Natural Selection

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Summer vacation season is under way and soon the mountain country will be filled with city folk looking for an opportunity to connect with nature.

In the old days, things sorted themselves out. The city-dwellers would come out in their Bermuda shorts with backpacks full of Zagnuts wanting to pet the bears. It generally made for a short season and happy bears.

Then the park service started in with their “don’t feed the bears” campaign. Now we have four months of karaoke music and tofu weenies.

Real outdoorsmen know that tourist season is time for Natural Selection. Make sure your local souvenir shop is well-stocked with our “Bear Repellant.” Three new scents are available: Bacon, Salmon, and Chocolate.

Natural Selection: short season, happy bears, peace and quiet.

Indie News Beat: The Angst of Acceptance

One day, I’m sure this is going to happen: I’ll be standing around chit-chatting at some fashionable soiree talking about writing, and a nervous-looking gentleman next to me will admit, with a slightly embarrassed cough, that his books are ‘traditionally’ published.

In response, I shall look down my nose at him with measured sympathy and say: “Don’t worry, old chap. Not everyone’s cut out for the hard graft of publishing their books themselves. It takes a wide range of skills that not every author can be expected to possess. Why, some of the most famous authors used to be traditionally published.” Then, I shall pause, wave my wine glass airily around his lowered head, and with condescension ask: “I suppose twelve per cent royalties are better than nothing… Aren’t they?” Continue reading “Indie News Beat: The Angst of Acceptance”

Sneak Peek: A Red Letter Day

Today we have a sneak peek from the fourth book in the Red Menace series by author James Mullaney: A Red Letter Day.

Official Washington is in an uproar when late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s top secret safe is found and then promptly goes missing. Rumor has it that Hoover was infamous for collecting files on all the nation’s powerful movers and shakers, so there’s no telling what damning information exists within the high-tech vault.

The race is on for the big black box that holds America’s future, and the Red Menace and Dr. Wainwright must outrun, outfight and outfox the Mob, a doomsaying environmentalist, every nation on earth desperate to watch the U.S. bleed, as well as an ancient enemy determined to bust the safe and a certain brilliant doctor’s world wide open.

A Red Letter Day is available from Amazon, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

And now, an excerpt from A Red Letter Day

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Tutorial: Snipping Tool

A few weeks ago K.S Brooks showed you how to take and use screen captures. Today, I would like to show you how to use a very useful free tool which is a programme that is part of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. It allows you to take specific shots of your screen. It is ideal for tutorials (ahem!) and for making your blog or website look professional. So, let’s get those scissors and get snipping.

To start the Snipping Tool follow these steps:

1. Click on the Start button to open your Start Menu.

2. Next click on the All Programs menu option.

3. Then click on the Accessories group.

4. Last, but not least, click on the Snipping Tool icon which looks like this:

If you are running Windows 8, you can just search for Snipping Tool at the Windows 8 Start Screen.

The snipping tool should now be started and you will see a screen similar to the one below. Continue reading “Tutorial: Snipping Tool”