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The Cuban Affair, by Nelson deMille

DETAILS Title: THE CUBAN AFFAIR Author: Nelson deMille Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781501183959 Genre: Suspense BACKCOVER BLURB Daniel Graham MacCormick—Mac for short—seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don’t tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac’s finances are more than a little shaky. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos’s clients—a …

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What You Need to Know as a Writer 1. IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN What it means: In the Public Domain refers to a work that is no longer protected by copyright law and, therefore, is now available, without fees, to the public. As is the bulk of Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes stories and key elements, which have passed into the Public Domain. Meaning, writers are now free to use certain names and key elements in their own works without prior written consent and payment of fees to an estate. How it is mis-used: Many authors are under the mistaken belief that in the Public Domain, is how they should refer to their work(s) offered via a library, online, or as downloadable content. This is not the case. Work(s) available to the public or publicly available can, in some instances, be free, but are usually paid-for works … and therefore, not in the public domain. As in, absolutely free for anyone to do what they want with. 2. FAIR USE What it means: There are …

Q&A with Kevlin Henney

First up, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself and background? I live in Bristol — one wife, two sons, three, no cats or dogs — and work as a software development consultant. I’ve written books, columns and articles on software development. A few years back, after a brief hiatus (of a couple of decades…), I decided to get back into writing fiction. This was possibly some kind of manifestation of mid-life crisis. Software development and flash fiction, is there a correlation? Not sure there’s a direct correlation, and I’m not sure it applies to all software developers or to all flash-fictioneers, but for me there are many connections between the two, some logical and some personal.