RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
- Beat the Rain
Nigel Jay Cooper
Fabulous page turner of a book that had me gripped to the last page. Good characters (none of them particularly likeable, which is actually very refreshing), and I think with introspection we can see some of ourselves in there somewhere. So many good reviews already not much left to say. I would def recommend. ~ Customer Review, Amazon
- Front Page Murder
It's another entertaining read with a suitably nasty antagonist. I didn't spot the killer. I did enjoy the way the leads came about, the comical descriptions, and the set pieces. ~ The Hound, Crime Thriller Hound
- Front Page Murder
Peter Bartram has crafted a mystery that is a great romp. Front Page Murder is a lot of fun. ~ Mal McEwan, Crime Fiction Lover
- Shaman Pathways - Elen of the Ways
I love sitting and listening to elders talk about what they know about life and the teachers that have taught them all they know. And this is one of those authors that writes in a style that makes you feel that you are having a cup of tea with.
Ms. Sentier is a true story teller in that she relays all she has learned and been guided to know with such ease. The writing flows and it does take you to the times and the places she describes. She talks about being an awenydd, a spirit keeper, and taleweaver and she comes from a long line of awenydd.
In Shaman Pathways: Elen of the Deer Trods, the author talks about the history of the nomadic peoples and explains how becoming farmers lead to a harder life with less enjoyment and a true separation from a spiritual side of life. As we drifted from that, we became greedier and lost our true selves and our health to disease.
Ms. Sentier also speaks of true sovereignty of the Goddess and the test she set up for the God so that he could prove his worth as a guardian for Her and her land. I loved the way she told the stories she heard from the awenydd of her village and the wise ones who shared their wisdom with her and the younger generations.
The author talks about elders and ancestors of the place where you live. She tells how to go about getting to know the nous of the land. How they are there waiting to tell you about the life that lives there and how you can connect and interact with that energy. She has a wonderful way to really describe what she sees and knows. It is an easy and relaxing read. This is one of those books, that gives you the desire to listen to the spirits of the land whether it be in a park near you or your own farmstead, and then go back and reread the book.
I know I will be going out to the park and spending time with the nous of the area. And I will be rereading Ms. Sentier’s book after I have learned more about the ancestors of the town that I call home. ~ PaganPages.org, http://paganpages.org/content/2017/12/book-review-elen-of-the-ways-shaman-pathways/
- Frankie & Me
Praise for Marie Yates:
Marie Yates is an author and coach who works with survivors of rape and sexual abuse. She brings a very special expertise in writing Reggie & Me, the first in the Dani Moore series. A thoughtful and thought-provoking work of fiction, Reggie & Me is one of those deftly written novels that lingers in the mind and memory long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. ~ Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
- Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
I devour Astrology books. This one... no less. I always wondered why earth is not considered as a planet in astrology. And this book is the perfect answer. If you are an astrology addict like me then this book is definitely for you. ~ Curious Reader, NetGalley/GoodReads
- Visitor, The
Christopher Chase Walker
A tantalizing thriller. A great read for a vacant night. I was intrigued from the first page, and the book didn't let me go until I'd flipped the last page. I looked forward to reading more from this author.
~ Kensley Lewis, NetGalley
- Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
A few months ago, I read a book by Sarah-Jane Watkins about Catherine of Braganza, which I really liked. So, when I saw Watkins had published another book, I jumped on the chance to read it. A Watkins book, a history of a woman and a lesser known at that? Right up my alley!
Here, Watkins tells the life of Margaret Tudor, who was the sister of Henry VIII. The Tudors in general and Henry VIII in particular are a well-loved topic. I much prefer the Victorian period myself, although I do find the Tudors quite interesting. Tudor publications often deal with Henry and his wives, so I was quite pleased to learn about a lesser known figure.
And learn I did. My only knowledge of Margaret Tudor before I read this book was the character played by Gabrielle Anwar in the TV show The Tudors, who is actually a mix of Margaret Tudor and her sister Mary Tudor, and isn’t exactly historically accurate. I do love the TV show despite its historically inaccuracies, it’s great fun.
The book is quite short at 168 pages and the writing style is easy to read, so it is accessible to any reader. The text is enhanced by the addition of several letters written by or to Margaret, as well as a few pictures at the end of chapters. We’re also told at the end what happens to Margaret’s direct descendants. I found myself rooting for the characters, although it isn’t fiction, and was even getting annoyed at their decisions – the diplomacy of the time is very much similar to a soap opera…
A recommended read! ~ Camille, Camille's Bookish Adventures
- High Love - Still Connected
Andrew D. Bentley
http://bluewolf-reviews.com/books/new-age/high-love-still-connected/ ~ Blue Wolf Reviews
- Spiritual Runes, The
I can't recall a time when the runes were not a part of my life. My mother has carried a little bag of clay bits engraved with runes on walks with her ever since I can remember. She'll stop at a bench overlooking an immense view of the Grande Ronde Valley and pull a rune out of the bag to contemplate.
Never content with things as they have "always been done," I've read several books on runes to try to understand them at greater depth. Most of these books discuss making rune scripts or bind-runes for the purposes of focusing intentions and bringing needed energies to a place or a specific issue. But mostly these books make only a token stab at substantial analysis of the spiritual basis for or history of the runes.
Now here is a book that claims to occupy the middle ground between the pocket how-to books that are accessible to all but seem to fall short on substance and the dense academic and primary source material. And it makes good on that claim.
The Spiritual Runes is the first book I have encountered which provides solid historical information--including facts about the modern use and abuse of the runes--as well as rune interpretations for divination and very specific instructions for the use of runes in ritual and intention-based magic. Each section is complete and of suitable length and depth. No corners are cut and the tone is friendly and accessible at all points.
The book goes into somewhat greater historical depth and provides more credible background for historical claims than most of my previous reading in commercial rune books. Still, the part where I found the book truly shines is the final section on rune rituals. This is mostly personal taste. I love the rituals suggested in this book. They are beautiful, simple enough to be practical and yet well-aligned for focusing intentions. I am sure to try several of them. ~ Arie Farnam, Amazon
- Scholarship Game, The
After high school the next step is college. College can be very expensive depending on what school you want to attend and what career you will be going for. There are grants and such that make schooling less expensive but there is quite a process to get these grants because you are not the only one applying for them. Questions? Yeah, a ton. Where should I begin? Check out his book.
After going through school and becoming several thousand dollars in debt I wish I would have known about this book. It talks about everything from how to build you resume, writing essays, when to apply, interviews, and so much more. There is quite a process to go to schools and getting the financial aid. This book walks you through every step.
I love how this book applies to everyone, kids, parents, and even adults. Although it applies more to kids in school you could easily modify the steps for those of us having to go back to school. It’s written is a simple, no nonsense way, and makes a lot of sense.
If you are looking to go back to school I strongly recommend checking out this book. It will make a big difference in your pocketbook. ~ J Bronder, JBronderBookReviews
- Front Page Murder
Front Page Murder wholeheartedly embraces the 60s vibe, layers of human interest, comical banter, a genuine Sheila called Shirley, plus there’s a crime AND a puzzle to solve – there’s even a partridge in a pear tree... Well, this had everything and I couldn’t have asked for more. I’m definitely looking forward to the next caper in the paper! ~ Little Bookness Lane
- Some Assembly Required
This is a very interesting SF novel. A journalist, Jake parlays his lifelong affliction of hearing voices in his head into an intimate series of interviews with Dr. Sewall's oatmeal-like intellectual hybrid of computers and DNA replication. Jake, despite the voices he has denied since he was six years old to keep the psychiatrists at bay, has a fairly normal life prior to the advent of Rex. He has a girl, Marnie, whom he adores, and a life he is comfortable with most of the time. But Rex....
This is a laugh a minute - and there is also the niggling little finger of doubt that keeps you thinking right along with Jake. This is an artist I will follow. ~ Bonnye Reed Fry, NetGalley
- Some Assembly Required
The book has as its main character a journalist named Jake James, who presents himself as a person who hears voices, but it is not a mentally sick person.
Even from the beginning, the author has a great way of inducing you the thoughts and feelings of the character. When you read the book, you have the feeling that you are connected directly to the mind of a schizophrenic. Because of this, you cannot figure out all of the time, if some of the conversations are really happening or they are just in Jake’s mind.
My honest belief is that this novel deserves to be a bestseller of the genre, so stay tuned for its December release. Even though I have already read the digital edition provided in advance on Netgalley, I liked the story so much that I will order the paper print version for my collection
https://readingbadger.club/2017/11/24/a-novel-for-the-sci-fi-fans/ ~ Elia Mihuta, Reading Badger
- Acts of Kindness from Your Armchair
new place in the world, your overall worth, what contributions (if any) you can still make. Anita Neilson does a wonderful job of sharing her personal story, and the lessons she learned as she came to terms with these issues. Lessons which are valuable for everyone.
Anita first covers learning to be kind to yourself, a lesson many of us struggle with! Topics in this section include examining yourself first to eliminate unkind thoughts or habits and replace them with positive ones; celebrating your good qualities; being thankful; and not comparing yourself to others.
Part two deals with Kindness to Others - letting people be who they are without trying to control or change them; inspiring people by being the positive, caring, compassionate person you have learned to be; and nurturing your friendships.
Part three deals with Kindness to the Animal Kingdom, and Part four covers Kindness to the Environment.
Each section offers helpful advice and things that can be done, despite any physical limitations you might have.
I love that this book enforces the message that EVERYONE has value, and that everyone can contribute to making this a better, kinder world no matter what their circumstances. ~ Kathy Fuchs, NetGalley
- Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
This is the biographical story of King Henry VIII's lesser known older sister, Margaret Tudor, her rise to power as the Queen of Scotland and her continued struggles with being torn between England and Scotland. Ms. Watkins does a wonderful job of telling this woman's story. I was impressed at her ability to overcome tragedy, which entered her life in a number of instances from losing her children to early deaths to being betrayed by those closest to her. She is definitely one of those women who is strong willed and not afraid to go after what she wants. She was devoted to her son. I liked that the book wasn't overly bogged down with historical detail tangents that had little or nothing to do from Margaret, which you can sometimes find in these historical biographies. The author includes excerpts from letters written by the main character which helps portray her voice. I also enjoyed how the author ended the book by reminding the reader of Margaret's ultimate dream of uniting England and Scotland which was eventually achieved through her future family members after her death. If you're interested in the Tudor family, I recommend picking up this book. ~ Marissa Giles, NetGalley
- Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
An intriguing historical account of the machinations of King Henry VIII and his attempt to join the countries of Scotland and England, using his sister Margaret. She married James IV and gave birth to the future James V, who she thought eventually would rule both England and Scotland together, but this never came to pass.
Margaret came across, as both strong and vulnerable, especially in later years.
Margaret is not as well known as her granddaughter Mary, but an important player in the lives of the Tudor dynasty.
~ Eileen Hall, NetGally
- Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
An intelligent, well written and researched story of a forgotten Tudor Princess and a Scottish Queen. You think of Tudor England and that means Henry v111, and his six wives. Maybe you know about his brother Arthur,perhaps Mary, who married the French King, but poor Margaret, went to Scotland and became a lost Tudor. Although the book details many feminine details about her life,her love of court life,fine dresses and jewellery ,fine food and travels around the kingdom,which are delightful to read, Margaret quickly learnt the skills of diplomacy in her new role. Coming from a Protestant court to a Catholic country,she had to learn how to keep good relations with the English and her domineering brother Henry, and his letters of advice,her disloyal courtiers and following the death of her husband James 1v and her remarriage to Archibald Douglas,6th Earl of Arran,she had to keep the Scottish crown for her only son,James V. This was all against the threat of border raids from the English,the threat of invasion from France and the knowledge that her husband was unfaithful to her and plotted against her regency and his desire to take over that role for himself . She must have used all her feminine wiles to keep the peace for so long! I love Tudor history and take many long holidays in Scotland and mainly visit places connected with Mary,Queen of Scots. I know most of these places described in this book, but didn't know the connections between them and Margaret Tudor ,but did know that she was the grandmother of Mary,Queen of Scots. I think I will do a lot more exploring next year on my annual visits as she seemed such a strong and determined person,ready to sacrifice her health and reputation to see her son on the throne of Scotland. A most enjoyable read,it has really brought this forgotten Queen back to life. ~ Daphne Sharpe, GoodReads
- Pagan Portals - Australian Druidry
This books gives a great glance into an ancient and often misunderstood practice, this time set in Austrailia. When most people think druids, they think of Europe. Rooted deeply in nature, Druidry is close to other practices that are nature-based, and this book provides a great overview for the curious. ~ Lily, The Faerie Review
- Pilgrimage on the Path of Love
Barbara Ann Briggs
A Journey Through Divine Love
“So many times, we look outside, searching for a perfection which already exists inside us all the time. I realised that each moment contained all we could ever seek to know, to feel and to believe. Each moment contained perfection. I remembered who I was – a simple child, an aged pilgrim, a Mother of Creation, a human being made in the image of the Eternal Being, That One, unbreathed upon, ever giving life to all, ever reborn, ever the same,” says Shantila Martin, the protagonist of Barbara Briggs’ book Pilgrimage on the Path of Love.
Written lucidly, this book is the perfect amalgamation of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. The protagonist found herself by connecting to her inner Divine, at every challenge she faced in the new land. Coming to India to get her first book published, Shantila expected to be hosted by her publisher, who later refused to let her stay with him. Looking for shelter, she eventually becomes a guest at a Buddhist Center in Delhi. Surrounded by lamas, she finds herself nestled in Divine love. Seeking solace in this very Divine love, she travels to Manali, Manikaran and finally, Ladakh. Travelling through the northern landscape of India, she meets strangers who become channels of divine for her – a love she had set out to seek in India. As she experiences spirituality through paths like Buddhism and Sikhism, Shantila’s faith in the Divine begins to strengthen.
What stands out in the narrative is her utmost optimism and unshaken faith in God. When faced with difficulties, she surrenders herself to Him and derives energy from her firm belief that the right path will be illuminated by the Creator.
The book is also filled with vivid and detailed descriptions of Shantila’s transcendence during meditation. While meditating, she delves deep within to reflect on her painful past. This helps her understand the true nature of the unfulfilled love she had experienced in her life. In understanding its true nature, she is provided with a strength to move ahead on her path of spiritual fulfilment.
Written eloquently by Briggs, the book paints a vivid picture of Indian landscapes, temples, and even ordinary bustling roads, enabling the reader to journey with the protagonist. Her astute description of life in India and its people can make one fall in love with this land and its healing grounds. The ordinary character of Shantila becomes extraordinary because of her zeal to grow and seek the Divine.
Having read a few books on esoteric spirituality, this book came to me as a breath of fresh air, with its simple narrative and profound spiritual insights. Pilgrimage on the Path of Love introduces the spiritual ethos of India to the world, and even to Indians who have forgotten the sacred presence of Divinity in this land.
~ Muskaan Sharma, Life Positive Magazine