Song of the Ancients

Just added “Song of the Ancients” by Sandy Wright to my Kindle collection.

What would you die for?
51lkijsb6-lSamantha Danroe doesn’t believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do.
She doesn’t believe in ghosts. Until her mother’s ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave.
And she certainly doesn’t believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the prey in an ancient war waged between good and evil. A war whose rules she must scramble to learn to stay alive.
In need of protection, Samantha turns to the mysterious Nicholas Orenda, a sixth-generation witch on the trail of a creature who is systematically killing off his family. According to his family’s prophecy, three will be sacrificed to the dark. His mother and grandmother are already dead, and Nicholas doesn’t have time to play by the rules.
Samantha finds herself in the center of a deadly hunt for a mysterious foe. Can she find the strength to defeat a supernatural killer and prevent the third sacrifice? Or will she be the catalyst that opens the gates to the Underworld?
Song of the Ancients is the debut book in the Ancient Magic series.
Readers interested in witchcraft, shamanism–or just the dark side of the supernatural world around us–will enjoy this paranormal suspense, written by a real-life Wiccan High Priestess. Look for information on the next book in the Ancient Magic series in 2016.
Ms. Wright has been authentic to Witchcraft, blending in real spells and rituals throughout her tale. The landscape and its traditions are strong characters.”
~ Lady Caria Dawn, High Priestess, Circle of the Moon, Fairfax, VA

Amazon has a mouse?

I was joking around with a friend online and said that, “you can get anything and everything from Amazon.” Yes, that is an overstatement but *damn* Amazon has a lot of stuff. They even have a lot of Amazon branded items.

Since Christmas, I have been using an Amazon mouse. I don’t know why I go through so many mouses (mice? — no mouses). I don’t drop them and I only a casual gamer so you would think that they would work forever. But no — just no — a computer mouse has a limited lifespan in my hands. I don’t know why, it’s just one of those quirks of life. At any rate, my Sister and Nephew gave me a new mouse for Christmas — basic Amazon.


We are at the half-way point of February and the Amazon mouse has held up. I play Guild Wars 2 with it and do basic web surfing and computer use. My first experience with an Amazon branded item has been a positive one.  Big thumbs up.

Thumb through: Tarot by Design

51bohwqhyal-_sx383_bo1204203200_Tarot by Design Workbook  by Diana Heyne, I give it a thumbs-up.

Featuring original color-in images of the 22 major arcana and the 56 images of the minor arcana, Tarot by Design Workbook is a coloring book for students of the tarot and all those who find tarot symbolism intriguing.

The book contains original coloring-ready images illustrated by the author, Diana Heyne, and an additional 78 unique learning page designs, one to accompany each card. Geared toward an enjoyable and intuitive understanding of the basic meanings of the tarot through coloring, brief word prompts and short rhythmic phrases, Tarot by Design Workbook aims to make the foundational learning of tarot a pleasurable task for beginners and others who would like to deepen their connection with the symbolic images. Included in the book is room for journal-like interaction with each image as well as fresh interpretations of time-honored imagery approached through coloring.

Unlock the mystery and magic, secrets and symbolism of the tarot through this serious, yet fun, teaching tool that engages both intuition and intellect.

Thumbing through Tarot by Design by Diana Heyne.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: Thrill-Power Overload

Damn, that was a fun read. Folks, this is a keeper. I want to thank Michael Molcher and 2000 AD for the free review copy.

Product description:
The definitive history of the most influential British comic ever! Updated, expanded and revised for 2000 AD’s 40th anniversary.

From 2000 AD’s humble and rocky beginnings to its current position as the Galaxy’s Greatest comic, Thrill-Power Overload charts the incredible history of this ground-breaking comic. With exclusive interviews, hundreds of illustrations and rarely-seen artwork, former 2000 AD editor, David Bishop and journalist Karl Stock, guide the reader through four decades of action, adventure, excitement and the occasional editorial nightmare!

Told by the people who were there, this is the definitive history of the comic that launched a thousand talents including legends such as John Wagner, Pat Mills, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Carlos Ezquerra, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Mick McMahon, Grant Morrison, Kevin O’Neill, Simon Bisley and continues with 21st Century breakthrough talents such as Jock, Rob Williams, Andy Diggle, Al Ewing, Henry Flint, Frazer Irving – and many many more.

My thoughts:
Oh hell yes, I enjoyed every minute of this book. It gave me an inside look at some of the comics that I have followed over the years. In many ways it was a very nostalgic read. Of course, the art is fantastic. I’ve always enjoyed 2000 AD’s pen work.

I got a chuckle out of one of the quotes “2000 AD always sold 100,000 a week— no more, no less.Traditionally readers stop buying comics at thirteen, but our readers didn’t’ — Steve MacManus”. I was from a moving Military family and that age was about the time Dad retired and I was able to actually KEEP my comics. I didn’t quit at thirteen, I started anew.
My score … 5 stars out of 5. It’s a must-have.

About the Author:


David Bishop is an acknowledged Inspector Morse expert, appearing in several documentaries about the character and writing six editions his definitive guide to the Oxford detective. His other non-fiction books include Thrill-Power Overload, an acclaimed history of iconic British science fiction comic 2000AD, which he edited from 1996-2000. He is the author of twenty published novels, and has also written TV dramas and radio plays for BBC. He teaches modules on genre fiction and graphic novels for the innovative MA Creative Writing programme at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Autho

The weekly wrap-up


This week I spent a lot of time working on the plumbing. I will admit that my plumbing skills involved a certain amount of profanity, but I am happy to report that the operation was a success. Say what you will about what makes a home but plumbing makes a house a home.

Peppy and I enjoyed the “Snow Moon” last night. Although, I think that Peppy was a little more interested in finding a good spot to do his business.  The little dog’s cough has cleared up but he has a case of February fleas due to the mild Winter here in Florida.

51bohwqhyal-_sx383_bo1204203200_In my Mailbox: The good folks at Weiser Books were kind enough to send me a copy of Diana Heyne’s coloring book “Tarot by Design Workbook”. Since the weather is warming up next week, I may wander out into the backyard with the camera and shoot a thumb-through of this book. Thank you Weiser, you guys rock.

Tonight, I plan to watch Svengoolie. It’s Godzilla month and I love those classic monsters.

Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!

Review: Develop Your ESP

My thoughts:
Develop Your ESP comes in a small package but, like dynamite, it packs a punch. As is my usual habit, I checked the back of the book and found a nice Appendix. An Appendix is very often a good sign of a well thought out book.
I liked the illustrations and the charts ( though the one with the female body seemed a tad repetitive ) and I found the exercises easy. All in all, I thought that the book was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it. “Call it intuition, a hunch, a feeling, or ESP,” but I like Nina Ashby.
Develop Your ESP is definitely a must-have for your home esoteric library. I recommend it and give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Product description:

9781571747532Develop Your ESP
A Quick and Easy Way to Become Psychic

by Nina Ashby

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1571747532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571747532

Have you ever heard the telephone ring and known who was calling before anyone spoke? Or had a gut feeling about someone or something that ultimately proved true? Most of us ignore experiences like these because we can see no physical basis for believing in our dormant psychic abilities. Call it intuition, a hunch, a feeling, or ESP, this elusive knowledge can provide information, motivation, or direction about various aspects of our lives. Nina Ashby, teaches readers:

  1. How to listen and be receptive to the inner messages received by your intuitive senses
  2. How to use techniques and exercises to develop and control your psychic abilities

This is a program that can quickly enhance anyone’s ability to go beyond the 5 senses and enter another dimension of awareness. Find out which psychic talents you possess and develop those particular gifts with a mix of theory and practical exercises. Learn to understand the body’s energy fields and auras and see why the spiritual plane is every bit as important as the physical world. Then get a complete psychic education, from cleansing rituals and focusing your inner energy charges to reading auras and using divination techniques such as tarot, I Ching, and psychometry to interpret signs and messages. Charts, tables, and graphs illustrate the theories.

Born in New York, Nina Ashby was acutely aware of her psychic gifts even as a child and could see colors around people, objects, and other living things. She has spent many years training in various forms of bodywork and energy healing, psychology, yoga, meditation, astrology, palmistry, dowsing, card reading, and psychic studies including mediumship and all levels of psychic perception and channeling. She lives in England.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”