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Monday, November 21, 2011

Guest Post + SIGNED Book Giveaway by Jeaniene Frost!

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Holidays: Let the mayhem begin.

Thanksgiving is Thursday, so there's no denying it anymore - the holiday season is upon us. As a child, the holiday period of Thanksgiving through New Years Day was a time of glee for me because it meant lots of yummy food, presents, days off school, and playing with relatives I didn't get to see all the time.

Ahem. And then I grew up and realized all the time, planning, stress, money, and hassle it took to give me, my sisters, cousins, second cousins, etc., those gleeful memories. That was the true gift we received. I can count on one hand specific presents I remember getting during the holidays as a child, but if you ask me to recount stories of the time spent with my family/extended family, I could go on for hours. Some of those stories we'd laugh at now, but they weren't so funny at the time. Still, it's their craziness that makes them the most memorable. This is probably why some of my favorite holiday movies are zany, dark comedies like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, The Ref, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. What didn't go wrong with those families during those fictional accounts, right? But by the end, ties were strengthened and/or new friendships made. Sometimes, the most heartwarming moments are preceded by darkness tinged with hysteria-laden laughter.

Because holidays usually have an emotional impact on people - and can magnify current stresses to a fever pitch - I've used them in some of my books. At Grave's End has a pivotal scene on Christmas Day and climaxes on New Year's Eve. One Grave at a Time has a plot thread centered around Halloween. In my latest story in The BiteMagic Graves: One for the Money / A Questionable Client Before Christmas anthology, all my heroine Cat wants to do is have a normal holiday at home with her husband and friends. Instead, due to a slew of circumstances, she's forced to spend Thanksgiving in a strip club with her frenemy, Ian, while trying to save Bones and the others from a supernatural baddie who's got them in a deadly thrall. After all, holiday mayhem shouldn't be limited to only "real" people, right? *wink* Even fictional characters are due for some of that seasonal madness.

What are your plans this holiday season? And in the past, has everything ever gone as smoothly as you intended it? Everyone who comments will be eligible to win a signed copy of The Bite Before Christmas, co-authored by Lynsay Sands and me. International entries are welcome. Thanks so much, and happy holidays, everyone!


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151 Responses so far.

  1. Anna says:

    Awesome interview post. My plans this yr we are going to my in laws I normally do the holidays at my house so this will be different for us and I love my in laws but with in laws things never seem to run smoothly so plz wish us luck. I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays this year.


  2. Cherry says:

    Right now I don't have any plans yet :( but on the 28 of December I'm gonna go lose my wisdom teeth *sniff* I hope one of my cousins throw a Christmas party ;) they are great at hosting parties!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Our plans are sweet and simple. With our families all too far away, my hubby and I spend the holidays with our 5 canine kids. Big meals with the 7 of us are much simpler. There isn't the stress of running from one home to another or the drama that goes with family get togethers.
    We will have a Lord of the Rings movie marathon followed by a Harry Potter marathon while we are off from school (we're both college students at the age of 40+).

  4. Anonymous says:

    A Bite Before Christmas sounds great! My plans for this holiday season is to stuff my face on Thanksgiving :) and spend time with my family!

    Email: shanaboo209 [at] YAHOO [dot] COM

  5. Lexi says:

    Last Christmas we had planned on having family over, then ended up delivering my twins a week before Christmas and spent Christmas and New Years in the NICU. So this year we will actually be able to be with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a great time to give thanks for everything we are blessed with.

    I love your holiday threads in your books. One Grave at a Time worked just perfect during Halloween. And I love the Christmas scene in At Grave's End, ah thinking of your books makes me want to go reread them!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. WakeAngel says:

    Cannot wait for this book to come out! Will def be buying it if I don't win it. A book by Jeanine and Lynsay?!?! Oh yes! Plans for Christmas include no work and lots of family time! It's always a great time with all of us together and the hilarious yearly arguments during the opening of gifts, usually about how annoying it is the have 4 dogs and a cat milling about! But, that's part of the fun, right?!:-)

  7. This holiday season will be spent pretty much the same way they always are. I'll do a little celebrating at work with a holiday party and a gift exchange, then I'll exchange a gift or two with my son and his girlfriend just before Christmas and they'll spend the holiday at her parent's house while I enjoy some good books on my own. I had thought when my son returned home from living out of state that I wouldn't have to spend holidays alone, but it sure goes to show that anything we plan or think we know, doesn't usually turn out that way.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  8. elaing8 says:

    Great post Jeaniene.
    In Canada we have Thanksgiving in October,so I don't have the stress of that this week.As for Christmas.It all starts for me Dec 1.The gift buying the meal planning.Myself, my siblings and their families we all go to my parents place for the day.I don't think a year has gone by where something didn't go wrong. Someone sick,pies not cooked right,oven breaking,etc..But some of the stories we get out of it are priceless.I love Christmas :)

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!!


  9. Teril says:

    Loved the post! I have to say that I love your series and so far for me, all best laid plans are laid to rest. Nothing seems to work out even slightly as I would like, especially for the holidays. Somehow I will take my tiny townhouse and fill it with hordes of kids and a never ending bakeoff.
    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  10. JenM says:

    I'll be visiting my stepdad this Thanksgiving as I do pretty much every year. I don't want him to be alone for the holiday. If it's just the two of us, we usually join a potluck dinner. He likes to cook, but he always makes enough for 10 people and that's a bit much when it's just the two of us. Happy holidays everyone!

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is the first year in a long time that we are not going to go to my step familys for Thanksgiving. Its just going to be my mom, step dad, sister, and myself...so that makes it not so crazy. Hopefully everything goes good this year. The food is never done on time all the other years.

    Thanks for the giveaway. This looks like a great book. Can't wait to read it.

  12. Birgit says:

    My plans are the same as every year - basically just enjoying the quiet time, appreciating the good food, and listening to Christmas songs until they come out of my ears *lol*.

    danaan at gmx dot at

  13. Andie says:

    My plan is simple. I'm going to eat a lot of good food, grab a hot chocolate, sit on the coach with my Dad and watch christmas movies, like Troublemakers (Italian: Botte di Natale, also known as The Fight Before Christmas).

    Thank for the giveaway!! :)


  14. marybelle says:

    Holidays & especially Christmas always mean family. There are a lot of us, so it's always fun. We eat, we drink, we laugh.


  15. debbie says:

    This holiday, we are cutting back. It will just me and my son. My family only talks to me at this time of the year so I will buy them something. Not this year. I have decided that I am just going to enjoy the holiday, and do what I want. It should be a time to reflect and enjoy, not be stressed out.

  16. Since we´ve lost five familymembers over the last five years, and all around nov-dec, we´ve just lost all christmas feelings. Nowadays we just meet and eat, and if it wasn´t for my five yo SIL´s daughter, i think we would have stop with presents, too. It might change when/if i get children of my own, who knows.

    best wishes, Linda

    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  17. Jet says:

    My plans for this holiday season? Try not to let my parents drive me crazy...*eye twitch*
    Nothing ever goes totally to plan and smoothly, I think that is all part of the fun, except when it goes bad, that isn't fun.


  18. Loved the post:)
    And i love your books!
    For Thanksgiving, i am having family come over to spend the day with us:) I sure hope everything go's smoth but the chance are not so good.lol
    Thank you for the chanc eto win

  19. I don't have any set plans for the holidays. Nothing special. Which is fine with me. I like having a nice quiet day with my family. Although with my niece, who will be 3 by then, I can't count on a "quiet" day! :D

  20. Anne says:

    I just fiished Bite Before Christamas and really enjoyed Jeaniene's novella. It read like a full size book to me. Maybe because I've read all hr other books and was so familiar with all the characters.

  21. Sarah says:

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving (being British) but I'll be spending this Christmas visiting family & friends which is always nice.

    As a child our holidays rarely went to plan, my Step-Dad was a fireman (now retired) so was always disappearing at awkward moments to go on a fire call. He often ended up having to eat his Christmas dinner in a sandwich as he ran up the road for another emergency!

    Happy holidays everyone :o)

    sarahsreviews at ymail dot com

  22. Mandy P. says:

    Our plans are just to get together with family and eat a lot of food - oh, and watch some Packer football. :) Nothing too exciting ever happens - which may be a good thing. ;)
    Can't wait to read another installment of Cat and Bones!!


  23. kgrimes says:

    For me, the holidays will be about spending time with family.... The ones that you live sharing old memories and creating new ones... Plus, all of the good eats!! YUM, YUM!!
    Loved the interview... Thank you for the contest!!


  24. We are spending time with family and baking cookies :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you for the chance to win, I really like this author!

  25. Anonymous says:

    For Thanksgiving I plan on going out to eat with the family (no cooking or cleaning!!) and on Christmas I have to work. I don't mind it though because I'll be off work at 3:00pm so everything will already be done and ready for dinner by the time I get home :-D


  26. erin says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful post!

    I feel your pain. Sometimes holidays seem more work than fun ;) Now that everyone is older, we just spend holidays in smaller groups, which is more enjoyable. Everyone is welcome, but no one feels obligated to attend which really cuts down the stress!

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!!!!


  27. Kristina says:

    I hear ya! Something is always creating more work for me every holiday..wether it be unexpected guests(and not enough food) or last minute shopping. This year I am spending both holidays with my entire family..sisters, borther, nieces, great nieces, parents, hubby, kids..you name it and they will be there! I am sure something will go wrong..Last year i had the brilliant idea to decorate cookies with the kids..yea..turns out really young kids like to toss globs of icing....huge mess!
    anyhow, i hoe everyone has a wonderful holiday season and can make the most out of the hairy situations :)
    Thanks for the great post and awesome giveaway!


  28. DanielleL says:

    My plans for this holiday season is to stuff my face on Thanksgiving :) and spend time with my family!

  29. Our plans for the Holiday season is visit family and eat way too much food! It's basically the only time we all get together and catch up. thanks for the chance to win!

  30. My plans for the Holiday is to have christmas dinner with family and see my family from Australia. Playing in the snow and opening presents. then getting really drunk and new years eve with friends.

  31. I love the holidays. This is my third year to host Thanksgiving at my house. I love to do it. We have a big to-do. Mostly it is my husbands family and some of my family. And now we have added some friends to it. We have lunch and dinner and you can eat anytime. Always tons of food. After Thanksgiving is done on the weekend we put up the Christmas tree. My husband puts up the tree and my daughter and I decorate. We are very particular where the ornaments go. They have to match. For Christmas we have it the same place that my family has gone for 37 years. This will be #37 and so excited. I have a large family,(my mom has 10 brothers/sisters)lots of cousins and their kids. It is a big potluck and is so much fun. Will have food and then everyone chats and some of us play cards, like poker or Euchre(my fav) and just be together. About 100+ show up.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  32. I love the holidays. This is my third year to host Thanksgiving at my house. I love to do it. We have a big to-do. Mostly it is my husbands family and some of my family. And now we have added some friends to it. We have lunch and dinner and you can eat anytime. Always tons of food. After Thanksgiving is done on the weekend we put up the Christmas tree. My husband puts up the tree and my daughter and I decorate. We are very particular where the ornaments go. They have to match. For Christmas we have it the same place that my family has gone for 37 years. This will be #37 and so excited. I have a large family,(my mom has 10 brothers/sisters)lots of cousins and their kids. It is a big potluck and is so much fun. Will have food and then everyone chats and some of us play cards, like poker or Euchre(my fav) and just be together. About 100+ show up.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  33. With my family, nothing ever goes smoothly, we put the "dys" in dysfunction! LOL! But growing up in a family of seven kids was great, we didn't have much of anything, except for the fun we had together. oh, the stories I could tell.....

  34. Julie W says:

    This was a terrific interview! My plans for the holiday are to sit back and relax because my kids are finally old enough to handle cooking the turkey, et al, so I'm going to watch football and supervise! (Yeah, this is probably going to be the year that things don't go smoothly at all!!) Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love Christmas books:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  35. Jeanne says:

    I don´t have any plans so far. Well sure thing is that I´ll be with family friends...
    I would like to have quite holidays this year :)

  36. Well, darn, I forgot to leave my email addy. Sorry....


  37. Oh, the holidays! Like you, Jeaniene, I used to start looking forward to the holidays as soon as summer was over but now, when Halloween hits so does the anxiety. It's everything, not enough time, my elderly parents, trying to please everyone and be in 3 different places at the same time. arrrgh! Not to mention all the cooking and then there's always someone who says, 'where's the ???' [getting heart palpatations thinking about it]
    My plans, I'm going to my folks with 3/4 of the food while my hubby goes to his mother's since it's her birthday the same day and she doesn't like me, sooooooo!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone, in spite of it all. : )


  38. Rebecca says:

    Well I have a HUGE family! So we spend the holiday time making our rounds having fun with all of them, and eating as much as I possibly can;) Loved the post! Thanks.

  39. kylie :) says:

    This holidays we are planning on stuffing ourself and spending it with my grandfather.
    It will be his last Christmas with us.
    Hopefully it goes better then last years, it was my first attempt at cooking and burnt the turkey so bad the puppies wouldn't even eat it :(
    We ended up eatting veggies, potato and deserts haha
    Think I shall be asking for help this year with the cooking.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  40. Jamie31 says:

    My plans are to cook and eat that's all. applenote.jamie@gmail.com

  41. I've never really had the opportunity to have x-mas off sadly. I had worked in healthcare for 15 years. Though I love to watch the Ref, National Lampoons x-mas Vacation. LOL every time I watch them.

  42. My plans for thanksgiving are actually simple this year. I'm going to my mom's house, which is in the same town and the same state. I have had to go to several places in the one day trying to see both sides of my family and my boyfriend's family. Luckily this year, I'm only going one place. Trying to manage the schedule of several places at seemingly the same time can be very stressful.

  43. LynnRush says:

    Awesome post. This year will be a bit weird. First one without my mother in law (she died Oct. 24th, 2011 from cancer). So, we'll rally around my FIL to help him through it. It'll be strange, but we'll be up in Colorado for the season and since I live in the deserts of Arizona, it'll be nice to see snow (though I despise the cold!) for a change. :)

  44. scotty says:

    This year, as every year, I plan on watching my husband cook, while sampling our finest wine. Then of course, eat.


  45. Bethany says:

    My plans this holiday season is to catch up on everything! so much writing to do, so much cleaning and cooking!!!! I think the only thing that would make my holiday complete is a signed copy of this awesome book. :)


  46. Misty says:

    Apart from enjoying the season (my favorite time), are my plans this year to wait until the baby is there.The sister of my husband will gets the baby at Christmas.also the whole family comes together from three continents. it includes a lot of fun, good food, lots of sweets, nervous run up and down until the baby is there and (I hope)cozy evenings with my husband, cocoa and a film.

  47. roro says:

    My plans are the same as every year - basically just enjoying the the food[carribean cuisine, no turkey]
    and family


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  49. My plans this holiday season is to...
    Thanksgiving - eat with two different families and see my best friend for the first time since we have been friends for over 3 years. He lives out of state and one of my friends was his ex-girlfriend. Eeeepp~ <3 cant wait.

    Christmas- spend some time with my real dad and his side of the family, then come home and spend Christmas day with my mom and step dad and brothers. Then, we are planning on going to S.Carolina, to spend some time with my step dad`s side of the family, and I hope I get to see snow!!


  50. jh says:

    Such a great interview!

    Plans... haha. We have way too many of them. Thanksgiving is usually a disaster in my house. Way too man chefs, not enough kitchen space. xD; Hopefully this year it goes off without a hinge.. although, I'm looking forward to watching my Mom get all frustrated and yelly at the turkey, because "it doesn't want to carve right".

    Christmas? We finally have the funds to go all out. I'm a HUGE money spender when it comes to gifting them, and they deserve it one hundred percent. But.. I'm looking forward to the tree decorating, because thats a HILARIOUS adventure here in my house, as well as the making of the gingerbread village of DOOM! Gyah, I wish I had enough room to type up all of our families antics. We're not dysfunctional, I SWEAR!

    Happy Holidays, to all of you! <3


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  52. Anonymous says:

    Oh man, I know what you mean about forgetting presents, but remembering events. I can look at old holiday photos and be transported instantly to that moment -- like the one year we took a multigenerational family portrait, from my great-grandmother down to me. If you look at the photo, it was inevitable that I get glasses -- everyone in my family was wearing them, LOL.

    More recently, I remember the Thanksgiving when the electric went out mid-dinner prep! OMG, what a nightmare! At least the oven/stove were gas, so I could still cook, but cooking by candlelight isn't easy!

    Hope your holidays are more adventure than mis-adventure!

  53. Angi says:

    My plans...hmm... we have some old time family recipes, so definitely I'll bake some cookies as usual in holiday season but otherwise I hope I'll read a lot and a little bit more.

  54. Mingzy says:

    It's almost the same every year... Dinner with the fam on Christmas day. But this time we have a new member, my brother in law mistress... This it a true story. I will miss my soon to be ex sister in law

  55. Regina says:

    Thanks Jeaniene for introducing me to Larissa's Bookish Life webpage! Jeaniene is one of my favorite authors and this webpage is great tool to introduce me different titles and authors that may be comparable to my reading tastes.

    Presently, books are keeping me from going crazy as I am recovering from what my doctor called "the crudes", My husband is two counties away at Children's hospital taking care of our miracle girl while she battles pnemonia. I miss the sounds, our house is too quite. I even miss the sounds of gunfire from our teenager storming into battle on Call of Duty MW3!

    Even the mouthwatering smells of the holiday is missing, the only thing I have made for Thanksgiving was the order selection at a nearby Cracker Barrel! As Thursday quickly approaches I trust my antibotics will have worked their magic so I will not look like a crackhead, nor sound like a coughing chainsmoker. I plan on picking up those tin pans of yummy "homemade" goodness and sharing it with my family, even if it is in a hospital room.

    No matter what situation each of us have, there are things to be grateful for. Me, I am blessed, we have the world's best peditrician, an excellent Children's hosptial nearby, a strong willed beautiful daughter, a healthy son, a wonderful husband, loving family, a roof over our heads and clothes in our closets.

    I wish everyone a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving, textbook normal or not.


  56. redzsm says:

    Thank you for a chance to win this book!! To answer your question, I will not be having a Thanksgiving this year. I have to work :( Police stations never close!! I'm there every Holiday. My Christmas wish will be for workplace seniority, lol!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~Selena Mc

    redzsm (at) yahoo (dot) com

  57. cherthib says:

    We are going to spend Thanksgiving Day at my Mom's. My brother's and their families will be there along with a few friends. It is always fun and a blessing when we do get together. There is nothing I enjoy more than good food, good conversation and jokes and the company of good friends and family.

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  59. piewacki says:

    First of all, Jeaniene Frost's novels have really got me back into reading. thank you! I use to worry so much about the holidays, was the house clean enough, was the food good enough, did I decorate enough, then as I got older I realized it's the personal experiences that you remember not what you served for dinner. I look forward to the holidays because I can see my family all in one place. And now I have a grandchild so every year brings new surprises and cherished memories.


  60. Larissa says:

    Great post! I'm an extremely laid back person, so the holidays don't really bother me. I tend not to stress about little things going wrong. Plus, we almost always stay home or near home, which cuts down on the stress (traveling is always a little stressful, no?).

    Thanks again for a great post, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    lchardesty at yahoo dot com

  61. VeraWang says:

    Isn’t half the fun that nothing ever goes as planned? Last year I managed to burn my arm with mashed potatoes and then I had all that turkey gravy for nothing. The year before that I ran out of food and learned that the only time Marie Callendar says “portion size” and means it is when they are overcharging for a box on Thanksgiving. But the best holiday memories are from when I was a kid. One Christmas my school was standing up doing a pageant for our parents. Half-way through Silent Night we heard snickers and whispering. That escalated to a small chuckle which then grew to a dull roar. I was standing there looking around because nothing was supposed to be funny but didn’t see anything. When we got home our mother quickly pulled out the tape for all of us to watch.

    Sitting on the church steps was my little brother, Jonathan. He was in Kindergarten so he was right in front in the center of the group. At first there was nothing but he quickly got bored and started looking all around the room. Then I guess he figured he’d be there awhile so he ought to get comfy because he took off his shoes. You could hear the whispers and giggles in the audience around my mother. He then decided to put his shoes on his lap, stared at them for a bit as it trying to decide what to do next and figured the best course of action would be to hang them off his ears, of course. So there he was, bobbing his head like Ray Charles in his glasses that gave him huge bug eyes with shoes hanging from either side of his head. I think I laughed so hard I peed myself.

  62. Josette says:

    Holidays have always involved me and my immediate family traveling to someone else's house and that hasn't changed for me as an adult. Ever since my husband and I got married we've been traveling to his parents for "dinner" at 11AM and my parents for "supper" in the later afternoon. We do this for all of the major food eating holidays. Talk about calorie counting having to be put on hold! sigh. So, it's always rush rush rush and eat eat eat. Not to mention the few times that emotions were high due to other things happening in our lives. Depressed individuals wearing PJs to dinner and fights between the sister-in-laws... yeah... holiday family fun!


  63. Kelly says:

    This Thanksgiving holiday for me will be spent at work. Im in college and live in town with my family. I thought it would be nice to work while my coworkers could go home for the holidays since I only live five minutes down the road from my job. Hoping that I get off early (fingers crossed) I plan on shooting over to one side of the family to the other just to make my rounds. Though it seems like a waste of my gas ;) my family is worth it. Im so thankful for everyperson in my family, blood related or otherwise.

    Happy Holidays!


  64. Hey Jeaniene!
    First a wanted to say just how THANKFUL for the fact that you began writing! You bring alot of joy into the lives of your fans and I can't thank you enough for the hours of enjoyment that you have provided!
    Plans have never worked out as planned, sometimes I wonder why I try! Sometimes I like to fly by the seat of my pants and let things happen as they will...And that is hard for a control freak like myself!
    Thank you for the opportunity!


  65. Every year I always say, "I'm NOT doing the big cooking marathon again!". I always wind up doing it anyway. I always have people calling at the last second to say they'll be stopping by. I guess if I REALLY didn't like it I would lock the door.Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Thanksgiving.


  66. Na says:

    My plan is to stay indoors and away from the mall crush. I plan to surround myself with plenty of books and food. Also plenty of family time!


  67. Suz says:

    I am going to make appetizers and side dishes to bring to my sister in laws and my mom's. We will have dinner with my husband's family and then do it again with mine. We have pumpkin pie with birthday candles for my dad's, husband's and my birthday. It's crazy but kinda fun!

  68. Suz says:

    I make appetizers and side dishes and we go first to my sister in laws for dinner then to my mom's for dinner and dessert. We have pumpkin pie with candles to celebrate my dad's, husband's and my birthday which are all with in 4days of Thanksgiving. Kinda crazy but kinda fun!

  69. It is going to be just me and my mom very simple but nice! We will have a nice dinner and enjoy some hoilday movies! Thank you for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  71. I am excited to watch my kiddos. My little one is four and is really excited about Santa coming. And seeing Papa on Thanksgiving. He's got to be the best papa in the world and all the kids love playing with him.


  72. Denise Z says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity. For many years I have had high expectations for the holidays. I wanted them to be perfect and worked myself to exhaustion trying to bring this about. However, there always was a sense of disappointment in the end. I have since learned to just be happy with my family and just do the best I can and it is infinitely much more satisfying a holiday :)


  73. This Thanksgiving I will be cooking for my Hubby, boys and my in-laws... Christmas is a bigger thing, we will have christmas morning with just Hubby, our boys and myself, then drive to my parents house, open more presents, then load the car with more and head to my grandparents house. Then after spending alot of time there we head over to my in-laws... We always end up leaving something out, trying to visit everyone, so most of the time we end up at my aunt Nan's house christmas eve day. lol so much to do, and so little time! =D


  74. Just my family and my inlaws this year, very simple and easy...I hope! They are coming to my house for a change. I am hoping that will make it easier on my girls than having to travel all over the place!

    Things normally do go according to plan...hoping this year is no exception!

    Thanks for the fantastic chance!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  75. jbfinch says:

    I remember one Thanksgiving where my family and I traveled to Atlanta, GA to meet my grandparents and celebrate the holiday. We had all sorts of sight-seeing planned, but after the first day, I developed a fever and felt like death warmed over. My family, being as kind and loving as they are, left me in the hotel room by myself while they went and toured the city. I was not a happy camper.
    But this Thanksgiving will be much better, I'm sure! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Turkey Day to everyone!

    Jordan Finch

  76. jkrowyn says:

    I always cook for both the big holidays. My husbands family comes for Thanksgiving, and my family for Christmas. It's nice having all those leftovers, I don't have to cook for days!! And I do have a story to tell, many many years ago we were setting up the tree, and for some reason, it kept tilting or listing to the side, I don't exactly remember, (it was a fake one) and my husband picked it up and threw it across the room. That seems bad, but really it was funny. We laughed our asses off, and then got the duct tape out and fixed the top piece that attaches to the tree. It didn't list any more, and for many years we got a laugh out of it when we got the tree out and saw the duct tape still there. Now we use real trees, but we still talk about old faithful! I love these writers, thanks for the giveaway!!

    Artesia at comcast dot net

  77. I don't have any special plans. For Christmas I'll have an apericena (aperitivo and a special dinner) with my cousins and then we will watch christmas movies all night long. Last year's holidays were pretty awful and I'm single again this year, so I don't feel like celebrating

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  78. Michal says:

    Ok so this year I am holding Thanksgiving. Lets hope I don't burn the turkey lol...... As for precipice holidays let's just day "cast" yeah that's about right,but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Just thinking of some of the things that have taken place on our holidays make smile. Let me explain a little I have four brothers and no sisters and to top it all of I'm the baby by six years. Let's just say I had no dating life for quite a long time lol..... We have been through everything together laughs and cries and I wouldn't have it any other way. Two years ago we lost our father he was our best friend to all of us. Whenever the holidays come it's even harder he always loved them. Since then we have come even closer,we each a little of him in all of us and it is a comfort. So in closing we have a crazy family never know what's gonna happen

  79. Eli Yanti says:

    we don't have a holiday, but i hope i can go to the beach

    thank for the giveaway jeaniene, always love to read your book


  80. Being Canadian, I have already celebrated Thanksgiving, it was a lovely dinner shared with family. The past two years I have hosted Christmas dinner at my house, both went rather well...except for the year my in-laws decided they wanted red wine (we are not wine drinkers) and FORGOT to bring the bottle opener. Well, a screw-driver, a screw and a hammer later my ceiling was covered in red wine!!! You can still see the stain today! O_o

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  81. I have to admit the holidays aren't my favorite time of year anymore. I don't have anything planned specifically so it depends on where I end up as to the kind of holiday I'll be having. :)

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  82. lindalou says:

    I'm another who doesn't have any real holiday plans... I usually plan a home project... but this year I haven't done so... Maybe something will hit me at the last minute. I may decide to organize & clean a room...
    Leading up to the holidays, we visit the theme parks in the central FL area.... I love their decorations...
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. JessyP says:

    My plans are just to go to my parents with the whole family, then Saturday with my husbands family. It is always entertaining.

  84. Oh my, there are lots of stories I could tell, but since it is Thanksgiving the one that comes to mind in our huge-i-normous Turkey incident.
    Our family all meet at grandma's for Thanksgiving dinner and each pitch in to bring some of the food. Uncle Jack and his family never bring any food, but come to eat anyway. This one year he surprised us by volunteering to bring the turkey.
    He brought the turkey the night before so that grandma could cook it as Aunt Laura would not.
    The bird was so huge that it would not fit into the oven until we removed all the racks and set it on a pan in the bottom.
    It took two of us to maneuver it in and I learned some new colorful vocabulary from grandma while we tended to the beastly thing.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  85. Gabbie says:

    I will be looking for a job, trying to figure out what course I want to take in the new year and hopefully be going to the beach (it will be summer here).

    Nothing ever goes smoothly. I plan something or someone else plans something but the end result is always something we didn't plan.

    Thanks for the lovely post :)

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  86. i have no big plans. just hang out with the family and watch a lot of movies. since i don't usually love big plans, things don't usually go wrong. thanks for the chance to win this book!

  87. Anonymous says:

    For the holidays I'm going to spend my time with my family. We never do anything big. Just being together is all that matters.


  88. Teresa K. says:

    Hi Jeaniene,

    I usually spend Christmas & Thanksgiving at my parents house. Now that they have moved down here to NC. This will be my first year without spending Christmas without my son.
    He's 23 and he's in love and he is going to be spending Christmas with his girlfriend & her children. It's hard for me to let go for he's my only child. I feel he's going to get married on me next year.
    So I'm trying to prepare myself for this. Not every Christmas has gone well for me in 2001 we had a house fire that totally destroyed my house in Oct. that year. I lost all my pets who were family and so with no content insurance we had to start over with the bare minimal.

    Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas Jeannie. May you and your Hubby (M) have a blessed one with your little baby. I hope she likes her new home.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at) yahoo dot com

  89. I plan on my husband and I driving home to MS (from Ga) to spend Christmas with our family.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

  90. Sophie says:

    My holidays are usually boring. No kidding. Although i miss the fun we had when we were kids, some years I've not been able to enjoy them as much because not all my family has been together, or part of who's available can't make it. I usually shop during the year and plan ahead of time because i just hate last minute gifts. Even tho it's something simple, i like to give every one a lil something. Im starting to get a little bit enthusiastic w the season, so far it hasnt been that bad :)

  91. DANIELA says:

    My plans? Just spend some time with my family and enjoy my mom's cooking.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to win this book.

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  92. Schrock says:

    This Thanksgiving I will be having brunch with friends then off to dinner with my family. There are about 30 of us (including my siblings, and their children, and their children!)so no, nothing ever goes as planned! Thanks so much for the chance to win this. I abso love Cat and Bones. Cannot wait til Vlad's book comes out!

  93. My Life Hostage and I spend the holidays at home alone. I come from a rather large, noisy, dysfunctional Irish/Italian family that thrives on chaos and drama. My family wrote the book on Holidays Gone Bad.

    This year Thursday will be celebrated in sweatpants with Chinese food. Christmas will be spent with his quiet and small family in Indiana and Kentucky. :)

  94. Forgot my contact info!!!

    CatherineScott17 at hotmail dot com

  95. LWolf says:

    I don't think things really ever go smoothly.

    Last year is a great example...Christmas Eve night, I woke up just before Midnight with the Stomach flu...and was still obligated to go to our family function. I was just glad I was able to sleep in so I wasn't completely miserable.

  96. melcain says:

    First I have to profess my #1 love, Cat and Bones (Night Huntress Series). This series is my favorite series ever, period. I have read the series around 4 times and I get excited and can't put them down each time I go through them! OK, on to addressing my holiday plans...This holiday I will be sneaking out to go deer hunting with my little girl before my parents serve dinner..Hopefully they won't notice all the camo when we sneak in! For Christmas, we are planning on "roasting" a few of the older ladies in our family since we don't know how much longer they will be around and everyone loves a good laugh. We use to roast our "Family Member of the Year" every Christmas and we want to get that going again! It will be a blast! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    melcain78 at gmail dot com

  97. KimS. says:

    What are your plans this holiday season? For Thanksgiving I am going to my parents house. My mom is making me some Mac and Cheese and a coconut cake. Then we are going to my aunt's house.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Both authors are some of my favorites. Happy Holidays.

  98. Anonymous says:

    My plans for this holiday are season are to stay sane. But this never happens so I will simply try to remain pleasant around my boyfriend's family and my own family. ;)


  99. Rad Hall says:

    Plans are to stay content. Works best when there's not that much planning put into it :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au.

  100. Shannon says:

    I am spending the holiday with my new baby and hoping to take lots of pictures! Love your books Jeanine.

  101. Hardly anything goes as smoothly as planned in my family...my favorite was the year that my Grandfather had to make an ER visit late on the night before Thanksgiving (he was fine after some medication adjustments). We were so tired the next day that we had turkey sandwiches and having the real meal on Saturday. :)

  102. Jen says:

    Thanksgiving used to mean a quiet evening with my hubby, sipping wine, and joining family or friends at our leisure for dinner. But once we lost our "fear of children" and decided to start a family 4 years ago, Thanksgiving now consists of field trips across the city to families' homes. We have discovered that these mandatory adventures are required because everyone wants to see the kids, and if we don't comply we could very well be disowned.
    This holiday is no longer relaxing, but rather loud and dramatic. Nosy elders, disputes over domino games, political arguments.
    The upside to this madness, however, is the best of both worlds. Our Cuban family provides delicious turkey with all the classic American "fixins", plus yuca, black beans, rice, and fried plantains. Even though I anticipate the usual craziness, I will unarguably have a tasty holiday.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Jeaniene, thank you for your books. Bones and Cat have become a part of my daily life, and I love the holiday themed adventures. Thank you for making my life happier with your beautiful world.


  103. Unknown says:

    Hi Jeannie

    I love thanksgiving as well for me it has always been my favorite time of the year here in New England, cool crisp weather, last of the colorful leaves falling off the trees, childhood memories filled with family get togethers. While our family is considerably smaller now as they have moved away and passed on it remains one of my most favorite. Not all memories are sweet LOL just last year walking my dogs before lunch they decided to join in the Holiday spirit and roll in you guessed it Turkey poop! That was a memorable one for sure.....


  104. Drew says:


    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is the year that, in the midst of cleaning up, we found a bowl of creamed carrots and pearl onions in the microwave that never even made it to the table.

    I love Thanksgiving, and the Football watching after the meal.


  105. Joni G. says:

    I am actually hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year. I'm quite excited about it!

    I am looking forward to reading this novella - there's something about Ian... I look forward to seeing Cat and Ian team up!

    jguldy at yahoo dot com

  106. Jeaniene I love holidays as well. Since I live in WY, my daughter lives in MI, and my son lives in NH we were planning on both of them coming to WY as Dec also has my 25th wedding anniversary this year. Boy was that a mistake!! My son decided that driving that far was too hard on his two little boys and his wife refuses to fly so he wasn't going to be able to come. Then my daughter's husband and son decided it would be more fun if they all came out for the deer hunting season instead. Then their oldest daughter got a new job the week before they were supposed to leave, they can't leave her home alone, and so my daughter and other granddaughter wouldn't be able to come. I swear I'm never going to try and get both of my kids home for a holiday at the same time!!

    I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving though and hope that your holiday plans go much better than mine did.


  107. Well I am in Canada so Thanksgiving for us was last month. My sister, mom and I make it. We make lists of who will do what and when. And it usually pans out well. Expect for one year. We thought we would do cabbage rolls. But no one had time to do them that day or the day before so we thought we would do them 3 days before freeze them bring them out and cook them the day of.

    Well we had a new deep freezer and let me tell you we were all eating the turkey and the trimmings the poor cabbage rolls were still frozen after 3 hrs in the oven. Its an experience we can all laugh at now but we were all pretty up set at the dang things for not defrosting or cooking like we had planned. Now we stick to what works best Turkey, Ham and the fix's.

    We won't go in to the sweet potato disaster of 09. My poor poor oven was covered in marshmallow goo for far to long.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  108. libgurl10 says:

    Holidays with my family are more Mayhem than calm (let's see, Dad kissing someone other than Mom other the mistletoe? Yep, lead to Mayhem... The time I cooked a beautiful chicken dinner in the oven, with the plastic wrap on; what do you mean it's not the same as aluminum foil???), but this Thanksgiving, I'm hoping to sleep in & have coffee at a leisurely pace while the guys are out hunting. Maybe I'll be lucky and get to read Bite Before Christmas while the guys are gone! Here's hoping everyone has wonderful holidays with only minor Mayhem!

  109. My plans this year are I am calling out of work.. That is right you heard me I am protesting the fact I work every year and have prearranged a nasty bug that is going to force me to call out! Don't tell on me whatever your do. ;)


  110. Keti says:

    This year, I'll probably spend the holidays with reading and studying. I'm not a big fan of family gathering so I usually stay at home, and since I managed to pile up a lot of yet unread books, I won't be alone :) I can't wait to finally open the first one and read the very first line :)
    Happy holidays to you, too!

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

  111. Jenibug79 says:

    I love the holidays because of seeing your family and friends all together. I grew up with a small family and once I got married I had a huge family to go to. And I loved it (yes even the chaos). Now I live far away from all my family except my kids and my mom. It does not feel the same. I miss the chaos. My kids aren't expercing the fun I got to have. But we still are making our own memories. Happy holidays!

  112. Cindy says:

    Great interview...
    I'll be spending time with family for Thanksgiving. Will be heading home for Christmas...I love spending time with family; don't get to see them as much as I would like...
    Would love an autographed copy of any book you've done...love everything you've done!

  113. EmilyAnn says:

    This will be my first year preparing Thanksgiving dinner all by myself. Nothing big, just myself, my husband, our three children, and my mother-in-law and father-in-law. All my other in-laws have plans and we live too far away from my family so it's just a nice small cozy dinner for us.


  114. Unknown says:

    For Thanksgiving i will have dinner with the family, and then get ready for Black Friday sales online while my mom and sisters go out to the stores. Then for Christmas i decorate the tree and house to make the house festive for the family when we have our Christmas Eve party with family and then Christmas Day with just my mom, sisters, Brother and there boyfriends and possible girlfriend.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

  115. Anonymous says:

    For thanksgiving my daughter will be going to my grandparent's house where dinner will supposed to be served at 1pm....it never is.

  116. donnas says:

    Im planning to have an early dinner with my immediate family. Which is what usually happens. But no it never goes as smoothly as I would hope. Time will only tell what will happen this year. There is always something, hopefully it will be little this year.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  117. We have a big family gathering and open presents then have a big dinner.

  118. Zainpire says:

    My plans for the holidays (I'm currently on summer holidays, here in NZ, because I've finished uni for the yaer) is to go to India for my bib brother's wedding. Super excited but I have nothing to wear! And I haven't even started packing!


  119. For the holidays I plan to go visit my relatives on Christmas Eve and then spend Christmas day at home. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  120. Marlene says:

    My plans are my daughter, her husband and my grandkidsare coming over to eat. My husband and I do all the cooking, they do the eating lol. Seems like nothing ever goes like you want it too. I set the oven on the wrong temperature toocook the ham, and let my chicken broth cook to nothing, then my corn bread stuck too the bottom of the pan. Yep just another holiday in the Howard household lol.Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Thanks giving everyone!

  121. AHC says:

    My plans over the winter holidays is to enjoy as much relaxing tea-and-book time as possible. This has been one of my most stressful semesters as a homeschooling mother (I blame AP Physics) and we're more than ready for a break. We may not celebrate traditional holidays, but free time is always family time for us, so the same spirit of togetherness applies. :) Pleasant wishes to all throughout the season and beyond!


  122. Jewel says:

    My plans this Xmas is to spend quality time with my family. Every year my mom cooks a big feast & my sisters & I try to help, but since we are really bad at cooking we do things wrong. But luckily mom comes to the rescue & fixes anything we ruin. :D
    Thanks for the giveaway & I hope everyone enjoys the holidays.

  123. Dangerous says:

    My plans for the holidays are simple. Read the Night Huntress books that I got from the library and catch up on what happened. Relax from stressing out over school stuff totally not cool! :(

    ^ yes misspelled on purpose :)

  124. Mary Swan says:

    Christmas holidays will be the perfect time for me to read some books (most of them will be Jeaniene Frost's). I'm going to spend them with my parents, grandparents and my host-sister from Switzerland. I believe they're going to be awesome!
    Kisses for everyone. :)


  125. Ashley says:

    We just moved and this will be our first Christmas on our own. I have twin boys that are two, so this Christmas will be exciting to them I hope. I will spend too much time reading, which is an all year thing, not so much a Holiday thing. I really enjoy your books. You really do know how to draw your readers in. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. :)


  126. Angie says:

    Holiday plans? Ack! Pretty low key plans as we have no children--we do the road trip thing--visit my DMIL and DH's side of the family on Christmas Eve, spend the night at our home, then drive up to spend Christmas Day with my mother. I'll also be contemplating the details of retiring soon to spend more time with her.

  127. We're staying home this year as we have the past couple of years. The holidays tend to be hectic enough without trying to travel with four kids ;-)
    Great post!
    ms_missyjane AT yahoo DOT com

  128. WakeAngel says:

    Oops....I realized I forgot to add my email address earlier!


  129. So, so true. So in that vein, I am staying home alone this Thanksgiving. Got a couple turkey legs and some rice and heat and serve rolls. No fuss, no drama, no 5 hrs of travel each way, no sleeping on the couch. A quick phone call on the day and the rest is just relaxing, doing what I want to do, not what the nieces want to do. Course this means I'll have to show up at xmas. {sigh}

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this.
    WildAboutBones (at) gmail (dot) com

  130. This Christmas my partner and I are celebrating by ourselves at home :) The first time I think since I moved out of home years ago. We're going to see his family on Christmas Eve probably, and then I'll go and stay with my family after Christmas. On the day itself we're just going to have a nice dinner together and exchange pressies. As for things going to plan, I don't think any Christmas ever has gone entirely to plan, haha! This one should be fairly close though, fewer elements to manage.

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

  131. Lots and lots of family parties. We dont get to see each other for most of the year. But Xmas is the time when we all make an effort to be together. And naturally, that does NOT equate to things going smoothly. In fact, I think family together always results in chaos, both the good and bad kind. But that's what family is all about, I guess. You take both the good and the bad.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

  132. Mystica says:

    Christmas is just my husband and me as children are all out of the country. Quiet Christmas this year.

  133. For Thanksgiving I actually flew to New York (first flight and first time to NY), which means I missed the family gathering with homemade turkey and dressing and all of those wonderful side dishes. But for Christmas I'll be spending it at home with a ton of my family members. We all get together and bring something and eat. What could be better?

  134. We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia, so my holidays dont start for another 3 weeks...*Sigh*
    Have fun, Jeaniene! And i love your books ;)


  135. Holly says:

    For Thanksgiving I always do mine the Saturday after because my daughters birthday falls right around it. So she always gets turkey, ham etc... for her birthday party dinner. For Christmas it will be running around like mad trying to get all the families in before back to work I go.
    Great Post and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. Amy says:

    Great post!
    For this holiday season, we will be going to New York City to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show featuring the Rockettes. We have tickets for the Christmas Day show. This will be our first time going, very excited!


  137. HI, I'm a big fan of Cat and Bones.one of my favourite series. This holidays marks the beginning of a new journey to me, because i just finished high school and am just about to head off to university. I plan work as much as i can to save up money for a europe trip that will happen as soon as i can manage :) Indeed 2 months of holidays seem like a long time and i have a habit of not doing anything, thinking there would be time later on to do it, but what ive learnt is that time flies and the end of the holidays always comes faster than i thought it would so fill every single day with as much activity as you can before its all over.

  138. As Turkey Day is already over, I went to a friend's house for dinner and had a great time. I ate TONS of turkey along with brandied sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberries, and best yet, a rice-based stuffing that's served in pumpkins! I only wish the company I was with respected the romance genre and could have discussed them with me.

    As for how to contact me if I should win... isisnocturne1369 (at) me (dot) com

  139. Hai-Yen says:
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  140. Hai-Yen says:

    What I most enjoy during the holiday season is to spend time with family. For me, that is the true meaning of the holiday spirit. It's the perfect opportunity to see loved ones and people you don't necessarily see on a regular basis. Drama can also be part of the gettogether, but hey no family is perfect, right?

    I can be reached at: HAI-YEN.HUYNH(AT)SYMPATICO(DOT)COM

  141. Awesome post, I've been dying to get my hands on this book. Can't wait to see Cat and Ian together in a strip club lmao!

    This Thanksgiving was very low stress with just me, the hubs, kiddos and my mom. My mom did most of the cooking which was awesome but you know nothing can ever go too smoothly because I ran out of milk and forgot the rolls, and Publix was of course closed. lol Christmas I am hoping for the same kind of laid back event. The last few years we've had to run around to three different houses (2 hours apart each) for the holidays and I am looking forward to taking a break from that!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    folksohana at gmail dot com

  142. misspider says:

    This year will be dedicated to my son, who at the age of 2 is now old enough to get the meaning of christmas and participate in the festivities: baking cookies, setting up the first real christmas tree, waiting for Santa and the presents, sharing the family christmas meal... And, which is my favourite, reading lots of christmas- and other books with mommy. Aside from organizing/enjoying this big and hopefully smoothly going event, my wish is for some personal comfort time to spend reading some of my own books and eating too much cookies :)


  143. lucia.lg says:

    i love Cat and Bones and I love Christmas. This year will be a lot of fun, because my son, 2 and a half years old, will help me at everything;)) hope so...
    this year will be a special Christmas because is the first one in our new home. this book will be a great gift for me. thanks for gine it away.

  144. Anne R says:

    I loved the interview! I am huge fan of Cat & Bones.
    Our Christmas is spent with lots of family and it never goes smoothly but I have learned to ride it out.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  145. Chantel says:

    It took a few years, but my husband and I finally have a Christmas schedule that everyone in our family is happy with. We fit everyone in and for three days straight we're either visiting, sleeping or driving.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com

  146. Dana says:

    For this year, my plans are to spend Christmas at home with my 3 children and a friend who is stationed nearby at a local air force base. She's not able to leave to go home to her family until after Dec. 25th, so I asked her to stay with us. It will be great, I'm sure :)
    I don't think I've ever had a holiday to come off without a hitch..some dish is burned, some batteries are forgotten and every gas station is sold out of AA's, I find a small gift a week after the fact I had hidden from myself and forgot to wrap, or the electricity goes out. But it's the memory of the time spent together that's the most important!


  147. miki says:

    I really would like to say things went smoothly in the past but it's not the case generally my brother make a hypoglecemic crisis so my mother is stressed etc

    thanks you for this opportunity to win i really really want this book


  148. MichelleB says:

    Last Thanksgiving was a nightmare spent sitting with my sister in my parents driveway while she cried. Her grown kids sat at the dinner table and rolled their eyes.

    This year was much better. No drama. Of course I also spend the entire day glued to "At Grave's End on my kindle... so if something bad did happen I doubt I would have noticed ;-)

  149. Reading says:

    I hope the holidays this year will be better than the next one. It's always a sad time of the year since the family never gets together...


  150. MichelleB says:

    I forgot to leave my email... so sorry :-(


  151. Allison W says:

    My plans are dinner with the family, Christmas eve is always my favorite, where we make all kinds of family recipes, can't wait to celebrate!

    allison dot westcote at gmail dot com

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