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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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1/16/2017

KICK ASS FEMALES GIVEAWAY Jan 16-18

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AUTHORS: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Sharon Stevenson
M.H. Soars
Lindsey R. Loucks
Mary Fan
Kory M. Shrum
Alicia Michaels

GENRE: Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance
DATES: January 16-18, 2017



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FROM  AUTHOR AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN

Blurb:
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Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She  also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth.
When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have  imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her  magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. She is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the
ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
https://www.amazon.com/Eden-Forest-Part-Saskia-Trilogy-
ebook/dp/B01B1TQD5Y/





FROM AUTHOR SHARON STEVENSON 


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Blurb:
Blood Bound is the Amazon bestselling Scottish urban fantasy novel that combines a breakneck plot line with flawed characters and a wicked sense of humor. "It's a read that grips you from the beginning, and keeps you enthralled until the very end." – Ashley, Fae Books
19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble—mostly the kind with fangs—but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Bound-Gallows-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B009JBKV96


FROM AUTHOR M.H. SOARS

The
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Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and  you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them. To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that
nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces. To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
https://www.amazon.com/Prophecy-Arcadia-Arcadian-Wars-Book-ebook/dp/B00HX8UVXS

FROM AUTHORS S.C. GREEN and LINDSEY R. LOUCKS

Blurb:
Welcome to Petrified City, where the dead don’t stay in the ground. Ten years ago, an accident at
petrified-citythe city chemical plant leaked toxins into the soil of the historic Brookwood Hill Cemetery. From the  poisoned ground emerged the wraith – ghosts of the long dead who gorge on the energy sucked  from the city’s dwindling population. Desperate to contain the threat, the government enclosed the city in a giant dome, trapping the wraith and the residents inside. Now, there’s almost nothing left. Sydney Cale – a thief with a strange and secret power – attempts to escape from the city’s jailers, only to find herself facing off against the wraith. She teams up with Alain, a raven shape shifter who is a member of the Order of the Reapers, a powerful force who work to banish the wraith back to the underworld. Alain agrees to protect Sydney and her friend Diana in exchange for her help. She must enter the Citadel – the wraith compound in the center of the city – and steal back his kidnapped daughter. But what Sydney finds inside the Citadel will change everything. The wraith are evolving, drawing energy from the decaying city itself. Soon, they will be powerful enough to break free of the dome. Sydney and Alain must stop the wraith before they escape and infect the world,
even if that means dooming themselves, and everyone they love, to petrifying inside the dying city.
https://www.amazon.com/Petrified-City-Chronicles-Wraith-1/dp/1537648276


Artifical
Absoloutes.jpgFROM AUTHOR MARY FAN

Blurb:
Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.
Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder. With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how  much she doesn’t know about the people she loves.
https://www.amazon.com/Artificial-Absolutes-Mary-Fan/dp/194021503X


FROM AUTHOR KORY M. SHRUM

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"I always knew I was going to die. I just didn’t know it was going to be today." Maisie won’t live to see her seventeenth birthday. Her mother and sister are locked in a war over the world, and Maisie is stuck between them. She must decide if she will join her sister’s cause, or defend her mother. In the face of her mother’s demands, Maisie doubts herself and what she truly wants. But her only alternative is to be murdered by the person she loves most. Jesse wants to find her father’s body and finish him before he can resurrect. If she succeeds she will save millions, if not billions, of lives. But first, Jesse must defeat the woman protecting him. Will Maisie stand with her? Or fight by her mother’s side? One decision will make all the difference in the world.
https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Breath-Living-Book-ebook/dp/B01LY36SIL





FROM AUTHOR ALICIA MICHAELS
 
Blurb:
Daughter
of the red dawn.jpgOn the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet, Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from. A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that she was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can  Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?
https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Red-Dawn-Fantasy-Romance-ebook/dp/B00NFH0CLW





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