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Book Review: Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis

I made this for my Attention Earthlings blog but I’d like to copy it here:
51wzew8zcil-_sy346_In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon…among them Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow. But Caroline has a secret: she was born Karolina Vogl, daughter of a radical Viennese printer. When her father was arrested by the secret police, Caroline’s childhood was stolen from her by dark alchemy.

Under a new name and nationality, she returns to Vienna determined to save her father even if she has to resort to the same alchemy that nearly broke her before. But she isn’t expecting to meet her father’s old apprentice, Michael Steinhüller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever.

The sinister forces that shattered Caroline’s childhood still rule Vienna behind a glittering façade of balls and salons, Michael’s plan is fraught with danger, and both of their disguises are more fragile than they realize. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pyr. 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 23, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Currently reading: Develop Your ESP

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

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.”

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

by Kendra Levin

The first half of January can be a time of big dreams, powerful goals, and strong motivation. We crack the spine on a brand-new journal, draw up a list of resolutions and stick it on the fridge, throw away the old calendar and tear the shrink-wrap off an untouched one that’s still full of possibilities. We are ready to make changes and take action.

For many of us, though, that ambition melts and muddies as quickly as pristine snow. By mid-month, those big dreams have turned into a puddle of backsliding, rationalizing, guilt, frustration, and ultimately resignation. By the time February rolls around, we’ve given up entirely. We live the rest of the year as if that brief, brilliant period of inner drive had never happened.

It’s not that we don’t accomplish anything. But often, we don’t accomplish what we’re truly capable of—what we see is possible…

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Posted by on January 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Review:Numerology, Plain & Simple

9781571747594Numerology, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN-10: 1571747591
ISBN-13: 978-1571747594

Product description:

Using numerology to learn more about yourself and your future doesn’t require any psychic ability, mathematical skills, or even any special equipment. The information is based on a series of numbers and by following systems that date back to the Greek mathematician and astrologer Pythagoras and the Hebrew Kabbalah, you’ll learn the basics of how to use numbers to explain your life.

Topics include:

  • Name number
  • Personality number
  • Heart number
  • Destiny number
  • Relationships
  • Short-term forecasts

Once you master these simple principles, you’ll be able to plan your days, predict your future, and even find the most suitable mate. This is an accessible and user-friendly guide for people interested in divination systems and personality types.

“Three is the number of those who do holy work; Two is the number of those who do lover’s work; One is the number of those who do perfect evil, or perfect good.”―Clive Barker, Abarat

My thoughts:

I have to admit that I really didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought that I would.Like many of you, I took pencil in hand an doodled my numbers. I really didn’t think that they fit so I changed the parameters by changing my name/nickname/etc.  Eventually, my paper landed in the trash bin. What’s the point?

Here is my biggest problem with books like this — says who. When you tell me that a certain number has a certain meaning I want documentation, I want footnotes, I want to see YOUR work. I don’t want something that could just as easily been an afternoon on Google. I want YOUR experience.

To be honest, I googled numerology and got more information than I found in this book’s modest 160 pages. I suggest giving this book a pass and google a few sites if you find the subject interesting. I give “Numerology, Plain and Simple” 2 stars out of 5.


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 20, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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The best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep

the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Strange are the thoughts that roll through my mind while looking at flowers. The Camellias are in bloom in my front yard and I’ve spotted everything from fallen blooms to new buds but, all I can think about is mortality. I can put such strange and depressing filters over my reality. Still the Camellias are doing their thing, and I imagine that the Azaleas wont be far behind, because the weather has been so warm.

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The warm weather has not just brought flowers but, to Peppy’s grief, it has also brought fleas. I’ve given him his first flea-bath of the year and he looks at me as though I somehow betrayed him.   I imagine that he will get over it pretty soon.

I have a huge Pecan limb to drag out to the road for trash pick-up and an assortment of clippings from Azaleas to Wisteria. It looks more like Spring cleaning than Winter. My trash-man is going to hate me.

Tonight I will sip Earl Grey tea and read Anne Christie’s “Numerology: Plain and Simple” because I am a plain and simple person.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Practical Spellcraft: A First Course in Magic

61mhrl7tbml-_sx322_bo1204203200_Practical Spellcraft: A First Course in Magic
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (February 1st, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1571747540
ISBN-13: 978-1571747549

Product description:

Now anyone with an earnest desire can learn to cast spells with this intriguing introduction to the craft. Written by a practicing witch, this all-encompassing first course in Wiccan magic simplifies everything from performing spells to conducting candle rituals and using a talisman.

Also included here are:

  • A general introduction to witchcraft, sabbats, Halloween, and the key tools and concepts of spellcasting
  • Candle, garden, animal, and self-defense magic
  • Spells for love, money, fertility, and health
  • A chapter on writing your own spells

This is a practical introductory guide for everyone. Love life gone limp? Reinvigorate your relationship with a seductive spell. Boss too demanding? Use a little magic to help her reconnect with her softer side. Lost your precious pet? Bring him back home with a heartfelt incantation.

With the wealth of Wiccan wisdom in these pages, you can choose a spell to improve any aspect of your life, from career and money to health and family well-being. Upbeat and up to date, this volume brings witchcraft into the 21st century with a modern magic focused on gaining control over your life and understanding your destiny.

My thoughts:

All in all, I liked the book. It’s easy to read and understand. It is a good book for the beginner interested in Wicca. Practical Spellcraft will hit the shelves February 1st.  While I liked it, I think the book lacks quite a bit.

When covering historical characters and events, I want to see some documentation. I want to see some quotes and footnotes. When discussing spells, I want to see some personal anecdotes. Have you tried this spell? What were the results? Where did you get this spell? Did you create it? Was it passed down? Did it come from another book?

Why 20 pages on love spells and 4 on health? Love spells are 5 times more important than health? Really?

Like I say, Practical Spellcraft is an introductory book. Greenaway did a good job with a deep and complicated art. I do recommend this for the beginner’s home library. I give Practical Spellcraft 4 stars out of 5.


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 12, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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Review: Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

9781571747563Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
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Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (January 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1571747567
ISBN-13: 978-1571747563

Product description:

Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.

Among the amusing and informative tidbits here:

  • The rat is considered to be the sign of charm and is noted for its shrewdness, enterprise, and wealth. Rats are also prosperous, entrepreneurial, obsessive, anxious, bossy, and mean.
  • The ox is the sign of tenacity and prosperity and a symbol of fertility and muscular strength. People born under the ox are patient, contemplative, eloquent, chauvinistic, petty, and grumpy.
  • The monkey is lively, complex, charming, diplomatic, and agile. Monkeys are also dishonest, sarcastic, lacking respect, and restless.

Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is an accessible introduction that enlightens, entertains, and informs.

My thoughts:

All in all I enjoyed reading  Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple , it gave me an entertaining escape from the Christmas holiday season (between you and me any escape from Christmas is welcome). According to Chinese Astrology, I am an Earth dog. Having said that, the description of an Earth dog as having a spendthrift tendency is a little off for me. No. Just no. Ask anyone who knows me, I make Scrooge look like a spendthrift. I will squeeze a buffalo nickel until it poops in my hand and I’m proud of it.

An Earth dog is also described as an excellent organizer which is one of my biggest flaws. This year I plan to really work at becoming “somewhat” organized. So no. Just no.

That isn’t to say that the book isn’t entertaining. I did enjoy sharing with a friend that he was born in the year of the pig and he may never hear the end of it. Ever. What are friends for?

The book is easy to navigate and has nice graphics. I hate the subtitle of “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need”. Geez people. Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is small and something that you’ll finish quickly. I knocked it out in one afternoon.

I give this one 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and I think it’s worth a look if you haven’t checked out Chinese Astrology.

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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 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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