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IMPORTANT: My Blog Is Moving!

May 7, 2013 Leave a comment

My blog is moving to my new website at to streamline things a bit.

PLEASE NOTE: You should be receiving an email from me with the subject line “Important Update from Brian James Freeman” in the next 30 minutes.

If you do not, this means you were following my old blog via a method that wouldn’t let me add you to the NEW update list. Please consider signing up for updates on my website:

One of the fun features of the new website is that you can select how frequently you want to hear from me: every time I update the blog, once per week, or once per month. (I guess unsubscribing from the newsletter would be considered the “never” option.)

Thanks for following my blog and I hope to see you on the new site soon!

Best wishes,
Brian James Freeman

Restoring A Mac From A Time Capsule Back-Up Via the Ethernet Port

April 17, 2013 4 comments

This is not publishing related at all, but since I can never remember how to do this on the rare occasions I’ve needed to, I thought maybe I’d post it here so I can actually find the steps in the future.

Whenever we’ve had to completely restore one of the office Macs from the Apple Time Capsule back-up (love that software, by the way, because I never have to worry if the staff is properly backing up), I always want to do the restore via the Ethernet ports instead of Wi-Fi since Wi-Fi could take 50+ hours for the amount of data we’re moving.

But it never seems to work.

Then I remember that there’s something I need to do to make it happen, but I can’t remember what, so I head to Google and I have no luck finding the information I need for some reason.

So then I end up using Wi-Fi and grumbling about it.

Today, though, I guess I finally entered the right combination of search terms because I found the answer: when you’re using the Apple Time Capsule’s Wi-Fi feature for your regular back-ups, the Ethernet ports on the Time Capsule are apparently turned off.

** So if you want to restore a back-up via Ethernet, here is what you need to do:

1) Open AirPort Utility on your Mac (in the Applications folder) — because I was setting up a brand new computer, I just used another computer on our network to do this

2) Click the Time Capsule

3) Click Manual Setup

4) Click the Wireless tab and change the setting for Wireless Mode to “Off”

5) Update to save settings and wait for the Time Capsule to restart

6) Connect an Ethernet cable to the Mac you want the data restored onto

7) Connect that Ethernet cable to one of the LAN ports on the Time Capsule

8) You are now ready to restore your back-up using Ethernet — just follow the regular steps from here

9) When you’re done, just remember to change the Wireless Mode for the Time Capsule to “Wi-Fi” so everyone’s computers can start backing up again.

Instead of taking 50+ hours today, I was done in 45 minutes.  So Future Brian, in case you forget, search for this post! Has Launched: Your Home For FREE and Heavily Discounted eBooks!

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment has proven so popular with readers that I’m bringing in a few friends to launch a whole network of sites dedicated to highlighting the very best FREE and heavily discounted eBooks available in a variety of genres.

My number one goal is spreading the word about HIGH QUALITY eBooks at the lowest possible prices, which seems to have really connected with a lot of readers who were tired of eBook newsletters full of 50 or more titles every day with no quality control.

The main home page for these sites will be and you can sign-up to follow any of the sites immediately, although most of them won’t be going live until this summer. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter if you like.

So far I’ve featured books by Stephen King, William Peter Blatty, Clive Barker, Robert McCammon, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill, Michael Koryta, Dan Brown, T Jefferson Parker, James Patterson, Sandra Brown, Michael Connelly, Donald E. Westlake, Kathy Reichs, Jeffery Deaver, and many other New York Times bestselling authors,  along with high quality books from well-known small presses and the best self-published authors writing today.

You can visit the sites using the links below, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter, or you can sign-up for daily updates via email using the form on Although several of the blogs won’t be launched until this summer, you can sign-up now to be emailed when they’re ready.

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Thank you, as always, for your continuing support!

Updates on my new websites dedicated to finding FREE and heavily discounted eBooks!

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Well, I have to say my website is off to an even better start than I dared hope thanks to everyone who has supported the site already. I know a lot of you who follow this blog have stopped over there and I really appreciate your support.

I’ve been finding so many great mystery/suspense/thriller bargains while doing my research for that I’ve also launched for readers who want to be notified about FREE and heavily discounted mystery, suspense, and thriller eBooks.

Please click the banner below to read more about my new website:

I hope you’ll check out the new site and also sign-up for updates via email and/or follow the site on Facebook or Twitter.

If you haven’t been to yet, I hope you’ll check it out:

You can sign-up for updates via email and/or follow the site on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

My New Website: (FREE and Heavily Discounted eBooks)

March 14, 2013 9 comments

On Tuesday, I came up with an idea for a new website and spent the last couple of nights getting it ready to launch. I was inspired to create this site because some helpful posters on the Cemetery Dance Forums pointed out some HUGELY discounted horror eBooks on Amazon that I definitely would have missed without their help. These were all classic or bestselling titles that I had read before but ordered for my e-reader for future re-reads because the price was unbeatable. As I was placing my orders, I realized it would be great if someone gathered future deals in one place for horror readers. Then I set out to do just that.

Here’s my basic pitch to promote the website:

eHorrorBargains.comWould you like to have bought the eBook editions of I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Swan Song by Robert McCammon, Horns by Joe Hill, and Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill for just $1.99 each?

Or how about The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty or The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin for just $2.99 each?

Those were the first six featured deals on my new “eHorror Bargains” website and there are many more bargains to come! If you sign-up for my FREE updates on the site, you’ll automatically be notified the moment I post about a new heavily discounted or free horror eBook!

Read more or sign-up for FREE notifications here:

You can also follow my FREE updates on these social networking websites:

(In fact, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns are still just $1.99, and The Exorcist and The Boys from Brazil are still just $2.99, so follow this link for more information if you’re interested!)

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

A Surprising Fact About Modern Day Cruise Ships: Still Not Enough Lifeboats

February 25, 2013 7 comments

titanic 33 cents US STAMPThis one definitely falls under my Miscellaneous Thinking category and has nothing to do with the publishing business, but I was genuinely surprised to read this fact in the article “Lack of Backup Power Puts Cruise Passengers at the Ocean’s Mercy” in The New York Times today:

Massive new vessels like the Oasis of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean, can carry up to 5,400 passengers and 2,160 crew members… Experts say that evacuating any vessel is a dangerous, last-ditch procedure. And the prospect of doing so on a ship like the Oasis of the Seas is daunting. It carries enough lifeboats for 6,500 people; or 1,000 seats fewer than its maximum capacity.

I’ve read that section three times because I keep thinking I must be reading it wrong. Am I? Or is anyone else surprised to learn cruise ships aren’t required to have enough lifeboats for all of the passengers and crew? For some reason, I thought this issue had already been addressed after a terrible tragedy…

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