this book!! I would love it if there would eventually be a sequel...but i'm not sure....But Thank you Mags for writing this great story!!!!!!




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To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book for free from Mags Storey as a Christian Fiction Review Blogger. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Mags Storey to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.

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