Long Pig Bargain Prices October 26-31

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Saturday & Sunday, October 26-27 Beginning 8:00 PST – 99 cents.

Monday & Tuesday, October 28-29    $1.99

Wednesday & Thursday, October 30-31    $2.99

Friday – Beginning 8:00 PST  $3.99

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Celebrating Halloween

Some love Halloween and celebrate it to the full. Others consider it immoral and shun it. A holiday–any holiday–is whatever you make of it.

When we oldsters were kids, Halloween wasn’t very commercial. You might buy a Lone Ranger type black mask and maybe an orange jack-o-lantern, and some black and orange paper for making decorations, and that was it. We made our own costumes, which were more interesting for their funkiness. For a window decoration, we would insert a candle into the store-bought jack-o-lantern, or make our own lantern by hollowing out a pumpkin, carving a face, and then adding a burning candle. The big celebration was a family outing at night to the local school–in our case, a country school. There we paraded our costumes and then took part in contests, such as pushing a peanut across the stage with our nose. Or bobbing for apples. Or trying to bite into an apple dangling from a string by its stem. Fun and innocent games. And by today’s standard, germy.

It wasn’t until we moved to town as adults that we met up with the trick-or-treat practice. I saw no appeal in it, but my father made a game of it by keeping score of the number of little ones who came to the door and commenting on their costumes. They were always well-behaved, always accompanied with a parent or older sibling, and often shy.

Because we were too old to go trick-or-treating, I feel no nostalgia. And while we ready treats for the oncoming little ones, my hubby and I have our own Halloween tradition. We might watch the movie, Young Frankenstein, but most importantly, we visit the corn maze. We took our first tour when we were engaged. The only time we missed was the year a tornado flattened the corn and the maze had to be canceled. We have our own rules for the maze. Once hubby and I enter, we always turn the same direction. And we always enter even the dead-ends, long or short, because at the end of each dead-end, we give a hug and a kiss. Everything else aside, it’s the corn maze that makes our Halloween.

 

 

Cover Reveal for Dan O’Brien’s Latest Series

Pre-order the book at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OE781J2

Hello!

Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis will be a six-story illustrated series that will
launch on Halloween and conclude right around Christmas. It is equal parts
noir, pulp, Lovecraft, and detective fiction with enough intrigue and
mystery to keep you hanging on.
It is available for pre-order starting today!

You can pre-order it for only $2.99 by clicking on  this link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OE781J2

Scammers and Hackers! Oh, my!

Have you ever been scammed or hacked? If not, you probably know someone who has been. If it were not so common an occurrence, I’d be embarrassed to admit it happened to me. And it is devastating.

Here’s a likely scenario:

1. Someone phones you and says your computer is compromised or in danger from foreign hackers. You can’t tell if the person calling is a scammer and hacker simply by their foreign accent or the background noise. Honest establishments do outsource, which means you may be talking to someone from India or somewhere else who is legitimate.

2. It also doesn’t help if the one who calls knows your name. Information about you is readily available on the internet. Nor does it help if they can tell you they work for a real tech service.

3. The scammer then asks you to turn on your computer and asks to take control of your computer so they may remove the problem.

4. Here’s where it gets ugly. They may tell you your computer has indeed been hacked, despite your having a security system. It isn’t good enough, they say. They’ll sell you one that the government and giant corporations use, they say. They may want you to use your checking account to pay for it. That means they get the information to your checking account, and any money they take will not be reimbursed to you by the bank. If they used a credit card, you’d have a greater chance to recover your money. Bye, bye money. In addition, they can completely remove whatever security you have and hook into your computer accounts. Sort of like an infestation of hookworms in the gut.

5. Naturally you’ll have to close your accounts and open new ones. You’ll have to let direct deposit and direct debit businesses know your account has changed. The bank will help where possible, which may not get your money back. The police can’t find these criminals because they move around, but the law enforcement will give you a form to fill out. And for the record, you can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov}.

What can you do to prevent becoming a victim?

1.Make sure you have a computer ID security key (password) that only you and your computer help tech company knows.

2. If you get a call from someone who warns you your computer is being threatened and they want to fix it for you, ask them this: “What is my computer ID security key?”

3. If they can’t tell you what your ID security key is to your computer, hang up.

Good luck to all you honest folks, and may you remain secure!

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