I Am Haunted

Zak Bagans new book is due out next month and titled “I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead”. Will I buy a copy? Yes, I probably will …I have to admit that his last book “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew” was pretty good. To be honest, I didn’t expect a good book out of him.

I’ve been all over the world embracing the mysteries that others shun because I’ve always felt the need to run toward the scary parts of life instead of away from them.

I’ve been inducted into the Sabertooth Vampire Clan in Paris, journeyed on an epic quest to find the real Dracula that ended in a Romanian forest, and bought a demon house that frightens me to the bone. But sometimes it’s the encounters with people that affect me the most from crackheads in Reno to gangbangers in St Louis and crazed fans in West Virginia.

During my travels I’ve learned more about this world and the one that awaits all of us far more than anyone should. I’ve been given a spiritual key that unlocks unknown doorways and what I experience when I open them seems to be letting me know that I shouldn’t.

Come along for the ride.

I’ll let you know more about the book when I see it.

Setting a Scene with all the Senses: a Steampunk Perspective

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A Steampunk Setting A Steampunk Setting

As you may have heard me mention, I am not the world’s best scene setter. I tend to focus more on the characters, the dialogue, and the plot. This is a bad fault, because I’m certain my readers want to be transported to exotic locations … and they need some hint of what the setting is like. So, as an exercise for me (which you can freely copy), let’s pick a setting out of my Steampunk Work-in-Progress and study it in minute detail.

Let us look at the (please insert a drumroll here) Inside Alice’s laboratory/greenhouse!

Victorian Greenhouse Victorian Greenhouse

Just a quick bit of background: in 1851, the Crystal Palace  – the site of the Great Exhibition, revolutionised the use of glass in construction. My novel is set 1871, and Alice has several greenhouses built from glass (and a conservatory). As her field of science is Botany, she uses…

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Review, The Light: A Book of Wisdom

The Light: A Book of Wisdom: How to Lead an Enlightened Life Filled with Love, Joy, Truth, and Beauty

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
ISBN-10: 1601633386
ISBN-13: 978-1601633385

Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5

Product description:

This powerful book contains chapters by 22 of the world’s leading luminaries in the field of personal development and spiritual transformation, including bestselling authors Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations With God) and Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements).

Covering topics from co-creating a peaceful world, forgiveness, healing, and finding purpose and happiness, to chapters about health, well-being, destiny, and the mysteries of kundalini, The Light also includes practical exercises and guidance, empowering readers to achieve their greatest potential.

My thoughts:

This is one of those books that I almost passed on. As you might imagine, I receive quite a number of ebooks attached to my email. If the book doesn’t hook me within the first chapter or so, I give it a pass and move along to another book. When this Author described an incident in which she was guided to write her name and she penned the word “Messiah”, I knew it was time to move to another book. If it were not for reading Keating’s other book “Experiences From the Light” (see my review —link), I would have missed something special.

The book includes essays from several Authors covering different spiritual topics. As a person with a case of spiritual ADD, I can see myself returning to this book for some time to come. The Feng Shui essay by Ken Lauher is one essay that I have reread several times and plan to research the subject more in the future. I only wish that the Authors had included a list on suggested reading.

All in all, I thought that The Light: A Book of Wisdom: How to Lead an Enlightened Life Filled with Love, Joy, Truth, and Beauty was brilliant. The different Authors covered several topics that kept me both entertained and taught me something. More than anything else, it gave me the desire to learn more. I give The Light: A Book of Wisdom: How to Lead an Enlightened Life Filled with Love, Joy, Truth, and Beauty 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. 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.”

Streamliner PC case

Streamliner PC Case by aio

This stunning custom computer case is the work of a builder who calls him/her/itself aio. I happened on it through the 2014 “Mod of the Year” contest at Bit-tech.

read more at source: http://www.webomator.com/2015/01/20/streamliner-pc-case-exceeds-all-standards-of-amazicality/

 

Review: Experiences From the Light

Experiences From the Light: Ordinary People’s Extraordinary Experiences of Transformation, Miracles, and Spiritual Awakening

by Keidi Keating

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (January 19, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1601633394
ISBN-13: 978-1601633392

Barry’s score of Experiences From the Light: Ordinary People’s Extraordinary Experiences of Transformation, Miracles, and Spiritual Awakening
5 out of 5 stars

Production description:

Experiences From the Light shares more than 50 fascinating stories of extraordinary, true-life adventures of light, including spiritual awakenings, near-death experiences, unexplainable synchronicities, and stories of love and heart.

It sometimes seems that the world in which we live is falling apart. We are experiencing more turmoil than ever before and desperately seeking a light in our lives. Experiences From the Light will teach you to have faith in your life situations, warm your overwhelmed heart, remind you to look for the signs that the universe provides, and awaken you to new and bright possibilities.

The stories in Experiences From the Light will astound and hearten you:

An ill woman’s story of how she came close to death, and the extraordinary aftermath visitations by masters, angels, monks, and Biblical figures.
How one woman found herself out of her body and walking up a staircase to a door of great light as her grandmother crossed to the other side.
How a man’s distressing illness was instantly healed after he crossed into the light. Years of pain and suffering vanished in an instant, and the symptoms have not returned since.

My thoughts:

“Experiences From the Light” is one of those books that I almost passed up. I saw the Author’s name and, after reading a little of her previous book, decided that I had no time for a bunch of new-age fru fru. I received a review copy in the form of an ebook during Christmas and that is, as we all know, the season for carb overload. But, like some cosmic Nike commercial, I decided to just do it — or, in this case, give the book a fair read. To my surprise, “Experiences From the Light” wasn’t just good, it was brilliant.

I was so impressed with “Experiences From the Light” that I decided to read The Light: A Book of Wisdom and discovered that it is equally brilliant.

I suppose that it is the perspectives and personal anecdotes of the various authors that really moved me. Some of the stories really touched me and I felt uplifted by the end of the book. All in all, I found it to be brilliant. I give it 5 stars out of 5 and a hat-tip to those who contributed their stories.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. 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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