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Review: Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential

Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign PotentialAstrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential by Cass Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As you might guess from the title, “Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential” by Cass and Janie Jackson is basic Astrology with a focus on what might be considered “success” for you, whether that be money, relationships, heath, etc..

I really didn’t enjoy the Jackson’s last book “Astrology Plain and Simple” but upon reflection I’ve felt that I was a little unfair with my review. I was put off by the subtitle “The Only Book That You Will Ever Need” and I’ve really regretted that review. All that being said, I wanted to give this one a fair read.

In it’s 156 pages “Astrology for Success” attempts to be a merging of an Astrology book with a self-help book. It was okay, but the book didn’t work for me. It came off as very repetitive, it had no Index, it lacked a suggested readings, and had no conclusion. After the sun signs are covered the book shifts gears to a chapter on “Rising Sign” and fizzles to a stop. The authors really should have added some final thoughts.

I suggest checking this one out at the library.

51xrbuqcgqlDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads. 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.”

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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Samson

I don’t know. I liked the Victor Mature version…

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

THE GRANDMASTER | From Ip Man to Bruce Lee

THE GRANDMASTER is available now on Digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary Kung FU master, Ip Man who mentored Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.

Written and Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Starring Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Hye-kyo Song, Cung Le, Chen Chang and Woo-Ping Yuen.

© Annapurna Pictures, 2013

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Reiki Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need

Reiki Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever NeedReiki Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Philip Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

http://amzn.to/2DaTTRZ

All in all, I thought that Reiki Plain & Simple by Philip Jones was a good read. In it’s 127 pages it attempts to give the reader a basic foundation of Reiki. That being said, the subject is far too big to be covered in a modest 127 pages. By chapter 3, we are advised to find a teacher.

Very interesting subject. I recommend picking this one up at the library.

 

Since originating in Japan in 1922, Reiki has been adapted to cultural traditions across the world. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

Reiki is used for healing oneself and others and for spiritual development. It works by combining two things: initiations that awaken and open your energy channels and techniques for using your hands, eyes, and intention to direct this energy flow where needed. Anyone who wishes to do this work must prepare by following particular methods and steps, all wonderfully explained in this introductory guide.

Discover why Reiki is so unique and learn about its origins, five precepts, attunements, basic hand positions, and special treatments created by Reiki’s founder, Mikao Usui. All the spiritual practices here have been specifically chosen to guide readers on a path of love, light, healing, and self-knowledge.

41nrumuho9lDisclosure 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.”

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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Winter is there, outside, is here in me

Winter is there, outside, is here in me:
Drapes the planets with snow, deepens the ice on the moon,
Darkens the darkness that was already darkness.
The mind too has its snows, its slippery paths
.

–Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)

 

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Reflexology Plain & Simple

Reflexology Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever NeedReflexology Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Sonia Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As is with all of the Plain & Simple series, Reflexology is a diminutive book coming in at 131 pages. The book has a decent amount of helpful illustrations though the author, Sonia Jones, suggests that you use an additional book “Gray’s Anatomy” — so much for the sub-title “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need.” I enjoyed learning the basics of Reflexology but the last chapter meandered off course with basic self-help and aromatherapy and fizzled at the end . It’s almost as if the author was padding the book at the last minute.

Jones also suggests that you highlight or flag material in Chapter 5 for future reference. Why not give us an Index? Would that have been so hard? Instead of a “Word About Water”, where we are encouraged to drink water, how about an Index of your book?

All in all, it is a good book and I suggest checking this one out at the library.

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.”

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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Freebie Mystery ebook

You better grab this one as quick as you can. You know these freebie Amazon giveaways don’t last long.

Undertaking Irene (Jane Delaney Mysteries Book 1)

Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.

Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightful owner, supposedly. Well, a girl’s got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner. Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he’s even sneakier than she is, not to mention dangerously sexy.

Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn. But hey, when you’ve teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong?

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Fortune Teller’s Handbook: 20 Fun and Easy Techniques for Predicting the Future

Fortune Teller's Handbook: 20 Fun and Easy Techniques for Predicting the FutureFortune Teller’s Handbook: 20 Fun and Easy Techniques for Predicting the Future by Sasha Fenton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Once again Sasha Fenton has put together an entertaining and interesting read. I have spent weeks playing around with the various divination techniques. There is some crossover with Fenton’s previous book “Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Tarot” but I highly recommend getting both.

Picture 18Divination, with coins, Tarot cards, and itches (yes I said itches), can entertain you and your friends for hours. This is a book to share with others — believe me. Tea leaf floating in your tea? — Oh, that means money.

As with her other book, “Fortune Teller’s Handbook” is a “must-have” for your home esoteric library. I give it 5 stars out of 5.

51xtwbx0txlDisclosure 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.”

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Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Cozy Mysteries Cookbook: Recipes from Hope Callaghan’s Cozy Mystery Books

Cozy Mysteries Cookbook: Recipes from Hope Callaghan's Cozy Mystery BooksCozy Mysteries Cookbook: Recipes from Hope Callaghan’s Cozy Mystery Books by Hope Callaghan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I plan to read a lot more mysteries this year and Callaghan will be one of the authors on my list. She delivered mouth-watering recipes while whetting my appetite for her mysteries. I really enjoyed the “Cozy Mysteries Cookbook: Recipes from Hope Callaghan’s Cozy Mystery Books”.

That being said, I don’t think that I want bacon in my potato salad.

What’s better than discovering a delicious new recipe? Reading the story that inspired the recipe, of course!

Enjoy more than 40 tasty recipes from three of Author Hope Callaghan’s most popular cozy mystery series.

This fun cookbook is a collection of delectable recipes from fan favorite mystery series such as the “Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries,” the “Cruise Ship Cozy Mysteries,” and the “Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries.”

Included with the recipes are excerpts from each book that inspired the recipe. The recipes are categorized into:
APPETIZERS
BREADS & OTHER BAKED GOODIES
BREAKFAST
DESSERTS
MAIN COURSES
SIDE DISHES
SOUPS, SAUCES, AND SEASONINGS

So treat yourself to a good, cozy mystery recipe or two…you deserve it!
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Posted by on January 3, 2018 in Book Reviews

 

In my mailbox

I heard this odd sounding motor chugging up the road and, to my amazement, it was the mailman — err person.  I guess the cold weather was effecting her mail-jeep. It’s truly funny  (eerie)  how quite my neighborhood is at the moment.

At any rate, only two days into 2018 and I have received 3 books to review. My goal is to read and review 100 books this year. Let’s see if I can make it. I’m pretty sure that I can do it assuming that I do not run out of cocoa and tea.

51xrbuqcgqlHampton Roads Publishing was kind enough to send me: Astrology for Success by Cass and Janie Jackson, Reflexology Plain & Simple by Sonia Jones, and Reiki Plain & Simple by Philip Jones.
Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential by Cass Jackson,‎ Janie Jackson
http://amzn.to/2CJP0zW
Some people see opportunities and go after them, while others let them slip away. How can you make the most out of your life and get what you want? Astrology for Success is a beginner’s guide to sun sign astrology, with an emphasis on what your sign can tell you about your potential for achieving success. This book will help you identify goals and give you a road map for achieving them. The chapters cover:

  • Each of the 12 signs of the zodiac
  • Positive and negative traits
  • Career paths
  • Relationship issues and health concerns

Even if you know nothing about astrology, this book will help you identify the negative traits that may be holding you back and show you how to make use of the positive traits that will propel you to reach your maximum potential.

Reiki Plain & Simple by Philip Jones
http://amzn.to/2CfhoIW
41nrumuho9lSince originating in Japan in 1922, Reiki has been adapted to cultural traditions across the world. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

Reiki is used for healing oneself and others and for spiritual development. It works by combining two things: initiations that awaken and open your energy channels and techniques for using your hands, eyes, and intention to direct this energy flow where needed. Anyone who wishes to do this work must prepare by following particular methods and steps, all wonderfully explained in this introductory guide.

Discover why Reiki is so unique and learn about its origins, five precepts, attunements, basic hand positions, and special treatments created by Reiki’s founder, Mikao Usui. All the spiritual practices here have been specifically chosen to guide readers on a path of love, light, healing, and self-knowledge.

Reflexology Plain & Simple by Sonia Jones
http://amzn.to/2lIHwVG
41vsrbnyjflReflexology is an ancient healing system that helps relieve existing health conditions and detect future ailments. Reflexology Plain & Simple introduces the history and basics of this form, from beginner’s techniques to more specialized treatments and the use of aromatic oils. Discover which areas of the feet and hands correspond to the body’s tissues, glands, and organs; how much pressure to apply and when not to proceed at all; and how to get started indulging friends, family, and even yourself or move on to your own practice. Detailed instructions guide you through each step of the process and helpful hints throughout provide additional insight.

I want to thank the good folks at Hampton Roads Publishing for these free review copies.  I just love getting books — my mail— err person doesn’t — but I do. Thank you.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Barry rant

 

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