Hallmark Harry Potter Ornaments and Tree Topper

I think that I hurt a friend’s feelings when she said that Harry Potter was her favorite book. I chuckled and reminded her that Potter was a middle-school book. I didn’t mean it the way it sounded … that just me … winning friends and influencing people.

Aside from my ability to open mouth and insert foot, I really do enjoy Harry Potter. I bought the books for my nephew and we went to the first showings at the theaters.

For those of you who want to add a little Potter magic to your Christmas, take a look at these Hallmark ornaments.

In my mailbox: Navigating the Financial Universe and Starry Wisdom

Starry Wisdom

It took every bit of the mailman’s strength but he managed to jam to books into my mailbox. I want to thank Ibis Press for the free review copies.

Navigating the Financial Universe by Christeen H. Skinner

In Navigating the Financial Universe, financial astrologer Christeen Skinner, who forecasted the global financial crisis in her original work published in 2004, builds on her reputation for successful financial forecasting. She identifies periods of challenge and suggests ways in which these might be negotiated. Using her experience working with clients, entrepreneurs, traders, and investors, she acknowledges the needs and behavioral patterns of different generations—building financial confidence in the reader.

Chapter topics include the following:

  • Preparing and understanding your financial engine
  • Plotting your financial course with planet cycles
  • Identifying periods when it is wise to do nothing versus optimum times to trade
  • Assessing the provisions needed in moving forward
  • Guidance on avoiding financial rocks and potential shipwreck
  • Developing your investment portfolio

Starry Wisdom by Peter Levenda

This third novel in the trilogy that began with The Lovecraft Code and continued with Dunwich concludes the globe-spanning tale of Professor Gregory Angell and his attempt to keep the Necronomicon out of the clutches of a gaggle of secret societies, and his life out of the grasp of terrorists and intelligence agents.

Angell makes his way back to the Americas after trekking across Central Asia and China and sailing the South China Sea to Indonesia. In the meantime, the search for the missing professor and the all-important book consumes Dwight Monroe and his team, while a string of murders in New Orleans baffles Detective Cuneo and brings NYPD Lieutenant Wasserman out of retirement.

At the same time, Jamila, the young Yezidi woman with a strange paranormal ability and a deadly aim, finds herself on a mission in the United States to take out the man who destroyed her village. And a distraught mother whose two sons were abducted by a sinister being is now pregnant with another child and travels around the country looking for answers in gatherings of UFO contactees and the rites of a voodoo priestess where she will have to confront a mind-bending truth.

They all find themselves drawn together at a building in one of America’s iconic cities at a house with a bizarre architecture that is based on a strange but sacred geometry–a geometry that’s designed to call down something from the stars.

Based on themes from the works of H. P. Lovecraft, especially “The Haunter of the Dark” where the mysterious Shining Trapezohedron makes its appearance, Starry Wisdom ties together the various strands of occult knowledge, political intrigue, and pop culture that are woven through the first two books.

Hailed by author Christopher Farnsworth (Red, White and Blood, and The President’s Vampire) as a “more intelligent Da Vinci Code” and by Whitley Strieber (Communion, The Wolfen, and The Hunger) as “a riveting work of fiction,” this book will thrill ancient aliens’ fans and Lovecraft aficionados and is supported by the genuine scholarship of occultists, terrorists, military leaders, and intelligence agents.