Review: That Moment

that-moment-coverThat Moment
http://amzn.to/2oZHxWv
by C.C. Champagne

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986946710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986946714

Product description:
That Moment is a must read! Already read worldwide as an Ebook at smashwords by over 35,000 readers with 87 (5star) reviews. Is it just luck we are in the right place at the right time? Do you believe there is a reason for most things that happen? Being in an unexpected situation, are you unaffected, or have you stood in awe wondering? Is there a moment when you realize that between the beauty or sometimes mayhem of life’s unusual occurrences, we are guided by a higher power for a reason unknown to us until THAT MOMENT!

My thoughts:

that-moment-media“That Moment” is a collection of 13 short stories that are real stories from the Author’s friends or family. You’ll find these stories to be inspirational and fuel for your spirit. I was moved by several of them.

While I read through this book pretty quickly, I am certain that I will return to it over and over again. “That Moment” is the sort of book that you will buy multiple copies of — one to keep and one to share. It’s a must-have for your home library. As you may have seen on Amazon, I scored this one 5 stars out of 5.

Life is a blessing, and each one of us is a unique individual whose path through life is guided. It is our decision as to what we do in that moment, which then determines how the events play out.

Review: A Little Book of Mystical Secrets

5154r2btkt2bl-_sy346_A Little Book of Mystical Secrets: Rumi, Shams of Tabriz, and the Path of Ecstasy
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (April 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1571747451
ISBN-13: 978-1571747457

Product description:
At long last, an accessible little book that focuses on the teachings of Rumi’s teacher and inspiration, Shams of Tabriz. Included in this slim, charming volume is a biographical sketch of the great Sufi teacher and mystic and a new translation of 500 of his core teachings that bring into fresh focus the meaning and mysteries of life and love.

There are many books on Rumi and many translations of his works and yet most readers are unaware of how Rumi became a mystic. Shams, an Arabic word that means the sun, was the catalyst that converted the rather resolute and ascetic Rumi, the cleric and teacher, into Rumi, the passionate disciple of the religion of love. He was the agent of the propulsive mystical energy that transformed Rumi the reticent into Rumi the ecstatic poet.

Rumi lovers, spiritual seekers, and devotees of the mystical path will meet this little book of wisdom and mystical secrets with enthusiasm.

I shall not place you in my heart
For you may get hurt by its wounds.
I won’t keep you in my eyes
For I may belittle you and
expose you to the ridicule of common men.
I will hide you inside my soul, not in my heart or in my eyes,
so that you may become one with my breath.

My thoughts:

I have to admit, after reading the first line in the Introduction, I set this book aside for several days. I really felt that the line “[…] probably the world’s most read poet, even in the United States” came of as condescending. Believe it or not Narguess Farzad, we are not the Islamophobes you believe us to be!

1490720195810At any rate, I returned to the book and I am glad that I did — it is excellent.  A Little Book of Mystical Secrets has an excellent Bibliography and glossary, something I always look for in a Nonfiction book.

As a person who majored in History, Religion, and Philosophy in college, this book managed to hit all of my interests.  Having said that, some people may not be interested in the History and want to jump straight into the sayings of Shams.

When you embrace the gardener, the garden becomes yours, and you may pick from every tree.

I give 5 stars out of 5 and recommend this one for your esoteric home library. It is a book that you will reread and that makes it a great bang for the buck .



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.”

Review: Hygge

51mut-4jzyl-_sy346_Hygge: 25 Secrets From The Danish Art of Happiness, Getting Cozy And Living Well
File Size: 1971 KB
Print Length: 58 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: February 25, 2017
ASIN: B06XBNCTWV

Product description:

Denmark consistently ranks as the happiest country on the planet. Reason? One word (many emotions) – hygge.

Hygge is the fine art of creating comfort, intimacy and coziness to warm your soul. It is seeking pleasure from things that soothe the spirit.

Hygge is more a feeling than anything else. It is tucking into pots of delicious warm food with friends or cuddling up on a cushy sofa with a loved one. How about sitting by the fireplace with hot cup of cocoa and enjoying crisp mornings with your favorite book in hand? In its truest sense, hygge is comfort of the soul.

How does one feel and create hygge?
Hygge: 25 Secrets From The Danish Art of Happiness, Getting Cozy And Living Well tells you everything you need to create the perfect hygge. From little known native traditions to actionable expert tips to creative twists to existing ideas, the book is packed with everything warm and hygge.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can look forward to:

  • What is hygge and how the Danes use it to stay happy all the time?
  • 8 Amazing tips for creating the perfect hygge home
  • Be the ultimate hygge host with our social hygge tips
  • 10 winter hygge tips that will help you enjoy uncomfortable winters like a boss
  • Plus bonus tip and lots of interesting and cozy hyyge ideas to stay happy, get cozy and live well – The Danish way

My thoughts:

I knew that the word existed and vaguely what it meant but I had no idea that it was a “thing” until I found this and other books on the subject.  I liked the introduction connecting the word hygge to the English word “hug”. I think that really sums up the hygge concept.

All to often, the word “warm” was used and it would remind me that the Danish lifestyle does not translate to my coastal Floridian lifestyle without some effort on my part. For example, setting up a warm beverage station might be better changed into a “cold” beverage station.

All in all, I enjoyed the ebook and I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

Review: Salad Of The Week

51hxuno1sslSalad Of The Week: 52 Amazing Salad Recipes For Weight Loss And Healthy Eating “The Delicious Way” (Salads, Salads Recipes, Salads To Go, Salad Cookbook, … Cookbooks Collection Book 1)
by Lisa Brown
File Size: 1012 KB
Print Length: 122 pages
Publisher: Cookbook Of The Week Publishing; 2 edition
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B00EIN3QSI

Don’t waste your lettice on this ebook, it isn’t worth it. The “recipe” book is very poorly written. I don’t think that “Lisa Brown” is comfortable with the English language.

The recipes aren’t always “healthy”. There are no pictures of her recipes and she actually wants “YOU” to take pictures of the finished product and send them to her.  “I’ll Pay You As Much As $100.00 For Your Pictures […] You Can Become Famous!”

Recipe 49: Fresh Tomatoes with Feta

Time: 10 minutes
Serving: 4
ingredients:
2 tomatoes
2 tablespoons feta cheese
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1. Cut each tomato into 8 slices
2. Place them on a serving dish.
3. Coat the tomatoes with crumbled cheese
Sprinkle with vinegar and torn basil.
4. Add pepper and salt to taste.

Excuse me, but I expect a little more than cut up a tomato and drop it in a dish as a recipe. You can find this “recipe” using Google. In fact, I found every one of these recipes, that I bothered to look-up, on Google.

I give this ebook 1 star out of 5. It is a clear example of the downside of ordering a book from Amazon.

Review: Judgment of Blood

judgementofbloodJudgment of Blood
by Timothy Black
File Size: 5812 KB
Print Length: 241 pages
Publisher: Blysster Press; 1 edition (February 23, 2017)
Publication Date: February 23, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B06X9L35SL

Product description:
In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.

Twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Elijah Kelly, an infected Thunder Train crewman exiled to the ground, ranges ahead of his beloved home, determined to keep it safe no matter the cost. But a telluric deadzone has caught Wardenclyffe in its riptide, forcing it toward airspace where its miraculous machinery will no longer function. Desperate to neutralize the deadzone before the flying city crashes, Eli discovers a brutal truth: humanity still exists on the ground, paying a terrible vampiric price for their survival.

Faced with an impossible choice between sacrificing thousands of innocent lives or betraying the rebels fighting for their freedom against an oppressive regime, Eli will be forced to rely on an unlikely ally lurking deep within his own blood to defy the inevitable.

My thoughts:
I gave the first book in the series 4 stars out of 5 (link) — and this book is better. Black has an easy-to-read style that makes for an entertaining book. That being said, “Judgment of Blood” falls firmly into the pulpy dystopian genre. His trilogy is very steampunk/dieselpunk with some gory horror elements — werewolves.

The series has a Clay Griffith or Cherie Priest vibe to it. I think that if you like those Authors you will really enjoy Timothy Black.

“Takes time to nurture hate and stupidity, eh? I like that kid. Got a good head on his shoulders.”

All in all, it is pulpy storytelling at it’s best. I give Timothy Black’s “Judgment of Blood” 5 stars out of 5 and I hope that part 3 in the trilogy doesn’t take years to finish.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Timothy Black. 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: Black City Demon

51dw9g1hyel-_sx329_bo1204203200_Black City Demon
by Richard a. Knaak
Paperback: 363 pages
Publisher: Pyr (March 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1633882756
ISBN-13: 978-1633882751

Product description:
Since he became the guardian of the Gate between our world and Feirie sixteen hundred years ago, Nick Medea, once Saint George, has battled to keep the darkest Feirie–the Wyld–from invading the mortal plane. With the dragon an unwilling part of him, Nick maintains balance between realms, often at great cost to him and those nearest to him.

Nick and his ragtag confederates–including the shape-shifter Fetch and Nick’s reincarnated love, Claryce–have battled the Wyld, but mortals as sinister as the darkest Feirie. Now, with Prohibition in full swing and bootlegger wars embattling Chicago, a murderous evil born of the mortal world has turned its attention to the power of the Gate…and Nick himself.

Nick must turn again to his most untrustworthy ally: the dragon within. Yet even together they may not be enough to face what was once a man…but is now a creature even dragons may fear.

My thoughts:
Is there any surprise that I loved it? I mean really? I really enjoyed the feel of the 1930’s era ( something that I rally enjoyed about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)  and the film noir vibe throughout the book. Of course, the action is a plus. Since his Dragonlance days, Knaak has had a knack for story-telling with dragons.

my_photo-1Black City Demon is the sequel to Black City Saint and I suggest that you start out with Saint first. Knaak sets up Demon pretty well but I think that you would enjoy it much more after reading Saint.Black City Demon will be available in the middle of this month so there is plenty of time to read Black City Saint — if you devour books like I do.

My score? 5 stars out of 5 … Yes, it’s that good.

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.”

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:

Biography

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

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.”

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.”