A Wider World by Karen Heenan

The Tudor Court, Book Two

Historical Fiction

Release Date: April 25, 2021

Publisher: Authors 4 Authors Publishing

Memories are all he has…

Now they could save his life.

Returning to England after almost five years in exile, Robin Lewis is arrested and charged with heresy by the dying Queen Mary. As he is escorted to the Tower of London, Robin spins a tale for his captor, revisiting his life under three Tudor monarchs and wondering how he will be judged—not just by the queen, but by the God he stopped serving long ago.

When every moment counts, will his stories last long enough for him to be saved by Mary’s heir, the young Queen Elizabeth?

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Songbird

The Tudor Court, Book One

Publisher: Authors 4 Authors Publishing

Published: November 2019

She has the voice of an angel…

But one false note could send her back to her old life of poverty.

After her father sells her to Henry VIII, ten-year-old Bess builds a new life as a royal minstrel, and earns the nickname “the king’s songbird.”

She comes of age in the decadent Tudor court, where the stakes are always high, and where politics, heartbreak, and disease threaten everyone from the king to the lowliest musician.

Her world has only one constant: Tom, her first and dearest friend. But when Bess intrigues with Anne Boleyn and strains against the restrictions of life at court, will she find that constancy has its limits?

You’ll love this richly-detailed historical novel, because we all want to know what goes on “backstairs at the palace.”

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Karen Heenan was born and raised in Philadelphia. She fell in love with books and stories before she learned to read and has wanted to write for nearly as long. After far too many years in a cubicle, she set herself free to follow her dreams—which include gardening, sewing, traveling, and of course, lots of writing. She lives in Lansdowne, PA, not far from Philadelphia, with four cats and a very patient husband.

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How to Buy a House by Yvonne Aileen

Vital Real Estate Strategy for the First Time Home Buyer

Non-Fiction, Self-Help, How-to, Home Buying

Published: March 2021

Publisher: 800 Muses

Want to buy a house but don’t have a down payment and think you can’t qualify? Keep reading!

You’re not alone, and it’s not hopeless. Yes, rent keeps going up, making it difficult to save. And even though interest rates are great, housing prices keep ratcheting upward, moving further out of reach. And maybe your credit score could be better. It may feel like there’s a big clock ticking double-time and you’re starting to wonder if you’ll ever be able to afford your own home. But you don’t want to be shut out of the market. The best time to buy a house? Yesterday. Second best? Today. You need to take the right steps right now to get in the game.

Discover why not every lender is created equal, how to talk the language of real estate so you can converse on an even playing field. Discover the loan programs that offer no and low down payment options, favorable rates, and easy qualifying.

Authored by a 20-year real estate veteran and national instructor of real estate courses, How to Buy a House will show you:

Every step of the home buying process from question mark to keys

Relatively unknown mortgage loans that are super easy to get

How to get your down payment gifted to you

Why you should never take no from a lender as final

Why your credit score doesn’t matter as much as you’ve been told

Creative ways to find a house you can afford

Negotiation secrets that will save you thousands

A government program that lets certain buyers buy at a 50% discount with only $100 down

Soon you’ll know exactly how to get qualified, get help with financing, negotiate like a pro, and buy a house.


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Yvonne Aileen (YvonneAileenRealty.com) is a 20-year real estate broker with a passion for expanding homeownership opportunities for those who want it. It all started with a beach walk while living on Maui for two years: She noticed some trash near the entrance and was placing it in a bin when a voice behind her said, “Thank you.” She turned to see a car parked at the entrance that had in it two people: a man and a woman, each in their seats, blankets pulled up to their chins, and all of their worldly possessions in the back seat behind them. They were locals; they had slept in their car, they lived in their car, and yet half the homes on Maui were empty 10 months out of the year. That’s when Yvonne began to educate herself on buyer-friendly loan programs for low and moderate income people. She connected with financing experts, attended affordable housing summits, and finally decided to write a book about it to help more people. That book is How to Buy a House.

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Winning Against All Odds by Kevin Parker

Discovering the true warrior within

Autobiography

Date Published: 4/14/21

Publisher: GMCP

If you were given a second chance at life, what would you do with it?

Kevin Parker was given that chance when he woke in the hospital, hooked up to machines, unable to move, speak, or even breathe on his own. The doctors explained that he had nearly died from a drug overdose. For four months, he hovered on the threshold of death. As his body broke down, he lost his leg and nearly lost his life. His recovery was slow and excruciating. During that odyssey through hell, he made the decision to fight back against addiction. He embraced his inner warrior and began a spiritual journey of self-development. As Kevin forged his new path, he discovered the power that we all have to build a life of fulfillment and joy. Along the way, he became a coach and a public speaker to inspire others to overcome their own struggles.

In Winning Against All Odds, Kevin gives you the inspiration and tools to create a life of purpose and passion. You will discover the secret to unlocking the true warrior within you: If you can turn your biggest weakness into your greatest strength, you will become truly unstoppable.

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Kevin Parker has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and more than twenty years of experience with addiction. He spent thirteen years in active addiction, using everything from cocaine to opiates and anything else he could get his hands on. When he was twenty-five, his drug use put him in a coma, costing him his leg and nearly his life. He has been clean ever since. His brush with death set him on a spiritual path, and he has dedicated his life to helping others achieve sobriety. He is now a public speaker, recovery coach, professional interventionist, and published author.

Kevin is certified in many modalities of coaching and has studied with top leaders in self-development. He uses his expertise with addiction to help his clients reach their recovery goals. He volunteers in hospitals to help overdose patients and amputees assimilate back into society. Some of his favorite work includes speaking at schools to deter kids and teens from using drugs. Kevin’s mission is to inspire people to discover their passion and purpose and create the life of their dreams.

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An Irish Immigrant Story by Jack Cashman

Viking Historical Romance

Cultural Heritage Fiction

Date Published: November 19, 2018

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc

Johanna Cashman and John McCarthy, along with over a million others, immigrated to America to escape a devastating famine. They left behind family members who faced starvation to come to a land that would give them a new opportunity for a good life. They were soon made aware that they were not welcome in this new land and that every day would present a new struggle for survival. Johanna and John got married, determined to raise a family in their adopted country. In spite of all the obstacles they encountered, including John’s untimely death, the family grew and found success. The second generation used their success to lend assistance to the country their parents were forced to leave in Ireland’s drive for independence from its oppressor. This historical novel brings the reader through the heartwarming story of a family that overcomes adversity to thrive in America. At the same time, it details the movement in the country they left to find its own independent place in the world.

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PROLOGUE

Kilkenny, Ireland, February 2, 1916

A GROUP OF fourteen members of the Irish Volunteer Force surrounded the barracks of the Royal Irish Constabulary at 4:30 a.m. on a morning in February 1916. The group led by Eamon MacElaney were following orders that came from the military council leader, Thomas Clarke.

Short on arms and ammunitions, the order was given for IVF forces to raid RIC barracks to seize armaments and then destroy the barracks. This was one of three surprise raids to take place on this day, on three different barracks known to be storage centers for armaments.

The IVF force in Kilkenny included a forty-year-old Boston, Massachusetts, native named Conor Cashman. He had come to Ireland to join in the fight for independence. In Boston, he served as the head of that city’s chapter of the Fenian Brotherhood, an organization that for decades had provided support for the cause of independence. On this day he would see his first front line action.

MacElaney did not have enough ammunition to engage in a down and out gun battle with the occupying constables. They would simply hold out until the IVF forces ran out of ammunition. Tensions were high so the barracks were manned twenty-four hours a day. His best information was that there were eight constables inside the barracks. He had them outmanned, plus he had the element of surprise. The plan of attack was to throw an incendiary device through the back window while at the same time busting through the front door with a battering ram carried by four of the volunteers. A second group of six would closely follow the four, ramming through the door and subduing the surprised constables.

Cashman volunteered to be one of the four members to ram through the door and be the frontline attackers. At exactly 4:30 a.m., under cover of darkness, the assault began. The incendiary device went through the window while the front door was busted open. The four men carrying the ram dropped it in favor of taking their rifles off their shoulders to prepare for action. They spread out in two directions to make room for the trailing six.

The constable on night duty responded more quickly than was anticipated. His first shot struck Sean Kelly square in the chest. He was dead before he hit the floor. A second constable burst through the door leading to the back room, firing his own gun. His first shot was intended for Cashman, but it missed wide. As he aimed for a second shot, Cashman had pulled his own rifle up and aimed it at his assailant. Other guns were being fired as general mayhem broke out, but to Cashman and the constable, only two people existed in the room, and they each had a bead drawn on the other.

 

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Jack Cashman’s career has put him in a number of roles, although the title of “author” is a relatively new one. Coming from a background of small business ownership, real estate, and insurance, Cashman was first elected to serve in the Maine House of Representatives in 1982. After five terms in office and some time away from state government, he returned to public service in 2003 in a variety of roles with the administration of Maine Governor John Baldacci. Cashman’s first book, An Irish Immigrant Story, was published in 2018 as a historical novel based on the story of his own family’s journey from Ireland to the United States during the time of the Potato Famine. Cashman’s unique background of business owner, elected office-holder, and government official combine with his creative mind to bring together a collection of stories unlike any author working today. Jack has spent nearly all of his life in Maine, and currently lives in Hampden with his wife of nearly 50 years, Betty. They are the proud parents of two sons and grandparents of five granddaughters.

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Greylisting

Here’s an idea! Let’s add a new feature called Greylisting, set the default to be on, and push the update out without a word. What could possibly go wrong?

Back on 3/25/2021 at around noon I sent an email to a pimp I keep in touch with. (For those that don’t work in IT, person at consulting firm. They arrange a date, collect a fee . . . you get the idea.) I called him a few hours later because I was surprised he had not responded. He didn’t get the email. I got a phone call from him early the following morning telling me that email showed up at 1am.

A few days later there was another pimp talking to me on the phone pushing me to get a signed RTR (Right to Represent) back to him so he could present me to the client. Well, “signed” is a bit of an overstatement in today’s world. They send an email and you reply with “I confirm.” We were talking on the phone. I was replying to his email which had just come in. About half an hour later I forwarded his email to my almost never used GMail account. Replying from there got to him right away.

This morning was the last straw. I bought some stuff on eBay about 7am. I had been buying other stuff on eBay this past week and the sale confirms showed up right away. It was well after noon and I had seen nothing. In the words of Popeye “That’s all I can stands I can’t stands no more!”

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The boys and girls developing CPanel decided to add a new feature called “Greylisting.” This shiny new feature randomly hangs onto email from, apparently, every source that isn’t Gmail until the wee hours of the morning. They pushed this out with basically a word to no one. I didn’t find out about it until I chatted with support.

The default is ON for all domains managed by your CPanel.

What could possibly go wrong, right?

So, log into your CPanel account. If you are like me that means logging into your hosting service then choosing CPanel from their menu. You are looking for that little envelop with the exclamation mark in it that says “Configure Greylisting.” It’s in the email section of your CPanel menu. Click it and turn Greylisting off for all your domains.

If you want to read more about technical recruiters (pimps) you can start here.