Current Book Offerings

HOT Press Publishing has been publishing fine books since 1983. In collaboration with HOT Press, we currently have three types of books available:



Downloadable How-to Books


Our downloadable how-to books can be read on-screen, or they can be printed out using your own computer and printer. We currently have five how-to books that are available for download.

DOS
the
EASY
Way

by
Everett Murdock
Ph.D.


Covers All Versions
of DOS
 

This is the latest version of Dr. Murdock's best selling book, DOS the Easy Way. It includes complete information about using all versions of Microsoft's Disk Operating system (DOS), including the versions of DOS provided with Windows XP, VISTA, and Windows 7 & 8. The book uses a tryout approach, with tryout examples for each topic.

The book shows you how to configure your computer system using DOS, and it includes information about directory structure, file naming, DOS format notation, and DOS file-management techniques. It also provides extensive information on creating and using batch files (including the AUTOEXEC Batch File and other system-management batch files). It provides many basic and advanced batch file examples and shows you how to make practical use of them on your computer. The book also includes a special section on DOS error messages and shows you how to deal with computer problems using DOS.

Published in print form since 1988, there are now more than one million copies of this book in print. It is currently used as a textbook at a number of colleges and universities.

This downloadable book can be read by any word processing program such as Microsoft Word, Word for Windows, Office, Works, Word Perfect, etc. The book has been completely redesigned and desktop published to make it easy to read on screen or print out in an attractive, easy-to-read format. DOS the Easy Way is now only available in electronic, downloadable form from this site. Only $8.75. (DOS the Easy Way can also be purchased as part of the EasyWay three book special - only $19.95.)

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Windows
the
EASY
Way

by
Everett Murdock
Ph.D.


Get Windows
Answers
 

This latest version of Windows the Easy Way includes information about using all versions of Microsoft Windows, up to and including Windows XP. Published in HTML format so you can read or print it using your internet browser, this book uses a question and answer approach to make learning and using Windows as easy as possible. The book includes (1) the easydos Questions and Answers e-book, (2) the Windows Troubleshooting Guide, (3) the Windows XP Features e-manual, (4) the Windows XP Networking Guide, (5) the Error Messages e-manual (with error solutions), (6) the Using DOS with Windows e-manual, (7) the Using Batch Files e-manual, and (8) the Example Batch Files list.

This latest version of Windows the Easy Way is only available in downloadable electronic form from this site. Still only $8.75. (Windows the Easy Way can also be purchased as part of the EasyWay three book special - only $19.95.)

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Computers
the
EASY
Way

by
Everett Murdock
Ph.D.



A Complete Text
on Today's Computers
 
This latest version of Computers the Easy Way is a complete text on using computers. It provides extensive information about the world of computers, software, and computerized devices. It includes information about computer hardware and software and how computers are used in today's homes, schools, and businesses. This downloadable version was written in HTML for easy onscreen reading and/or printing using only your internet (web) browser. Because it includes many internal links, it only takes one click to jump to definitions of terms or to explanatory sections in other chapters. Computers the Easy Way is for both beginners and experienced users: it provides simple explanations and many clear color pictures to illustrate computer concepts and techniques. It can be used in computer classes or by individual users at home or at the office. This book is currently used as a textbook at a number of colleges and universities. This downloadable version of the book includes an interactive index, the interactive ComputersEasy Questions and Answers list, an interactive Glossary of Computer Terms with links to the appropriate sections in the book, dozens and dozens of color pictures to show how computers work. This new version of Computers the Easy Way is only available as a downloadable book from this site. Only $8.75. (This book can also be purchased as part of the EasyWay three book special - only $19.95.)

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Three Book Special

Get all three of the Easy Way computer books described above, DOS the Easy Way, Windows the Easy Way, and Computers the Easy Way, for one low price, $19.95.

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   dBASE   
III+
the
EASY
Way

by
Everett Murdock
Ph.D.



Learn and Use
dBASE
 

dBASE III Plus has been around for many years, but it is still one of the most popular database programs on the market. dBASE the Easy Way by Dr. Everett Murdock is a fast-start, no-nonsense introduction to the basics of dBASE. The book's main approach is to introduce each of dBASE's features and options and then provide a tryout example. We have found that this is usually the fastest way to learn a new program. You can also use the book as a reference to dBASE's main features.

The book includes the following sections: introduction to the main concepts of databases in general and to dBASE III Plus in particular, learning how to use dBASE, dBASE's main features, with tryouts for each (includes a number of pictures illustrating the program's main options), planning and creating a database, database structures, database planning considerations (it also provides a tryout of starting and new database), displaying data (including using dBASE's LIST and DISPLAY options, printing and status options, sorting data, (includes a tryout of the INDEX option), and creating and printing reports, includes tryouts for creating label forms and other report forms).

This downloadable book can be read by any word processing program such as Microsoft Word, Word for Windows, Office, Works, Word Perfect, etc. The book has been completely redesigned and desktop published to make it easy to read on screen or print out in an attractive, easy-to-read format. Only $8.75.

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HyperCard
the
EASY
Way

by
Everett
Murdock, Ph.D.


Covers All Versions
& HyperText
 

The latest version of HyperCard the Easy Way by Dr. Everett Murdock is a complete text on using Apple's HyperCard and HyperTalk scripting on a Macintosh computer. It includes information and many pictures showing you how to create and use HyperCard stacks, cards, buttons, and fields. It uses a step-by-step tryout approach showing you how to create HyperCard objects and HyperTalk scripts. This downloadable version of the book was written in HTML for easy onscreen reading and/or printing using only your internet (web) browser. Because it includes many internal links, it only takes one click to jump to definitions of terms or to explanatory sections in other chapters.

HyperCard the Easy Way is for both beginners and experienced users: it provides simple explanations and many clear pictures to illustrate computer concepts and techniques.

It can be used in computer classes or by individual users at home or business. Each chapter of the book includes explanatory introductions to the chapter's terms and concepts. In addition, there is a set of study questions at the beginning of each chapter. Each chapter ends with a clear, concise summary of the concepts introduced in the chapter. The book is currently used as a textbook at a number of colleges and universities. The download is a compressed file containing the book and the HyperCard Examples stacks. Only $8.75.

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Textbooks


How to write Fiction: Tools and Techniques

by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

In How to Write Fiction, Professor E.E. Murdock, an award-winning California State University teacher, has developed an entirely new approach to the teaching of creative writing.

Step-by-step, Dr. Murdock takes you through the creation of his original example stories, stopping to discuss each writing decision as it occurs. He explains how each technique works, and he shows you how to keep readers vicariously involved in the progression of the story. His set of very effective fictional tools and techniques will help you create powerful stories that will engage readers from beginning to end. Even if you are not a writer, you will enjoy reading his example stories (the stories alone are worth the price of the book); you will find yourself intrigued to learn how stories are created (it's a behind-the-scenes look at how a professional writer works).



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From Washington and Adams to Hillary and Trump:
The Stories behind the Story of Every Presidential Election

With special Focus on the Volitile Election of 2016

by Everett E. Murdock, Phd


In From Washington and Adams to Hillary and Trump: The Stories behind the Story of Every Presidential Election, Professor Everett E. Murdock, an award-winning California State University teacher, describes what happened behind the scenes in every presidential election, including the volatile 2016 election that resulted in one of the most startling upsets in U.S. history. He describes national and world events, along with what the candidates did or said, that resulted in one being elected president and the other being relegated to the lonely halls of history. The book includes a 100-page, moment by moment analysis of the 2016 presidential election that resulted in Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by a large margin but losing in the Electoral College.



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Obama Won, but Romney Almost Was President:

How the Democrats Targeted Electoral College Votes to Win the 2012 Presidential Election

by Everett E. Murdock, Phd

On November 6, 2012, voters went to the polls to vote in the most highly contested (and most expensive) presidential election in U.S. history. There was more attention paid to a few so-called "swing states" than ever before because everyone realized the election would be won or lost in the Electoral College, not in the general election. This book, written by a college professor, analyzes every presidential election in the country's history with special focus on the role played by the Electoral College. He describes how duels and scandals and wars and secret deals contributed to a win or a loss for presidential candidates throughout U.S. history. Dr. Murdock provides fascinating details about how the Electoral College was created at the 1787 Constitutional Convention as a compromise with the slave states and the smaller-population states, and how it has distorted the election process ever since. He also describes how the election process has evolved, how political parties have learned to target Electoral College votes instead of the popular vote. As he says, targeting swing states has become the "new" way to win presidential elections. In the final chapters, he analyzes, in detail, the presidential election of 2012 and predicts how it will influence all future elections.

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Novels

We currently have eight new novels available. They are described below.


My Vietnam War

by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

My Vietnam War is a powerful novel about an important subject, PTSD. Writers have been writing about war since the siege of Troy, but few, if any, have captured the first-person experience of war as deeply and intensely as My Vietnam War. Set in 1967 (the deadliest year of the Vietnam War), this memoir-style novel depicts the psychological journey of a young man whose carefree days of studying at the university are ended by the draft. The story follows him from his initial rear-echelon assignment in Saigon, where he falls for a mysterious storytelling bar girl, to his eventual posting at an isolated front-line firebase in one of the deepest parts of the Vietnam jungle. What he experiences there begins his steady spiral down into PTSD. It is a gripping story, extremely well-written, with vivid details you will never forget.


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Man in the Mirror:

A Man Trying to Find Himself as he Loses Himself to Alzheimer's

byZoe Murdock

What goes on in the mind of a man succumbing to Alzheimer's? Zoe Murdock does a masterful job of portraying that in her new novel, Man in the Mirror, the story of a man trying to hold onto the memories that shaped him. More than anything, Aaron Young wants to live a free and natural life. If only he could recapture the deep significance of his experience in India during World War 2 when he flew on dangerous missions "over the hump" of the Himalayas into China. Although Aaron is with those who love him and want to care for him, whenever he gets the chance, he runs away to the beautiful red rock country of Southern Utah, the one place he feels free to be himself.


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Torn by God:

A Family's Struggle with Polygamy

byZoe Murdock

Torn by God, Zoe Murdock's riveting family saga, takes place in 1959 in a small Mormon town in Utah. It chronicles the devastation brought upon the Sterling family when the father has a vision which leads him to become involved with a local polygamist group run by a self-serving fundamentalist. The father comes to believe that the Mormon Church never should have rescinded polygamy. Even though the practice is now against the law and grounds for excommunication, he feels it is something God demands of him. Twelve-year-old Beth watches helplessly as her mother sinks into depression and illness. When her father leaves town to build a church for the polygamists, the family is cast off by the Mormon community and it is up to Beth to take care of her sick mother and her little brother. The story delves deep into the controversial association between mainstream Mormons and fundamentalist offshoot groups such as those led by Warren Jeffs. It explores the power of indoctrination and religious control. It is a story inspired by true events.


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The Pain Artist: An American Hikikomori


by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

The Pain Artist is a dark psychological novel about a young man who, after being abandoned and left homeless, is forced to move in with his invalid grandmother in a gang-infested neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. Crippled and in constant pain, he becomes a self-described Hikikomori (a Japanese term for young men who withdraw from society to live mostly on the internet).

The novel explores the horrific challenges of today's inner-city youth. From the chilling opening, to the existentially alarming conclusion, you will be carried along with the angry, but compassionate, young protagonist on his journey of learning and self discovery. It is a powerful story, stunningly written, and it will affect you, whether you want it to or not.


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A Psalm for Cock Robin

A Harp and His (Dead) Mother Mystery


by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

A Psalm for Cock Robin is the most innovative murder mystery you will ever read. It features a gentle young man named Harp who lives under the Santa Monica pier after he was accidentally released from a mental hospital. When he wakes up one morning to find another homeless man lying dead right next to him, he runs away but soon becomes the main suspect in the murder. Harp must find the killer before the police find him. Sound like a familiar murder mystery plot? Not really. Harp is clearly not much of a detective, but his caustic, sarcastic, Bible-quoting mother is. The only problem is she's dead. But when Harp gets into trouble, she comes into his head to guide him (and harass him) as he searches among a wild assortment of Venice Beach crazies for clues about who the murderer might be. She becomes a sort of second protagonist, always there in Harp's head to keep him on the straight and narrow (often by quoting the grimmest of Grimm's fairy tales, the only thing she let Harp read when he was a child). As weird as this book may sound, it's actually very funny. You'll find yourself laughing out loud, whether you want to or not. It's a classic murder mystery (but with a postmodern twist), one you'll never forget.


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Crueltown

A Drew Steele Los Angeles - Las Vegas Mystery


by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

Crueltown features LA detective, Drew Steele, as he takes on a new case while still recovering from life-threatening wounds he suffered in an IED explosion in Iraq where he was working as a private contractor. The doctors told him he would never walk again, but he proved them wrong. After multiple surgeries, he is able to walk again using a high-tech prosthetic foot (which provides a convenient place to hide a tiny gun). Although he walks with a limp, don't call him a cripple; he's still one of the most successful and sought-after detectives in LA. His first case back in LA seems routine - a missing Las Vegas casino boss - and unrelated to what he was doing in Iraq, but the case turns decidedly dangerous when the missing man turns up dead with a strange message burned into the flesh of his forehead. When the autopsy reveals a grisly surprise in the dead man's stomach, Steele suspects it was put there to suggest the murder is somehow connected to drug trafficking in Crueltown, the criminal hideout in a toxic swamp near the LA-harbor where police are not allowed. But is Crueltown really at the center of this mystery, or is it one of his old enemies trying to draw him into a deadly trap? Crueltown is a Noir murder mystery that pits two brilliant minds against each other in a life and death struggle against a backdrop of the darker side of LA and Vegas.


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The End of the Civil War

A Drew Steele Civil War Mystery


by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

The End of the Civil War is a fast-paced western/murder mystery/war story that plays out in the American West soon after the supposed end of Civil War. It asks the question, what would happen if some Confederates had refused to give up and instead moved West to form alliances with anti-American militants? The story begins when a Confederate general known for his ruthless tactics in the war suddenly appears in the West along with his loyal company of men.

When the general begins to wreak havoc in California and Arizona, famous San Francisco detective, Drew Steele, is hired to be a go-between negotiator. The cat-and-mouse game that ensues leads from California, through Mexico, and into the mountains of Arizona. It pits two brilliant minds against each other in a life and death struggle against a backdrop of spectacular Western scenery.


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Who Owns Arizona?

A Drew Steele Civil War Mystery


by E.E. "Doc" Murdock

Who Owns Arizona is a murder mystery set in the American West during the traumatic post-Civil War period. This fast-paced story has more twists and turns than a runaway river in flood stage. Drew Steele, a Civil War survivor turned detective, is hired by newspaperman John Rudd to go to the Arizona territory to find a long-lost Spanish land grant that supposedly lays claim to the entire Arizona territory. Murders ensue, all related to the missing Spanish land grant. Steele confronts hired gunslingers, marauding Indians, and of course, a number of beautiful, but dangerous, women as he searches for an illusive and exceptionally clever serial killer.



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