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.
About the Author
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...
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.
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.
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.
Webster defines a surprise as
"an attack without warning."
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
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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-
FROM AUTHOR SHARON STEVENSON
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
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
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
Welcome to Petrified City, where the dead don’t stay in the ground. Ten years ago, an accident at the
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
FROM AUTHOR MARY FAN
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.
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
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
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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