My desktop and the morning

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I’m using Calibre ( ) for my ebook reading. Between you and me, I am not a big fan of ebooks ( I like a REAL book in my hands ) but the price of an ebook is right.

judgementofbloodI’ll have a review of “Judgment of Blood” ( ) soon. I will say — awesome.

It’s a cool, wet morning and the coffee is perfect. Looks like the Wisteria on the back-porch is beginning to bloom and the Azaleas in the front-yard are doing their thing. I have a few tomatoes sprouting in a pot so I may have some fresh tomatoes this year.

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.”

Song of the Ancients

Just added “Song of the Ancients” by Sandy Wright to my Kindle collection.

What would you die for?
51lkijsb6-lSamantha Danroe doesn’t believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do.
She doesn’t believe in ghosts. Until her mother’s ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave.
And she certainly doesn’t believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the prey in an ancient war waged between good and evil. A war whose rules she must scramble to learn to stay alive.
In need of protection, Samantha turns to the mysterious Nicholas Orenda, a sixth-generation witch on the trail of a creature who is systematically killing off his family. According to his family’s prophecy, three will be sacrificed to the dark. His mother and grandmother are already dead, and Nicholas doesn’t have time to play by the rules.
Samantha finds herself in the center of a deadly hunt for a mysterious foe. Can she find the strength to defeat a supernatural killer and prevent the third sacrifice? Or will she be the catalyst that opens the gates to the Underworld?
Song of the Ancients is the debut book in the Ancient Magic series.
Readers interested in witchcraft, shamanism–or just the dark side of the supernatural world around us–will enjoy this paranormal suspense, written by a real-life Wiccan High Priestess. Look for information on the next book in the Ancient Magic series in 2016.
Ms. Wright has been authentic to Witchcraft, blending in real spells and rituals throughout her tale. The landscape and its traditions are strong characters.”
~ Lady Caria Dawn, High Priestess, Circle of the Moon, Fairfax, VA

Amazon has a mouse?

I was joking around with a friend online and said that, “you can get anything and everything from Amazon.” Yes, that is an overstatement but *damn* Amazon has a lot of stuff. They even have a lot of Amazon branded items.

Since Christmas, I have been using an Amazon mouse. I don’t know why I go through so many mouses (mice? — no mouses). I don’t drop them and I only a casual gamer so you would think that they would work forever. But no — just no — a computer mouse has a limited lifespan in my hands. I don’t know why, it’s just one of those quirks of life. At any rate, my Sister and Nephew gave me a new mouse for Christmas — basic Amazon.


We are at the half-way point of February and the Amazon mouse has held up. I play Guild Wars 2 with it and do basic web surfing and computer use. My first experience with an Amazon branded item has been a positive one.  Big thumbs up.

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.”