May A Rainbow Shine Down On You!

May A Rainbow Shine Down On You!

4/22/2017

SPIFFY KIDS



 SPIFFY KIDS
Storybook of Feelings Collection
by J.R. Robinson 

Spiffy Kids are the crazy, fun loving characters that stay by your side every moment of your day--they're those wonderful things we call feelings. So whether it's Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy, Worry, or any of the many other Spiffy Kids, at least one is always with you -- even right now! This clever little  book describes a child's various emotions in a fun and entertaining way, with bright illustrations and lots of humor. It also gives children ways of dealing with these feelings and lets them know they are not alone. Everyone struggles with being mad, having worry, and sadness, and everyone has moments of being happy.  Spiffy Kids is a must have for any child's library! The Spiffy Kids were created by a seven year old girl who grew up with an important rule of thumb. Never completely lose what it is like to be a child. By using her imagination, she came up with a way to express herself, giving rise to fun characters that children can relate to. 

AUTHOR: J.R.ROBINSON lives in Northern California with her epic husband and rock star daughter. Raised in Michigan, she was an only child throughout much of her adolescence -- a latchkey kid who learned the true magic and power of the imagination. J.R. Robinson is a believer in the world of imagination above all else. She is also the author of Theodore Roberts and the Key to the Imaginary Door.

For more information, visit https://outskirtspress.com/SpiffyKids
www.myspiffykids.com


MY THOUGHTS:
Sometimes it's hard for kids to deal with all of the various emotions that go on inside of everybody.  One minute you can be happy and the next minute sad.  This book doesn't call them feelings, they're called Spiffy Kids.  Sometimes children don't know what to do with all the emotions they are feeling.  They are given help with that in this book.  They get to know their emotions in an interesting and helpful way.  They get to see that they aren't the only ones feeling these things.  Everyone does.  This is a fun and interesting way for children to get to know their feelings through the characters in the book. They will get to know that the Spiffy Kids are right there with them all the time.  The characters are given names of emotions which help the child have fun, such as Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy and Worry along with many others.  There are cute colorful pictures of the Spiffy Kids that show their emotions so that the child reading can relate.  I particularly liked the quote from the book, "No one's going to make me feel bad about being me!  Because I'm bold! I'm brave! so self-assured! Don't you agree?!  What a wonderful, fun way for children to learn about and deal with their emotions.  Every child should have this book on their shelf to read and re-read when those emotions kick in.

I was given a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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3/07/2017

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH


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2/04/2017

DO YOU?

I'm sad.
Are you?

I hurt.
Do you?

I want and need someone to hold me.
Do you?

The tears fall.
Do yours?

I need to go, but where?
Do you?

I want to be happy, although I'm not sure what that is.
Do you?

There's been so much loss.
Have you?

I want it to end.
Do you?

           -anonymous

1/30/2017

THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF SURPRISES


THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF SURPRISES
by
Deirdre Hade
William Arntz
Photographs and Images
by
Endre Balogh
The (not so) Little Book of Surprises is a verbal and graphic trip to the unexpected, whimsical, and wise worlds of writer and poet Deirdre Hade and her husband and graphic visionary Will Arntz. With images provided by award winning photographer Endre Balogh. These images will inspire you, make you laugh and make you think. The prose and poetry will raise your awareness to the level that great art does when truly enjoyed. You will constantly be surprised and perhaps conclude that this is not such a little book after all. An ideal gift for those on your list who have everything or nothing at all.
(from Amazon)

About the Author

Creator
William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for high energy lasing systems. He then wrote a systems management software system called AutoSys. Embraced by Fortune 500 companies around the world, he sold his company and retired. Or so he thought...

After some months on the beach William became interested in disseminating some of the principles gleaned from his decades of spiritual inquiry to the general public. He realized he could satisfy a life-long dream and use the software proceeds to make a movie. That movie started its life as a small documentary about Spirit and Science, but grew in scope (and budget) and became What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Producing, scripting, and co-directing the film, What the BLEEP went on to become a global phenomenon, with well over 100 million viewers experiencing the BLEEP. The companion book to the film What the Bleep has sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages.

AUTHOR
Deirdre Hade is a Modern Day Mystic. A spiritual adept since childhood she has spent her life communicating with the unseen. As a member of the Transformational Leadership Council her wisdom has been cited, for example, in Marci Shimoff’s Love for No Reason. Her work is taught by Jack Canfield, America’ s Success Coach. Ms. Hade founded Radiance Healing and Meditation in 2007 as a system of mindfulness for our modern time, reaching thousands globally with her Radiance Pure Energy program. Years of deep study into the spiritual traditions combined with a direct perception of what those traditions were alluding to has given her the rare ability to imbue her written worlds with the wisdom of the ages: past, present, and future.

PHOTOGRAPHER
From earliest childhood, Endre Balogh has been an internationally-known concert violinist. He spent much of his career touring the world, playing solo recitals, concertos with orchestras, and chamber music - working with such eminent musical luminaries as Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Horowitz, and Andre Watts. In 2004, he severely curtailed his touring schedule to spend more time with his wife and children and rapidly began honing his passion for photography. Soon, he was winning top awards in contests, and his unique aesthetic vision and reputation for consistently beautiful work earned him an enviable reputation among his photographic colleagues. His photos are prominently displayed in the collections of several connoisseurs of fine photographic and digital art. In 2016 the California Professional Photographers Association named him Number Two among the Top Ten Photographers in California.

 A SURPRISE
Webster defines a surprise as 
"an attack without warning."

MY THOUGHTS
I don't know how to describe this book.  The words and illustrations are simply beautiful and soul warming.  So many interesting, fascinating, educational, surprising and fun words and pictures. It's a book that you can just sit down and find peace.  When you want to take a few moments away from the fast pace, hectic world, just open the book and it takes you away.  This book isn't for just a certain age group, it's for everyone.  It touches the emotions and has so much wisdom, not only in the words but in the beautiful illustrations.  Many will cause you to sit and think about the meaning and how it applies to you.  Surprises come in many forms, some bad, some good.

WE ARE HERE AT A TIME OF NEW BEGINNINGS.
IT IS A TIME TO RETHINK
EVERYTHING THAT YOU
HAVE LEARNED.
*******
IT IS A TIME TO TAKE PERCEPTION AND TURN 
IT ON ITS HEAD.
********
THE DARKNESS SERVES THE LIGHT,
IF YOU ARE CONSCIOUS.
**********

THE DARKNESS IS JUST THE DARKNESS,
IF YOU ARE UNCONSCIOUS.
       (quotes from book)
I found peace and a bit of magic from reading this book.   A warming of the heart, a soothing of the soul.  This is a book that would make a wonderful gift for anyone, for any occasion.   Make it a gift to yourself for those get away moments.


I received this book from the authors and have voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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1/28/2017

THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC Blog Tour/Giveaway





When Some Practical Magic isn’t enough . . .

When Endora Bast is asked for help by the same witch Tribunal that reduced her magic to almost nothing, she wonders why she should bother. Years ago, they punished her harshly, all because she’d fallen in love. Now, they desperately need her to save the entire witch community.


Endora is in for a shock when she’s told she must stop her old nemesis, Obsidian Ashmedai, before he regains his full magical powers. If she does, she’ll regain all of her magic and have her record expunged. If she doesn’t, Ashmedai will become the most powerful being in the world.

Only one other witch can help Endora defeat Ashmedai.


Marcus Morion, her former lover, was also punished by the Tribunal. As a penalty, Endora and Marcus were forced to remain apart, indefinitely. But now, without benefit of full magical powers, they are the witches’ only hope of survival. Failure might cost them their lives. But if they succeed, the happiness they’ve always yearned for will be theirs for the taking . . .


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That Old Black Magic


The Familiar Magic Series (Book Two)


By Laurie C. Kuna



Genre: Fantasy | Romance


Published by: Imajinn Books


Release Date: March 9, 2011



Length: 192 Pages







Excerpt


Prologue

She’d been in his dreams every night for forty years.

Actually, if he was brutally honest, and he had been of late, he’d admit she’d crossed his mind at least once every day of that time, too.

Seeking answers, he shuffled an intricate deck of tarot cards and laid several out in a Celtic Cross spread. The first card he placed in the middle of the table, putting the second card sideways across the first. The third went directly below. To the left of the cross he placed the fifth card. The sixth went to the right. The seventh card he positioned to the right of the entire six-card cross, level with the number four card. Cards eight, nine and ten were lined up in ascending order above the seventh card.

Then he studied the spread intently.

The King of Wands was upright in the first position. His current circumstance. So, he was handling the people around him with strength and compassion. True, he thought wryly. I’m just a compassionate sort of guy.

His light mood was instantly engulfed by resignation when he considered the card lying crosswise over the King of Wands. The Queen of Swords. That fit her completely. Amazing wit, inventiveness and grace. A strong ally. But the disturbing aspect of the Queen of Swords was her ultimate need to put her own interests first. He had no doubt this would be true, and he wasn’t certain he was ready for that.

Finding the Two of Swords in position three made his wry smile return. The best he could do at present was balance all the aspects of his life as skillfully as he could manage. Guess that’s going to take some doing, given what’s coming up.

The next two cards changed the tone of the reading. The Wheel of Fortune and The Tower. A negative situation over which he had no control, and the harbinger of bad luck, respectively.

Cards six through nine continued on the theme of unrest, danger and change. Very little to misinterpret here, he concluded. Cut and dried.

In the tenth and final position lay the Death card, reversed. It represented major changes for which he was ill-prepared but which were nonetheless entirely necessary. Change. Renewal. Possibly in a real sense death itself. Yet the latter really held little fear for him. Being what he was, he was philosophical about all aspects of the spectral universe. Physical death was just a shifting of energy on the metaphysical plane. Of course he was now fifty-nine, not twenty, and even though witches aged at about a third of the speed that humans did, he’d matured tremendously over the years. He liked the body he now occupied, yet he knew eventually it would break down and his light, the core of his being, would take some other form.

Right now, he had a bigger problem to worry about than dying, though.

She was coming.
And that scared the hades out of him.



About Laurie C. Kuna




Apparently, I have a split personality. When I’m writing contemporary paranormal romances, I’m Laurie C. Kuna. When I turn my pen to  historical paranormal romances, I answer to the name Laurie Carroll. If I’ve got my editor’s hat on, just call me Laurie.


I’ve been a reader since I was four and a writer since not long after that. I love words and the creative process, and it’s my hope that readers will enjoy my efforts to entertain them via those words, as I have been entertained by hundreds of authors throughout  my life.

I know many readers also are or aspire to be authors, and my advice to those starting on the road to publication is to join a reputable writing group–whether literal or on-line–and to hang in there. I’ve been a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Mid-Michigan RWA, my local chapter, since 1988. Five years after joining, I was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest. Then in 2002–nine years after the contest final–my GH entry, A WAR OF HEARTS became my first published novel when ImaJinn Books picked it up.  So, no overnight sensation status for me!
I taught English in a public high school for 29 years before retiring and use that knowledge not only to write my own stories but as a free-lance line editor. I also enjoy public speaking, and have given speeches and workshops in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, often on my two favorite subjects–grammar and swearing. I’ve even had the privilege of twice speaking at the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference in Auckland, New Zealand. This time on American English.


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