woensdag 10 augustus 2016

Guest Post: Ten Tips for Staying Safe Online by Dane Cobain

Ten Tips for Staying Safe Online

Hi, folks! My name’s Dane Cobain and I’m an author and social media marketer from High Wycombe in the UK. So far, I’ve released a supernatural thriller novella, a poetry collection and a literary fiction novel, but I’m here today to support my upcoming release, a non-fiction book called Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World.

Social Paranoia is all about the mistakes that people make on social networking sites, and what people can do to avoid them. There are so many things that can go wrong that I won’t be able to cover them all here, but I will be giving you my top ten tips.

So kick back, relax, check that no-one’s looking over your shoulder and let’s get started!

#1: Obey the grandma rule

If you’re ever in doubt about whether you should post something, think about your grandma (or, alternatively, a potential employer in the future). Ask yourself whether it’s something that you’d be comfortable saying in front of them – if not, don’t post it!

#2: Use strong passwords

A strong password should be at least eight characters long and feature a mixture of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols. If possible, use a different password for every site that you use, and never, ever share your password with someone else. This will help you to avoid hacks, leaks and unauthorised account access.

#3: Remember the negativity bias

The negativity bias is an observable phenomenon in which people can perceive negativity even when it isn’t there. Always assume that someone might view your status updates with a negative eye, and make sure that they don’t have an unintended second meaning that could be misinterpreted.

#4: Have a crisis plan

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Have an idea of what you’ll do if something goes wrong – for example, if one of your status updates goes viral for some reason, or if your account gets hacked. Know what you’re going to do in advance, so that if something does go wrong, you’re ready for it.

#5: Pay it forward

This is a useful mantra that it helps to bear in mind when you’re using social networking sites. It’s a similar concept to karma – what goes around, comes around. Be nice to other people on social networking sites, help them out when they need help and interact with their updates, and the favour will be returned.

#6: Avoid suspicious links

This is particularly important when checking e-mails or private messages. If a link looks suspicious, don’t click it – ask the sender to confirm its authenticity first. Some malicious viruses spread from user to user through these links, compromising account security and potentially damaging your computer.

#7: Use your real name

There are two reasons for this. The first is that if you use your real name, you’ll be more aware of what you’re doing when you’re using social sites, because it can easily be tied back to you. The second is that, if you use a fake name or a pseudonym and you get found out – particularly if there’s a conflict of interests there – then it can backfire and damage your reputation.

#8: Use up-to-date antivirus software

Make sure that you have antivirus and firewall software on any devices that you use to log in to social networking sites, and keep it up-to-date. Some viruses have the ability to compromise your login credentials, and so protecting yourself with software will help you to protect yourself against that.

#9: Maintain your privacy settings

Most social networking sites allow you to customise your privacy settings, to control who’s able to see your updates. Considering making your profile private unless people send you a friend request, and if you’re using Twitter but only to speak to friends, consider making your profile private so that people have to send follow requests before they can see your updates. That way, you’re in charge of who sees what you’re saying.

#10: Don’t leave computers or devices unattended

If you’re logged in at a machine, don’t leave it unattended, and clear your password history after use if you’re on a public computer. If you’re logged in your mobile phone, make sure that it has a passcode. This will stop people from gaining unauthorised access to your accounts by simply hijacking your machine.

So there you have it – those are my top ten tips for staying safe on social networking sites. Ultimately, it all comes down to common sense – use that, and you’ll probably be alright, but it always pays to be careful!

Want to find out more tips for online safety, or to read about some of the massive fails that people and brands have faced? Check out Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World after it launches on August 22nd!

No Rest for the Wicked

(supernatural thriller)

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels. 

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home


Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

Former.ly: The Rise and Fall of a Social Network

(literary fiction)

When Dan Roberts starts his new job at Former.ly, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences.

But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.

Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World


Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World is the true story of how sometimes the updates that you post come back to haunt you. Filled with real case studies and practical advice, it’s a guidebook for everyone who has an online presence from consumers to massive corporations. 

Sometimes, people really are out to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website, www.danecobain.com. His debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked, was released in the summer of 2015.


maandag 8 augustus 2016

Cover Reveal: Wicked Passion by Amanda J. Greene

Title: Wicked Passion

Series: Under Realm Assassins #3
Author: Amanda J. Greene


James Stonewoll is an Elite Assassin for the Under Realm Syndicate - an expert hunter and merciless killer. As a former Pirate, he thrives on danger, the more perilous the mission, the better and he can't resist his newest contract: eliminate a rebel shape-shifting magic thief that stalks the border of the Under Realm kidnapping and murdering innocent Others. But never did the centuries old vampire anticipate playing hero to a mythical temptress with luscious curves, tantalizing lips, and hypnotic eyes.

Captured and held prisoner, Katya Moro was trapped in a seemingly endless loop of unimaginable agony as her magic was slowly being torn from her soul. A gasp away from death, she is rescued by a sinful kiss and awakens in the strong arms of a powerful warrior whose roguish smile, sharp fangs, and intense strength unlock the dormant Succubus instincts within her – an all-consuming madness that demands complete surrender.

Gazing down at her, James knew he had to kill her. Dark Magic Wielders, like the beautiful female he’d found, were a grave threat to human society and were not permitted to roam the mortal world. But Katya’s smoky voice and sweet kisses stir a fierce hunger inside him. She is unpredictable, uncontrollable and… wickedly seductive – his perfect kind of dangerous. To keep her safe, James will protect her from the magic thieves that hunt her and his fellow assassins until he can find a way to return Katya to her home in the Under Realm.

Will Katya’s passion be able to conquer the darkness within his soul or will James let her go?

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About the author:

Amanda J. Greene is an erotic paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a full time university student, who works part time.

She lives in Southern California with her very supportive, military husband and their sweet cocker spaniel. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.

vrijdag 1 juli 2016

Cover Reveal: Valorous by Kristina Canady

Title: Valorous
Series: Affliction of Falling
Author: Kristina Canady
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2016

Affliction of Falling Series: 
Meet five friends as they learn to love without limitations by taking a journey onto the unexpected and rugged path of falling in love. Sometimes, falling in love doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes, falling in love means a twisting torment of sweet, liberating pain beyond the confines of your comfort zone… into something beyond your wildest dreams.

Note from the author: 
In lieu of a traditional blurb, I thought I would write from the heart. You see, Jade’s story is personal for me—a raw, collective idea that crawled from the depths of pain I vicariously experienced by way of caring for a patient population very dear to my heart. This story has taken me a few years to tell. Many times, the pure emotions evoked from these characters as they evolved became too overwhelming, prompting a need for a break.

I actually started writing this story before Scrupulous, but I battled with wanting to tell it just right. I didn’t want to let down those who can personally relate to the trials and tribulations these characters endure. Cancer doesn’t care. It is a dark, insatiable illness, consuming all that it can in its path. Cancer can make or break not only a person, but also the family and friends championing alongside the warrior battling to heal their body and reclaim their life.

My love and respect for oncology patients and their support systems of amazing people is never ending. My hope is that you connect with this next installment of the Affliction of Falling Series, that I do this story a fraction of the justice that it deserves, and entice you to continue to explore the multifaceted struggles of falling in love during difficult and non-conventional circumstances.

Please enjoy this tale of love, loss and the joys of rediscovering one's own strength and ability love again.

Raised California, Kristina moved to Colorado to pursue her education and fell in love with the area. After pushing through college class by class with a few scenic breaks in between, she finally graduated with the support of her family and friends. After establishing her career in nursing, she felt something was missing. Her artistic side was calling so she started to pick up her writing and painting again. After a while, she found that her short story had grown into her first novel. Writing is a passion of hers and she feels the greatest achievement in her art is creating works that bring enjoyment to others. She continues to reside in Colorado and is working on the next installment of an Affliction of Falling Novels.


zondag 15 november 2015

Review: Gina's Education by Mariah Bailey

Title: Gina's Education
Author: Mariah Bailey 
Subgenre: BDSM Erotic Romance 
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Riverdale Ave Books
ISBN-10: 1626012172
ISBN-13: 978-1626012172

Gina’s Education: A BDSM Love Story is an adult fairy tale full of twists and unexpected turns.

Down on her luck after her identity has been stolen, Gina Perry applies for a job as a domestic servant, or so she thought, and quickly finds herself naked in every sense.

This job is psychologically challenging. Her new employer insists she call him Master, and there is a price to pay for not complying. A good Master, he pushes her limits and makes her grow. He teaches her about bondage and discipline, dominance and submission.

Master Robert re-names her Rose and gives her hope, but she isn’t sure she is up to the task. She’ll have to get to know herself on a much deeper level than most people ever discover.

Master Robert seldom shows emotion. Rose sparks something in him that he’s never realized before; a need to protect her, and not just in the games. While he’s learning about her, the depths of his feelings toward her surprise him. Robert’s never been in love and he resists, but he can’t resist his pride in her.

Gina’s Education by Mariah Bailey is a short BDSM erotica novel.

Gina Perry has lost everything, her job, her house and also her identity. She needs to get a job fast, so she is responding to a “help wanted” add for the Mayhew House, thinking it will be a housekeeping job. But the job Robert Mayhew offers her is not exactly what she had in mind.

It appears that Robert wants her as his submissive. As soon as Gina signs the contract he will begin her training as a submissive and in the future the Mistress in the dungeon.

Robert does take care of Gina, he even tracks down the person who took her identity and arranges a way for Gina to punish this person. But I found it difficult to understand that Gina accepts everything that happens to her so easily

From the moment she steps through the door of that mansion will her training has completed and she is the Mistress of the dungeon, she never hesitate when Robert ask her to do something. I find it hard to believe that she just accept everything when she never had any experience in the BDSM lifestyle. I have to say that this was an okay story for me.

I received this novel from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mariah Bailey is a wife and mother who started writing in high school, and picked up the pen again in mid-life. For the past few years, Mariah has participated in writing groups both locally and online to hone her craft.  She has written numerous short stories and poetry. Challenges from others to write “outside the comfort zone” inspired exploring erotica. After entering several erotica contests and even winning a few, she had the encouragement needed to write a novel.

Mariah has always had a fascination with psychology and this fascination coupled with writing erotica made turning to researching BDSM a natural. The world of BDSM seems as varied from one person to the next as are opinions or appetites, so it is a never-ending source of inspiration! Gina’s Education is her first published novel.
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