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Welcome Back @AbbyeKovacevic - #Author #Interview


Welcome back Abbye. I've really been looking forward to my weekly chats with her. I suppose I am a bit biased at this point, but I do really hope she lands some random multi-million dollar book deal. I don't know that I've spoken with many that are more deserving.

Missed her two other appearances here? Well, check them out HERE and HERE.

Nyxx: So, I've gotten in some more questions this week and had some left over from last week. You may be stuck visiting my blog each week for the next five years.

Abbye: I look forward to it.

Nyxx: What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Abbye: Honestly, I don't write near as often as I should. I don't give myself a schedule that says I have to write each day or every few days. I don't have mandatory word count. So, in that, I guess I'm not quite as dedicated as I should be. But I don't force it. When scenes come to me, I stop and write them down. Anyway, I do a lot of volunteering. I rescue animals. I donate money, as I can, to various charities. I do some exercising and I absolutely love music.

Nyxx: I've heard, or maybe it was read, that you do work out. What's your schedule for that like?

Abbye: Again, I don't strictly stick to anything serious at this point. However, I do try to jog at least one mile a day. If I manage to get in a work out video or some Zumba or something like that, I'm thrilled.

Nyxx: I read on your twitter that you used to model. What happened?

Abbye: I hate being the center of attention. Modeling started more as a confidence booster for me. Something to push myself to be more outgoing than I really am. I did it for a few years. Met people who couldn't see me for who I really was under my skin. Anyone can look good and be an arm trophy. I want someone to see me for who I am, not how I look on the outside.

Nyxx: You just honestly really do want the nice guy?

Abbye: I do. The one who can go out or stay in with me and just watch a movie and eat popcorn. The one that might grown about it, but might try - at least once in a while - to make part of that daily jog with me.

Nyxx: What happens after your first book is published?

Abbye: I guess I'll actually have to have a writing schedule so  can get the next one out in an acceptable amount of time.

Nyxx: Are you looking forward to it?

Abbye: Definitely. I guess, in some way, knowing that I have somewhat of a deadline will finally make it all seem real.

Nyxx: What's your take on writer's block?

Abbye: Again, since I don't push myself to write when it's not coming to me. I'm not really sure. I don't know that I really believe in it. I think some parts are simply more difficult to write than others.

Nyxx: What is something you have that people would be surprised to know?

Abbye: I have chickens.

Nyxx: Oh wow. I did not expect that. Any talents?

Abbye: Not so much. I used to sing, especially through Jr. High and High School. But I think it's one of those things that when you stop doing it, you get out of practice. Not like riding a bike. Though I used to be good, I can't carry a tune in a bucket anymore.

Nyxx: Do you  have any strange eating habits?

Abbye: Probably. I put cornbread in a glass of milk to eat it. I also do that with chocolate cake. What's even stranger is that I'm not a milk drinker. Can't drink it plain, but I'll do that with it.

Nyxx: That is different. If you're reading this and you do that with your corn bread or chocolate cake, leave a comment. I'm curious. Any habits? Bite your nails?

Abbye: No, no nail biting.

Nyxx: Smoke?

Abbye: Nope.

Nyxx: Drink?

Abbye: Rare social events. Not too often since I don't get out often.

Nyxx: Favorite drinks?

Abbye: If I'm actually drinking, I like sex on the beach (honest, it's a drink, but I only like the red one), Kamikaze, Tequila, and the pineapple upside down cake drink is to die for.

Nyxx: Favorite restaurant?

Abbye: Oh, I don't know. I guess, maybe Olive Garden. Although I do really enjoy Chinese food and Thai food as well.

Nyxx: Favorite foods?

Abbye: Honestly, I'm a carb fiend. I love pasta and potatoes and bread. It's probably why I have to run everyday.

Nyxx: Since your blog shows that you have several series in mind, how do you plan to work those out for release?

Abbye: Well, the idea is to get out book one of the first series and then book one of the second. Then I'll work on book two for both of those, on the side working with book one in the third series. It makes sense in my head, but if it will happen that way, I don't know. I may end up simply writing series by series and when one concludes, move on to the next.

Nyxx: What do you enjoy most about writing?

Abbye: Probably that there are no real consequences. I can make my characters do whatever I want and there's no real life trouble. I can get them released or not caught, as I will it.Things aren't so simple in real life.

Nyxx: Do you create perfect characters?

Abbye: Absolutely not. They're all flawed, some seriously flawed. Some are beautiful, some are average and some are far from anything to look at. I try to make my books like life. Not every man is 6'4" and has a body that looks as though it's been carved.

Nyxx: What celebrities or models best represent your characters?

Abbye: I think I need a bit more time on that. I have a few ideas, but some I'm still thinking about. I want to be positive before sharing anything like that.

Nyxx: OK, how about your hottie list? Who makes the cut?

Abbye: Oh, not so certain I should answer that one either.

Nyxx: How about you agree to answer if I get enough emails, tweets, or comments about it?

Abbye: Ummm, sure.

Nyxx: Ok, so if you're reading this and want to know who Abbye thinks are the hottest celebs, leave a comment on this blog post, email me directly ( or you can copy and paste the following tweet.

We want Hottie answers @NyxxsNook @AbbyeKovacevic 
I'll tally all three together and come back with the numbers and hopefully the answers to this question. Moving on, guilty pleasures?

Abbye: Klondike bars, Starbucks, and bubble baths.

Nyxx: Thanks so much for joining me again. I look forward to next time and hopefully hearing those things you like to stay shy about answering.

Have questions for Abbye? Email them to me.

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#Interview #Excerpt @AbbyeKovacevic - An #Authors Favorite #Characters, #Novel #Wishes & More


Did you miss Abbye's first interview here at Nyxx's Nook? If so, you can find it HERE.

Nyxx: Thanks so much for coming back. I promise to go easy on you this time around. No promises for next time though.

Abbye: Thanks so much for having me back.

Nyxx: So, I've gotten some email questions in, I've chosen some of the easiest. The rest I'll get to you at a later time. What is one thing that bothers you about yourself?

Abbye: Let's get right to it then. Well, I'm the complete opposite of my author assumed persona. My facebook profile page header says "Be strong when you are weak. Be brave when you are scared. Be humble when you are victorious. Be badass everyday." Quite honestly, when I'm stressed or angry or upset - I cry. Crying is kind of my crutch.

Nyxx: (You can find Abbye's Facebook profile HERE) What is one thing you can't live without?

Abbye: I know most people say their cell phone or their laptop. For me, soda. I have to have my Pepsi or Mountain Dew. Sometimes Dr. Pepper. But approach with extreme caution if I haven't had any.

Nyxx: Noted. Who is your favorite male character from Demolition Mafia?

Abbye: I don't know if I can pick one. I love Gracie's brother, Jarvick. I also really love the characters I've created for Christian and Khayne.

Nyxx: Tell us a bit about them. Khayne first.

Abbye: Khayne is what I envision as the person who walks in front of you and you're instantly scared. He doesn't even have to say a word. He's big, muscled, tattooed and a bad ass. He used to work for Jarvick, but went to Gracie after Jarvick was getting them in too deep. However, he's going to find that with Gracie, he's going to get even deeper. He's a typical (or what's thought to be in my mind) looking enforcer.

Nyxx: Christian?

Abbye: He's almost the opposite of Khayne. He has tattoos and piercings. Has long hair. But he doesn't look scary. Almost a boy next door look, standing at only 5'10". He also wears cowboy boots and prefers riding his horse to riding is motorcycle. It'll be interesting as to how he became involved in clubs when the story of that finally comes out. He's potent and brutal. More so than anyone would think - easily handling multiple guys that are bigger than him. His curiosity about Gracie gets the better of him and he may get in over his head for the first time ever.

Nyxx: No hints about this secret of how he got into motorcycle clubs?

Abbye: No, not just yet.

Nyxx: What about how he's getting in over his head?

Abbye: Sorry. My lips are sealed for now.

Nyxx: What about Jarvick?

Abbye: Jarvick was taught to be an enforcer under his father. From a young age, he learned having a conscience is something for the weak. His father started creating that monster before Jarvick could ever label it as such. In that, it makes him all the more dangerous. But, what will happen when he and Gracie go head on? Will it be strictly business? Will blood be thicker than hate, control, and vengeance? Would they even be able to co-exist?

Nyxx: Have any of those answers for us?

Abbye: Of course not.

Nyxx: Do you have an expected release date for book one yet?

Abbye: I don't. Publishers are still looking at it and I'm still struggling with my own inner conflicts about publishing.

Nyxx: Can you share those?

Abbye: I don't see why not. Though I've submitted to publishers, I'm not quite sold in that being the way I should go. Should I get an agent? Or should I simply self-publish? Or was my original idea of submitting on my own behalf, to those that take unsolicited manuscripts, the correct way to go?

Nyxx: I image there's no easy answer.

Abbye: There isn't. For as many that profess you need an agent, there are at least as many who submit on their own behalf or do well in self-publishing. I personally think publishing is a bit like playing Russian Roulette. A large percent of it is simply luck.

Nyxx: What do you feel about promoting? I know you didn't immediately jump for the initial interview. How come?

Abbye: Well, my books aren't out yet. I know you're supposed to promote from almost the very instant you write the first word, but I hate talking about myself. I don't want to convince people that they should read my book. I guess, somewhat unrealistically, I just want them to figure out on their own that they want to read it. There's so many authors that all you see is "buy my book" I just don't feel right about that.

Nyxx: Have you thought of promotional items at all?

Abbye: Not so much. I haven't even really messed with custom banners and badges too much. I do know that they're needed and I've been doing a bit of research on possible designers. But I've not jumped into the pool just yet. I also have been looking at book trailers and options with it. Some authors swear by trailers. The music seems blah at best that you can find. So, I'll have to hunt someone that can write a short clip that's unique only to my trailer.

Nyxx: Will you be doing conventions?

Abbye: As of right now, no. I'm sure they're probably a really good idea to get out there with potential readers and brainstorm with other authors, but I'm kind of a behind the scenes person.

Nyxx: Meaning?

Abbye: I want to sell books. I want them to be popular. But I'm not one that wants to be out in the middle of it all or have my face plastered all over the place. And I hate going it alone. Case in point, I have a graduation to go to in several weeks. A friend is graduating from nursing school. I don't have a date. I'm trying to think of a way to not go without hurting anyones feelings. Showing up alone would be the worst thing imaginable to me.

Nyxx: Let's try a lighter questions that was sent. What is your favorite meal?

Abbye: Pizza. Deep dish.

Nyxx: What's on it?

Abbye: I don't care too much what's actually on it. I don't eat mushrooms, but I can pick those off. But absolutely no anchovies can touch it.

Nyxx: I'm going to share a little more about Gracie with readers today. They've gotten to meet Khayne, Jarvick and Christian already - so here's Gracie.

From an excerpt on Abbye's Blog
          At eighteen I had long black hair, slightly past my waist, and piercing green eyes. My father's hair, my mother's eyes and build. I was not petite, nor was I an amazon. My parents had gifted me with great genetics. At five foot nine, with curves in all the right places, I'd learned early on to use my looks – or my father's name – to get me what I wanted.

Nyxx: How about a short excerpt to wrap up this week? (Want other excerpts? She has one HERE and one HERE)

"We need someone that can really enforce. My brother is no light weight to go up against." Gracie paused with a sigh. "As tough as Rex is...well, he just won't be enough. And if we lose out to Jarvick and lose Rex in the process, my name will become a joke."

"Do you really want to go against your brother?"

"You're the one who turned on him to come work for me, Khayne."

"I did. You were...different." Khayne paused, choosing his words carefully. "Jarvick has crossed lines - lines his club can never come back from.You aren't that, Gracie. What we've been doing is safer for all of us. There are only a few clubs in Jarvick's league, mostly because other clubs fear it. And rightly so. It's like you lose your..." Khayne allowed his sentence to go unfinished and went back to cleaning his gun.

"Khayne, finish your sentence."

"My humanity was leaving me, Gracie. No one should be asked to do, or even to witness, some of the things that have become normal in Jarvick's world."

"You're saying my brother is a monster?" Gracie raised an eyebrow.

"Now, Gracie." Khayne knew through it all that Jarvick was still her brother. Blood and hatred ran deep in the Pavlovic family.

"Answer me."

"God damn, Gracie. I'm sorry, but yes, your brother is a monster. The worst kind. Worse than any nightmare you could ever dream up." Khayne watched as a smile slowly came across Gracie's face.

"You'll have to teach me to be an even bigger monster, Khayne."

Have questions for Abbye? Email them to me.

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#Author #Interview Yezall Strongheart


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved to write and as a child made up the most outrageous stories. It was when I entered a poem into a contest and won 1st place that I had an epiphany. That was a turning point for me as I realized others like what I write.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
This is amusing to me. I am always thinking about my books, past, present, and future. The people in my life know I use them for inspiration, so when I "get that look" in my eye, they know something they have said or did, or perhaps something I have seen going on across the room, has sparked my imagination. I quickly scramble for something to write with and to write on. It hits me at the craziest times.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Presently I have written 7 books. To ask for a favorite is to ask which one of my children I love more. There is no answer to that. The one I am working on is always the one I give all my energy to. That only becomes a problem when I have more than one started. Then the battle begins, which one will get the attention it deserves?

What do you think makes a good story?
I think it has less to do with genre and more to do with the actual mechanics of writing. Spelling and grammar are imperative! Add those senses! Readers want to know how things feel, smell, what it looks like, sounds like, tastes like. Immerse your readers into the story and they won't be able to put the book down. And when it's over they will want more.

Tell us your latest news?
I am working on several books right now. I have a Vampire story that is getting a good start. Politics of Blood. I am also working on another Abduction Erotica, the working title is Behind the Mask. I have just released Lair of the Lycanthrope and hopefully it will be widely available soon. Right now its onBookRix and Smashwords. I have been asked about the sequel for Windswept and I will be getting back to that soon. The other one I would like to add to is Rewind - Portal of Passion as there is so much more to tell!

What inspired you to write your first book?
Before I published it was for my own enjoyment. Now it's like an actor with applause. Every time someone buys my book or gives me a review I hear hands clapping and it's addictive. The inspiration came from seeing other authors become published, and my inner muse saying, "You can do that!"

How did you come up with the title?
Any writer will tell you something's they have little control over. I am Toldperhaps by a little voice in my head (Oh yes I listen to them), or the characters in my book, what the title will be, or even how the story will progress. When you start to type you become possessed...

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I speak for almost every writer when I say, if you self edit, that is bar none, the hardest part. I would recommend to anyone to even have a family member read it. They will see things you won't. We know what we want to say and our mind make up for what is not written. To have another pair of eyes to look over your manuscript is essential.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is an excerpt from "Lair of the Lycanthrope" which is my newest release, a romance between a man cursed to live as a werewolf for 9 years and an elf:The sword I had chosen in Van’s armory was more of a weapon of defense rather than a weapon to hunt with. After a few failed attempts, I was ready to eat some fruits and nuts. No real need to build a fire but for the warmth and as a deterrent to aggressive animals was cause enough. I made a small lean-to and sat on a log near the fire. I nibbled the fruits and nuts I collected earlier, feeling quite alone. The forest was very quiet tonight, aside from the crickets and night birds. I stood and raised my nose to the south. If I breathed very deeply I could smell something familiar, this was the land I hunted. I was close enough; I would be home by mid-morning. This lifted my spirits brightened my mood. I started to softly sing an Elven song. To my left a twig snapped, I stopped singing instantly and stared into the darkness.
“Who’s there?” No answer came. I bent down and picked up my sword and put my back to the lean-to.
“Who’s there?” I shouted.
In the silence that followed a soft sound emerged. The padding of velvet paws.
After a few moments, Van became visible walking into the clearing.
“I was so worried! The gunshots!” I ran to his side.
“They missed and I went hungry.” He waved a hand in the air
I smiled, “You have a way of turning up without trousers…”
He raised an eyebrow, “Do you mind?”
Smiling, I put my sword back into its scabbard and scoffed.
“Oh really?” Van exclaimed as he grabbed me around the waist pulling me close.
I pushed against him, “Not here…” I giggled, then side stepped him returning to sit by the fire. “I’ll be home tomorrow.”

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would make it longer. We might have a sequel brewing here. :)

What are your current projects?
I have quite a few as I mentioned above. For the first time I am trying to work on several at once. It's a daunting task. I'm not really sure wich one will be finished first.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
I think the most important thing is try to write in several genres to start out and find what comes easy for you. Get support from your family to help edit and read for content. Above all, pay attention to spelling and grammar, it's the single most thing indie writer's get a bad rap for.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like to let them know I write for them as well as myself. I can only hope that some of the enjoyment I get from writing, will be translated into enjoyment in reading. I hope that they use the contacts that I provide to get in touch with me and let me know if they enjoyed my books, or not. Let me know what you like to read. I have had giveaways and I am coming up with some contests in the future so I hope everyone stops by my FaceBook page from time to time and checks it out!

Zylena is a girl who controls the wind but her life is hardly her own. Leaving her small village, she travels with her Element Mate to the city of Tivoltyseeking her father. The trip is...eventful. She is given into the care of dashing assassin to protect her from slavery. That's only the beginning...
The dark assassin, Rueark, steals her reluctant heart. Kaneck, her Element Mate is forever connected to Zylena by their Elements. Who will finally master her?
Come on this journey with Zylena while she learns to control her element. Know her more intimate thoughts as tries to know her true heart. Feel her fear for friends and for herself as the war draws near.

A colorful tale of romance, fantasy, and adventure; it has something for even the most discerning reader.
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#Author #Interview Timothy Brommer


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I worked full time and went to college full time. When I finished my degree, I needed a new hobby to occupy my time and explored writing novels. So through a process of teaching myself, doing tons of research about how to write fiction, and joining a writer’s workshop, I spent three years writing The Heretic of the North and beat out many other writers in an open call from Runestone Hill. Before I wrote my first novel, I had not written a thing, no short stories or novels, nothing.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me about a year to get a book written and edited to the point where I’m comfortable presenting it to an agent. However, I spend about six months conducting research and sketching out the plot of the novel prior to writing anything. Snorr’s Saga is my latest example of this process.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I try to keep an eye on what’s currently popular in the world of books. I then hopefully create something that contains some of those elements, but then work on a plot that is different and stands out from the crowd.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written four complete novels. The Heretic of the North was my first novel, which was published by Runestone Hill. My favorite and latest one is Snorr’s Saga. I chose to self-publish that one as an e-book, because I was tired of many reputable agents saying “this isn’t a fit for us at this time, but we know someone will pick this up.”

What do you think makes a good story?
Good characters with problems the reader can relate to on an emotional and personal level. I would also say constant tension built into the plot and tense dialogue keeps the reader turning the pages.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my first novel was published, I officially considered myself a writer since I was paid for that work.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I guess one message I imbed into my stories is that gaining power always bears a price and somebody always wants to take it away, or there are serious consequences that always follow getting power.

How much of the book is realistic?
I try to make my fight scenes and the injuries characters suffer as real as possible, because I want the reader to know my characters are playing for keeps. Also, in the case of Snorr’s Saga, those who wield frodleikur (Icelandic word for magic) always pay a physical price. In addition, I am a former Marine and a law enforcement officer, and I have been subjected to my fair share of exhaustion, stress, and danger. I try to use some of those emotional experiences and knowledge to flavor my writings.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing books is finding the time to write.  I am convinced anyone can set aside two hours of their day to write, but dedicating oneself to even that small daily goal is difficult.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Failure at getting published is always a hard cold reality. Agents and publishers have “x” amount of time and money to spend on publishing a novel. Furthermore, there are as many writers competing for the public’s attention as there are fish in the ocean.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am currently working on Snorr’s Exile. It is another stand alone novel about Snorr and his adventures, but the events that took place in Snorr’s Saga affect this story.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would probably rework the first few chapters of Snorr’s Saga to create a stronger hook and characterization. Agents and publishers are, and can be, very picky at what they choose to represent. But I also did not write another dystopia/vampire-slayer/zombie apocalypse novel either.

What are your current projects?
In Snorr’s Exile, Snorr and Krym get exiled from their homeland as punishment for all the chaos created by releasing the draugr from its grave.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Practice, practice, practice. To be able to write, you have to write. Be open to constructive criticism. Let  down your ego and admit there are problems with your story and fix them. Joining a writing workshop is very helpful.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The most honest thing I can say is this: Why do I write? Simple. I want to tell a tale that gives my readers the same satisfaction I get out of reading. If I satisfy you, then I have done my job. 

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#Author #Inteview Lucy Taylor


1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer from about the age of six; my life was very lonely and I used to
make up stories in my head to amuse myself. Also, my grandfather was a writer, and I admired
him. Then a couple of years later, when my mother gave me an expensive (for those days) little
ring, I summoned all my courage and asked her if I could take the ring back to the store and use
the money to buy a typewriter. To her credit, she went along with it. So I had my first typewriter,
which was a huge milestone in my childhood. I’ve been writing pretty much ever since.

2) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I live in a coastal town so I like to walk on the beach and go kayaking. I’ve recently gotten back
into dancing and I enjoy salsa and west coast swing. And I love to travel, even short trips. I just
got back from a weekend stay at the New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Benedictine monastery in Big
Sur that is serene and silent and beautiful.
And cats – for better or worse, my life is full of felines, my own wonderful guys and then all the
cats I trap/feed/foster for The Feline Network, a local organization of a very few volunteers who
work incredibly hard to get feral cats spayed and neutered.

3) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Of the books I’ve published, seven are novels (including NAILED, SAVING SOULS, LEFT TO
DIE and SPREE) and six are short story collections (including THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE
I suppose my ‘favorite’ would be my novel THE SAFETY OF UNKNOWN CITIES, not just
because it won a Bram Stoker, but because it’s an erotic fantasy, very different from what I
generally write. It’s the most ‘out there’ of anything I’ve written. The title is very personal to me,
because I am a loner by nature and the safest and freest I ever feel is walking the streets of an
‘unknown city,’ where I know no one. The first time I experienced this, I think I was about
twenty-two in Lucerne Switzerland. I suddenly realized that not one person on earth who knew me
had any idea where I was at that moment. It was a great feeling! I try to recapture it whenever I

4) What do you think makes a good story?
For me, the best stories are the ones where, not only is there suspense and revelation, but where
the character or characters evolve in some way, even if their insight comes too late to save them
from a dreadful fate.

1) Where are you from?
I grew up in Richmond, VA, a conservative, provincial Southern city with rigid ideas about class,
religion, sexual orientation, and female liberty. I could write a book (and maybe I will), but for
now I will simply share my favorite joke, because it expresses the decorum-above-all-else
mentality that I was raised with and which led to at least a couple of decades of outrageous acting
Q: Why don’t Southern girls like orgies?
A. Because they hate writing all those thank you notes.

2) Tell us your latest news.
Well, recently my story “The Plague Lovers” was chosen for Maxim Jakubowski’s anthology
THE BEST OF BEST NEW EROTICA and another story “The Family Underwater” was included
by John Pelan as the 1993 story in Cemetery Dance’s THE CENTURY’S BEST HORROR
I have a story “Nikishi ” that will appear in Danel Olson’s anthology EXOTIC GOTHIC 4 (due
out in April or May) and another story “La Senora Blanca” that will appear in Nancy Kilpatrick’s
DANSE MACABRE anthology around October of this year. And I just signed the contract for a
mini-anthology of my work that has appeared in the “BEST OF... anthology series over the years
to be published in the UK by Constable and Robinson.

3) Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, certainly. People I know, events, places, something I read about or overheard or dreamed of.
I once based an entire character (the minister Butterworth in SAVING SOULS) on a conversation
I had with a preacher who sat next to me on a flight from Detroit to Denver and several characters
in THE SAFETY OF UNKNOWN CITIES are based on ex-lovers. Anything I encounter as I go
through life is grist for the mill; the hard part is being mindful enough to select what will actually
enhance the story or character.
One story that does come to mind is “Girl Under Glass” which originally appeared in BAD
NEWS published by Cemetery Dance and which I reprinted in UNSPEAKABLE AND OTHER
STORIES. The idea for that story came in part from the events surrounding Susan Smith and the
deaths of her two little boys, but on a more personal level, it’s also a portrait of my mother and of
what it was like being her child.

4) What was/is the hardest part of writing your book?
For any book or short story I’ve ever written, the answer is the same: the hardest part is finishing
the damn thing. Because I guarantee you, with anything I’ve ever written, there comes a point
either in the middle or when I’m editing it that my mind screams, “This is rubbish! It’s no good! It
doesn’t even make sense! What in God’s name was I thinking?!” However, usually I do finish it
and send it out and, amazingly enough, more often than not, an editor likes it and it gets
published. So as Eckhart Tolle says, I have to learn “not to take my thoughts too seriously.”

1) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is from a story I just finished called “Summerland.” The protagonist, Sonya Olendski, is in
the Bahamas for her mother’s wedding and “everything in her life” is about to change.
“The tropical sun beat down on her, delicious and stinging as a keen little switch. The cradle-rock
of the dinghy lulled her. She felt like a turkey basting. Rousing herself, she leaned over the side
and splashed water on her face, looking down as she did so to where the reef sloped away, the
water darkening from pale, translucent turquoise to a rich royal blue hemmed in with gorgeous
coral. A school of orange and white clown fish darted above the clustered antlers of some
staghorn coral. It was as she was watching the fish weave in and out among the skinny branches of
the coral that she saw the dead girl.”

2) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book is a collection of horror fiction entitled UNSPEAKABLE AND OTHER
STORIES. About a year ago, I had the thought that I’d like to publish a collection of the stories
I’ve written over the years that are my favorites and the result was this book. If I had to do it over
again, I might include a couple more stories–“Making the Woman” from PAINTED IN BLOOD
comes to mind - I didn’t include it because the language is pretty raw and I guess I thought people
would focus on that aspect of it rather than the message of the story, which is about the
psychology of gender and how women are taught to embrace misogyny.

3) What are your current projects?
I’m working on a story for EXOTIC GOTHIC 5 and on a couple of projects for the Overlook
Connection Press and I’m writing a horror novel set in Richmond, Virginia called PRAYING

4) Do you have any advice for other writers?
I don’t really like to give advice, because everyone’s path is different, but having said that, I
recommend taking up a meditation practice. It clears the mind and helps creativity flow without
becoming tangled up in the dead, flat concepts of the incessantly chattering mind. Great clarity
can come from a mind that doesn’t ruminate obsessively.

5) Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love feedback. Find me on FB or visit me at
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#Author #Interview Deidre Havrelock


1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Surprisingly, it was a few months after my exorcism. I remember having coffee with a co-worker and I said, “I think I’ll write a book…maybe a ‘how-to book’ or a ‘picture book’…how hard can it be?” Ha! Ha! So naïve back then. With the memoir, however, things were different. I was folding clothes and suddenly I envisioned a book floating in the air; it was a book about my family and about my healing. I thought, Am I supposed to write this book? Just then the phone rang. It was my aunt. She said she had heard God speak to her, and He said that I was supposed to write a book about my family and my healing. Honestly, that happened!

2.      Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I always write about my personal spiritual encounters and experiences, and being a Bible teacher I mix those experiences with teaching – except for Saving Mary– my memoir is told as story. No teaching in it, just the thrill of journey. Of course, you can still learn from journey.

3.      What does your family think of your writing?
That’s a tough one. I became a Christian during my exorcism, and so life changed after ward simply because I wanted to understand my new found spirituality. I studied the Bible and learned to walk in the spiritual realm of Christianity. For those members of my family who were not Christians or who were ‘quiet’ Christians (with little spiritual experience) I was certainly a square peg! Nowadays, however, many family members are quite proud that I was able to speak clearly about the darkness I walked through and how I found healing. But when it comes to writing about theology, most family members are just not interested…and that’s perfectly understandable!

4.      What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
Because I asked family members about their own experiences with spirits and dreams while writing Saving Mary, I learned that my aunt Jackie was being bothered by the same spirit that had befriended me. She described the spirit to me and I said, “That’s the same spirit that was in my dreams! It turned out that my dad also saw this same spirit, except he saw it standing in our front room where it actually manifested itself to him, scaring him senseless.

Talking openly and honestly about spiritual experiences really helped my family to make sense of our lives. I think the demonic spirits don’t want us to talk and connect the dots, and so they keep us feeling ‘strange’ or ‘different’ to keep us silent. But really, we’re so much the same. The truth is, I’ve seen demons in my dreams…and so have many other people. So why not talk about it?

I also learned why I once was so terrified to actually get married. (I suffered from stress when I became engaged to my husband.) It seems crazy now, of course, considering my memoir begins with me marrying Satan; but during my engagement, I couldn’t figure out why I was so terrified to get married. When I finished the first draft of the book, I went, “Oh, now I understand!” The book was a psychological discovery for me.

5.      How did you come up with the title?
It’s a funny story, and I tell it in my Author’s Note. Just after my exorcism my boyfriend convinced me to go to a Bible study. I had already decided I would keep my possession and exorcism a secret. (It seemed all just too strange to talk about.) During the Bible study, however, BAM! A woman caught me off guard. She came up to me at the end of the study and told me that God spoke to her. “God told me to tell you that you remind Him of Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons.” It seemed that I wanted to keep my life a secret, but God didn’t get my memo!  I didn’t go to another Bible study for over a year.

6.      How much of the book is realistic?
I like to think of the book as ‘paranormal narrative non-fiction.’ Meaning, the supernatural events that I describe are true, and they are delivered as narrative non-fiction. Needless to say, since the book’s a memoir most of it is true. I say ‘most’ because I wrote the book with dialogue and since actual conversations can’t always be remembered precisely—especially childhood situations—it is ‘mostly true.’ The people and events are real, and my conversations are presented in a way that ring true to my memory—and true to the characters involved. But since I have so many aunts, I am sure one day I will hear, “That wasn’t me—that was Aunt so-and-so who said that!”

7.      What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was simply going back to the dark events in my life. I began writing the book by describing my memory of getting married in the church basement to the man with fire for hair (the one I refer to as ‘the devil’). I thought this the best place to start since it was the most traumatic event in my life (even though it was just a dream). Once I had that event written down in full detail, I just kept going. That first scene was the hardest. I kept crying.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am currently working to edit a non-fiction book called The MotherHeart of God: Biblical Evidence for the Femininity of the Holy Spirit. If the first half of my life is about me living with spirits, then this book is about me living with theHoly Spirit. A happy ending.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think so; not yet, anyway.
What are your current projects?
I also have a book called The Testimony finished that I am shopping around to agents. You can also find me at
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten was from a friend who was older and wiser than me. When I complained to her that my children woke up at 7 a.m., filled with mass amounts of energy, and therefore I couldn’t get any writing done, she asked me, “So what are you doing at 5 a.m.? I soon found out that coffee tastes really good at 5 a.m.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The search for God is often the most difficult--and scary--journey of all. But it’s worth it. Oh, and possession aside—high school was still a blast!
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“You might not believe that demons roam the earth looking for souls to devour, because most people are oblivious to them. But author Deidre Havrelock is sure demons exist; she's had first hand experience. In this chilling memoir, Havrelock slits open her past and bleeds the chilling story of her childhood spiritual quest. In Saving Mary, you'll read how such simple, seemingly innocent life experiences such as curiosity, confusion, and false consolation, can let evil in. You'll read how forging ahead without spiritual guidance, she allowed her soul to be hijacked. Saving Mary The Possession (Book One) is a gripping spiritual experience that will melt the curtain separating physical and spiritual. You won't be able to put it down.” E. Tomaszewski 

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#Author #Interview Liz Davis


How long does it take you to write a book?

It all depends on what else is going on in my life at the time that I’m busy writing a book. When I wrote my novel, Chocolate Aftertaste, I was studying, working, and doing so many other things that it took me around a year and a half or so to finish. Tangi’s Teardrops took me in total around six months to write.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I get ideas from everywhere. I believe that there’s a story in pretty much everything. People are walking, talking books. I also take a lot of ideas from life and experiences, the weather, food, the newspaper…anything really. The important thing is to keep my heart and mind open to receive those idea before they fly off.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

At the moment I’ve written two books. My first novel, Tangi’s Teardrops, a young adult fantasy, was published in January and in April I published a contemporary romance novel, Chocolate Aftertaste. Which is my favorite? That’s a hard question to answer because the two books are so different. Chocolate Aftertaste is all from my imagination and Tangi’s Teardrops is partly made up and partly based on a true story. I enjoyed writing both and I’ll have to say that each holds a special place in my heart.

When and why did you begin writing?
I can’t tell you for sure when I started writing. I just noticed one day that I was. Writing is as important to me as breathing. Maybe I started to write when I started to read, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter how, when, or why I started writing. I’m just happy to be doing something that I love so much.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Tangi’s Teardrops was inspired by my childhood. Tangi is actually my third first name (I know, I have way too many names on my passport). You can read about the story behind Tangi’s Teardrops here:
How did you come up with the titles?
Tangi’s teardrops: This title was pretty easy since I used my name and the teardrops represent my sad childhood.
Chocolate Aftertaste: The Chocolate part of the title stands for the town (a fictional town well known for producing the best chocolate in Ireland) to which Nora (my protagonist) escapes in order to find herself, and Aftertaste represents the consequences of the choices she makes while living in that town.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When reading Chocolate Aftertaste I would like readers to embrace the power they have to make the choices that are right for them. Only they know what really makes them happy. You can read more about the power of making choices and the inspiration behind writing the novel here,
With Tangi’s Teardrops I’d like to remind readers that sometimes crying doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. It can be so freeing. For Tangi, it definitely was, in a magical kind of wayJ.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes. Chocolate Aftertaste is a story about a woman, Nora, who has a very controlling father. He makes all the important decisions in her life, even when it comes to her love life. All her life she has done her very best to live up to his expectations, sacrificing her own happiness. Until she almost makes a major mistakes and realizes it’s time to take back the control. She flees to another town looking for a new beginning and maybe love. She soon learns that starting over and falling in love brings along its own challenges. But what matters most is that she has made her own choices and is ready to enjoy the benefits of those choices and handle the consequences.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I’ve changed a lot of things already. Right now, I’m finally happy. Chocolate Aftertaste is exactly where I want it to be.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a women’s Fiction manuscript I wrote a few years ago (genre could change depending on the level of editing I’ll do).  The novel is based on a true story that shows the meaning of true friendship between two women. The novel should be available sometime in June.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you enjoy reading.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for believing in me enough to open the first page of any of my novels. I appreciate your support and will work hard to create some great stories for you.
At her pre-wedding dinner, Nora Darkin, the daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, discovers her fiancé is not the man she thought he was. As her father hoists his glass to toast them, she makes an announcement: there will be no wedding to her father's right-hand man.

Due to the fresh rift driven between her and her father, Nora escapes to the quaint town of Dreara. Determined to live her life her own way, she makes new friends and pursues her lifelong desire of becoming a chef. Ethan Danes, a neighbour with his own broken heart, helps soothe hers.

Just as Nora discovers what it means to be happy, and she begins to fall in love with Ethan, a woman from his past re-enters his life…

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#Author #Interview Rosanna Leo


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  I realized how influenced I was by the written word when I was twelve years old.  That year, I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  And tried several times, quite unsuccessfully, to get into Narnia through my bedroom closet.  Since then, I’ve been tinkering with writing, but have been doing it seriously for the last ten years.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?  Great question!  Being someone who is obsessed with anything paranormal, much of my inspiration comes from that world.  Currently, I am all about Greek gods, and there are so many ideas right there in the fabulous Greek myths.  I take a myth that I like, imagine what might have happened since, and go from there!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?  I was so pleasantly surprised at how much input my publisher asked for regarding cover art ideas.  Liquid Silver has a wonderful arts department, and still asked me what I’d like to see on my covers.  I gave them my vision, never dreaming that they’d use it, and they did!  When I saw the finished product, it was like seeing my baby being born!  I love the covers they did for me.  I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure they’re better than the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David!J

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?  I have five completed novels under my belt, two of those about to be published with Liquid Silver.  For the Love of a God will be released April 23, and Up in Flames will be released May 28.  Aside from these, I have at least ten novellas that I’ve written.  Everything from historical romance to vampires to regency naughtiness!

Where are you from?  Toronto, Canada…home of the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the best street meat in the world!

What inspired you to write your first book?  The first (unpublished) novel I ever wrote was a meandering historical/love story/ghost story.  It was inspired by a trip to London, England and a visit to Kensington Palace.  There, I saw a beautiful portrait of a gorgeous nobleman from the Regency era.  I couldn’t stop thinking of that portrait and the enigmatic man!  I began my first novel after getting home from that trip.  The novel began with a woman visiting a country estate, and falling for a portrait of a man who’d been dead for two hundred years…or was he dead at all?

Do you have a specific writing style?  I would say my writing style is pretty contemporary, with a definite mocking, self-deprecating humor.  I love heroines who aren’t perfect, even geeky, and who aren’t afraid to admit it.  As much as I love romance and eroticism, for me there has to be humor too.  My writing reflects that.

What book are you reading now?  I’m reading Lauren Kate’s “Fallen” series.  I love the doomed relationship between the heroine and her angel hero.  Even though it’s a young adult book, I find it so evocative and sensual.  And I love the idea of seducing an angel! J

Can you share a little of your current work with us?  Absolutely!  For the Love of a God is set in a museum in Toronto.  The female protagonist Maia is a conservator of Grecian statuary and self-confessed museum geek.  She pines over a seductive statue of the Greek god Eryx, god of love.  What Maia does not know is that Eryx exists, and is about to become her new boss at the museum.  For his part, Eryx is determined to avoid all women because of an ancient curse that has doomed any woman he’s tried to love.  However, when he sees the awkward, yet curvaceous Maia, he finds it hard to resist her charms. 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  I don’t wish to sound egotistical, but I don’t think I could change anything.  One becomes so attached to one’s characters.  I’ve grown to love Eryx and Maia and their tempestuous relationship and how it blossoms into a real love.  I think if I could change anything, it would be to have the chance to live with this story a little longer.  I hate putting my peeps away!  And yet, I’m so excited to release them into the world at the same time.

What are your current projects?  I am currently finishing up a novel which takes off from where For the Love of a God ends.  However, in this case, my hero is now the god Dionysus, the randy Greek god of wine.  He’s about to embark on a journey to the underworld, and find true love in the process.  I am also about to start a new WIP about the sexy god Apollo.  I love me some Greek gods!

Do you have any advice for other writers?  Be flexible!  I learned such important skills in the editing and submission process.  Your publisher wants to see you succeed.  One must be open to criticism and suggestion, as hard as it can sometimes be.  Remember, feedback is a gift. J

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  Just that I really hope you love For the Love of a God as much as I loved writing it.  I hope I can lure you away from your world for a while, and into my world.  I think you’ll like it there.

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#GetToKnowYou #Author #Interview with Abbye Kovacevic @AbbyeKovacevic


This is Abbye's very first author interview.
I want to truly thank Abbye for her genuinely open personality and her down to earth approach. I've been following Abbye on twitter for quite some time. Even as a blogger, I tend to follow more on TWITTER than anywhere else. However, I do follow her BLOG as well as her FACEBOOK page. (By the way, you can click those links and hang out with her too.)

I wanted something different than a general interview. I've been lucky enough to be allowed a sneak peak into a few of her upcoming books. To say I think they're going to be great is a significant understatement. So, I asked Abbye if she could call me and do a phone interview. (How often does that really happen for us bloggers?)

She said yes. She called me earlier today. Here's a breakdown of some of our conversation.

--Please note that any typing and grammar errors are one hundred percent my fault since this was done via phone call.

Nyxx: So, this all started because of a tweet I caught from you earlier today. (TWEET There's an image)

yes I can cook. From scratch rolls with homemade icing. I'll have to run extra today
I honestly had you pegged for a total city girl, biker chic type.

Abbye: No, I am a country girl at heart and live fairly rural myself. Not nearly rural enough, though.

Nyxx: You can coook?

Abbye: Absolutely. It's always been one of my favorite things. I was raised in the midwest, but grew up eating southern country food - all homemade.

Nyxx: Sweet tea?

Abbye: All the way - sun tea, sweet tea.

Nyxx: So, you never eat out or microwave?

Abbye: Oh no. I absolutely do. A lot more than I prefer. Cooking is time consuming and there's always something else do to.

Nyxx: Your man doesn't want home cooked meals? Quite honestly, I could name a number of them that would do almost anything for that type of meal.

Abbye: There is no man. If there were, I'd cook for him whenever he wanted.

Nyxx: So, you're not that bad girl, biker type?

Abbye: I try not to label anyone as anything. But, no. While I absolutely love motorcycles, I also love big four wheel drive trucks.

Nyxx: What do you drive?

Abbye: Four wheel drive Chevy truck.

Nyxx: Any tattoos?

Abbye: No. None. However, I keep thinking for my next birthday I may go get one. But, probably not. I've always wanted one, but I've never followed through.

Nyxx: What's in your closet?

Abbye: I don't know if I should tell this or not. I have a large number of pajama pants and yoga pants, as well as some really beat up t-shirts and sweatshirts. My very favorite sweatshirt is literally falling apart at the seams. I do also have jeans. But, oddly enough, not a whole lot of dress clothes. I love boots. Have to have boots. Combat boots, hiking boots, cowboy boots - have to have boots. I love my baseball caps too.

Nyxx: So, if I were sitting with you right now, what are you wearing?

Abbye: Capri shorts- gray, like a light sweat pant type material with a metal militia t-shirt. I am all about functional comfort.

Nyxx: Are the characters in your Demolition Mafia book anything like you? Is Gracie you?

Abbye: Definitely not. I actually couldn't be more the opposite of Gracie. She's strong, she's viscous.  She knows exactly what she wants and she's all but fearless in her pursuit. Plus she's tall.

Nyxx: Do you think all authors create their characters so differently from themselves?

Abbye: I really couldn't say. In my books, I guess I seem like a hard ass. I'm really not. I get by in life on my own because I have to. Not because I want to be going it alone. Gracie could lose everyone around her and still hold her head high and go on.

Nyxx: Did you base her one someone you'd like to be?

Abbye: No. I couldn't ever imagine being so disconnected from the value of life. I love animals and elderly people. I have a great respect for those that have fought for our country. I volunteer. I would never want to be like Gracie. But,she is an awesome character.

Nyxx: Gracie is set to have a series. Will they be about different main characters or will they all surround her?

Abbye: They'll all surround her. I've considered some seasonal novellas to maybe tell a bit more about some of the more popular secondary characters. But nothing is decided yet.

Nyxx: I'm looking forward to it. I'm curious to how her character will grow as the series moves forward. All authors dream of having their books turn up as a TV show or a movie. Who would you want to produce or direct?

Abbye: Wow, a bit ahead of the game, but I guess I can allow myself to dream a bit. There's three names that really jump at me when I think about this, but there are so many talented producers and directors. I'd absolutely love to work with Kurt Sutter, Sam Raimi, or Rob Zombie.

Nyxx: I'm familiar with Sutter and Zombie. Who is Raimi?

Abbye: Spartacus on Starz.

Nyxx: Why did those three names stand out?

Abbye: Sutter and Zombie, in my opinion, are creative geniuses. They also know that not everything has a happy ending. All three have great expression of violence. And, let's face it - I write mafias, motorcycle clubs, serial killers and special ops military - there's more than enough violence to go around.

Nyxx: Is there a love story in your books?

Abbye: I wouldn't say there's a love story. There are people that fall in love. Sometimes out of need, sometimes a business choice that takes a turn. There's sex just for sex - sex for manipulation. If you want Harlequin, I definitely don't write that. There's not always a happy ending. There's not even always a happy for now ending.

Nyxx: Will each book be able to stand alone?

Abbye: I've thought a lot about that and no. There may be some unsolved issues from book to book as well. It wasn't exactly intentional, just more of how it works out. It's why it's a series and not just a novel.

Nyxx: Will Gracie see her happy ending by the end of your books?

Abbye: I really can't say - but given what she's involved in...

Nyxx: Do you already know how the series will end?

Abbye: Actually, I don't. I'm learning as I go too.

Nyxx: What are the first 15 songs on your current playlist?

Abbye: Laredo by Chris Cagle
Stand up and scream by Asking Alexandria
In my blood by Black Stone Cherry
If I die Young by The Band Perry
One Last Breath by Creed
Cruise by Florida Georgie Line
What It's Like by Everlast
Barely Breathing by Duncan Shiek
Colors by Crossfade
Teach me how to scream by BrokeNcyde
Get Stoned by Hinder
No Air by Jordan Sparks
Do this anymore by Nickleback
Burn by Papa Roach
Getting way with murder by Papa Roach

Nyxx: Interesting. It's all over the place in genre. What about TV, what are you watching?

Abbye: Vikings, Bones, Leverage, The Originals, Chicago Fire, Reign, and The Voice

Nyxx: What are you waiting for?

Abbye: Well, I miss Dexter and Spartacus. But I am waiting for True Blood and Sons of Anarchy - both are ending this year. I think Penny Dreadful sounds like it may be interesting as well. I'm also anxiously awaiting next season of Vikings.

Nyxx: What are you reading?

Abbye: Actually nothing. I've picked up several books here and there over the last year or so, but never actually committed to reading any of them. So, sadly - I'm a terrible reader.

Nyxx: Where do you hope you'll be in five years?

Abbye: I know this is where I'm supposed to say I want a multi-million dollar deal with some huge publisher, with agents fighting over me and TV shows and movies under my belt from what I've written. While I wouldn't refuse any of that, I just want to be happy. I write because I enjoy it. I don't give myself any crazy deadlines. I write when it comes to me. Right now it doesn't feel like work. I guess, deep down, I really just am that simple country girl. I want a home and not a house. I want that special someone in my life to wake up to. Maybe a couple horses for sunset rides. While I don't write romance, I'd love to have it. Everything else is barely relative. Find happiness and true love and you're rich.

Nyxx: Thanks so much for this Abbye.

Abbye has agreed to appear again in a couple of weeks. I've asked her to dig up some images of people she sees her characters closest in appearance to. It's always fun to them similar to how the author envisions them. Also, she's up to questions or character interview type questions. She'll also be back with a partial character release to introduce some of them. Abbye will aslo be discussing some things she'd love to put into action for her upcoming book releases.

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