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The May-June 2015 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction arrives on newsstands nationwide today!

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A DIGEST Edition of the issue is FREE on Amazon.com for readers with Kindles or Kindle Apps. This is NOT the full version of the magazine but it does contain my story “Teardrop.” You can also sign up to receive a monthly Digest edition—or not. Your choice! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZFZCKY/

From the author of Summer Of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Summer of Love
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Gilded Age is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Sony, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo, Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India, and Mexico.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by Tom Robinson, worldwide Amazon.com links for Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Spain, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Thank you for your readership

 

If you need to retool (as I recently did), be sure to determine what is the latest iteration of whatever you’re acquiring.

Sounds like a no-brainer? Four years ago when my beloved Apples died (after 8 years!), I decided to switch to a Windows PC. I chose Dell because they have a good reputation and I like their designs.

The sales rep cheerfully sold me two computers (one to be on the Internet, one off) with Windows Vista.

Right out of the box, it turned out that Vista had been outdated not just once, but twice!

The computers worked fine, and the non-Internet machine where I do my real work is still going strong.

But the Internet computer got hack-attacked, and AOL’s new 9.7 is incompatible with Vista. The AOL customer service rep just happened to mention that 9.7 is compatible with the new Windows 8.

Dell sent me a brochure in May. That’s May, 2013. The dozen computers listed had Windows 7! (And they weren’t deeply discounted, either). Only two had Windows 8.

Right out of the box, the printer/scanner I acquired (my sweet little HP Laserjet also got obsoleted) instructed people with Windows 7 to perform a hellish workaround in order to become compatible.

Man! I can only wonder how well Windows 7 works with AOL 9.7. I shudder to think!

So there you have it, my friends. It’s kind of like when the grocery store puts a bag of potato chips on sale. You think “cool,” take it home, only to notice that the bag has reached its expiration date.

Only a bag of chips is not quite the same as a pricy computer!

From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, and UK Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, and UK Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, and UK Kindle.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, forthcoming projects and more, on my Facebook Author Page, on Amazon, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a work, please “Like” it, add a bunch of stars, write a review on the site where you acquired it, blog it, Tweet it, and spread the word to your friends.

Your participation really matters.

Thank you for your readership!

Every now and then Network Solutions, my website host for http://www.lisamason.com, changes everyone’s FTP password, doesn’t send a notice this has been done, and doesn’t have a menu where you can see the new password. So when you go to update your website, you can’t connect to the server and instead get a notice listing 10 different arcane things that could be the problem.

Don’t you hate it when some tech thing that worked perfectly fine before suddenly doesn’t?

It makes me CRA-ZEE.

Two customer service phone calls later, we finally nailed down problem, and I have now learned how to go to a page where you still can’t see the new password, but you can change it to a password of your choice. So I don’t have to freak out, curse violently, or punch my fist through a window the next time this happens. I can calmly take care of it myself.

I sure wish Network Solutions would send a notice when they roll in there and change my password “for security purposes.” They sure send me lots of emails pitching all the other stuff they’d like to sell me.

Visit me at http://www.lisamason.com. Please!