Juliette’s Age in A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss

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Juliette is NOT 25

So release day for A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss has come and gone… I feel the need to explain that one thing after reading some reviews.

I’m not sure about the math used to determine her age. She was 9 years old in the prologue. She states that it has almost been 15 years since they’d last shared a Christmastide together… Which equals 24.

I’m glad so many people are enjoying the book. But that age thing seems to be leading to some misconceptions about her ability to marry and having reached a majority. In this book that isn’t even an issue. Her choice to marry had nothing to do with reaching her majority. The choice to go to Gretna Green was the most prudent considering the time. I will explain a little more later. First let me explain when a woman reached majority in Regency. (Juliette while 24 not 25 still was in her majority but as I stated earlier it doesn’t matter)

During the Regency period the age of consent for females was 21, not 25. There are some authors that included that age in there books for whatever reason, but it’s not quite accurate. There is such  a thing as a guardianship and that differs from the majority. Which may be what some readers are confusing. The father or guardian sets up a trust for their female relation and that is where the guardianship comes in, and in a lot of cases this idea of the age of 25 being important. For example, marrying with the guardian’s approval so they can inherit her money or property. If the woman married without her guardian’s permission she would forfeit her inheritance or trust. In most places that age was still 21 unless stated otherwise in the trust documents. So in that sense an author can use liberties with the age for their story.

So Juliette was well past the age of consent and her dowry or trust was never discussed. It was a short novel, but it can be assumed she had one. Her father had control over it either way. But even in this case her dowry was not important. Her reasons for marrying Grayson had nothing to do with her inheritance, dowry, or a trust. She was trying to escape marriage to a man she didn’t feel would treat her right.

So as to why they went to Gretna Green and Grayson didn’t obtain a special license… 1: It would have been over way to quick and what kind of story would that have been? :. It was late at night when Juliette arrived at the duke’s townhouse. There wasn’t exactly time to rush over to the Archbishop and apply for one. 3: In all reality eloping to Gretna Green was more likely than a special licence (regardless of the duke’s fortune.) because they were actually rare. They are a nice tool in historical romance and many authors use it (I have myself) but it wasn’t plausible in this particular story. Juliette wanted to make sure she would never be forced to marry Lord Payne. If they stayed in London their chances of being caught went up every moment they remained. By leaving immediately they put presumed distance between Juliette’s family and her.

So I hope that clears up any questions you might have about Juliette and Grayson’s motivations. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

 

Dawn

 

 

Release Day!

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Blurb

Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

Excerpt

Grayson sighed. She wasn’t going to be denied anything apparently. It was too late to save her from herself. Very well, he’d deal with her and then send her on her way. He turned and sucked in a breath momentarily stunned. A silhouette of pure beauty greeted him. Her midnight tresses were wound up and bound neatly into an elegant chignon. His fingers itched to unwind it and see it flow over her luscious curves. All of this and he’d still not seen her face. When she finally turned to meet his gaze he lost all ability to breathe. Those sea-green eyes kept him riveted in place. He should stand and greet her but his body refused to function. She was the last person he expected or wanted to enter his home.

“What no words?” She raised an eyebrow. “And I thought you were noted as the witty duke amongst the ton. I must say I’m rather disappointed.”

Grayson drank in the sight of her. He wanted to remember her as she stood before him for the rest of his days. She was glorious, proud, and fearless. “Didn’t your father teach you better than to enter the lion’s den?” He lifted a brow mockingly. “You could very well get eaten alive.”

Her lips tilted at the corner. “I rather like my chances.” She moved further into the room. “After all I tamed a lion before.”

“There’s a difference between a young cub, and a full grown male, Jules,” he explained. “One is more docile and willing to cuddle. The adult wants to be petted—in other ways.” He stood up and gazed directly into her eyes. “A bite can be pleasurable or….” Grayson crossed over to her side and leaned down, whispering in her ear, “painful depending on your preference.”

Juliette took a deep breath but remained where she stood. He’d give her that much. She’d always been a stubborn girl, and apparently she’d not grown out of that trait. If she didn’t take a step back soon he’d be forced to make a choice. Either he pulled her into his arms and kissed her the way he craved or he put distance between them respecting her innocence. It was a hard decision and warred deep inside him, but he did what was best for her. Turned out that some things were ingrained. Protecting her had always been his first instinct.

“If you’re done trying to intimidate me I have something I wish to discuss with you.”

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Author Bio

Dawn Brower works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. While she loves all genres she focuses most of her writing on historical and contemporary romance.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

For more information or to contact Dawn Brower go to her website: http://www.authordawnbrower.com

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Linked Across Time

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I would like to take a moment to discuss this series. I’ve had this brainchild in my head for a while and started writing it last year in preparation for the Once Upon a Regency boxset. Book 2 actually released before book 1 because of that. Here is a list of the series in order that are already written and either available or on preorder. All are available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited (except the one on preorder it will be in KU after it releases)

  1. Saved by My Blackguard (Paul and Evelyn)
  2. Searching for My Rogue (James and Alys)
  3. Seduction of My Rake (Regina and Bradford)
  4. Surrendering to My Spy (Dominic and Rosanna) *on preorder

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Some might have questions about some of the characters. Especially after reading Seduction of My Rake. A new character is introduced and is the love of that particular person’s life–and she’s missing. Before I address that particular issue I want to make a few things clear.

  • This series is not in chronological order. They are more fluid. The premise is time travel it wouldn’t work if they went chronologically. So in a nutshell they jump all over the place.
  • Not every story will have actual time travel in them. They ARE all connected or linked in some way. Actually only 2 of them don’t show time travel, but they help further along the story-line of other characters.
  • There is an overall arc to the series trying to figure out how the time travel is possible. A lot of those answers are sprinkled in throughout the series, but won’t necessarily become evident right away. The final book will be enlightening.
  • All the characters WILL have their stories told in their POV.

Now some readers want to know what’s next. Surrendering to My Spy is on preorder. It releases in December. It will answer some questions that left unanswered in Searching for My Rogue. Alys and James play pivotal parts as well. There are three more books planned in the series. Here are the titles of the subsequent books and their projected release dates.

  • 5. Spellbound by My Charmer (Zane and Callista) *tentative release day 2/14/17*
  • 6. Stolen by My Knave (Elizabeth and Jack)  *coming in 2017*
  • 7. Separated from My Love (Trenton and Genevieve) *coming in 2017*

Callista is a new character that you meet in Surrendering to My Spy. She has had a lot of loss and is hell bent on revenge. Zane needs a strong woman to keep him in line, and Callista isn’t exactly sure she wants the job. Elizabeth is the daughter of James and Alys and if you read Saved by My Blackguard you will remember the pirate captain well. In this book you’ll finally have his story and discover what happened to him. Now Trent and Eve–they will wrap everything up and you *might* get a glimpse into everyone’s live at some point in their book. You’ll have to keep reading to find out. I promise you there is a method to my madness and I hope you will like how it all finishes.

If you have any questions feel free to ask them here.

 

Unveiled Hearts

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I can’t wait for the second Heart’s Intent book to release. Matt and Claire have a lot to go through and it’s a battle from page one. It was a challenge to write someone in Matt’s predicament and I hope I was able to do him justice.

Each book in this series in some small way, more than any book I’ve written, has a piece of me in it. For that reason they are special to me, and I hope they will be enjoyed. Take a look at the blurb and excerpt. Tell me what you think, and if you want please click on a retailer to preorder.

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Will Matt and Claire learn to have faith in each other long enough to discover an unbreakable love?

Mathew Price’s vision remains elusive after being blinded in a car accident, and it’s turned his entire life upside down. Depending on others for help frustrates him and is a blow to his pride. He pushes everyone away, especially the one woman he has always cared about. Now that he is handicapped, Matt doesn’t think he has a right to tell her how he feels.

Claire Jackson has secretly loved Matt for awhile. When he was injured, her heart hurt for him. She helps him, even when he does everything he can to push her aside, until one day something horrible occurs that could destroy them forever. As danger lurks on the horizon, can they trust each other and finally accept they belong together?

Excerpt

His gaze fell back to the window. “Have you ever stared out a window at night and appreciated the darkness?”

She couldn’t say she had. “What is going on?” He’d wanted to discuss something. Surely it had nothing to do with the night sky. “Is something bothering you?”

“A lot is, actually.” He remained still, with his back to her. “Life is a lot like a storm.”

“How do you mean.” Claire was concerned. Why was he acting so odd?

“There are ups, downs, excitement, calm spots.” He gestured toward the window. “Take this one. It came out of nowhere and surprised us. That’s the shockers life throws at us. We never know when something is going to happen that will change everything.”
“That’s true.” She’d not thought of it like that.

“There are the short drizzles, the high winds, and then there are the ones that have a calm in the center, making you think you have a moment to get your bearings. At least until it starts raging again.” He turned toward her. “Either way, it is all unpredictable. We don’t know what each day is going to bring or what havoc might throw us for a loop.” He stalked toward her. “You’re my biggest storm.”

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Connected by a Kiss

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I have the please of writing the 3rd book in the Connected by a Kiss series. The title of my book is: A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss.

Here are the books in order:

A Kiss at Christmastide

by Christina McKnight

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How to Kiss a Rogue

by Amanda Mariel

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A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss

by (me) Dawn Brower

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Blurb

Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

Excerpt

Grayson sighed. She wasn’t going to be denied anything apparently. It was too late to save her from herself. Very well, he’d deal with her and then send her on her way. He turned and sucked in a breath momentarily stunned. A silhouette of pure beauty greeted him. Her midnight tresses were wound up and bound neatly into an elegant chignon. His fingers itched to unwind it and see it flow over her luscious curves. All of this and he’d still not seen her face. When she finally turned to meet his gaze he lost all ability to breathe. Those sea-green eyes kept him riveted in place. He should stand and greet her but his body refused to function. She was the last person he expected or wanted to enter his home.

“What no words?” She raised an eyebrow. “And I thought you were noted as the witty duke amongst the ton. I must say I’m rather disappointed.”

Grayson drank in the sight of her. He wanted to remember her as she stood before him for the rest of his days. She was glorious, proud, and fearless. “Didn’t your father teach you better than to enter the lion’s den?” He lifted a brow mockingly. “You could very well get eaten alive.”

Her lips tilted at the corner. “I rather like my chances.” She moved further into the room. “After all I tamed a lion before.”

“There’s a difference between a young cub, and a full grown male, Jules,” he explained. “One is more docile and willing to cuddle. The adult wants to be petted—in other ways.” He stood up and gazed directly into her eyes. “A bite can be pleasurable or….” Grayson crossed over to her side and leaned down, whispering in her ear, “painful depending on your preference.”

Juliette took a deep breath but remained where she stood. He’d give her that much. She’d always been a stubborn girl, and apparently she’d not grown out of that trait. If she didn’t take a step back soon he’d be forced to make a choice. Either he pulled her into his arms and kissed her the way he craved or he put distance between them respecting her innocence. It was a hard decision and warred deep inside him, but he did what was best for her. Turned out that some things were ingrained. Protecting her had always been his first instinct.

“If you’re done trying to intimidate me I have something I wish to discuss with you.

Timeless Tales of Passion

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A magnificent collection from best-selling and award-winning authors! This set includes –

Searching for My Rogue by DAWN BROWER –
While attending a wedding, Alys Dewitt falls through a time hole and wakes up in 1815. James Kendall, the Duke of Weston returns from war to find an injured woman on his estate. Will they fall in love or uncover a way to send Alys home?

Bound By His Kiss by CATHERINE KEAN –
On her way to visit Lord Bramwell Hawksley days before they will marry, Lady Miranda de Vornay is taken captive by forest outlaws. Held hostage by their leader, she fights her shocking desire for the bold, handsome rogue she should despise—especially when he insists he is Bram, and that her betrothed is his corrupt half brother. Uncertain what to believe, Miranda must find out the truth. She will love only one man: the lord to whom she’s bound by his long-ago kiss.

Scandalous Redemption by AMANDA MARIEL –
Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.

Carried Away by ANNA MARKLAND –
Chained by duty, released by capture.
Blythe became Dieter’s captive then stole his heart. A fast paced novella set in medieval Germany.

Cherished Protector of Her Heart by LAUREL O’DONNELL –
The honored LADY of Acquitaine prepares for her upcoming marriage. Her BETROTHED battles the unwanted visitors that have come for more than just celebration. Will his past catch up to him and ruin all he has fought so hard to protect?

Beast Lord by ELIZABETH ROSE –
Stefan De Bar is the next of his siblings to be cursed by the old witch, Hecuba. Now he is slowly turning into a beast, and his enemy, Lady Bonnibel might be the only one who can save him.

A Knight’s Kiss by LANA WILLIAMS –
Sir Hugh is a knight on a vital mission to halt a murderous plot with no time for distractions.

Liza is known far and wide for brewing fine ale but is faced with unbearable choices when both her sister and her livelihood are threatened. Widowed following a brutal marriage, Liza trusts no man, yet the kindness of this strong knight and the passion he awakens in her tempt her to reconsider.

Having loved and lost, Hugh has no desire to risk his heart again but needs Liza’s help to fulfill his mission. Together, these two wounded souls must trust themselves and each other to foil a plot against the king and claim their second chance at love.

Once Upon a Winter Solstice by VICTORIA ZAK –
What if all moments throughout time existed at once? What if you had a love that stood the test of time? Never faltering, never fading. What if one legend brought both time and love together as one? Once Upon a Winter Solstice is dedicated to those who believe in true love.

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Happy Birthday in Heaven

Today is my niece, Alison’s, Birthday. She would have been twenty years old today.

I was reading some posts wishing her a happy birthday up in heaven, but it was her mother’s grief that hit me the hardest. I don’t know how she finds the strength to get through the day, any day, without her daughter.

There are many people that has experienced grief of some sort in their life. No one completely escapes it. Life is filled with every aspect of any and all emotions. Grief is part of life as much as the joys.

Why am I writing this? Because every time I think of Alison I think of her father, my brother. They both died much too young, and were missed greatly by their mothers. They are both up in heaven and hopefully together. Both own a piece of my heart. Instead of mourning the loss (because on certain days they are worse than others) I’d like to honor her. To celebrate her life no matter how short it was. Certain people touch the lives of those around them profoundly. Alison did that for all that knew her. She was special to her family and her friends. She had more strength than anyone could imagine. Today is her birthday and it will forever remain a special day. Without her entrance into the world we would never have known the beauty of who she was.

Happy Birthday Alison. I love you and miss you every day. Give your daddy a hug for me.

 

What’s coming

I have two books that will be releasing over the next couple of months. The first book is Unveiled Hearts (Heart’s Intent 2). This is Matt and Claire’s story. I know there are some readers who are axiously awaiting it. Will Matt get his sight back? Well you will have to read it and find out. Unveiled Hearts releases on November 22.

The second book is Surrendering to My Spy (Linked Across Time book 4) This is Rosanna and Dominic’s story. We are returning back to Regency England a few years after Alys fell through time and married James. Readers will get a chance to see how Alys and James are doing; as well as, delve into Rosanna and Dominic’s romance. Surrendering to My Spy releases December 20.

I can’t wait to share both books with everyone! I’m so excited. Here is the good news. Through the month of October both books will be at a preorder price of $.99. If you want to get it at that price make sure you click it because on November 1 they are both going up to full price $2.99 while they are still on preorder and after they release.

Now for a double cover reveal, along with, some blurbs and links if you want to preorder:

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Blurb

A car accident left Matthew Price blind. His life was turned upside down and he can’t figure out how to put it right again. The part that grates on him the most is depending on others for help. His staunch independence has always been a sense of pride for him. He pushes everyone away, especially the one woman he has always cared about. Now that he is handicapped he doesn’t think he has a right to tell her how he feels.

Claire Jackson has secretly loved Matt for a while. When he was injured her heart hurt for him. She helps him even when he does everything he can to push her aside, until one day something horrible occurs that could destroy them both forever. As danger lurks on the horizon they both have to learn to trust each other, and finally express what is in their hearts.

Can they find a way to have faith in each other long enough to discover the love they both share?

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Lady Rosanna Kendall’s heart was broken when the one man she’d always loved told her he’d never marry,and even if he did she’d be his last choice. Shortly afterwards her eldest brother died in a freak accident sending her into mourning. During that time she picked up the tattered remains of her heart and hardened it. One day she’d marry and have a family of her own; however, love would be the last thing she’d expect to find. 

Lord Dominic Rossington, the Marquess of Seabrook worked diligently as a spy for the war office. He led a dangerous life that had no place for a wife or family. He couldn’t in good conscience encourage Lady Rosanna–even if she was his greatest desire. Years later Dominic sees a way to free himself of his obligations to the crown and finally claim the one woman he’s always wanted. All he has to do is complete one last mission and convince her she’s the only one for him. 
 
Can they both survive his dangerous life long enough to find their happily-ever-after? 

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Release Day!

 

To celebrate the release of Seduction of My Rake (Linked Across Time book 3) for a limited time Searching for My Rogue (Linked Across Time book 2) is on sale for 99 cents!

 

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 #99cents for a limited time! #timetravel #regency #kindleunlimited #mustread

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Seduction of My Rake is now available! I really enjoy writing the books in this series. I’m currently working on book 4 titled: Surrendering to My Spy. It is Rosanna and Dominic’s story and will bring everyone back to the past and with Alys and James for a brief time again.

But on to this book. Regina had her life turned upside down when her sister disappeared and now she is trying to figure out what it is she wants, or more importantly who. As she stumbles through it she finds out who she is, what she wants, and what she’s willing to do to get it–and along the way she’ll discover what happened to her sister and see a side of her parent’s she never knew existed. It’s fun and charming with a tiny twist of mystery.

Anyway…I hope you all enjoy Regina and Bradford’s story as much as I did writing it. I look forward to seeing what everyone thinks.

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What’s a man to do when he’s attracted to a woman he can’t have? Bradford Kendall, the Duke of Weston, is in that very predicament, when his brother’s ex-wife shows up at his estate. Regina has always held an unnerving lure for him, and it’s a nuisance to have to deal with it, and her.
Regina Dewitt wants to find out what happened to her sister. The best place to start her search is where she disappeared—Weston Manor. It’s been a year, and clues will be scarce, but she’s determined. She didn’t count on how tempting the estate’s resident duke would be…
As they begin the search together, the question remains: Can they fight their growing desire?

Seduction of My Rake

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Good news! Seduction of My Rake (Linked Across Time book 3) is going to release a week early! It will be available on October 4th. After release day it will only be available on Amazon. If your preferred format is on another site get your copy while you can. If you haven’t preordered your copy yet here are some buy links:

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What’s a man to do when he’s attracted to a woman he can’t have? Bradford Kendall, the Duke of Weston, is in that very predicament, when his brother’s ex-wife shows up at his estate. Regina has always held an unnerving lure for him, and it’s a nuisance to have to deal with it, and her.
Regina Dewitt wants to find out what happened to her sister. The best place to start her search is where she disappeared—Weston Manor. It’s been a year, and clues will be scarce, but she’s determined. She didn’t count on how tempting the estate’s resident duke would be…
As they begin the search together, the question remains: Can they fight their growing desire?

Excerpt

He couldn’t give her anything to dig her heels in about. “I don’t want you here.” He kept repeating it to himself, but he failed to come up with a good excuse to make her leave.

Besides, it wasn’t entirely the truth. He wanted her. But he couldn’t have her. At least not yet. Not until Trenton threw her aside. Then he could give in to his baser instincts. One day, he had no doubt, she would be his. That day, unfortunately, was not this one.

Her eyes gleamed with something he couldn’t identify. She lifted her chin with a hint of defiance. “I hate to break it to you, but you don’t have a choice.”

Hell if he didn’t. Weston Manor was his home. He wasn’t required to let anyone in he didn’t want to. She had no idea who she was dealing with, but she was about to find out. In the past he’d been—nice—for lack of a better word. Now though, he didn’t have to be. There was no one around whose feelings he needed to protect. Regina meant nothing to him. “I don’t have to do anything.” He stared at her with a mulish expression. “If I don’t want you here, then it is my right to send you packing.”

He should probably be concerned about offending her. Trenton might become irate if he knew Bradford had kicked his wife out. He would deal with that downfall if or when it came. It was much better his step-brother believed him rude then the alternative. He didn’t trust himself to be alone with her.

“True,” she said and stepped even closer to him.

 He could see the rise and fall of her breasts. He itched to feel them in the palm of his hands. Restraint was becoming harder and harder to maintain. Regina had to go and fast.

“Then do what I asked and leave.”

She raised an eyebrow. “I didn’t realize you’d actually asked. You demanded.” Regina licked her lips and flashed him a sinful smile. “And I so hoped we could get to know each other better.”

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