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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: Changing of the Guard
« Last post by Thomas on June 19, 2017, 08:37:05 PM »
I know that some readers are extremely anxious to read the new Jenetta Carver book, so here's an update. The book is completely written. I'm now performing the critical process of review and rewrites before I send it to my editor. So there's almost no doubt that the book will be published in August. And I hope to make it as early in August as possible. Watch your email for the announcement letter with a date once I have a cast-in-concrete delivery schedule.   ;D
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General Information / Back on line again!
« Last post by Thomas on May 22, 2017, 04:08:53 PM »
Last evening, actually very early this morning, as I ended my writing work for the day, I came to this forum to see if I had to remove any SPAM and ban the spammer from the site. While here I noticed a message that a newer version of the forum software was available. Usually, new software means they're closing a security breach being exploited by hackers. So I updated the software. After I completed the process I checked to ensure it was working but I couldn't open the forum. I played around for awhile, trying the whole time to keep my eyes from glazing over or closing completely, but nothing I tried worked. So I finally gave up.

The forum was unavailable for about half a day for that reason. Today, once again wide awake, I discovered the problem with the help of the SMF website and it took just two minutes to correct. I just had to make one simple upgrade to my server.

So we're back in business again. I apologize to anyone who may have tried to log in but was prevented. Hopefully, the new software upgrade will prevent hackers from causing problems (but they just never give up trying).
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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: Changing of the Guard
« Last post by Ty on May 20, 2017, 02:13:45 PM »
Not the news I was hoping for today, but I can understand that it is sometimes necessary.  I would love it if for once a release date were pulled forward instead.  And apology accepted  ;)
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News and Discussion about new books or old books / Re: Changing of the Guard
« Last post by Thomas on May 20, 2017, 12:19:01 PM »
I know that by now some fans of the AGU series have noticed that I've moved the release date ahead by one month. I hate doing that, but it's unavoidable some times. Writing a book is a creative process and you can't always predict when a new novel will be finished. It's not like cooking a five-minute egg. I've made good progress on the book, and continue to work on it every day, but it's going a bit slower than I expected it would. I want the book to be both exciting and interesting, and I pay a great deal of attention to detail. If I was a bit more general with my prose, I could write faster, but then the books wouldn't be as interesting to the fans who enjoy my writing style. So all I can do is apologize to those fans waiting anxiously for the next Carver book.
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General Information / Re: Amazing!
« Last post by Thomas on May 11, 2017, 07:37:33 PM »
There is another forum i am a part of where registered users are first given the visitors rank where they dont have full posting rights, but when they make their first post and submit it, it is first viewed by an administrator and then once approved, they are promoted and have full posting rights.  Sounds like this is what this forum needs.

Anyway I think you are doing a good job in deleting spam messages.  I only see one rarely and they are always deleted by my next visit.

That's a good idea. The software I'm using for this forum is freeware and I don't know if it has such an option, and right now I'm much too busy with AGU:11 to spend time digging through the instructions. Perhaps next year I'll be able to get to it.   :D
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General Information / Re: Amazing!
« Last post by Ty on May 11, 2017, 06:06:43 PM »
There is another forum i am a part of where registered users are first given the visitors rank where they dont have full posting rights, but when they make their first post and submit it, it is first viewed by an administrator and then once approved, they are promoted and have full posting rights.  Sounds like this is what this forum needs.

Anyway I think you are doing a good job in deleting spam messages.  I only see one rarely and they are always deleted by my next visit.
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General Information / Re: Amazing!
« Last post by Thomas on May 06, 2017, 04:19:00 AM »
I think that some credit card companies are trying to stay on top of it. A few years ago I received a call from Visa Card Services to enquire if I was in Las Vegas because my card had just been used to pay for a room there. I told them that I most certainly was not in Las Vegas and never authorize anyone to use my card. The charge never appeared on my account. I think it might be getting a little more difficult for crooks these days because so many people have smart phones in their pocket and the credit card companies can verify suspicious activity within seconds. I get verification calls about four times a year. But the crooks keep coming up with new ways to steal.

I shall continue to delete spam messages almost as quickly as they appear. And I've blocked so many internet addresses that it's becoming impossible for anyone in Russia, the Ukraine, China, and India (or proxy users operating through internet proxy nodes in those countries) to post anything at all on this site. I know that some potential posters may be upset when being blocked from making genuine posts, but that's the price we pay to combat fraud.

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General Information / Re: Amazing!
« Last post by kj46 on May 06, 2017, 03:31:44 AM »
Unfortunately the entire internet is becoming polluted with spam and scams that flood email box's everyday. The billions worldwide that is being stolen by these criminals is creating an environment where it is difficult to trust anything that is received, with genuine retailers having their company used in fake emails to gather personnel details.   

The same effort that is made to find and apprehend criminals using a gun to rob a bank or business does not seem to be used to find these people. Governments are quick to stop anything that affects them financially but the scams don't effect them and any effort to stop them does not have a financial reward for the government hence nothing much is done.

I live in Australia and a few weeks ago my credit card details were used at an automotive business in Las Vegas to the tune of $1,842. The bank accepted it was fraud and after a few weeks I got the money back. In reality we are paying for it with higher card fees  :(

It's sad :( keep them out of your site Thomas 
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General Information / Re: Amazing!
« Last post by Sominaka on May 02, 2017, 02:46:46 AM »
Your information is very good.
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This information is very helpful to me.
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