Ambrose’s choice of the beautiful island of Oahu as the book’s setting provides yet another assurance that this will be a series well worth following.” — Carol Thomas, Mystery Series Examiner
Today is release day for the Apple iPhone 5. Millions of people are waiting for their shipping notifications from UPS that will announce the shipment of their new phone. However, it’s also a day when those same people may be vulnerable to a new email scam. Unlike the Nigerian 419 scam, which works “offline,” this email is designed to steal banking and personal information just by clicking on a link.
On September 19, the Websense Security Labs blog listed an entry for a new UPS email scam. The new email scam, merely a twist on previous UPS email scams, supposedly informs you that you may get shipping information on your new phone by clicking a link. The link goes to a .ru website, where a banking trojan virus will be loaded onto your computer.
If you receive such an email, be extremely cautious and go directly to the UPS website, where you can enter your tracking number to see whether your phone has shipped.
And, by the way, if you didn’t preorder your phone, you’re going to need to wait in line and hope for the best. This is a hot release and will go quickly. Just don’t be caught by scammers who want to steal your information and your money.
Aloha, McKenna here. Yesterday was the 174th birthday of Queen Lili’uokalani. For you mainlanders, or those that might be history-challenged, the Queen was Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. Her reign ended on January 17, 1893 when a group of European and American businessmen orchestrated the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government. Two weeks later, Hawaii was declared a protectorate of the United States.
Queen Lili’uokalani was also a composer and an author. Aloha Oe’ is one of her most popular and well-known songs. It’s almost a sure thing that a visitor to Hawaii will hear the song at least once during a trip.
From her unhappy marriage to the overthrow of her government to her arrest on weapons charges several years later, the Queen seems to have had the cards stacked against her. In the end, however, she left a legacy of grace and dignity by declaring in her will that all of her possessions and property be sold and the proceeds used to create the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Trust to help orphaned and indigent children.
The inside flap of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s latest murder mystery, The Other Woman, reads, “Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take more than votes to win this election.” But, when telling people about the book, she might also say, “You can choose your sin, but you cannot choose your consequences.”
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National bestselling author Jeanne Stein’s latest entry in the Anna Strong urban fantasy series is Haunted. Anna—a kick-ass bounty hunter and vampire—has made some enemies in her time. But it’s not just her old foes she should be worried about.
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Aloha, McKenna here, talking story today about three Olympic-hopeful paddle boarders at the Oceanside Harbor yesterday. So what if paddle boarding isn’t a sanctioned sport yet? They added shooting those little air-rifles. Maybe boarding is next in line.
The day began with our three newbies, Brenna, her dad Bill, and Terry on the docks with their guide, Jimmy. Jimmy’s been in the business for about three years and said that he’d never had anyone actually go in the water. That gave all three of our intrepid paddle board wannabes comfort and a goal…don’t be the first.
Jimmy explained the secret to paddle boarding. Stand up slowly and keep your center of gravity low while maintaining your forward motion. Sounded easy enough. Next, he had our little band of boarders
on the water and paddling around the harbor. That looked pretty simple, too. The water in the harbor was flat and, according to Brenna, who tested it with her hand when she got on her board, not that cold. That’s comforting.
So here’s how the action went down…so to speak. Brenna, being a kid, popped up on her board in no time. Bill, being an ex-surfer wasn’t far behind. In fact, I’m not sure which one was first because the real entertainment here was, you guessed it, Terry, who described the action as follows.
“I did as Jimmy instructed and built up some forward momentum. My speed was good and the board felt stable while I was on my knees. As I started to stand, I realized how shaky I was. Still, I figured, once I was up, everything would be okay.
Part way up on the first attempt, things got even shakier. Back down to my knees I went. Another try…more momentum…keep the balance…I can do this…halfway up…now, paddle a little…uh, oh, paddle’s dragging in the…”
The rest of the story is in that last photo. The moral of the story is to watch where you put your focus. Focus on the water and guess where you wind up? The good news is, Brenna was right, the water wasn’t that cold. The bad news is, Jimmy can no longer say, “nobody’s ever gone in.” The other good news? Terry saved his hat.
Mahalo for listening, enjoy the pictures of those hardy adventurers and rest assured that if paddle boarding ever becomes an Olympic sport, the line’s going to be shorter by at least one.