It’s Time for the Big Reveal!

It’s time for the big reveal!

It’s time to reveal the cover for the final book in Eva Pohler’s six-book young adult series, The Gatekeeper’s Saga! For those of you who haven’t heard of this series, it’s about a teen whose life becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when one of them falls in love with her. You can try out the first book, The Gatekeeper’s Sons, free! Find your favorite retailer here.

The cover of The Gatekeeper’s Promise (#6) has been revealed piece by piece over the past few weeks. Here are the highlights:

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And now, here it is, the full cover:

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Many thanks to Melinda VanLone of Book Cover Corner for her amazing talent.

Thanks to those of you who entered the rafflecopter giveaway and the Facebook Event. All winners will be announced by midnight on July 30th on the event page here.

The Gatekeeper’s Promise is already available for preorder here and will be released on October 1st at all retailers. If you’d like to receive a discount code for the preorder, please subscribe to The Pohler Express here.
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Virtual Ebook Fair this Weekend!

Stop by the many author booths (including mine!) at the Virtual Ebook Fair this weekend, July 26th and 27th on Facebook! You can join the event here.

If you’ve landed here from my booth, WELCOME! My excerpt follows.

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Each author’s post on the event page is his or her “booth.” Most authors will be giving away prizes throughout the weekend. I know I AM!

Each day of the book fair, I will be giving away a signed set of books 1-5 of The Gatekeeper’s Saga, a signed set of books 1-2 of The Purgatorium Series, and a signed set of books 1-2 in The Mystery Book Collection. I will also be giving away ebooks, audiobooks, t-shirts, and the Athena Locket!

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To enter to win, simply leave a comment at my booth (in the thread of my post on the Facebook event page). You can ask me a question or leave me a comment, and you can enter up to three times a day. (You are welcome to comment more frequently, but only the first three comments each day will be entered into the giveaway.)

I will be using to choose winners throughout the weekend. I will notify you of your prize by sending you a private message through Facebook.

Here is my excerpt, the first chapter of The Gatekeeper’s Sons: Gatekeeper’s Saga, Book One:

Chapter One: The Drowning

Therese Mills peeled the white gloves off her sweaty hands as soon as she and her parents were in the car. Now that her mother’s thing was over, she could finally get home and out of this blue dress. It was like being in a straightjacket.

Anything for Mom, of course.

What the…

A man glared at her through her backseat window. She jumped up, sat back, blinked. The man vanished, but when she blinked again, she could still see the eerie face behind her lids: the scruffy black beard and dark, haunting eyes.

“Thanks again for making tonight so special,” her mother, apparently not seeing the man, said from the passenger seat as her father started the engine. “You two being there meant a lot to me.”

“Did you see that man?” Therese peered through her window for the face.

“What?” Her mother also looked. “What man?”

“What man, Therese?” her father asked.

“Never mind.”

Therese did not find it unusual that her mother hadn’t noticed the man. Although her mother was a brilliant scientist, she wasn’t the most observant person.

Just last spring after all the snow had finally melted around their house in the Colorado mountains, and Therese and her mother had been able to enjoy their wooden deck with the melted lake spread out in front of them and the forest rising up the mountains behind them, Therese had spotted the wild horse and foal she had seen just before winter. They both had reddish brown coats with a white stripe between their eyes, the foal nestled beside its mother’s legs, staring intently at Therese without moving. The animals stood beneath one of two magnificent elm trees ten feet from their back door—the tree her mother said had gotten the Dutch elm disease. Therese relaxed with her mother at the wooden table on the deck, each of them with a mug of coffee in the bright Sunday morning. Her mother had the paper but wasn’t reading it. She had that look on her face when she was thinking of a scientific formula or method that she planned to try in her lab. Therese stared again at the horse and didn’t move. She whispered, “Mom.”

Her mother hadn’t heard.

“Mom, the wild horses,” she whispered again.

Therese looked from the beautiful creatures to her mother, who sat staring in space, transfixed, like a person hypnotized.

“Mom, are you deaf?” she blurted out, and then she heard the horses flee back up the mountain into the tall pines. She caught a glimpse of the foal’s reddish-brown rump, and that was that.

As Therese strapped on her seatbelt, she also considered the possibility that she had only imagined the man in the window. She was, after all, prone to use her imagination and fully capable of making daydreams as real as reality, as she had, just now, with her memory of the horses.

Her phone vibrated. A text from Jen read, “Heat sheets r n call me when u get home.” Awesome, she thought. Therese was anxious to see who would share her heat in tomorrow’s championship meet. She hoped she would be swimming breaststroke in the top heat against Lacey Holzmann from Pagosa Springs. She wanted to beat her this time.

She searched outside her window for the scruffy face but saw only a line of headlights as others, like they, exited the parking lot of the concert hall. Maybe she had only imagined the man. It was getting dark. The mountains across campus were barely visible as dusk turned into night.

“We’re both so proud of you, Honey,” Therese’s dad said from behind the wheel.

Therese probably got her imaginative talent from her father, who was a successful crime fiction writer. As soon as his first book made the New York Times bestsellers list, he moved his family out into their big log cabin in the San Juan Mountains.

Therese saw her father eyeing her in the rearview mirror. “Aren’t we, sweetie pie?”

She wondered at her father’s need to praise her mother all the time. Didn’t her mother already know she was brilliant and that her husband and daughter looked up to her? “Absolutely. You’re awesome, Mom.”

Therese’s phone vibrated again. A text from Paul read, “Wat r u waring?”

She cringed and murmured, “Oooh. How gross.” She couldn’t believe he had got her number. He had been stalking her around campus just before school let out for the summer.

Before she had a chance to delete the text, Therese heard the rear window behind her head explode. “What the…” Glass shards pricked at her neck and bare shoulders. The car swerved left and right. She looked back to see the window behind her busted. The line of headlights had dispersed into chaos, horns blasting, people shouting.

“What the hell was that?” her father yelled. “Oh my God! Linda! Linda!”

“Dad, what’s wrong? Is Mom…”

Another explosion rang out, and something zipped just past Therese’s head.

“Therese? Are you okay? Get down!”

“What’s happening? What’s going on?” Therese cowered in the back seat as a third explosion sounded, this time near the windshield. Therese could barely breathe. She gasped for air, her heart about to explode.

“Stay down! Someone’s shooting at us!” her father shouted.

The car swerved, slowed, and turned. The smell of burned rubber permeated the air. Therese’s head whipped back as her father gunned the accelerator. Her fingers trembled so wildly, she was barely able to punch the correct numbers on her phone. She messed up twice and had to start over. Finally she pressed them in slow motion: 911. It seemed an eternity before a woman answered on the other end.

“Nine-one-one, is this an emergency?”

“Someone’s shooting at us! You’ve got to help us. We’re leaving Fort Lewis College. Dad, where are we?”

“Heading toward Huck Finn Pond.”

“Huck Finn Pond!” Therese screamed into the phone as the car swerved, her seatbelt digging into her hip. Then she noticed the blood dripping down the back of her mother’s neck and onto her mother’s silk scarf. “Oh, my God! Mom? Mom, are you okay?”

“She’ll be okay, Therese!” her father shouted.

“Oh my God! I think my mom’s been shot! You’ve got to do something! You’ve got to help us!”

A crushing sound shot through the car, and Therese felt herself jolted hard to the right. She hit her head on the window and dropped the cell phone. When she bent over and tried to pick it up, the back end of the car lurched upward like a seesaw, and her head hit the back of her mother’s seat in front of her. She sat up and saw they were sailing through the air over the lake. The front end of the car hit the water, causing her head to flop forward and back. She heard the air hissing through the airbags as they inflated in the front end. She was so stunned, she couldn’t speak. She watched in silent shock as water crept into the front end of the car, up to her father’s neck, the untied bowtie of his tuxedo floating around him. The front airbags pressed against her father’s cheek, her mother’s face. Water spilled over the front seat and onto the floorboard in back where she sat elevated higher than her parents.

She unfastened her seatbelt and leaned over and looked down at her mother in horror. A bullet had put a hole in the back of her neck, and blood rushed from it. Her head lay against the airbag turned to one side, toward Therese’s father. Her eyes were open and she was gasping for air, but blood was pouring from her mouth and choking her.

“Mom! Oh my God! Mom!” Therese’s teeth chattered uncontrollably as her mother strained to look at her. She reached down and caressed her mother’s hair. “Mom! Oh my God!”

She realized her father had been shouting her name for several seconds. “Listen to me, Therese! Therese! Try to open your window. Therese! Try to get out of the car!”

His voice sounded like it did when he was cheering her on from the deck of the pool at her swim meets. “Keep going, Therese! You’re looking good! Kick! Pull!”

Except now it was tinged with desperation.

“I’m not leaving without you and Mom! I’m scared! Dad, please! Can’t you get out?” Her teeth continued to chatter.

The water level rose to his mouth. He shook his head. “I’m stuck!” He shouted through the water. His eyes widened as the water crept to his nose. He was drowning right in front of her.

“Dad! Dad!”

In a state of frenzy, he turned from side to side, only the top of his head visible.

Therese watched in silent shock.

She looked at her mother. Her mother’s eyes met hers briefly, then closed as the water washed over all but her red hair. Unlike her father, her mother didn’t move, but simply relinquished herself to the water. Her hair danced like seaweed, like long veins of blood. Therese became aware of the coldness of the water that had been sucking her down. Its cold fingers crept up to her shoulders. Her white gloves floated beside her, pointing at her. You! Do something!

She took a deep breath and went underwater toward her father. She couldn’t see in the dark, so she pushed against the airbag and felt around for the harness. The belt was undone, but the steering shaft was crushed across her father’s lap. She pulled with all her might on the steering wheel. It didn’t move. She tried to puncture the airbag but without luck. Then she yanked on her father’s lifeless arm. She couldn’t lift him from the seat.

Another memory shot through her mind: She was pulling her father’s arm, coaxing him from his recliner. “Come see the deer,” she was saying. She was small—maybe six. “Come on, Dad. Come see.” He had laughed and made a comment about her chipmunk cheeks and dimples, that he’d do anything to see those dimples. She pulled at his arm and he laughed and climbed out of his chair to follow her outside.

But now she could not get her father to follow her.

She felt her mother’s hand and flinched. She found it again. It was as cold as the water and as limp as a dead fish. She hugged her mother, held on to her for dear life till her brain hurt and she needed air.

Therese popped back up near the top of the car for air, but there was none. She hitched her body up and hit her head on the roof of the car. She then noticed a bright light shine on her through her backseat window. She thought she saw someone swimming toward her. She heard another crash and a surge of water, but she needed air! Panic overtook her like a wild beast, and she opened her eyes as far as they would open, writhed her body against every molecule in reach, and strained her mouth wide open. Her lungs filled with burning water, the cold water burning her like fire. She gagged on the water, gagged, kicked, went wild with fear, and then stopped and gave in to the darkness.

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Introducing Eva Pohler Author and Quiz Apps for Android!

Okay, the author app is crazy ego-centric, I know. It’s fun to imagine that people out there want easy access to my social media links, newsletter sign up, book blurbs, purchase links, and teasers.

So for all those imaginary people, click here to download the FREE app:

But I know some REAL people who would love to get this Gatekeeper’s Saga Quiz app! Click on the icon below to see how you do! (Warning, there are four questions you won’t be able to answer yet, because they come from the last book, which hasn’t been released.)

So give this FREE app a try, and let me know how you did!

I Have an Android Author App!

I didn’t even know such a thing existed until three days ago, and now I have one of my own! In this app you’ll find my bio and links to all my social media sites, including my newsletter sign up. You’ll also find blurbs and purchase links for all my books, plus a few teasers.

Clink on the icon to download the app (it’s FREE):

Very soon I will also have my own game app! It will consist of forty multiple choice trivia questions from The Gatekeeper’s Saga. As soon as it’s available, I’ll let you know! I can’t wait to play the game myself! Some of the questions are really hard, so I hope I remember the answers!

The Gatekeeper’s Promise Cover Reveal Party and Giveaway!


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Over two dozen prizes, including a $40 gift card of your choice and ebooks by your favorite authors, have been donated to help celebrate the reveal of the sixth and final book in The Gatekeeper’s Saga.

The rafflecopter giveaway begins today and will end on July 30th during the big Facebook event, where a handful of Olympians will host games and award even more prizes. Some of these prizes include signed paperbacks, audiobooks, the Athena Locket, and an “I’m a BOOK G[R]EEK” tote, button, and t-shirt. The July 30th Facebook Party will take place from 7 PM to 10 PM Central Standard Time. Please join us here.

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Each day from now until the event, a new piece of the puzzle will be added to the cover, which was created by Melinda VanLone of Book Cover Corner.

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Then on July 30th and July 31st, book bloggers from all over the world will join me in posting the cover for all to see.

You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway below. All books listed are ebook editions unless noted otherwise. Good luck!


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Party Time! It’s The Gatekeeper’s Promise Cover Reveal!

I can’t believe it’s almost time to reveal the cover for the sixth and final book in The Gatekeeper’s Saga. I’m both excited and a bit sad about the series coming to an end.

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Join me and some of the Olympians in fun games and awesome prizes, including my I’m a BOOK G[R}EEK t-shirt and tote, signed paperbacks, and the Athena Locket. You can join the Facebook Party here.

Gatekeeper's Promise Jigsaw Final SecondAlthough The Gatekeeper’s Promise won’t be released until October 1st, it is already available for preorder at most of the major online retailers.

Keep checking back to see a new piece of the puzzle added daily between now and the reveal!

Also check back for the awesome rafflecopter giveaway, which will go live soon! If you’re an author and would like to donate an ebook, you can sign up here. If you’re a blogger and would like to be a part of the reveal, you can sign up here.

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July 14th update: Here’s another piece of the puzzle!

UtopYA Con 2014: What A Trip!

My UtopYA Con 2014 trip to Nashville started with my arriving at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel on Monday to get my pre-orders and swag organized and to get in a little writing before everyone else arrived.

But the hotel’s legends of ghostly visits got the best of me, and I spent the first night with the light on, even though I don’t really believe in ghosts (I don’t think).

Maxwell view from insideOn Wednesday afternoon, I met up with Susan Burdorf, Janet Wallace, and Lindsey Miller as they were unloading boxes and carrying them up to the second floor. It was nice to have them to myself for a few minutes (the ladies, not the boxes).

Susan and I created our own write-in at the hotel lobby that day, and I knocked out 1000 words of The Gatekeeper’s Promise and figured out a major plot point!

That evening, Susan kidnapped me, Chelsea Starling, and Christina Mercer. We had no UtopYa Loveless Cafeidea where we were headed, but when we ended up at the Loveless Cafe for the historic final broadcasting of Music City Roots in that venue, we couldn’t squee loudly enough! “Pour me another tequila, one for each hand!” Shawn Camp and Friends sang.

On Thursday, I finally got to meet one of my street team Divas, Lisa Graziano (pictured below on my left). She, Krystal Wade, Amy Evans, and Morgan (of Morgan and Fallon’s Book Blog: Seeing Double in Neverland) joined me for lunch at Praline’s, and then we went on a mani-pedi adventure! Although I didn’t end up getting my nails done, I enjoyed getting UtopYA Lisa and Shellieto know these ladies.

Thursday evening, I got to meet another of my street team Divas, Shellie Hedge (on my right). She became my roomie and my personal assistant for the rest of the week. I don’t know how I could have made it without her! That very first day she arrived, she helped me haul my swag to the Opry Mills Mall for a book event with Bailey Ardisone, Rebecca Ethington, and Felicia Tatum, where we introduced the natives to our swaggy ways. Afterward, Shellie and I ate at the Rainforest Cafe past a beautiful aquarium and next to some wild omnitronic gorillas!UtopYA Rainforest Cafe

On Friday morning, Sylvia Day motivated us with her keynote, “What I Wish I’d Known Then,” and then I was off to a presentation of my own as one of the panelists in “What A Difference a Year Makes.” I shared the spotlight with Carol Kunz, Sarah Ashley Jones, Starla Huchton, and Teal UtopYA panel with Teal HavilandHaviland (our moderator).

Shellie helped me haul my pre-orders and swag down to the lobby Friday afternoon for the Friday Night Fan Invasion. At first I was disappointed when I discovered that my table would be at the end of a long hallway where I thought few people would come to visit me, but then I learned that Sylvia Day would be sitting at the table next to mine, and I perked up quick. As the fans lined up to get her signature, I passed out my bookmarks to them and invited them to enter my raffle.

I also enjoyed meeting my table mate, Melissa Pearl, who, though originally from New UtopYA AphroditeZealand, had come from China to the con. Across from us, Misty Provencher tossed caramels to her fans (and gave me a lovely bookcharm necklace!). Other fabulous people that came to my table were Tina Donnelly and her sisters Cassie and Terri Barber, Barbara Gordon and her brother Patrick, Stacey Nixon, Justine Vandale, Kendall McCubbin, Ericka Pasco, Shellene Clare, and Kelly Risser.
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I headed over to Maxwell’s for karaoke night once the Fan Invasion had come to an end! After accidentally calling Chanda Hahn “Alison” (I must have been missing my good friend, Alison Pensy!), I managed to pull a bunch of others up on stage with me to sing Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Among them were Kika MacFarlane, Becca Huerta, Casey Bond, Brenda Hiatt Barber, and Caroline Johnson Pinard. I was especially proud of Natasha Hanova, who seemed to get over her stage fright rather quickly!

Saturday morning, we were graced by the wonderful Gennifer Albin, whose keynote, UtopYA Panel with Quinn Loftis“Scribbling Women: Empowering Modern Female Writers and Their Readers,” had me both laughing and crying. Then I was off to my second panel, “Amazon Marketing 101,” where I had the pleasure of presenting with Quinn Loftis (our moderator), Brina Courtney, and Bella Roccaforte.

The Saturday evening awards ceremony and dance were out of this world (pun intended)! What fun to watch Adam Kunz accept so many awards on behalf of Jennifer Armentrout, entertaining us with his stand-up comedy. The laughter turned to tears when his mother and co-author, Carol Kunz, aka Amanda Jason, won best debut UtopYa awardsnovel of the year. Her emotional speech of gratitude left me a mess. The other winners were equally moving, especially Quinn Loftis (who cried as she said she wasn’t going to),  Inger Iverson (who won best book trailer), Toni Lesatz (who won a couple of awards for her blog), and Amy Bartol and her mother/editor, whose speech pulled at my heartstrings!

And, of course, I had to bring out the tarot of the Mythic Oracle that night! I read for quite a few people, including Susan Burdorf, Tina Donnelly and her sister Cassie, Inger Iverson, Crystal Bryant, Sarah Ashley Jones, and Candace Selph.

The conference ended with one final adventure and the first ever “Eva Pohler’s Party at the utopya athenaParthenon.” About twelve of us– Megan BagleyAmanda DawsAuthor Tyffani ClarkKelly A RisserJustine Vandale, Sandy Bowman, Barbara Gordon, Patrick Gordon, Destiny Love, Sharon Rose Mayes, Sharon Stephens Minzer, Marla Hancock Wenger, and me–dined at Montana Grill (where I had a bison burger–yum!) and then took a tour of the Parthenon, where we saw the amazing forty-foot statue of Athena in an exact replica of her temple in Athens. The smaller statue she is holding is over six feet tall!

What an amazing weekend!  There are so many others I didn’t even mention–like Jo Michaels, Collen Blackstone, Brenda Mcleod, Lily Straight, Carlyle Labushagne, Julie Jewels Bromley, Rachel Harris, Cathy Redhotness Jackson, Nely Cab, Alivia Anders, Allyson Gottlieb, Nanette Bradford, Megan UtopYA SelfieAllen Curd, and the list goes on!

I love all of you and can’t wait til next year!


It’s Time to Announce the Winners!!!

First, I want to thank all of you for participating–whether you were an author who donated,Children's Mental Health Matters Banner a blogger who posted a blitz or review, or a reader who entered the sweepstakes–because your participation brought more attention to the topic of teen suicide and helped raise money for Active Minds. Many of you even directly donated money to that nonprofit organization devoted to mental health awareness and suicide prevention in young adults. Thank you! If you didn’t get a chance to donate and would like to, you can here: Active Minds Website.

GraysDomain3I also want to thank those of you who reviewed The Purgatorium and Gray’s Domain. You have a lot of books on your TBR list, and I’m grateful you chose mine.

Now for our winners!!!! (These were all selected by the rafflecopter.):


Mercy Amare and K.T. Smith’s LegaciesLisa Carter Longstreth
Casey Bond’s ReapAmber Tinsley
Jacinda Buchmann’s Indigo InciteDebbie Poole
Nely Cab’s Creatura Series, Books 0.5-2Angela Daffern
Amy Evan’s Clicks and Jellybean KissesStacey Nixon
C.R. Everett’s I Loved That About HerElliot Waugh
A.M. Hargrove’s Tragically FlawedRose Montague
Susan Holmes’s Deadly Ties: A Waterside Kennel’s MysteryLisa Carter Longstreth
Laura Howard’s The Forgotten OnesLoraine Oliver
Amy Jones’s A Zebra Like MeMyra Espino
Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons’s UprisingAmanda Powell Vinson
Carlyle Labuschagne: Winner’s Choice of any of her booksStephanie Shaw
Quinn Loftis’s Grey Wolves SeriesCarol Savoy Fox
Quinn Loftis’s Elfin SeriesTiffany K Halliday
Quinn Loftis’s Call Me CrazyTerri Barber
Kelly Martin’s Big Is BeautifulJeannette Joyal
Jo Michaels’s Lily (Mystic Vol. 2) Lisa Graziano
Jennifer Miller’s Pretty Little LiesNikki Johnstone
J.D. Nelson’s Night AberrationsColourful Wordwench
Alison Pensy’s Custodian Novels Boxed SetLouisa Fae Dent
Eva Pohler’s The Gatekeeper’s Saga Deausha K Felker-Sernicola
C.W. Stokes’s Second ChancesStephanie Grant
Felicia Tatum’s Intoxicating Passion Boxed SetSonya McAllister
Becca Vincenza’s DamagedMaureen Coughlan
K.A. Young’s The Nephilum Warrior Boxed SetSimon Clark
K.A. Young’s The Elise Michaels SeriesGiedre Sliumba
Kat’s Indie Book Blog: Rachel M Raithby’s Deadwood Hunter Series (1)Gloria Puentes
Deausha Kitty’s YA Book Blog: $5 Amazon GC: Karen Forss Dailey
Lisa’s Book Lair: Swag: Susan K. Newmann
The Bookworm Blog: $1.99 ebook: Gypsy Madden
Supagurl Books: Swag” Kathleen Nichols
Wicked Women Book Blog $3 Amazon GC: Teresa Ann Richards
Ravenz ReviewsHeart Attacks: A Valentine’s Day AnthologyMaura Treacy



The donors have been contacted, so, winners, if you don’t receive your prize within the week, please let me know. Thanks again for supporting Eva Pohler Books.


Who’s Your Summer Book Crush?

What would you say to over 80 titles with many undeniably-hot BOOK BOYFRIENDS that leave you wanting more? Yep, we’ve got you covered. The second annual SUMMER BOOK CRUSH event runs this year from June 19th through June 22nd. Don’t miss it, or you will have to wait a full year for the next one!

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So many ways to fall in love with just a right BOOK BOYFRIEND! And the best part? You can purchase your dream Book Boyfriend for only 99¢ each, but for a limited time only.

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