The 2016 AAMBC Literary Awards in Atlanta,GA

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AAMBC Literary Awards Founder Tamika Newhouse

Once again The Official “Boss Lady”  of the Literary Industry Tamika Newhouse shows us how to celebrate our Literary Legends and newcomers with Style & Grace at her 8th Annual AAMBC Literary Awards Event . The Awards Gala had extensive Media Coverage and “Real Star Power” featuring A-List Celebrities, Writers, Literary Fans and Professionals from across the nation.



Cast from the Movie “Secrets”

Atlanta, GA was a perfect backdrop for a 3 day event (June 10th – 12th) that started off with a  Friday Night Mixer and Mass Book Signing featuring over 30 authors and access for *FREE to the screening of the movie “Secrets” .


Author Panel for Voices Behind Black Fiction Discussion

On Saturday the events started off at 12 o’clock with *Lit Ish: Voices Behind Black Fiction which featured an all male panel.


NYT Bestselling Author Mary Monroe & Event Host Reality TV Show Star Cynthia Bailey

Then at 5:30pm there was the much anticipated Red Carpet Reception which was followed by The AAMBC Award Show.




NYT Bestselling Author Reshonda Tate Billingsley


NYT Bestselling Author Victoria Christopher Murray

To cap off the weekend attendees were treated to The Books and Cocktails event with New York Times Bestselling Authors Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.


*Congrats to all of the people who were honored as well as those who won awards.






DJ Gatsby Book Club “Books of The Month” *January 2015

DJGBC is back with their coveted “Books of the Month” picks for January 2015. We have 5 must reads and we hope you enjoy them all. Please support DJGBC and this months authors by purchasing their books and posting book reviews in Amazon, Goodreads  as well as Barnes & Noble.

1. Georgia On My Mind Box Collection: BBW, Interacial Erotic Romance Box Set [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Stokes Lee

This Box Collection contains Amazon’s #1 Best Selling African American, Contemporary and Interracial Romance novel, Georgia on My Mind and its holiday sequel Georgia on My Mind This Christmas by Brenda Stokes Lee.
This is an interracial, multicultural, African American erotic romance or romance erotica. It is a novel which features either a WWBM sexual relationship, perhaps both. This e-book is considered romance erotica and contains explicit language, explicit sex scenes and some adult situations that some people may find offensive. This book is a complete work of fantasy and therefore is a work of fiction. All characters are over the age of 18 and are NOT related by blood. It is NOT suitable or recommended for anyone under the age of 18 years of age.Brenda Stokes Lee

2. Uncharted Desires [Kindle Edition]

Leatrus Iversen

Growing up, Lydia Morrell longed to be accepted, wanted and above all…loved. Her childhood was a series of disappointments and let downs and as she grew older she discovered an easy way to have to the love and affection she desired, sex.
Lydia finally decides to settle down with one man but she finds herself becoming uninterested and sullen with her mundane life; that is until she meets her tall mysterious and gorgeous escape, Gregory Summit. Their sexual chemistry is everything that she has been craving and she cannot get enough of him.
Lydia finds herself falling deep for this seemingly perfect man until a series of events forces her to reconsider her emotions. Will she stay with him despite his flaws and the rumors or will she listen to her mind and not her heart and let him go?

3. Memoirs of the Homosexual President(told by the First Lady)Paperback

This is a suspense drama set in a historical fiction. Told through the eyes of ‘First Lady Birdy Belle. She recounts a life steeped in hatred and brutality at the hands of the American Confederacy. She eloquently tells the story of the man she loved and the man he loved as they all rose to prominence through hard work, politics and love.

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In it he discusses the life of a man who would become president through the voice of the some who loves him the most. Their relationship is not perfect, but it is something that she has determined herself to live with. Birdy Belle, however, is not without her own secrets. In the book you are able to see how not only her husband’s indiscretions are revealed but how she is able to discuss her own. We are also able to see how race relations in the 1800 were affected by them at the time, and the way that some were able to receive privileges but at a price.

4. The Words I Didn’t Say [Kindle Edition]

Tamika Newhouse

Janet had been there and done that when it came to love. After a broken heart love was no longer an option for her. No strings, meaningless sex, and random dates were now her top choices. Besides keeping men at a distance and away from her heart was safe right? You can t get hurt if you don’t let anybody in.

But what happens when you suddenly meet someone who just gets you? The moment she met Denim she knew it was something different, something she couldn’t control. And from day one she fought that four letter word, love. Denim had loved and lost and vowed to never feel for anyone ever again and that had worked for years. A successful music producer but a womanizer by nature the day he met Janet his quest to be unattached was challenged. Janet and Denim both fight what was evident, that they both wanted and needed each other. Vowing to just be in the moment and not commit to one another tension grows as their emotions can t be controlled. Random sex want do, the endless dates with unfamiliar faces is getting old, and everyone is compared to the one that matters, each other.

5. Sex & Surrender: An Addict’s Journey Paperback

SEX & SURRENDER follows the journey of A.D. Burks, a recovering sex addict. Raised predominantly in a single-parent religious-based home, A.D. was given every opportunity to succeed in life, and he did. He flourished in education, entertainment and corporate arenas, and his life appeared perfect. Yet deep down his personal life was tormenting him due to the conflict between his spiritual and sexual beliefs. Longing for the perfect/traditional family he never had with his female best-friend, he redirected his pain through countless forms of risky sexual behavior. Sex & Surrender graphically recounts the addictive cycle which lasted nearly 12 years and almost ended his life—until he had a dream that helped him realize he had to find a way out. Therapy and spiritual counseling provided a temporary respite and helped him devise a four-step process to manage his addiction. Yet his true breakthrough didn’t come until the root of his pain was uncovered.

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” July 2013

little bad girls 3Little Bad Girls 3 By Treasure Blue

After receiving news that rocked her world, seventeen-year-old Chantel Turner’s hardships have only just begun. Now she must go to extremes to protect her twelve-year-old sister—the only family she has left—from the very person who began her nightmare. After Chantel teams up with her friend Precious, they use their minds, bodies, and fury to right the wrongs and serve the only justice fit for the crime—death!

The Lacn phillipsst Kings By C.N. Phillips

In the city of Detroit, all it takes is one bullet to end a life and one dollar to start another. Enticed by the world of drugs and fast money, Sadie is lured into the life of a hustler. Accompanied by her best friend Mocha, she begins her climb to the top and soon becomes the head of the biggest underground cartel in the state. They streets label them The Last Kings and they seem unstoppable, but when her past of secrets and lies come back to haunt her, betrayal threatens to rip The Last Kings apart.

purple reignPurple Reign” By K’Wan

Don B is the owner and headliner of a successful, yet notorious, record label called “Big Dawg Entertainment” where all it’s stars seem to meet with unfortunate ends under  mysterious circumstances. Don B made his fortune off music and his name from the trail of broken lives he’s left in his wake. He is a
predator in every sense of the word. Don B’s wealth and power make him believe
he’s untouchable, but all this changes during a business trip to Miami and a chance meeting with a stranger who calls herself Reign. She is cold, cunning and beautiful…a perfect match for the self proclaimed Don of Harlem. He is
determined to have her for his own at all costs, but soon finds that the price to be with Reign is a steep one, even for a man as wealthy as Don B. In his pursuit of Reign Don B finds himself caught up in twisted plot of sex, secrets and murder, where the predator now finds himself the prey.

meek mills“Tony Story” By Meek Mills

Tony and Ty had big dreams of getting rich. Although they grew up like brothers, once money and envy entered the equation, greed took over and loyalty went out the door.

After a deadly shooting, the streets of Philly were in an uproar and the lives of many people revolved around revenge. Gold digger Kee capitalized on the built-up tension; but before she could really enjoy the fruits of her labor, she was thrust into the middle of a street war with the cost being her life.

Trust was not an option and revenge was the only thing anyone had in common. Paulie wanted revenge for his cousin; LB wanted revenge for his brother. They both had blood in their eyes and murder in mind; names were called while gunners lurked in the shadows. It became bigger than the almighty dollar and no one was safe. Philly won’t be the same after you’re a witness to Tony Story.

first comes loveFirst Comes Love Then Comes Murder” By Reign

Juliette (Jewels) Madison is on trial for the brutal murder of her husband Marcel Madison. Whether or not she killed him is not the question, because she was found soaked in his blood. What her high profile defense team must prove is that she acted in self defense. But as the case unravels and her raunchy, violent and greedy lifestyle is exposed, Jewels doubts if she’ll ever see the light of day again. To make matters worse, she desperately tries to prevent her dirtiest marriage secrets from being exposed. First Comes Love, Then Comes Murder has all the raw, explicit and jaw dropping gore that fans have come to expect from Reign. Read at your own risk.

the secret“The Secret She Kept” By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

How far will you go to save someone you love and trust when they’ve kept a dangerous secret for years? That’s the question facing Lance Kingston, a successful Houston magazine executive whose recent marriage to beautiful, high-powered attorney Tia Jiles seemed to promise a bright future for both of them. But under the surface, a fierce and frightening storm was brewing. That’s because Tia never revealed to Lance what she and her family have known since Tia was seventeen—she has an illness that takes over her mind, transforming her into a raging, violent woman hell-bent on destruction. Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Or crazy, as Lance’s grandmother continually reminds him. “Crazy leaves clues,” she told him point-blank, and perhaps Lance should have listened. Tia’s mother tries to pray the problem away . . . and Tia’s doctors can’t help her if she won’t do what they advise. Now there’s more than their marriage and Tia’s survival at stake: Tia is pregnant, and Lance will stop at nothing to keep his troubled wife and unborn daughter safe. But at what price?

reverand“Manology: Secrets Of You Mans Mind Revealed” By Rev Run of Run DMC and Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese and Rev are unlikely best friends—Rev is married with six kids and Tyrese is a single dad still hesitant to settle down. But after an unexpected disagreement in which Rev insisted that marriage is forever, and Tyrese pushed that you could bail when the sex went bad, the two decided not just to agree to disagree but to team up and open their debate to a larger audience. Even though they’re at different points in their journeys, both have clear insights on what it takes to make a relationship work and what can sink it instantly.

Manology is a guide to regaining your relationship confidence and weeding out the cheaters, MANipulators, and pimps from the good men. Just follow Tyrese and Rev’s advice and finally understand the reasons behind your man’s actions. Some men’s behavior can’t be changed, but it’s better to face the truth. No matter how painful or distressing that truth might be, if you know it, you can confront it and move past it. Tyrese and Rev acknowledge that it can be difficult for men to open up, but they present real strategies for men and women to have honest and open discussions about relationship expectations.

With Rev’s hard-earned knowledge on what it takes to make a marriage work, and Tyrese’s sometimes uncomfortable but always straight talk on the single man’s mind-set, Manology is your one true source of knowledge to help you take control of your love life and truly understand your man.

kimberlaA HOUSE DIVIDED BY Kimberla Lawson Roby

Life is close to perfect for the Reverend Curtis Black and his wife, Charlotte–except their son Matthew and his girlfriend, Racquel, are about to become parents at the tender age of eighteen. Even though Curtis and Charlotte wish Matthew could focus on Harvard instead of fatherhood, they are determined to welcome their new grandson with open arms. But for Charlotte, welcoming her future in-laws is another story. Try as she might, Charlotte can’t stand Racquel’s mother, Vanessa–and the feeling appears to be mutual.

When the tension between Charlotte and Vanessa finally erupts, the stress sends an already-fragile Racquel into early labor. Everyone is quick to blame Charlotte, including Matthew and Curtis. That her own husband would side with someone else infuriates Charlotte and strains the relationship they’ve only recently been able to repair. Her one ally is Racquel’s father, but that brings problems of its own.

While Charlotte schemes against Vanessa, Curtis is consumed with his own concerns about Deliverance Outreach. A mysterious figure from his past has been sending Curtis cryptic messages threatening to take away Curtis’s coveted position as senior pastor and destroy everything he has worked so hard for. But who could hate Curtis that much? And how can he fight an enemy he can’t even name?

Times of trouble are descending upon the Black family in more ways than one. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and stand together against someone who could take it all away? Or is the Black family finally out of miracles?

no no 4“The Ultimate No No 4” By Tamika Newhouse

Nitrah Hill was finally happy, that was until she got the call that a former friend was found murdered in her hometown. Forced to return to Fort Worth she is faced with her lives past secrets, regrets, and mistakes. Leaning on her friend Jazzaray for strength they both are faced with the ultimate betrayal that suddenly starts to make everything fall into place. When Dahlia returns to town she comes to blows with her own demons. When her former love is thrown back into her life she must face the fact that her mistakes that ruined everyone s lives must be made right. That means; she must take destiny into her own hands, including facing her friends murderer.

pussyThe Pussy Trap 3 By Nene Capri

Fear, Grief and pain . . . the perfect mixture for the deadly cocktail that drives KoKo head first into danger as she tries to hold onto her throne. Betrayal, distrust and a struggle for power almost destroys all that she has built. Kayson is back on the scene and refuses to bow to anyone. The power is up for grabs and there are many hands in the pot. There s a boss that will live to the end, but who will succumb to The Pussy Trap’s Death by Temptation?

DJGBC Interview: Author Lashanta Charles “Lovely Lies”

dsc003421. Where are you from?

I’m from the BIG city of Orangeburg, SC!

2. Tell us your latest news?

Well, my latest news is that I’ll be at the 2013 Essence Music Festival (July 4-8) and will participate in events throughout the festival as well as the Bayou Soul Writers and Readers Conference (July 3), both in New Orleans, LA.

3. When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve maintained journals for as long as I can remember, but I officially wrote my first novel when I was about 15. I used to write “stories” that would never end and pass them around to my classmates. I still have them so when I get nostalgic I go back and read them.

4. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’m still working on that! I love to write, it keeps me sane (literally), but this will be my first published work, so I look to my readers to make that determination.

5. What inspired you to write your first book?

I told a friend of mine I was going to do it. She said I bet you won’t. I have issues with being challenged J

6. Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think I do. I hope not! I would like to think it’s unique, but as long as it’s enjoyed I’m happy.

lovely lies7. How did you come up with the title?

I actually didn’t. It was originally titled, Through It All, but my publisher said no ma’am and we came up with Lovely Lies.

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

Yes, never, ever give up. When the odds are stacked against you, keep pushing and fighting.

9. How much of the book is realistic?

100%. Everything that I’ve wrote could realistically happen. We may not understand why it would happen, but it definitely could.

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

Three names automatically popped into my head; my publisher Tamika Newhouse (obviouslyJ), Shelia Goss, and Vonda Howard. All have shared advice or helped me out in some way, thanks ladies!

11. What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Last of the Amazons by Steven Pressfield; I can read just about anything!

12. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Definitely Kai Leaks, author of Sin Eaters (Devotion). I love all things sci-fi and she nailed it while adding in so many twists, it should really be a movie.

13. What are your current projects?

Currently I’m promoting Lovely Lies, finishing up the sequel, and brainstorming for my third book, which I hope to title Splitting Karma.

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

My military sisters, Charletta Burke and Sharonda Harris. If they hadn’t pushed me I would have never made an ending and submitted it for publishing (I hate endings).

15. Do you see writing as a career?

No, writing is my hobby. It’s something I want to do forever. Careers eventually end.

lashanta charles book 216. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Yes! I rewrote it a million times!! If I had more time I’m pretty sure I would have changed it again.

17. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes, writing an ending and writing a synopsis…worst things ever.

18. Who designed the covers?

Cover designs come from my publisher, Delphine Publications.

19. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing and get professional editing. Don’t just upload to Amazon or others just to say you’re published. Take pride in what you put out and take measures to master your craft.

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

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” For December 2012

jm ben one way1. ‘One Way To Heaven” By JM Benjamin

Since her break out from the Middlesex County Jail and escape from authorities in New Jersey, Heavenly Jacobs has had only one thing on her mind…Revenge! While being fugitives of justice, she and her team of ride or die chicks rely on their street riches to survive down in the dirty south, but after an un-expected situation occurs they are forced out of retirement. As the temperature rises in the south so does the drama and it becomes dejavu all over again for Heaven and her crew. The case of Heavenly Jacobs has left a bad taste in Detective Richard Saleski’s mouth. He is obsessed with Heaven’s capture and determined to close the cold case file once and for all. That is, if he can keep up with her trail. As The Garden State becomes their final destination, Heaven along with Sonya, Shell, Mia and Anita prepare themselves for their homecoming. But as with anything else in life, nothing is guaranteed. Follow as this team of female hustlers turned gangsters stop at nothing to continue to show that women go just as hard as men, if not harder… And there’s only one way to show that!

mike roon 1112. “Room 111” By Michael MC Grew & Keisah Hakeem

 All dreams are made possible through God and faith, but the devil cautiously displays a blue print of his own. Raquan “Grey” Taylor, an aspiring singer and songwriter struggles to attain his family’s past until his brother’s untimely death. His mother succumbs to alcoholism and is forced to send him away to Renwick Taylor, a high-powered music executive and estranged father. Under Renwick’s roof an opportunity surfaces when he meets Antoine Swinger and goes against his mother’s wishes to pursue a career in music. Once discovered, Raquan enters the world of entertainment with high hopes and dreams but gradually realizes there are extreme prices to pay to maintain his fame. Room 111 is a detailed story of a successful artist forced to deal with the politics of entertainment and Raquan quickly learns what happens in the industry stays in the industry.

fancy 20123. “Fancy” By Vanna B

Maribel “Fancy” Alvarez is a trendy socialite who has it all: enviable looks, popularity and a closet full of designer clothing. The Philadelphia beauty lives an amazing life. At least that’s what she’s led everyone to believe. Fancy goes to great lengths to keep up a façade of perfection, but when a series of unfortunate events rattles her world, everything begins to fall apart. She’s always been taught to use what she’s got to get what she wants but deep down inside Fancy knows there is truly more to her than just a beautiful face and perfect body. Will she abandon the superficial lifestyle she’s come to know or succumb to the temptation of the almighty dollar? Fancy chronicles the life of a woman torn between the person she is and the person she wants to be. This iconic story will resonate with readers who, like Fancy, have battled issues within, as well as outside influences, while struggling to find themselves amidst a world of chaos.
tamika 20124. Kisses Don’t Lie By Tamika New House
There’s Dean her first love and then there’s Keith Mr. Right Now. Kyla struggles with her desires and her past when she makes a rare trip back home to Fort Worth. After leaving ten years ago Kyla comes to terms with the one who got away; Dean and their short-lived romance comes into full swing. That is until it goes terribly wrong and she is left with wondering if she should work it out with Keith instead. A simple kiss led to many secrets being revealed; and it makes Kyla wish she could take it all back. Michael is ready to commit to Brittany and for once he feels he has the right woman by his side. That is until a passionate night turns into an unwanted child. Fighting to keep her heart from being broken; Brittany vows to never be just another notch in a mans belt. Although Michael promises to be there and seals it with a kiss, Brittany still struggles with if she should carry their child. When love isn’t enough will each one of them make the right decision? Can they finally trust the one they want the most? After all its better to be slapped by the truth then kissed with a lie. They say kisses don’t lie, right?

DJGBC Interview : Author Shewanda Pugh “Crimson Footprints”

shewanda 31. Where are you from? Boston, MA, though I now live in Miami, FL.

2. Tell us your latest news? Crimson Footprints, my debut novel, will release in print on August 14, 2012. Its sequel, Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, will follow February 2013.

3. When and why did you begin writing? Like a lot of writers, I started pretty young, in elementary school. However, I didn’t begin to take it seriously until I decided to study it in graduate school. But I write because there’s some inner instinct to create.

4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I began to invest in the craft. That happened when I enrolled in a Master’s program, specifically geared towards writing.

5. What inspired you to write your first book? Interestingly enough, Crimson Footprints began with my wanting to create a contradictory character, one whose appearance proved different from the assumptions some might harbor about him. The idea came from an assignment I had in a graduate level fiction writing class, where I had to people watch in a local Barnes & Noble. While doing so, I saw the quintessential urban guy. When he headed over to the lit section and spent a little time with Poe, I was taken aback, and then annoyed with myself for being taken aback. The book began to form after that moment.

6. Do you have a specific writing style? I tend to be blunt and believe less is more.

7. How did you come up with the title? The title refers to a pivotal scene in the story, the climax.

8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? It’s back to those assumptions and a need to grasp what it is we think we know.

9. How much of the book is realistic? All of it’s realistic.

10. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Crimson Footprints is a work of fiction. I just happen to have an overactive imagination.

11. What books have most influenced your life most? Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan because it was my first experience with women’s fiction. There’s also an old and tattered collection of stories by Zora Neale Hurston that I swear by.

12. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Zora, by far.

13. What book are you reading now? I’m reading a lot of YA dystopian stuff right now, spurred more than likely by The Hunger Games. I could list a book, but by the time I finish this sentence, I’d likely be done.

14. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Nothing yet. There are some great writers out there, but I feel reluctant to call anyone “new” whose book has been out longer than mine.

15. What are your current projects? My publisher and I are in the final stages of delivering Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings to the world. That’s set for release February 2013. My current work in progress involves a well-to-do African American teenage ballerina and her next door neighbor, an Asian Indian football player with one hell of a temper. Their families are extremely close, functioning almost as a single unit, until the boy and girl fall in love. Then, of course, the world as they know it detonates.

16. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. It’s difficult for me to name one alma mater without mentioning the other, both have helped me tremendously. My experience at Alabama A&M University as an undergraduate helped prepare me for life in any field, and the lasting support I receive from faculty and lifelong friends continues even now. My fellow bulldogs rally around me at every chance they get. My graduate school, Nova Southeastern University, transformed me from a girl who thought she knew how to write to a woman who did. I’m forever grateful for the tough love and confidence they gave me.

17. Do you see writing as a career? It’s the only career for me.

18. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? I’m always thinking of changes. Every writer worth her salt sees room for improvement.

19. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Hard to say. I’ve always been a storyteller, and the African American tradition is rich with storytelling. It’s a part of my DNA.

21. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? There’s tons I find challenging. Creating three-dimensional major and minor characters that stand up to scrutiny, with compelling story lines that stay with the reader. It’s my sincere belief that every person in life is interesting, so characters should be the same way.

22. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? That’s a tough one. I would probably say Amy Tan, because she paints a vivid, behind the scenes picture of a minority culture, complete with complicated layers. In other words, it’s a beautiful recreation of life.

23. Do you travel much promoting your book(s)? I do some. Hoping to do more, particularly with festivals throughout the country. The Decatur Book Festival 2012, the Miami Book Fair 2012, and the Tucson Festival of Books 2013 are already on my itinerary. More will be added, I’m sure.

24. Who designed the covers? The art department at Delphine Publications handles the cover art, although they do take input from me.

25. What was the hardest part of writing your book? Making major and minor characters three dimensional. Though the reader can only sense it in some cases, each person that makes in appearance in Crimson Footprints has a painfully fleshed out back story, made to create depth.

26. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned a ton. I had to do a lot of research on architecture, Japanese American culture, African American culture, and more. Even with subjects I felt familiar with, I still took the time to research for thoroughness.

27. Do you have any advice for other writers? Stick it out. Press past the doubt. Write anyway.

28. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you!

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