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Woohoo…My 1000 Review at Amazon.com and it’s a 5 star! :-)

My 1000 review posted at Amazon:

Murder & Moonflowers by Leslie Leigh

What a fun story this was to read! :-)

I’m a fan of cozy mysteries AND a long-time believer in holistic and herbal medicine, so when I happen to see this book on a Top 100 list recently, downloading it was a no-brainer.

This has a rather unique twist on the usual types of kindle cozy mysteries, with the main character’s occupation being a herbalist and baker.

The story moved along at a good pace, characters were believable and I liked the author’s engaging writing style as well.

The suspense kept up right to the end of the story when all was satisfyingly revealed; along with a teaser for the next book in the series that made me want to download book 2 too (which I have!).

If you like cozy mysteries and have an interest in natural and herbal medicines like I do, this is a book and also a series to check out. I’m hoping book 2 will be just as good.

Love the covers for these books too, very eye-catching!

PS: I actually ended up downloading the full 5 book kindle series, for less than $5. ;-) That will definitely keep me reading for a while…LOL!

Happy Reading and Weekend! :-)


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Earth Day 2015: Can We Afford to Hesitate?

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Our Supreme Mother,

knows nothing of the word: hesitate.

Moving,shifting,adapting,changing- constantly.

In the eye of a vicious and relentless storm.

Not one of Her making or choosing.

She stands: resolute and alone.

Struggling to survive, to flourish.

As forces beyond Her control,

Chip away at the majesty of our fading blue planet.

She has not failed us.

She will not give up without a fight.

And in return and in reply:

Can we afford to hesitate?

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A poem that I wrote several years ago. I thought was fitting to share it once again, for Earth Day 2015. 

For me, living a greener lifestyle is just second nature. I do what I can, every day, to reduce my carbon footprint and to be mindful of the small choices throughout the day, that really do matter, in the big picture. Choices that include: reducing, recycling, re-purposing, being a vegetarian, buying organics, watching electrical consumption, walking instead of driving or taking a bus…

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Earth Day?

HAPPY EARTH DAY!! :-)


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Summer Thoughts and Wishes, On My Mind….

summer wishes haiku

Are you thinking about summer yet? I am! ;)

Lots of good things on the go here and a really pleasant summer coming up, if all goes as planned. 
Hope you enjoy this summer wishes haiku/haiga from the archives! :-)
Have a lovely day, G 


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Book Review: Street Magic by William Hammett

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Street Magic by William Hammett 

From the Amazon product page:

The people of Pace, Indiana, are jolted from their routine small-town lives when a street magician, Lark the Magnificent, begins staging one incredible show after another. There is seemingly nothing this man in an electric-blue suit can’t do, from levitating above the sidewalk to making it snow on a sunny day.

But Joe Bailey, meek bachelor and town archivist, notices that things in Pace aren’t quite right. People are going missing, stores are closing, and someone—or some thing—is living in a row of abandoned homes on River Road.

In this homage to Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, William Hammett has written a chilling novel in lyrical prose about the evil locked behind the doors of small-town America, an evil that Joe Bailey will have to combat with his own brand of street magic.

My review:

This book is quite a ways from my usual “genre comfort zone” with shades of Stephen King, in this tale of small town life and the dark secrets that are often kept for many years, behind closed doors.

I choose this one entirely based on my admiration for Hammett’s other books that I had read and not for the kind of story that I expected, based on the description. But as usual, Mr. Hammett did not disappoint.

Main character Joe Bailey is a quiet, reclusive man who has lived in Pace, Indiana for all of his 45 years. He spends most of his time alone, either at work as the town’s archivist or at home.

But Joe’s world is about to become a lot more complicated and exciting with the appearance of a strange new character in town: Lark the Magnificent. Able to perform tricks and illusions that go far beyond the usual realm of mere mortal magic, Lark begins by dazzling and delighting the town folk with his amazing feats, in the local town square. But soon, that magical power will go in a very different direction and will also take Joe Bailey and several of his boyhood friends on a bizarre and surreal journey they will never forget.

I’m not usually a fan of stories like this as mentioned already but I was soon drawn into the plot and found myself putting off other things I planned to do, wanting to find out what would happen next in the story. The characters truly come alive in the pages of this book. The plot moves along at a fast pace and there are plenty of surprises, twists and turns… along the way.

What really sets this novel apart from similar ones in this genre is the redemptive tone that is also there, along with the dark and sinister events of the story. That I really appreciated, especially the satisfying, albeit also sad ending, that wrapped up all the red herrings completely.

Street Magic is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. Original and engaging from start to finish. :-)

And right now, it’s only $1 at Amazon, so a great time to download a copy of this (full-length) novel.

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PS: Billy Hammett is a long-time blog pal of mine, although that does NOT make me biased in terms of his work. When it comes to reviews of any kind, I tell it like I see it or I don’t tell it at all! ;-)

He has many books to his credit, penned under his own name and also as a ghost writer.

Billy is currently reissuing a number of his previous novels and short stories in Kindle format at Amazon, so stay tuned for more enjoyable reads from this talented and prolific author.


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Mr. Cheddar: Indie Author!!!

Geraldine:

Woohoo…Mr. Cheddar is pawing his first two eBooks!!! ;-)

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:

ched with BLACK GLASSES

Woohoo ! Mr. Cheddar has been bit by the “writing bug”. ;)

He is currently working on 2 eBook projects that he plans to have completed in the next few weeks.

I am “assisting” with the typing as he does find the small keys a bit challenging, with his mighty paws!!!

Will keep you posted as things progress.

I can tell you at this point though that one book is a collection of his best cat-ku (that’s haiku in cat-speak) and the other is a collection of wisdom and wit from a catty perspective.

Wish us luck! ;-)

Have a wonderful week, G and Mr. C 

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Easter Ched is….

Geraldine:

Easter Ched has hit the streets again! ;)

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:


“taking it to the streets again!” ;)

We both wish you the best Easter holiday ever.

May your Easter basket be filled with all kinds of sweet and special treats! :)

Hugs and Headbonks from G and Mr. C

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Yin/Yang/Love/Life

Geraldine:

This is a poem from the archives that continues to get a lot of page read each week.

Thought it was worthy of an encore on the Home page. ;)

Have a creative and meaningful week, G

Originally posted on My Poetic Path:

                            

  It’s about balance….

The changing seasons of life.
Breath in, breath out.
Expansion>
Contraction<
The circle that slowly goes…
Round,round,round.
                           
It’s about love….
Changing faces/places/spaces.
Who we are and what we give, today.
Is not.
Who we are tomorrow.
We seek.
Shall we find?
Or shall we lose?
Again.
                           
It’s about life….
Choices: made and missed.
Lives with limits.
Far better to be lived,
Fully and finally,
Free.
                                
Are we ever sure?
Can we ever, truly know.
Who we are.
Who we are meant,
to Be.
                                                                       
Yin/Yang, a constant.
As it should be.
As it must be.
Moving life forward.
Relentless….
Coursing through our veins.
Until the last breath that we take.
                                     
Connecting, interjecting,dissecting and rejecting.
Meeting of the minds.
Bleeding of the hearts.
Yin/Yang/Love/Life
                                     
“Yin/Yang/Love/Life” – © Geraldine H. Hartman 2008

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