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The Marriage Trap by Marissa Garner

Today PFHT welcomes Marissa Garner, who is sharing information about her debut book, with an excerpt. Congratulations, Marissa! THE MARRIAGE TRAP (Hawaiian Heat Series—Book One) by Marissa Garner Releases Friday November 14, 2014 BLURB: Ginny Fitzgerald has always dreamed of marriage and motherhood. But when she escapes her domineering former fiancé to attend a two-month […]

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Marilyn Baron - November 12, 2014 - 5:32 am

As a fellow Wild Rose Press author, welcome to the blog. Your novel sounds great. Will the rest of the series feature related characters or completely different ones? Best of luck with the release.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 9:02 am

I would like to thank all the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales authors for letting me visit their fabulous blog. I also want to especially thank Walt Mussell for inviting me and Carol Burnside for setting up my post. This is an awesome week: my first blog post and my first book release. I’m sure there will be bubbly later with a toast to PFHT.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 9:08 am

Hi Marilyn,
Yes, long live TWRP! The second book, THE BABY TRAP, features secondary characters from THE MARRIAGE TRAP as the hero and heroine. The third book, THE COUGAR TRAP, has a minor character from MARRIAGE and a secondary character from BABY as hero and heroine. The main setting for all three is Maui with a focal point of an upscale club where each pair of H/H meets. Oops, sorry, long answer. You know how it is when you start talking about your stories. LOL

Maxine Davis - November 12, 2014 - 9:13 am

Marissa, Major congratulations on your debut novel! This sounds like a winner. Thanks for the 50% off. I’m ordering it in a few minutes.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 9:18 am

Hi Maxine,
Wait, wait! The 50% off starts Friday 11/14. Sorry for the confusion. And thanks. I really hope readers enjoy it. I had a blast writing it.

Walt Mussell - November 12, 2014 - 9:26 am

Marissa, welcome to PF&HT. I hope your debut book goes well.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 9:41 am

Hi Walt,
Thanks! My fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed that everything goes well.

Cynthia Cooke - November 12, 2014 - 11:35 am

Congratultions, Marissa! Your book sounds great — romance on a beach in Hawaii! Now there’s a fantasy I can sink my teeth into! :)

Julie - November 12, 2014 - 11:44 am

I love the teaser on this story, looking forward to the release this Friday. Will spread the word to my reading friends.

– Julie

Rex - November 12, 2014 - 11:55 am

Congrats on your first book. Love that opening line!!

Connie Gillam - November 12, 2014 - 12:09 pm

I like that excerpt! Congratulations, Marissa on the new release. Best of luck with the book.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Hi Connie,
Thanks so much! The excerpt is the opening so I hope it turns out to be a good hook.

Sonya - November 12, 2014 - 12:29 pm

So excited for you!! Love the cover and the book sounds awesome.

Marie - November 12, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Wow, I’m intrigued! Excited for the release on Friday. And the 50% off is AWESOME!

Krystal - November 12, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Looks like a good read!
Love the modern romance stories.
Congrats on the debut.
What else are you working on?

Dawn Chartier - November 12, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Hi Marissa,
Congrats on your release!!!
This story sounds right up my alley.
Can’t wait to read it.


Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Hi Cynthia,
Thanks! Oh yeah, there’s some fantastic stuff going on at the beach.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Hi Julie,
Thanks! Teasing is good for sure. And thanks for sharing with your friends.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Hi Rex,
Thanks! I’m excited. Hmmm. My first line caught a guy’s attention. Cool!

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Hi Sonya,
Thanks! I’m kind of funny about covers, so when I actually loved it, I was really relieved. LOL

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Hi Marie,
Intrigued is good. Believe me, the story only gets better. LOL Be sure to grab the 50% off on Friday because the publisher only offers the discount for a limited time.

Penelope - November 12, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Hi Marissa! I’m a huge fan of Ginny already! I’ve totally been in that bar situation. But, I wish I had met a man like that instead. Haha!

I’m always looking for new authors and new books. And I’m in so in the mood for a smart and sexy read like “The Marriage Trap” sounds. Do you have any other books I should look out for??

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Hi Krystal,
So glad you asked…
I have a sexy paranormal romantic suspense coming out in early 2015 and edgy romantic thrillers later in the year. If you Like my FB page (, you’ll know the latest news. Thanks for asking.

Carol Burnside - November 12, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Hi, Marissa. I’m stalking you in cyberspace. LOL!

I’ll be buying The Marriage Trap because I love tropical romances and write them too. I especially enjoy writing and reading about Hawaii since I once lived on Oahu.

Thanks for the 50% off. That alone should help get book sales off to a good start. Best of luck to you!

Joy - November 12, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Wow! Love the tension you’ve created with Ginny and Drew. I can’t wait to read this! I would love to know if you have any other books available? Congratulations!

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Hi Dawn,
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like it. I’m loving Bewitching the Enemy.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Hi Penelope,
Thanks! Shhh, this is on the down low. My paranormal romantic suspense coming out in early 2015 is THE MAYAN VIRGIN. It’s based on a Mayan myth I created about forbidden love, and it’s definitely another “smart and sexy read.” Like me on FB so you’ll know when it’s published.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Hi Carol,
Thanks! I like friendly stalking. I love tropical settings, too. So sensuous. Sounds like a good reason to do book research in Tahiti, Jamaica, Fiji, St. Thomas… Oh, the possibilities!
(P.S. Thanks again for setting up my post. I think it looks great.)

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Hi Joy,
Thanks! Hope you like it. Sorry, I don’t have anything else published right now, but I’ll have a paranormal romantic suspense and romantic thrillers out in 2015. Like me on FB so you’ll know when they’re available.

Marissa Garner - November 12, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Thank you, everyone, for making me feel so welcome. I wish the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales many, many readers!

Carol Burnside - November 12, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Thanks for including us in your new release promotions, Marissa. Best of luck to you and many sales!

Cathy P - November 13, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Congratulations on your debut! Can’t wait to read it :)

Marissa Garner - November 14, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Hi everyone,
I’m so embarrassed. I just learned today that the 50% discount is ONLY offered on The Wild Rose Press website, not at all retailers. Here’s the link:
So sorry for my mistake. Thanks again for letting me visit.

Marissa Garner - November 14, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Hi Cathy P,
Thanks! I hope you like it.

sandra Elzie - November 19, 2014 - 6:14 am

Your excerpt sold me on buying and reading your book. Can’t wait. Thanks for sharing with us.

The Value of Family by Constance Gillam

Reading Piper Hughley’s post yesterday made me decide to change the topic of my original post to this one: The Value of Family. Last summer my sister and I set out on a voyage to discover our hidden past. That might sound a little melodramatic but in African American history so little is known about […]

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Carol Burnside - November 11, 2014 - 4:03 am

Connie, it is sad that those generations of history were lost. Record every little thing that you do know for your descendants. Some day, they’ll be glad they have it.

Carol Burnside - November 11, 2014 - 4:04 am

And by the way, your granddaughter is adorable!

Marilyn Baron - November 11, 2014 - 5:52 am

I love this blog post and the way you write about family. I’m glad you found out something about your family and that you have that picture. The family you never knew may be lost to you but they had a place in the world and if they were anything like you they were wonderful people that brought joy to the lives of others. I think you should write about a heroine looking for her family and tracing her roots but give it a happy ending. It could inspire others to do what you did. And your granddaughter is beautiful.

Susan Carlisle - November 11, 2014 - 8:39 am

My grandmother was interested in the family past so I have the benefit of all her work. For that I am thankful. On the other side a number of people have traced the family back a number of generations. I like you wish I had spent more time listening to my grandparents talk about their life when they were young. Thanks for sharing your family with us.

Walt Mussell - November 11, 2014 - 8:56 am


About two years ago, I was contacted by a woman who found my blog and wanted to know about my father. Apparently, my grandmother, during WWII, moved from the Deep South to the Midwest to live with another family while my grandfather was away during the war. The woman who contacted me was a much younger sister of one of my grandma’s best childhood friends. The woman was a teenager when my grandmother was living there. She babysat my father. I put her in touch with my Dad and the family got to reminisce with my grandmother about it. It was a great opportunity to learn more about bits of history we didn’t know.

My grandmother passed away this summer. She was in her 90s. Had this not happened, it’s a piece of family history that would have been lost.

Constance Gillam - November 11, 2014 - 10:11 am


I have bits of paper with notes scribbled on them, a notebook and a tree on All that needs to be organized for the generations to come. I have a niece who seems to enjoy searching for family members and she’s good.

And yes, my granddaughter is beautiful. Thank you. More importantly, she’s just as beautiful inside as out.

Constance Gillam - November 11, 2014 - 10:15 am


I’m glad you liked the post. I’ve found that family is the theme that runs through all my books.

I actually have notes and a few pages written of a historical novel that takes place in 1870 in the South. From all the research I did last year, I have a feel for that time period in African American history.

Constance Gillam - November 11, 2014 - 10:18 am


My grandfather would have had a storehouse of information. The problem would have been getting him to talk about that time and his experiences in Mississippi.

Constance Gillam - November 11, 2014 - 10:20 am

OMG, Walt, how wonderful. I keep hoping that someone in the community my ancestors lived in will remember a grandmother or great grandmother talking about my family and that information will reach me. I can only hope.

Piper - November 11, 2014 - 11:35 am


I understand the frustration that you feel, but I honestly believe that you have to move beyond it and focus on documenting what you can. Tomorrow is not promised to us, and you are doing a great thing now by raising awareness and talking about this now. Try to look at it that way. I’d be interested in what you find out. Sounds like you have a fascinating start now!

Maxine Davis - November 11, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Connie, what a great post. I enjoyed it. I have a couple of cousins that havve traced our family back I hope they share the information. Too bad I didn’t care about asking family who were living when I was much younger. The granddaughter is a real cutie!

Connie Gillam - November 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm


I had to walk away from the research for awhile because it was consuming all my time. I’ll let you know what I found.

Connie Gillam - November 11, 2014 - 5:20 pm

That’s the problem, Maxine. When we’re younger information about dead relatives doesn’t interest us. And when it does interest us relatives that might hold answers have joined the dead ancester category.

sandra Elzie - November 19, 2014 - 6:16 am

Hi Connie,
My husband is hooked on looking up his family background. My aunt did a lot of research into one side of my family and I come from England…on my dad’s side…where there’s a Brunson castle still standing. Interesting. Good luck on your book.

It’s the Plot Bunny show!

By Piper Huguley   During NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) authors need all of the ideas they can get. So, over the past few years, I have looked forward to the television shows I call plot bunnies. I have no idea where the term plot bunny comes from, but to authors it means the germ or […]

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Marilyn Baron - November 10, 2014 - 8:04 am


This is so fascinating. I think I watched one of those programs but thought it was off the air. I like the idea that you can glean a nugget of information and build a story on a historical fact. That’s what I did with my historical romantic thriller and though it’s a lot of hard work, it really works.

Constance Gillam - November 10, 2014 - 8:49 am

I’ve followed Gate’s program religiously for several years. And yes, it’s very interesting the things you find out about your family history that’s been hidden, glossed over or completely forgotten.
One thing I find so sad is how whole branches of your family can be lost due illiteracy, lack of transportation or family feuds.

I’m looking forward to reading The Representative’s Revolt.

Walt Mussell - November 10, 2014 - 11:34 am

I have watched WDYTYA and my wife is a fan. It’s an excellent show. However, I’ve never thought of it as a “plot bunny.”

Maxine Davis - November 10, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Piper, Great blog. I’ve sen the show a couple of times, but never knew when it was coming on (until now). The show hat I used to watch and got wonder Plot bunnies was MASH. Some times just a phrase did it and most of the time, the idea I gotit had nothing to do with the show. I know – weird.

Carol Burnside - November 10, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Piper, I’m not familiar with FYR, but frequently watch WHYTYA. Genealogy fascinates me. Often when watching the show, I think what great stories are discovered during the process.

Piper - November 11, 2014 - 11:41 am

Thanks Marilyn,

It’s kind of like prospecting…that’s hard work but it gets gold sometimes. Thanks for commenting!

Piper - November 11, 2014 - 11:42 am


Skip is such fun to watch isn’t he? And it’s really interesting to see the difference between the people who already knew things and those who are truly astonished. Wonderful stuff. Thank you for commenting and I’m glad you are looking forward to RR!

Piper - November 11, 2014 - 11:43 am

Ideas come from all kinds of places Walt! That’s what I think is so much fun about all of it. Thanks for stopping by!

Piper - November 11, 2014 - 11:44 am

Thank you Maxine! And you’ll never hear a peep from me judging where you get your ideas from! MASH is not one of my favorite shows, but whatever works, right! Thanks for your comment!

Piper - November 11, 2014 - 11:47 am


You are so right. My mother found out many things that are like gifts to me when when I can write about them. Genealogy gave her such pleasure before she died. The best I can do is pass it on. Thank you for commenting!

sandra Elzie - November 19, 2014 - 6:19 am

Very interesting post, Piper. I know I’m English on my father’s side and Irish on my mother’s. I think it’s fun to learn about ancesters and can’t wait to meet some of them when I get to Heaven.

Between Books

By Susan Carlisle   When I’m between books I have to make up for all the time I’ve spent away from sewing, yard work, keeping the house and the business side of writing. My house is twenty-five years old this month and it needs care. So I work like a mad woman for a week […]

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Marilyn Baron - November 7, 2014 - 2:22 am

I’m a WWII buff and I loved your new Web site. I will spend more time there later. I wonder if my Dad ever met Dr. Myhr. He was also stationed in England with the US Army Air Force before the invasion of Normandy and flew bombing missions over Europe. He is no longer alive to ask but your story sounds fascinating. Best of luck. I have two books in production and just started writing my new book. In between, I catch up on my reading.

Carol Burnside - November 7, 2014 - 3:42 am

Oh, I’m excited to see the results on your house. We need to catch up. Lots of news, I see.

What book are you writing next, Susan?

Piper - November 7, 2014 - 9:23 am

I didn’t know there was a between. Thank you for this information! I’ll let my WWII buds know about your site. :)

Maxine Davis - November 7, 2014 - 9:31 am

I know you are excited about your house and new grandchild. Would love to see some pictures of the outfits on the babies. Congratulations on your new site. I’ll check it out in a bit. Sounds like you have your life in order. Congratulations on that, too.

Susan Carlisle - November 7, 2014 - 10:50 am

I wish your Dad was around to ask too. You sound like you are busy also. I look forward to your next book.

Susan Carlisle - November 7, 2014 - 10:53 am

There is more going on here than I can keep tract of. My next book is about a female team doctor for a professional football team and the very closed off orthopedic doctor that is called in to see about the star player.

Susan Carlisle - November 7, 2014 - 10:55 am

There really isn’t an in-between. I just let myself think that to keep my sanity.

Susan Carlisle - November 7, 2014 - 10:56 am

I don’t know if life is in order but it certainly moving fast.

Carol Burnside - November 7, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Sounds good, Susan. Looking forward to reading it!

sandra Elzie - November 19, 2014 - 6:21 am

Busy lady….you make me tired just thinking about all you do. Of course, I just got back from 2 weeks of sitting by the pool and eating 5 times a day, so maybe that’s why just thinking about work makes me tired. Congrats on the upcoming blessing.

Everywhere I turn … romance!

by Carol Burnside Love is in the air, or so it seems. I just returned from Denver, where we had a reception for my daughter, Holly, and her new husband, Kyle. They eloped to Belize earlier in the year, but it was a spur of the moment thing. We wanted to celebrate with family and […]

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Marilyn Baron - November 6, 2014 - 5:32 am

How exciting. You have certainly been busy. I wish you much success with all the releases. The stories sound really interesting. Hopefully, you can relax and enjoy the holidays. The pictures of your daughter are beautiful.

Walt Mussell - November 6, 2014 - 8:31 am

I would absolutely love to take my wife to Belize. That is a romantic story. :-)

Piper - November 6, 2014 - 11:19 am

That looks like great fun! What a wonderful time. And I love the Nobody’s Baby cover too. Looking forward to reading it.

Carol Burnside - November 6, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Thanks, Marilyn. With 2014 being so full, I really have to hit the ground running in 2015. The Denver trip was really a fun and special time. Four+ days with both my kids, how could it not be?

Carol Burnside - November 6, 2014 - 12:40 pm

I would love to visit there too, Walt. Maybe someday.

Carol Burnside - November 6, 2014 - 12:41 pm

It was, Piper. I can hardly wait to see the professional photos from the night.

Thanks on the cover. I absolutely love it. My favorite so far.

Connie Gillam - November 6, 2014 - 2:07 pm

I love your daughter’s dress. Beautiful.

Nobody’s Baby sounds like a tear jerker and wonderful.

You’ve been a busy woman this year.

Maxine Davis - November 6, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Carol, All of you look gorgeous in the car – and love her socks,. It sounds like she inherited romance from her mom. Congratulaions to your daughter and her husband. The books all sound wonderful! I can’t wait to settle down and read.

Carol Burnside - November 6, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Thanks, Connie. I was telling a friend in Denver about Nobody’s Baby and got a similar reaction.

Carol Burnside - November 6, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Maxine, her hubby had matching socks. They looked so happy and had a blast at their celebration. I’m so happy for them!

I hope things settle for you soon. Reading is fun too. :-D

sandra Elzie - November 19, 2014 - 6:23 am

Love the pictures. Your daughter is beautiful. (okay, you’re not so bad yourself…lol) Congrats.

Welcome Author SANDRA JONES !!

 HER WICKED CAPTAIN River Rogues #1 By: Sandra Jones Releasing November 4, 2014 Samhain Publishing Blurb She played right into his hands. Possessing uncanny people-reading skills like her mama, Philadelphia “Dell” Samuels has spent thirteen years in her aunt’s rustic Ozarks home, telling fortunes over playing cards and trying to pass as white. But the […]

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Carol Burnside - November 5, 2014 - 3:27 am

Welcome to PFHT, Sandra! Congrats on the release of Her Wicked Captain. It sounds great.

Mstikyn Baron - November 5, 2014 - 4:29 am

Welcome to the blog. Your novel sounds very intriguing.

Sandra Jones - November 5, 2014 - 7:04 am

Thanks so much for having me, Carol. :)

Piper - November 5, 2014 - 7:51 am

Welcome to the PFHT blog, publishing sister! My story A Virtuous Ruby will be out in July with a twist on the passing theme. Thanks for visiting and telling us about your story!

Walt Mussell - November 5, 2014 - 8:25 am

Welcome to PF&HT. What I want to know is how you get the cabin overlooking the river. Part of me would love a cabin. :-)

Sandra Jones - November 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Thanks, Piper! It was my pleasure.

Sandra Jones - November 5, 2014 - 9:28 am

LOL, Walt! Would you be mad at me if I said I actually have 2?? One is my husband’s job’s housing, overlooking the Archey Fork, and the other is our weekend place on the White (the setting for The River Rogues, bk 1). We can’t live away from our beloved rivers!

Maxine Davis - November 5, 2014 - 9:54 am

Sandra, Welcome to PFHT. I very much enjoyed he excerpt and can’t wait to read the book. Congratulations and best wishes.

Connie Gillam - November 5, 2014 - 10:34 am

Welcome, Sandra. Thanks for sharing an excerpt of Her Wicked Captain. Sounds like a very entertaining read.

Sandra Jones - November 5, 2014 - 11:31 am

Thanks, Maxine and Connie. I really enjoyed writing it, and I appreciate every reader who takes the time to read Dell & Rory’s story. :)

Glenda - November 8, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Great excerpt! Sandra is a new to me author!

A Reason To Vote

I cannot believe I get to post on Election Day. One of my favorite election stories is actually true. When I lived in Japan in the early 90s, I had a good friend from England with whom I occasionally discussed politics. In the UK, they have “shadow cabinets.” In a parliamentary system, the prime minister […]

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Maxine Davis - November 4, 2014 - 7:57 am

Hi Walt, great post. The only funny election story I have is when I read the results and then I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I do have faith that, at least, most of the newly elected will be the correct choice. To me, it is a mess right now. I just hope the good ones are going to win.

Walt Mussell - November 4, 2014 - 9:16 am

Maxine, my biggest concern is that there are just too few “good ones.”

Connie Gillam - November 4, 2014 - 10:43 am


When I thing about not voting, I think about how my parents would sit around the kitchen table in the 1950s and 60s talking about how the outcome of that election would affect them for the next four years. Being poor and black the need for a government that was sympathetic to blacks and lower income peoples was crucial. (translated: for the people and not for big business) So now I make time to vote.

I voted early this year. No lines!

Marilyn Baron - November 4, 2014 - 10:56 am

Great post. I don’t have any funny election stories but I did vote early since I was going to be out of town on Election Day and also avoided big lines. I didn’t really know about the shadow government in Britain but I like the idea that if we were dissatisfied with someone midterm we’d be able to switch midstream and have a cabinet ready to go.

Marissa (Diane) Garner - November 4, 2014 - 11:25 am

Interesting post, Walt. Always enjoy learning about other cultures, even their politics. A funny election story from just the other day was about an organization that was working to “get out the vote” by informing people of their poll location. Problems was the org was giving out erroneous info and is now trying frantically to rectify it. You wonder if their tactics actually hurt their candidates.

Walt Mussell - November 4, 2014 - 4:04 pm


I can’t imagine thinking about it in those terms. My parents were one party while I was young and flipped later while I became a teenager, though they were moderate still.

Walt Mussell - November 4, 2014 - 4:07 pm


I always found the shadow governments interesting, if only for the reason that you knew who you were getting in its entirety. The one thing that always annoyed me with the Parliamentary system was that you could change leaders without a vote. (Think about the Tories in 1990, when Margaret Thatcher stepped down and John Major became Prime Minister, without a vote of the population.)

Walt Mussell - November 4, 2014 - 4:08 pm


I think I heard about that story. You would think with the signs in a neighborhood that people would notice. :-)

Piper - November 4, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I was a political science major as an undergrad and you did a great job of explaining here. Great post!

Walt Mussell - November 4, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Thank you, Piper. I tried to keep it apolitical but appropriate. :-)

Carol Burnside - November 4, 2014 - 8:42 pm

To be honest, I don’t find much funny about politics these days. I passionately despise political ads. They all seem to be innuendo, half-truths and outright lies on both sides. However, I do exercise my right to vote. Hubby and I voted before we left the state last week because we were traveling home today.

Walt Mussell - November 4, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Carol, if one of the candidates for Senate doesn’t get 50%, then we have two more months of this.

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