Review of Chrissy Lessey’s The Hunted Book Two of The Crystal Coast Series

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The Hunted focuses on the interactions of the characters Chrissy Lessey created in The Secret Keepers and The Coven. The inherent conflict between the good witches of the coven in the small, picturesque coastal town of Beaufort, NC and the evil ones who are descendants of Blackbeard the pirate is extended in a thoroughly engaging way.

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First, Lessey reveals more of the backstory, allowing the reader to know about 17th Century events that precipitated the coven’s hasty departure from their homes in Salem, Massachusetts. As you will remember, under the leadership of their new queen Lucia, the founding members of the coven establish their own colony. Lucia’s daughter, Charlotte and two other young witches are sacrificed to deflect the interest of Blackbeard the pirate in their island home. The young witches are taken aboard Blackbeard’s ship and, in due course, transported to the North Carolina Coast.

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WIndows 10 – Plus Two Weeks, More or Less

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This may or may not be my last update on Windows 10. The new version of Microsoft’s operating system launched on July 29th. Although I was one of those Windows Insiders who has been using the new OS longer, like everyone else I waited for the real deal to launch. Unlike the rest of the Windows universe, though, Insiders were treated to a link to use in order to create upgrade media (a DVD or a flash drive) to accomplish the install.

I appreciated this consideration in lieu of being a guinea pig because, otherwise, we insiders were technically waiting in line with everyone else for our files of download onto our hard drives. Since I received the email with the link on the 29th and performed the upgrade that night, I’m not really sure whether or not I actually received the complete upgrade package for the upgrade that began to appear on my computer in…

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Windows 10 – To Update or Not to Update

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As the 29 July 2015 release date for Windows 10 approaches Microsoft has been releasing security updates in fairly rapid succession. These appear to be bug fixes as well as patches for security issues. Think of it as a kind of fix everything at once update. Unfortunately, there has been some device drivers updated as well, most notably NVidia graphics drivers. These appear to adversely impact people who are using SLI (multiple graphics cards) and multiple monitor configurations. In essence this is the serious gamer community that use Windows as a platform because, lets face it, Mac OS X has never been a great gaming platform and developer support for game development in Linux is primitive at best. In other words, Windows is the only significant platform for serious, cutting edge PC gaming.

Upgrading to Windows 10 may make a lot of sense for the gamer. It supports Direct X…

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Windows 10 Is Here – Almost

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The final release date for Windows 10 is July 29, 2015. On or around that day everyone who has signed up to receive the upgrade automatically to their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PCs will find a download ready for install. Be aware that the upgrading process takes some time to accomplish. So, don’t begin the upgrade until you have a couple of hours that you don’t need to use your computer. Also, from my experience installing the various beta builds your computer will reboot at least three times in the process of the upgrade and at times it may appear to have stopped working. There are points that the system needs to load large files and reconfigure your system and that can take a long as fifteen minutes even with the fastest systems. If your upgrade happens to fail, the program is set up to automatically restore your previous…

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WIndows 10 Is Here – Almost

Elgon Williams, The One And Only

Windows_10_Logo.svg[1]

The final release date for Windows 10 is July 29, 2015. On or around that day everyone who has signed up to receive the upgrade automatically to their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PCs will find a download ready for install. Be aware that the upgrading process takes some tim to accomplish. So, don’t begin the upgrade until you have a couple of hours that you don’t need to use your computer.  Also, from my experience installing the various beta builds your computer will reboot at least three times in the process of the upgrade and at times it may appear to have stopped working. There are points that the system needs to load large files and reconfigure your system and that can take a long as fifteen minutes even with the fastest systems. If your upgrade happens to fail, the program is set up to automatically restore your previous version of…

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Update: What A Month – Or Two

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Here I go again, apologizing for the absence of posts lately. I’ll use the tried and true excuse – I was busy – because that is true. But a number of things converged to contribute. For one thing, I am posting to a group blog with other Pandamoon Publishing authors. The link is accessible from the website at http://www.pandamoonpublishing.com . Most of what I will post there is concerning the publishing and editing process. Here I plan to continue discussing other things, mostly the progress on writing books and such, but other things of interest.

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As you may recall, back in April I purchased a new computer, a Surface Pro 3. Although I love the computer I had some issues with it after installing a preview version of Windows 10. And a wrestling match with Microsoft began. The end result of that was a replacement of the tablet.

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My Thoughts On Microsoft Windows 10

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Over the past couple of months I’ve played with the Technical Preview of both Windows 10 Pro for PC and Windows 10 for phones. I used the operating systems daily for a while and put them through the acid test of practical use. Of course there were bugs and things that just didn’t work properly. The versions were beta software and therefore not fully developed. But I have to say I liked the direction operating systems are headed and found them amazingly stable for the most part.

Having said all that, I am reverting back to Windows 8.1, at least for the near term. Microsoft just announced the official release for Windows 10, due out on July 29. Those who are running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 can reserve a copy for download and install the moment the new OS is released. To avoid the huge bandwidth traffic jam that might be…

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