Archive | February 2014

Darkest Day

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Thanks for stopping by.  Just thought I would take a few minutes and talk about book two of the What She Knew Trilogy, Darkest Day.  For some of our new followers, you may not be aware of where we are in the story.  K.R. and I are working hard on finishing up the trilogy as I write this, but we both thought our new followers would like a little back history.  So, here is a bit of a teaser for book two:

 Darkest Day

~~~~Was ‘what she knew’ enough to save JFK?

A must read raves best-selling authors RJ Parker, CJ West and Jodi Thomas.

“What She Knew Trilogy” is a fast paced novel of intrigue and mystery involving America’s favorite sex goddess, Marilyn Monroe. This book has all the elements of the next blockbuster hit raves The Times. The authors weave a story of intrigue, mystery, and a touch of conspiracy. In this period piece; high-profile, never forgotten, iconic, historical characters are resurrected and showcased in a new light; bringing humor, depth and warmth to an all-star cast.

Given the popularity of Marilyn Monroe; they’ve simply utilized the events leading up to her death and added their own take on what happened. Following the historical timeline closely as well as the world events of the day, they have created a compelling novel of what if Marilyn had lived and ‘what she knew’ was enough to save John F. Kennedy from assassination.

The mystery author team, KR Hughes and TL Burns, lead us on a historically accurate journey into the world of ‘what if.’

Was the JFK assassination an elaborate deception?


On the tragic day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the nation mourns the loss of a president who stood for radical change and whose charisma carried him through the masses with never before seen devotion.  Kennedy’s determination to pay the U.S. back for his good fortune never wavered, with a presidency riddled in strife from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Cold War and finally to the Vietnam conflict nothing was easy for him.

In this fictional novel, Kennedy isn’t on a world tour or even in Texas in 1963.  Instead he is in the Alps recovering from back surgery, a ruse that he had planned with Bobby, and his double months in advance of the tour.  With the oval office tapped and the ever-present Bobby running interference there was little likelihood that anyone would realize this was not the president.  In fact, no one did.

Now, the world believes their beloved president is dead, there is no going back for Jack.  While the decisions are difficult, it is far better to leave his ‘death’ alone than to risk political failure for his family clan and ridicule for his young widow.

Kennedy must now take on another face, name, and identity.  Who is behind the assassination? What was the ultimate goal in killing the president? Was it to topple the American government and take down the Kennedy’s with it? Find out in this action packed conspiracy novel.~~~~

Oh, and I need to brag a bit!  My son, Kenneth Burns, does our covers.  He’s a master artist if I do say so myself, lol!!


K.R. and T.L.






Lit Flix for What She Knew Trilogy


Frank Sinatra ~ Marilyn Monroe ~ John F Kennedy

Hi everyone!  We thought we would share with you our Lit Flix for our What She Knew Trilogy.  Our publisher, Master Koda Select Publishing, is so talented.  Along with publishing our books, they created a book trailer for the series.  Take a look:

If you would like to see all of their lit flix’s, you can view them on YouTube here:

We would love to know what you think!! 


K.R. and T.L.





And the Journey Continues


Hi everyone!

Here K.R. and I are at a book signing when we were doing our signing tour in Texas/Oklahoma.  What an awesome trip that was.  It was so great to talk with fans of all ages.  We designed most of our swag ourselves including custom-made book bags (pink of course!), book marks, business cards, pens and more!  It was so fun to give these little bonuses away with each sale of our books.  The cover on the book you see in this picture is from the first printing of book one.

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Today, we have a new look:

New Cover 2013 02                 Darkest Day

I think we both agree, as much as we loved the original, we really do LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look!!

Thanks for reminiscing with us today.  It’s fun to remember just where this wonderful journey we are on has taken us.


K.R. and T.L.


Amazon: Fateful Night  Darkest Day



Please Welcome Author Robert Burroughs!

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Robert DeBurgh

 Hi everyone!  We have author Robert Burroughs, a.k.a. Robert DeBurgh, with us today!  He has some great books out and such an interesting life!  Let’s jump right in and get to know this fascinating man!!



Robert DeBurgh learned to fly at the age of fifteen and has over twenty thousand hours of flight time. He has been a flight instructor, cargo pilot, mail pilot, bush pilot, mercenary fighter pilot and has served as captain for three airlines.

As a professional pilot, DeBurgh has flown in the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. He has served as captain for three overseas airlines and for seventeen years served his country in the capacity of a pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement.

As an author, he has written aviation articles and stories for various publications and has written many science fiction and fantasy short stories, was a columnist for two newspapers and associate editor for “American Roadracing Magazine.”

At the present time he writes articles for “Indian Aviation Magazine” and several US magazines and is the author of the widely acclaimed novels, Riders of the Wind and Winds of Fate. In each of these novels DeBurgh has woven a tale of high adventure set against an accurate background of actual historical events.

His new novel, The Winds of Kunlun Shan, due to be released in the autumn of 2014, is the third book in the Riders of the Wind series.




Riders of the Wind


Riders of the Wind is an epic novel of adventure and romance set in the scene of aviation during the turbulent times of the nineteen twenties and thirties. The book follows the lives of Charles and Doretta Cross through the era of the great depression, prohibition, the airmail, and the formation of the infant airlines. It graphically portrays the danger, excitement and romance of flight in the pioneering years before World War Two and takes the reader into the cockpit with the airmail pilots of the twenties and the airline route survey pilots flying the heart of the Amazon jungles. A “must read” for anyone interested in aviation or, for that matter, anyone who is merely interested in the history, dress and lifestyle of the pre-WWII era.


Why not the plane? I’ve been up twice with Uncle George, how hard can it be? I’ll just teach myself to fly it, can’t be much harder than the tractor, Charlie thought.

He had to do it soon though since school would be starting in a few weeks and he would have no free time, what with the school work and his chores. So it was decided. He would teach himself to fly and no one would be the wiser. Then he could be a part of all the books about the war aces he so loved to read.

“Riders of the Wind” by Robert DeBurgh

Riders of the Wind

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One of the many 5 star reviews:

Riders of the Wind by Robert F. Deburgh (Robert Burroughs)
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I have always loved stories about flying. This one did not let me down as I was taken through a history of US aviation up to World War II, accompanied by a love story difficult to match nowadays.
A bonus was the not-well-known story of the antecedents of the eventual destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. I had read about the invisible tribes and the legends surrounding the subject. The narration of the fantasies that may have proven their existence was truly enchanting.
The creation of the major US airlines was very interesting, and Mr. Deburgh made sure the conniving was well exposed.
Least I forget, the bit about the tiny Cambiru fish that can get into any human orifice was a very interesting fact.
Captain Deburgh is a pilot that grew culturally through his profession.
I will definitely read other works by him.



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Winds of Fate


Winds of Fate takes place during World War II, but you cannot call it a war story. It is the story of Charlie Cross and his wife Doretta, both civilians but ultimately tied to the military, Charlie as a Service Pilot with Air Transport Command and Doretta as an instructor with the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Charlie flies the Hump from India to China, one of the most dangerous operations in World War II.

According to the author, “The Hump gobbled men and airplanes like a child would eat Christmas candy. This operation is little known and little publicized yet these men managed to bring into China all the supplies that were needed to continue the war against the Japanese. The lessons learned became the basis for the Berlin Airlift and modern day military transport.”

Doretta serves as a WASP, operating against male prejudice, difficult flying conditions and sometimes flying dangerous aircraft. The ladies who took on the duties of a WASP did an amazing job of flying military airplanes and doing many jobs male pilots did not want to do here in the US.

Winds of Fate is a fast paced well-written novel that everyone will enjoy reading. You do not need to be a fan of aviation or World War II stories to appreciate this book. The reader will be entranced by the action, brought to tears when someone is lost and filled with happiness when true love is found. Anyone who loves a great story will find it difficult to put this book down once you get started.


Looking all the time at the guards at the fire, he resumed a crouch and slinked off looking for the kitchen. He was transiting a dark area between tents when he suddenly found himself flat on his back with a crushing weight on his chest and a bearded face within inches of his own. He also felt the prick of a knife blade at his throat and wisely decided to remain perfectly still.

“Winds of Fate” by Robert DeBurgh

Winds of Fate

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One of the many 5 star reviews:

Winds of Fate by Robert F. DeBurgh
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I usually pay little attention to a book’s cover. In this case I was hooked by it. The photo of a C-47 filled my mind with memories, and the author’s narrative answered many almost forgotten questions I had about this craft, in which I had flown on several ocassions while young.
The paranormal aspect of the plot worked very well to give a smooth ending to the story. And, yes, flying over Mount Everest will always be an unforgettable experience, be it on a Curtiss-47 or a modern jet-liner. If there’s a love story connected to the journey, it couldn’t be any better, be it in peace of in war. I enjoyed this book very much.


Thanks for joining us today and make sure to check out Roberts books!!

K.R. and T.L.




Please Welcome Author Sarah Wallace!!

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Author Sarah Wallace

Hi everyone!

Glad to have you here with us today.  Author Sarah Wallace was able to stop by just for a minute.  One of her most popular books, Price of a Bounty, is free today!!  So, don’t miss out.  Here are the links:

Sale Links for Price of a Bounty

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What a fantastic cover too!! 


“Price of a Bounty is a pleasant surprise. The action is fun and the growing complexity not only of the ploy but of the character’s relationships with each other keeps the reader hooked.” Kenneth J. Mayer (Amazon Review)

“This is a compelling, entertaining thriller and love story that is an allegory about the hazards of privilege and power, where absolute power corrupts absolutely. I felt for Keira immediately, a smart and conscionable woman who pines for the past as she listens to her mother’s favorite records, like “I’ve Got Rhythm,” the simpler songs of a bygone era, and yet who bravely confronts the future and will sacrifice everything for a good cause. Full of twists, genetic manipulation and subterfuge, it kept me turning pages. The ending was totally unexpected and I look forward to the sequel.” Annie (Amazon Review)

“Price of a Bounty effectively incorporates drama, action and romance to create an intriguing tale that once you start you won’t be able to stop. The book is fast paced, full of interesting plot twists and has characters that you genuinely care about. An excellent read.” Andrew M. Newton (Amazon Review)

Author Bio

Let me tell you a little bit about S. L. Wallace. The surname is a pseudonym, but it’s a pen name based on fact. She is indeed related to the famous William Wallace.

You see, her mother has a passion for genealogy, and people in her family like to tell stories. That makes for some interesting dinner conversations. Her paternal grandmother always told outrageous stories, like how she was considering going out for Halloween with nothing on, just a raisin in her navel — yep, she was planning to go as an oatmeal cookie! Her mother, on the other hand, likes to tell family history as true, yet fascinating, stories. Because of her mother, she had heard the surname Wallace.

When the movie Braveheart came out, she went to see it. Once she heard the name William Wallace, she had trouble concentrating on the film because she kept thinking that name sounded so familiar. As soon as she got home, she called her parents, hoping to connect with her mother. Alas, she was not home, but her dad was, so she posed her question with the hopes that he may have the answer, or if he didn’t, that he would be willing to pass along the question to her mother upon her return.

“Dad,” she said. “I just got back from seeing Braveheart, and the main character’s name was William Wallace. Is he any relation, do you think?”

“Yes, he is,” her father said with certainty.

“Really?” she asked.

“Yes, but that doesn’t mean you’re related to Mel Gibson.”

Clearly, her father inherited his mother’s sense of humor, but he’s also a history buff. He went on to explain the Scottish clan system, including surnames. S. L. Wallace is honored to be able to carry on the name.

Price of a Bounty Synopsis

Keira Maddock has never considered herself a lady. In fact, she often acts in ways that would be considered downright un-ladylike. A hired killer and thief whose only goal is to provide the necessities of life for herself and her sister, she has learned to be brutally effective in her trade, with skills as sharp as the weapons she prefers. And when the head of a huge, shadowy corporation hires her to remove a powerful and wealthy opponent, Keira is happy to oblige. Until she meets him…

Scott Maddock is a hardened Terenian soldier-for-life. His job, to uphold the motto of the realm: “Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great!” Soldiers work for the Gov, and the Gov is run by heads of corporations. But where do Scott’s loyalties really lie? Only he and his best friend know for sure.

April Maddock is trying to make it on her own and has taken a job with a wealthy family. She has chosen not to fight the system like Keira, nor to fight for the Gov like Scott. Unlike her siblings, she recognizes the good in everyone. Even so, outside appearances can be deceiving. April knows that better than most.

Infested with greed and divided by power, the realm of Terene bears remarkable resemblance to our own society. But opposite despair, there is always hope. Whereas Keira Maddock brings destruction, Guy Bensen brings promise. Wealthy and powerful, yet thoughtful and caring, he is an anomaly who throws her completely off guard. When she learns of his connections to Scott and April, Keira knows she has made the right decision in not only sparing his life but in joining his cause.

Price of a Bounty excerpt

We arrived early. I went in first and chose a small table off to the side of the room as far away from the dance floor and piano as possible. Guy sat at the bar, ordered a drink and turned his gaze toward the dancers. He looked like a businessman who had just concluded a long day at the office.

I saw Brody Delaney before he saw me, so I stood to get his attention. He walked over and joined me.

“Hello, Brody.” I smiled. “It’s nice to see you again.”

“How do we do this?” He started to hand me his briefcase, but I stopped him.

“Put that down. After a job well done, it’s traditional to sit and have a drink first. We’ll talk, and then make the exchange. There’s really nothing to it.”

He sat and placed the briefcase on the floor beside him.

“How do I know you’re not really working for Cybonautics? I wouldn’t put it past them, and this could get me into a lot of trouble.”

“You’re being paranoid. Why would anyone at Cybonautics hire me to do something that will only advance your career?”

He signaled to the waitress and ordered two martinis, one for each of us. As she was leaving, Guy walked by, stumbled into her, apologized and continued on to the restroom.

I put my hand on top of Brody’s and commanded his attention with my eyes. “Brody, I think you’ve got what it takes. You saw an opportunity and took it. I think you’ll make an excellent CEO at CalTech.”

“I can only do that if you’ve done what I hired you to do.” He spoke as if this had been his idea. That was a good sign.

“I have, and I hope you’ll remember that Kendra James gets the job done.”

“Kendra, now I have a name to go with your face.”

The waitress arrived with our drinks. As she turned to leave, Guy stumbled into her yet again, on his way back from the restroom. I covered my mouth and giggled. Brody looked at me rather than Guy. He smiled too.

I reached out my glass. “I’d like to propose a toast…to new friendships.”

Our glasses clinked, and we each took a sip.

“Do you like what you do, Brody?”

“I guess. It pays well. I didn’t realize I’d have to be watching my back so much though. Everybody wants the top position, but everyone can’t have it.”

“I know what you mean. Those access codes you wanted? They’ll help both you and your company get to the top, won’t they?”

“Yes, they should.”

The waitress returned then with an appetizer. “Oh, I didn’t order…” Brody began.

“I did, before you arrived. Thank you.” I smiled at the waitress who set down two small plates and a platter with artichoke dip and cubes of bread.

There was also small tracking device on the plate she set in front of me. I picked it up. “I hope you’ll remember who helped you get to the top and that we’ll be able to trust each other from now on.” I dropped it into what was left of Brody’s drink.

He looked down at his briefcase in alarm, then back at me. “Did I blow it?”

“Not yet. I can’t fault you for being cautious, but I wouldn’t try anything like that again. I am good at what I do. I hope you believe that now.”

He glanced around the room. I was glad to see that Guy had already left.

“I also hope we’ll be able to work together again sometime soon.” I stood and held out my hand.

“What do you mean?”

I dropped my hands to the table and leaned toward him. Did I really have to spell it out? “There may come a time when I’ll want to call in a favor from a friend at CalTech.”

Brody looked at me in alarm.

“Don’t worry. You could always say no. Until then, let’s get together for drinks every now and again.” I removed the list of access codes from my purse and handed it to him.

“That’s it?”

“That’s it, and to show you that I really am a nice person, I gave you a discount. I wouldn’t leave your briefcase unattended until you’ve emptied it. Enjoy the dip.” I picked up a small piece of bread, scooped up some artichoke dip, popped it into my mouth and swallowed. “Delicious!” I held out my hand again. “It’s been a pleasure working with you, Brody Delaney.”

Wow! Fantastic Ms Wallace!!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit about yourself and your book!  Remember, Price of a Bounty is free today!  So pick up your kindle copy before this fantastic deal is gone!

 Here are some great ways for you find all of her wonderful books and stay connected with her on social media:

Official Author Website and S. L. Wallace’s Blog


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K.R. and T.L.

Please Welcome Author Karen Magill!!

Karen Magill

Author Karen Magill

We are so excited to be interviewing a wonderful friend and fellow author, Karen Magill!  Karen is a very talented lady.  She is an accomplished photographer and showcases many of her photo’s on her blog “Vancouver Vagabond.”  She also is a motivational speaker and has a fairly new blog “On The Right Side.”  She is an accomplished author and has several novels out. Her latest one, “On The Right Side: My Story of Survival and Success” is her very own story.  Not only is it about surviving some incredible odds, but Karen about thriving and succeeding despite those odds.  Karen is always saying “As long as we aren’t six feet under, we are on the right side and anything is possible. It’s this very philosophy she lives by and hopes that all who know her will come to realize that they too can overcome hardships and live good lives.  Let’s jump right in!!

Where are you from?

I was born in Victoria Canada and have lived all over British Columbia. Now I call the City of Vancouver home.

Please share a little about yourself.


I believe that anything is possible. When I write fiction, I like to treat the paranormal as an everyday occurrence because I believe that these attributes are within us all.

Forced to leave the workforce in 2000 by the onslaught of MS, I saw this as an opportunity to explore my lifelong desire to write.

To date, I am the author of three published paranormal novels, including the award-winning The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story.

I live in an eclectic area of Vancouver Canada and draws inspiration from the history and stories around me.

Tell us your latest news?

I am so excited. I am publishing my first nonfiction book. It is a motivational look at my journey – so far – with multiple sclerosis and it is entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing as a means to escape reality. I grew up in small towns in northern BC and was an unpopular child. Writing was my way of making my life better for me.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I sold a poem to Modern Romances magazine in the early nineties, I felt like I actually had talent.


What inspired you to write your first book?

The first book I ever wrote was a sappy romance. I was infatuated with my first boyfriend and thought I could get this book published and he would read it and want to get back together with me. The delusions of youth!

How did you come up with the title? 

For my latest book, I believe that as long as you aren’t six feet under, you are on the right side and anything is possible. Ergo, the title is On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 I want readers to know being diagnosed with a chronic illness doesn’t have to be the end of everything. Yes, your life will probably change but as long as you’re alive, you can adjust. You can conquer anything and make your life what you want.


How much of the book is realistic?

 This is my life story so it is all reality.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

That would have to be my paternal grandmother, Katherine Magill. She contracted rheumatic fever as a child and went to live with an aunt in Boston. She survived and went on to write a few books and numerous articles. She died many years ago but I like to think she is guiding me in a way.

What book(s) are you reading now?

I just requested a couple of books on Buddhism from the public library.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Martin Crosbie is one of my favorites, so is K.D. Emerson and T.L. Burns and K.L. Hughes.

Awe, how sweet of you to include us!!!  (We’ll pay you later, lol) What are your current projects?

The sequel to my last paranormal novel, Missing Flowers, is with the publisher, Saga Books, now.  Hopefully,  A Little Poison will be published this summer or fall.


Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I have found that my writing career has blossomed since I found the Master Koda group on Facebook.


If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I can’t think of anything I would change on it. Not even the timing. I had to be ready to write it. And when I was able to walk without the cane, I even jump at low hanging tree leaves, I knew the time to tell my story was here.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? (a short excerpt would be great)

On The Right Side

The Attack

Mondays can be unpleasant days but none as awful as June 5, 2000 was to me. My alarm sounded and when I reached over to try to turn it off, my left arm wouldn’t move. I sleep on my right side so I had to manoeuvre myself so that I could turn off the noise. I managed to do that then struggled to sit up. I sleepily stood, but then my left leg collapsed under me.

First thing in the morning, I am not fully awake but I do know I have to go to the washroom – that room calls me as soon as my eyes open. Sometimes even before. That Monday I crawled the short distance between my bedroom and the bathroom where I hauled myself onto the toilet, took care of business, and then dragged myself up to the bathroom sink. I leaned against the vanity and brushed my teeth, watching myself in the mirror as I did so. It was strange. Nothing on the left side of my face moved. It was as if someone had drawn a line down the center of my body and everything on the right side was fine but the left side didn’t move. What was going on?

I lurched my way around my apartment, getting ready for work. Making breakfast was an experience. I would turn in my small kitchen and not know where my left arm was. My arm was constantly hitting things on the counter so I spent a lot of time picking things up that I had knocked over. I wore minimal make-up that day because trying to put cosmetics on correctly with one hand and one numb feeling side of the face was awkward. Finally, I gave up and went to work.

Wow! How frightening that must have been.  We can’t believe that you still went to work that day!   What courage.  Well, is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Besides promoting, I find sitting down and doing it challenging sometimes. Though when I wrote On The Right Side, it poured out of me quickly.

What is your particular writing quirk?

I don’t like it quiet. I need noise around me – the television playing behind me or listening to music.

Who designed the cover(s)?

I found an artist on named designeroo.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 I had to revisit many emotions, which I have buried in the last few years. Some of it was difficult to face again.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I referred to a diary I kept at the time and reading it over, I learned how many mistakes I made in dealing with others and this experience strengthened my knowledge that people are stronger than we think.  I watched the life I was carefully constructing crumble around me and when I take a moment to think about my life now, I realize that this is the life I was meant to live. Not the one I was creating  before.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing and learn from others. Also be sure to pay it forward – also be ready to help others succeed in any way you can.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you enjoy my latest book and will join me on journey into the motivational field.

Please share your blog/website/facebook/twitter here with us. 

On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success, eBook –


Blog, Vancouver Vagabond:

On The Right Side Blog:

Twitter: @KarenMagill

Amazon page:

Face book:

FB Fan page:

Author/Speaker fan page:

On The Right Side group:

NOTE:  Karen is having a book release party today, Wednesday, March 5th!!  Woot!! Here’s the link:  Great prizes and tons of fun!!

Karen, thank you so very much for being with us today!!  What an incredible journey you are on and what an inspiration you have always been to us!!  Fans, be sure and pick up her latest book for yourself!  It will help you face your challenges with grace.

Blessings to you all,

K.R. and T.L.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

MM Valentine


Marilyn with flower

All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her they are not all the same. ~~ Marilyn Monroe


~~ Marilyn Monroe


Maf sends his love!!

The Marilyn Pendant

A one of kind necklace designed especially for us!! Beautiful!!

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We hope you have enjoyed these pics and quotes of Marilyn.

Blessings on this day of love!!

K.R. and T.L.

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