Book Signings, Workshops and Laughter

I’ve often been asked what I’d be if I wasn’t a writer. My answer? A comedienne. And even though I chose to become a writer, I’m lucky enough to still be able to let the funny side of me out to play. It comes out in my writing (remember when Miranda turned Sock into a skunk?), but I also get to let it out when I teach a workshop or speak at a book signing.

I was in Tuscon, Arizona on Friday for a book signing at Mostly Books, and I never laughed so much. Some of the laughter came from me telling my stories ( I can laugh at myself), but much of it came from talking to my readers and other authors. If you can’t tell, I’m a people person, and writing is an isolated profession, so when I have the opportunity to visit and make new friends, I jump on it. And that’s what I did in Tuscon. So I thought I’d share a few of my photos.

ChristieHere I am giving my Deep Point of View workshop. Believe it or not, those are just some of the rejection notices that I received over the years. And that suitcase if full! But I loved standing up there helping other writers understand how to go deep into a character’s point of view to make their stories more complex and interesting. But I also got to make everyone laugh, too!





IMG_0101Lunch was fabulous and it gave me the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.





IMG_0083This was the view from my hotel room.What are those things on the horizon? We don’t have those things in Houston.





IMG_0090Here’s a photo of Mostly Books, where I had my book signing. Thanks to everyone who came out to meet me.





IMG_0107Had a great time getting to know some of the Tuscon writers. Thanks to Cricket for the great table conversation.





FullSizeRenderAfter conference drinks with the board members of Tuscon RWA.





As you can tell, I had a great time in Tuscon. It was a place I’ve always wanted to go. I love going to these thing, but it’s also great to come home again.


SFBeginningSo this week, I’m giving away two copies of Shadow Falls: The Beginning to two people who leave a comment. It’s a great way to introduce a friend to the world of Shadow Falls, or you can just keep it for yourself. So be sure to leave a comment telling me your favorite funny scene from any of my books.

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More Miranda News

beautiful teen girl portraitA few weeks ago I told you that I was writing a novella about Miranda. Well, believe me, it turned out to be much longer than planned, but hey, some girls need more pages than others. After all, Miranda has a big adventure. So, it’s finished, and I thought you might like to learn a little bit more about what happens in Miranda’s novella.

In Miranda’s story, Paranormals in Paris, (the title will change) Miranda learns:

Past mistakes can turn into lessons to help secure our futures.

Who you are shouldn’t be all about the boy you like.  Be true to yourself.

When you’re following your dreams, nothing should stop you.  Not even opening a door and stepping in a pile of purposely placed horse crap.

Just about all parents keep secrets, and Miranda’s parents were keeping a doozy.

Sometimes the person you think is your arch enemy can turn out to be something so different.

It’s never enough to depend on someone else to rescue you.  You need to be willing to rescue yourself.

Doing the right thing doesn’t automatically mean it will be easy, or that it isn’t scary.

When all else fails, just turn someone into a kangaroo with pimples.

Where will I be?

I’ve got a few upcoming appearances and book signings. So, if you’re in any of these areas, please come on by and say hello.

January 23, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, I’ll be at Mostly Books in Tucson, Arizona. For more details, follow this link: Mostly Books.

March 27-29, I’ll be teaching workshops and attending the California Dreamin’ Conference near Los Angeles. You can find out more here: California Dreamin’.

May 12-17, I’ll be kicking up my heels at the RT Booklovers Convention. I’ll be teaching several teen workshops and participating in their Giant Book Fair on May 17th along with 800+ authors. If you live in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, you can’t miss this one! For more information check out this link: RT Booklovers.

I’ll be updating my calendar as I schedule more appearances, so keep checking back. I hope to meet you at one of my events!



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Why do Writers do that and Other Questions Writer’s Get?

Writer21.  Why do writers write?

Sometimes it’s because we suck at everything else.  Sometimes it because it’s the only career where it’s okay to hear voices in your head.  Sometimes it because we can’t kidnap people and get them to act out our stories.  But most of the time, it’s because we don’t know how we feel about something until we write about it.

2.  Why do writers stare in to space, eyes unfocused, their expression as blank as a drunk rock?

We’re working, leave us alone.

3.  Why when approached by someone at a book signing and someone tells a writer how much they enjoyed their book, the writer looks them dead in the eyes with complete surprise and says, “Really?”

Okay, this might be a surprise to most of you, but most writers consider themselves artist. And everyone knows that artists are insecure little twits.  Even after we hit the big time, we still are afraid someone will discover our secret:  we don’t know what the crap we’re doing.  We are just making it up as we go.

4.  Why do writer’s talk to themselves?

We are not crazy.  Insecure yes, crazy…not really.  And please, doesn’t everyone exchange a little dialogue with themselves?  Second of all, half the time we’re not talking to ourselves.  We are talking to non-existent people who we call characters.  And before you ask, yes, they do talk back.

5. Why is it that writers can read ten, twenty, even a hundred good reviews, but when they read one bad review, they are certain their career is over?

What part about us being insecure little twits did you not understand?

6.  Why do writers continuously check Amazon and other sights for the reviews knowing they are very likely to run into another bad review?

We love pain.

7.  Why do writers talk about their characters as if they are real?

Who said they aren’t real?  If they didn’t feel real to us, how could we write their stories?

8.  Why do writers often ask readers to post a review?

Because the only thing worse than a bad reviews are no reviews.   And because many on-line retailers will do extra promotion if a writer has a lot of reviews.

Unspoken_revised (1)9.  Why do all writers seem to want the readers to run out and buy their book as soon as hit the stands?

It’s not because we need a quick buck, or because we crave instant gratification.  Though that might be true in a lot of cases, but it’s mostly “the list.”  The New York Times and USA Today all use the first week of sales to measure a book’s worth.

10.  Why do writers eavesdrop on strangers sitting in the booth next to them at a restaurant?

Either our characters are having an off day or because every now and then we want to check and see if the real world is more exciting than our imaginary worlds.  If it makes you feel any better, we usually go right back to our imaginary worlds.

11.  Why does it take so long for a writer to write the second book in their series?

Because they’re always checking their numbers and reading and recovering from the bad reviews.

12. Why do writers spend weeks writing scenes and then wake up one morning and delete it all?

Sometimes it’s because that scene didn’t deserve to live.  Sometimes it’s because we are stupid and believe me we often regret it.

writers_mug_she-rb503262d5323460483ddf16094d5cf73_x7jgr_8byvr_51213.  Why do writers claim to love their characters and then do mean things to them?

It’s called conflict.  While humans try to avoid it in real life, if writers don’t beat up their characters enough, readers get bored.  So, you readers make us writers sadistic individuals.

14. Why do writers kill off characters?

Because sometimes they piss us off.  They either won’t stop talking, won’t tell us things, or won’t do what we tell them.  Then occasionally, it’s because your editor makes you.

15.  Why do writers allow their pages to go to print with typos and grammar mistakes?

We don’t mean to, wetry to catch every mistake, but when you are talking about a 120,000 word books, a few typos may get over looked. Of course, the blame can fall on the editor or the line editor.  Then . . . and this is huge, it could be because believe it or not, we aren’t perfect.  We would like to be perfect, who wouldn’t, but nah, we’re just human. We try our best.

16. Why do writers ask people how they liked their book when they really don’t want to hear the truth?

Because we expect people to do the right thing and lie.  That and because well, we’re often insecure little twits.

17. Why do so many writers complain about their covers?

Because a lot of times, they completely suck.   Yeah, I know some of you think we get to pick our covers.  But it’s not always so.

18.  Do writers really mentally imagine the villains in their books are people they don’t like and kill them over and over again.

Hey…it’s one of the perks of being a writer.

19.  Do writers actually learn something from their characters?

Every single time.

20.  Is it true that every character a writer writes is in some way an expression of themselves?

Oh, so now you’re saying we’re not only crazy, but we have multiple personality disorder? Okay, fine, I’ll admit it.  Yes, every character I write has some of me in them.

WritersRevisionTowel21.  Isn’t it unhealthy to spend so much time in an imaginary world?

Yes, it’s an occupational hazard.  Every job comes with some drawback.   We suffer through it for our fans.

22.  Why is it if a writer accidentally loses some pages, he’s certain that those were the best pages he’d ever written?

It the same reason when a fisherman loses a fish, he knows it was the biggest one he’d ever snagged.

23.  Why do writer’s use pseudonyms?  Are we scared our strange stories will attract strange people?

No!  Well, at least I don’t use one because of that.  After all, I’m pretty strange myself. Seriously, some people use a pseudonym because they write in multiple genres and they don’t want a reader to pick up a book and be disappointed that the book is not in the genre they expected. When I sold my first book in 1993, the publishers wouldn’t allow a writer to use their own names because they wanted to own it.  Later when I sold to Dorchester, I chose to use my real name.  Then when I sold to St. Martins, they suggested I use a pseudonym because my Christie Craig name was tied to romantic comedies.  And while my young adult series has humor, it’s different.

So did I answer your questions? If not, leave your question for me in the comment section, and maybe I’ll answer it next time.

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Pay It Forward

Ten things I learned about myself and life in 2014:

  1. I’m such a wimp that I had to save one of my villains,  J.D., who was originally a complete bada$$. About half way through the book, I started feeling sorry for him and went in, rewrote a few scenes, and saved his butt.
  2. I can put out six books in one year. (I don’t recommend it.)
  3. If I stay away from the computer too long, I get hives—in strange places.
  4. I’m allergic to hospital food. It makes me fat.  (Almost a month in the hospital with hubby cost me about eight pounds.)
  5. I am addicted to late night forensic files. Is there a patch for that?
  6. You can drive on a flat tire longer than you think, especially when you are chasing down the hit and run driver who sideswiped you and slammed you into the curb causing the flat. (Another one I don’t recommend doing.)
  7. You know the insurance you buy just in case you can’t make the flight? They try really hard to make it so you don’t collect.  Too bad I’m the type of person who would chase down a hit and run driver and wouldn’t quit.
  8. Never judge a book by its cover or genre. Yes, I’ve known this but was reeducated in the rule when my top two scores in the prestigious RITA Awards, were books I wasn’t excited to read.
  9. Women are indeed the stronger gender. I saw this over and over again when I met all the caregiver-wives sitting bedside with their spouses.
  10. The old adage, “It’s the thought that counts” doesn’t always hold merit when the gift is a live squirrel your dog just brought through the doggy door and dropped at your feet with such enthusiasm.

Yup, I learned a lot this year, and I had a particularly rough end of the year. I spent almost a month at my hubby’s side when he was in the hospital. If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital for an extended period of time, you know how tiring and frustrating it can be. There were some days that seemed to stretch on forever. But I wasn’t alone, I brought some books and my laptop. I have to tell you, reading and writing provided me such a wonderful escape. It helped get me through some trying times. So I want to pay it forward. I want to give someone the gift of reading, a gift that might help them through their trying times. So, email (don’t post it here!) the name and mailing address of someone you think has had a tough year—someone who you think would enjoy reading one of my books—to You don’t have to tell me why it’s been hard for them if don’t feel you should share.

Then once every three months, I’m randomly going to select a name from those sent in and I’ll send out a signed copy of one of my books with a note just saying someone is thinking about them.


Last week I asked you to tell me your New Years resolutions, and you had some great ones. I wish you all luck with achieving them. The winner of a print copy of Unbreakable is Rebecca Hickman. Congratulations! Please email your address to



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Looking Back at 2014

What a year it’s been.  Between both my author personas, Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter, I’ve released six books this year.

I’ve traveled all over Texas: Terrel, San Antonio, Dallas, Euless, and Palacios.  I’ve jumped a plane and flown to Wisconsin, Maine, Alabama, Ohio, and Phoenix, where I talked about writing and shared my passion for this career and the art of storytelling.








I’ve visited with old fans, hugged and laughed with old and new fans, and made so many new friends.  Some of them even looked a little strange.







I’ve watched a miracle as my hubby got a new kidney.  I spent almost a month living out of hotel, so I could be close to the hospital during some later complications.  The good news is that I have him home now and he’s improving and the kidney is working.

I’ve had a year of joy, tears, love, laughter and success.  I could have done without some of hubby’s health issues, but considering things are looking up, I’ll call it a good year.  I hope you, too, have some good times to reflect back on in this year.  I wish this New Year will bring all of us more love, laughter and success and a lot less tears.

Happy new year




Wow! So many of you have gotten some really weird gifts. Rats? A plastic cereal bowl? An empty box? A toilet brush? Gosh, you have some weird friends and families. It was a tough decision, but the winner of a paperback copy of Unbreakable is Amanda who received used panties. YUCK! Amanda, you have one week to email your mailing address to Congratulations!

Giveaway!blank list of resolutions on blackboard

This week I’m giving away another paperback copy of Unbreakable to someone who leaves a comment telling me about your New Years Resolutions. What is on your list? What are you going to change about yourself or try to do better?


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Happy Holidays!!

Wintry Happy Holiday TagsIt’s a busy week for everyone. The gifts are bought, the tree decorated, and my cookies are in the oven. I love baking those delicious sugar cookies that I can decorate. I still need to wrap a few presents, but I expect they’ll be done in time.

I’ll be spending Christmas Day with family. My children are grown now, but they’ll still be here with us for the holidays. I always loved watching my kids’ faces light up when they were little and they opened something they’d asked Santa to bring. It seems like it was only yesterday, and now I’m watching my granddaughter’s delighted face.

FullSizeRenderI did receive one early present. It didn’t come through the chimney, but the doggie door. Lady, my Border Collie mix, brought in a live toy and dropped it at my feet. Neither I nor the squirrel appreciated it. Imagine me screaming, hubby running, Lady barking, and the poor squirrel raising hell. Long story short, we managed to get the terrified squirrel back outside. I know Lady brought me the squirrel out of love, but that was probably the oddest present I’ve ever received.

I’m wishing you a day surrounded by family and friends, good food on your table, books at an arm’s reach, laughter and love.

UnbreakableI posted on Facebook that I have a few paperback copies of Chase’s novella, Unbreakable. So I’m giving away one copy to someone who leaves a comment. So, what’s the oddest present you’ve ever received?

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What’s Next?

Unspoken_revised (1)I’m often asked to do interviews, and my readers want to know the answers to a lot of the same questions. So, I’m republishing an interview I did for a member of my Street Team, Maria Anderson. It originally appeared on her Instagram and tumblr accounts. And many of you email me asking for writing advice, so I think my answer to the last question my be particularly helpful.

1. After Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark will you be writing any other teen novels?

Yup. I’ve already sold another series.  I’m really excited about it, too.  It’s tentatively titled Glimmers.  It’s a story about descendants of grim reapers.  It will be spooky, and sassy just like my Shadow Falls books.

2. Did any of the Shadow Falls characters have different names before the ones they have now?

Funny you would ask that.  Miranda was Isabella.  And it was as if when writing her dialogue, she turned and told me, “I hate that name.  You have to change it!”  So I listened to her and gave her Miranda.  And Lucas’ was named Hunter. But then I had one of those duh moments and realized that his first name would be the same as my pen name.  So Hunter became Lucas.  I think I like Lucas best, too.

3. Do you have any advice for future writers?

I have three pieces of advice for new writers.  First, remain positive and focused on your goal.  What works for me is to do something each and every day to achieve that goal.  It can be a little thing, such as researching something you need to know before you write a scene, or it can be something bigger, such as writing X number of pages.  One thing I really believe in is that keeping a positive outlook is vital to building a career as a writer.  Surround yourself with people who share your positive outlook, and try to limit your contact with those who spread negativity.

My second piece of advice goes along with my first, and that is to work hard to become a better writer every day.  Take a writing class or workshop or read a how-to book.  Expand your horizons and read widely.  Become a sponge and soak up as much about the writing process as you can.

Last, and perhaps most important of all, accept that rejection will happen, no matter if it’s your first book or your 20th, and it’s never personal.  I worked hard to get published and believe me, I had my share of rejections before I published my first novel with Silhouette Romance in 1993.  And I’ll admit—I thought all my worries were over once I signed that first contract.  I thought I’d made it and the days of getting rejections were over but I was wrong.  The rejections kept coming.  When I wasn’t having any success selling a second novel, I decided to focus on my freelance non-fiction.  I did well with that.  I’ve had over 3,000 national credits and my non-fiction writing assignments have taken me all over the world, but along with that success came a lot more rejections.  And when I switched back to writing my adult romance novels, I racked up more rejections and even after I broke back into the market (I sold four novels in a single day), I still got my share of rejections.  But I never, ever let those rejections stop me from pursuing my dream.  And neither should anyone else.

So tell me, how many of you are thinking of becoming writers and what sort of books do you want to write?



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My Tell All

The following interview originally appeared on I’, but I thought I answered some interesting questions. So. I wanted to share it with you.

1. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

My Kindle, so I could continue to read.  My toothbrush because yuck if I don’t have it.  And my family and friends, because I need them to be happy.

2. If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Perseverance. I think it’s one of the best tools any person can have to accomplish amazing goals and to reach dreams that seem almost impossible

3.  One food you would never eat?

I know a lot of people love this, but not me, Sushi. I think since the cavemen worked so hard to discovered fire, we should not insult them by eating meat raw.  LOL.

4. Pet Peeves?

Bullies, people who think that only their opinion matters, lemon seeds in my drinks and shoes that hurt my feet.

5. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Years ago, I was attending a luncheon with Debbie Macomber.  She handed out little green note cards and told us to write down three goals.  I’ve always been a big believer in having goals, so I did it.  I wrote I wanted to write and sell a how-to writing book.  I wanted to receive a three book contract and I wanted to hit one of the big lists:  the New York Times or the USA Today.  I have since accomplished all those goals and I have to tell you, each and every one them brought me such a feeling of accomplishment.   There is something about having goals and meeting them that brings a powerful feeling of having some control in your life.  Like Debbie Macomber, I recommend everyone write down their goals and start working toward them.

6.  Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. There is actually a video that perfecting describes my Shadow Falls series as well as Kylie, my main character.  I actually posted it on my blog.  Check it out.

7.  What is your favorite quote?

Well, since I just went over to my blog to listen to Natasha Bedingfield’s song, I will use a couple of quotes from her song.  “Live with your arms wide open.  Today is where your book begins.  The rest is still unwritten.”

8.  Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

Each of the characters in Shadow Falls has a little bit of me inside them, which makes them so relatable to me.  Della is my rebellious side and don’t we all have one of those sides?  However, Miranda is dyslexic, which means she gets her spells wrong sometimes.  And I relate to her because I’m dyslexic, too.  But of all the characters, I think I relate to Kylie the most.  I based a lot of her back story on things that happened to me when I was a teenager.  I had a family member die when I was around her age, and my parents got a divorce, too.  That was so hard for me.  Plus, I had girl friends making some bad decisions where boys were concerned, just like Kylie’s friend Sara did.  I used all of the emotions I felt, all of the insecurities and uncertainties I experienced as a teenager when I molded Kylie’s character, and I think it helped bring her to life.  I guess you could say I plagiarized my life to create Kylie.  However, Kylie is a lot cooler than I ever was.

9. What do you do in your free time?

Am I really supposed to have some of that?  Seriously, I do spend most of my time writing.  I try to walk each day.  Spend some time with family and sit in the hot tub, where I do a lot of plotting.

10.  Horror or Romance?

Romance!!!  But with a touch of danger to keep me on my toes.

11. Sweet or Salty?


12.  Summer or Winter?

Neither.  Spring and Fall is what I’d choose.

13.  Cat or Dog?


14.  Truth or Dare?

Both.  Or how about…Dare to tell the truth?

Okay, those were my answers. So tell me. If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things would you take with you?

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Miranda’s Favorite Spells

beautiful teen girl portraitMiranda has had a lot to overcome, but she’s really come a long way since Kylie first met her. She’s gotten better and better at her spells. Oh sure, no one will ever let her forget when she turned Socks into a skunk. The poor cat still hides when he sees her. But she’s been working extra hard to learn new spells. She’s especially been practicing her protection spells. Being friends with Kylie and Della, she has a feeling they’re going to come in handy. And her latest spell she loves to cast is turning just about anything into chocolate. She’s even perfecting a spell to lite the fireplace and every candle in the cabin all at once. She wants to surprise Perry with it very soon, but she’s had some trouble with it. (Like setting her bedroom curtains on fire.) But she thinks she’s got it down now and is planning a very romantic evening with Perry, he just may want to wear something flame retardant.

(The above post originally appeared on The Reading Cave (, 4/27/14.)

Last week, I posted three photos of possible Miranda’s, and I asked you to vote on your favorite. The image above is the one that received the most votes, and I think I agree. I can easily imagine her sitting around the kitchen table in her Shadow Falls cabin with Kylie and Della, drinking Diet Coke. I can also see this girl as Miranda in her novella when she competes in a magic contest–with disastrous results. But you’ll just have to wait and find out what happens once her novella is out. I’ll post the release date as soon as my publisher lets me know, so keep checking my blog.

And don’t forget, every three months I’ll be giving away goodies to my Street Team and Fan Club members who are out there on social media spreading the word about Shadow Falls and Della. So, get out there and let me know wherever you post about me or my books by sending me an email at


Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite Miranda. The winners of my giveaway are Samantha Wallace and Maria Chanon.  Congratulations, you have each won signed, hardback copies of Reborn and Eternal. Please email your mailing address to

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving.  Boy Howdy!  What a couple of months I’ve had.   A whole boat load of things for which to be thankful–four book releases—two by C.C. Hunter, and two by Christie Craig—one kidney transplant, a wedding anniversary, and a birthday.  (Not my kidney transplant, my hubby’s, but and since I’m his spouse, I’m gonna claim it.) And the one I’m proudest of?  Sorry fans, that kidney comes first.

I didn’t talk about my husband’s health issues a lot.  Hubby, who loves to keep everyone laughing, didn’t want his hard times out there.  But after almost five years of dialysis, it had taken its toll.  To anyone who has dealt with a chronic illness of a spouse or a loved one, you know the heart break, the fears, and the emotional roller coaster.  You alternate between having faith, and preparing yourself for the inevitable.

I offered him my kidney, but as a pre-diabetic, I wasn’t a candidate.  My daughter offered him hers.  He wouldn’t take it.  He said she was too young and she might become diabetic because it ran in my family.  My son couldn’t donate because he has PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) like his dad.  His sister couldn’t donate because she has high blood pressure.

The kidney he got was a gift from a donor who had lost his life.  I grieve for the family and loved ones who lost this generous person.  Later on, I will get the chance to write them a letter of thanks, and you can bet I will put my heart and soul into that letter.  I want them to know what this gift has given our family.  And to anyone out there who is debating whether or not to sign up to be a donor, I want to encourage you to do it.  When I no longer need this body, I hope it can offer someone a chance at life.

A lot of people have asked me how I managed to write my humorous tales while we dealt with difficult times.  I have told them that writing isn’t just what I do for a living, writing is my passion, and my salvation.  To put aside my own worries and write a love story that makes me laugh got me through some hard times.  It just goes along with the family motto: if you can laugh at it, you can live with it.  Believe it or not, while we have had some tough times, my family has lived and laughed our way through this last five years.  And we laughed our way through this kidney transplant, too.

So this year, I’m very thankful for a lot of things.  Kidneys, releases, life.   I’m also very thankful for my fans.  You guys make it possible for me to do this.

And here’s a contest for my loyal fans.

I’m giving away two sets of signed hardback copies of Reborn & Eternal.  So leave a comment and tell me what you are thankful for to be entered to win.

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