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  • Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living
    Melusine Draco
    Soarsondragonson amazon 2014
    I received this book from the publisher sometime at the end of December or the beginning of January, and I have to say that it was the best book on Paganism I have been handed to in a long time! I will more than gladly give this book 5 stars!

    Raymond Laroseon amazon January 2014
    I think this book read very well - lots of interesting lore and facts making the life of an (sub)urban witch easier. Access to herbs, reconnecting with nature and so on. The writing is very pleasing to follow, no matter where you are from or where you live. This book is perfect for all! I actually live in a more rural area than the intention - but so much information applied to me and my style of the craft. And as far as the strictly urban information, it's perfect for when I travel to large cities! Very surprised by the 1 star review from someone because they "don't live on an island." This is an exceptional work.

    David D. Salisbury amazon September 2012
    I don't often write reviews, but I very much enjoyed this book. We are coming into a time when more people are looking to Old Ways to support their spiritual and/or religious work. For the urban practitioner, it can feel limiting to not have access to hedges, forests, and lakes. Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living is a very practical approach to putting Old Craft practices to use.
    Witches need information on subjects like this, the challenge us to go beyond notions of what we perceive as limiting. Witchcraft accepts no limits and this work is proof of that.



    Claudia Loureiro goodreads March 2016
    In Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, Melusine Draco dedicates this small volume to address this situation. She offers a useful way to develop the Craft practice by stating the obvious inconveniences. The surprising bit is that she doesn't achieve this through the seeking of "exceptions", of "country-like" places in the city - she encourages the witch to rediscover the city, to look into it, and to change the attitude rather than getting stressed by the daily noises coming from the street. In short, she encourages everyone to make the best of what we've got. She guides us to small places in our city or our own house that may have been overlooked. In each chapter she also offers a useful exercise related to the subject. Plain, simple language and not boggled down in a lot of detail that is distracting and hard to follow.
    ~ Goodreads and , Amazon

  • Escape from the Past: The Kid (book 2)
    Annette Oppenlander
    Yes finally I got to read The Kid! After reading The Duke’s Wrath I knew I had to read The Kid and boy am I glad I did. Oh Max is back again and is having a day in his life. He is upset with his dad again and all he wants is to get away. It has been almost a year since Max played the game where he traveled back in time to Germany in 1471 and he never thought he would play again. Going back in time the first and not knowing if he was going to ever find his way out of the game and get back home again was pretty scary for him.

    But with everything that is going on his life right now and with all the time that has passed since the last time he played Max has kind of forgotten what it was like to be stuck in the past. Besides all that he misses his old friend Bero and his sister Julianna. Last time Max had a crush on Julianna and she also liked him. Julianna wanted Max to marry her that is what all the young girls did her time. They got married young and had a family. But Max being from a different time wasn’t ready for a family. Oh no he still had his whole life ahead of him for that. First he needed to finish high school and then maybe get a degree first. But he did miss them a lot so he decided that he would take his chance and go visit them again. He thought he had this game all figured out but he sure didn’t have something down pat because he ended up in another time in another country than before.

    This time when he played the game and traveled back in time he went back to 1881 in the Wild West days. He saw a family being attacked by the Indians while traveling. He also met Billy the kid who turned out not to be the bad guy that history claimed him to be. Max actually became pretty good friends with him. But he also met another pretty girl who he came to like and care for a lot too. This girl wanted him to marry her as well but Max wasn’t ready for a family. He cared for this girl a lot and did think about staying in the past with her.

    Max was also left with not knowing what he was supposed to do in the game or what his missions were. He was almost as confused this time around as the first time he played. He thought he had it all figured out but he soon realized he was mistaken. But he didn’t really know what he wanted if he wanted to stay in the past or go back to the future. Will Max figure out what it is he is supposed to do? Will he ever make it out of the game? Does he really want too? What will he do? What will his family do?

    If you like reading historical/time traveling books then you are going to fall in love with the Escape from the Past series. It is and amazing series and I can’t wait to read the next book to see where Max takes us on his next adventure. I can’t wait to see where he goes and who he meets. ~ The Avid Reader, Blog

  • Escape from the Past: The Kid (book 2)
    Annette Oppenlander
    The Kid is the second book in the Escape From The Past series! After Max gets into a fight with his parents, he so desperately wants to go back in time to his friend Bero in Medival Germany but finds himself in 1881 New Mexico instead! With Max struggling with his surroundings, he runs into Billy The Kid, in which he finds him not as bad as the history books painted him to be. When he finally arrives in Fort Sumner, trouble in the form of a gold nugget that was giving to him by a Warm Springs Apache to help his younger sister Ela, escape and help her get back to her people.

    While shopping for supplies for the long trip, it attracts the attention of bandits that take Max and Ela hostage. As they set out on this journey, Max and Ela get a chance to escape but not before Max gets bitten by a rattler. With Ela finding her tribe again and Max getting healed, it leads to Ela wanting to marry Max but Max wants to get back home in present day and sets out once again for Fort Sumner. As Max arrives back in town during which Billy gets killed, it leads to a heart stopping ending that will leave you wondering how it all ends for Max and the game!!

    This book was amazing and even though I would have liked it to have Max spend more time with Billy, it was a pretty good book overall! I have lived in New Mexico for 7 years and the first thing I wanted to go see was where Billy The Kid lived and died!! Reading this book has made me want to go reread everything about Billy again and what life was like back then in New Mexico and not many books will do that for me! I have found this series to be perfect that it gets everyone wanting to learn more about that time period and it's a pretty cool story-line as well!

    Thank You to Annette Oppenlander for making me fall in love all over again with Billy The Kid!! ~ Country Girl Bookaholic, Blog

  • Escape from the Past: The Kid (book 2)
    Annette Oppenlander
    The Kid by Annette Oppenlander kicks off with the main character from book one of the Escape From the Past series, The Duke’s Wrath. It offers the same quick, conversational style and a return: not to the same place, but a return to the same kind of mission.

    Max is in a pickle right in the ordinary realm of contemporary today: and not even a very unusual one. He’s contending with divorced parents and expectations…and remembering (regretfully) his love interest. The difference between here and now and the ‘then’ of the other time is contrasted much more sharply in this book, largely because of the opening.

    The pace remains unchanged and I thought The Kid certainly matched the unpredictable quality offered in book one. This one takes Max to the American west, with cowboys, guns and horseback riding. Dangers abound, although these mostly crop up without adding a lot to the story. At times, getting through the side problems felt like a long haul.

    However, his unpredictable problems have a way of helping Max with his own: and leading to some touching family moments.

    The writing style exhibited and the immediacy of the story really grab the reader. These are exciting to read and one never stops wondering what will happen next. It is well-done and will appeal to fans of time travel and the fantastical in general. Again, there is a fair amount of violent violence and some rather thick-skinned reaction to it, as well as to some types of peoples. Its a very good read, nonetheless. ~ Long and Short Reviews YA, Blog

  • Escape from the Past: The Kid (book 2)
    Annette Oppenlander
    "...Ultimately he reveals his advanced knowledge and formidable courage against a deadly enemy, making this a gripping YA historical novel. There’s something about the essence of Western drama that makes exciting, wonderful reading. Max is fortunate enough to participate in the gritty, courageous kind of living that was once a day-to-day challenge. This is a great historical fantasy read that will make you want to read the first book in this series!" ~ Historical Novel Society, Historical Novel Society Online

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Wow, I just finished this unique book. It is about love, fractured relationships, deception with a dash of Fatal Attraction thrown in. If you are looking for a story that introduces you to interesting characters and has taken a few steps off the beaten path then this is the one for you. What a wonderful first novel and I'm looking forward to further stories from this author.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Beat the Rain in exchange for an honest review. ~ Becky Narlinger, NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Wow. This is an extraordinary book. An incredible achievement for a first novel. I was totally absorbed by it, and read it in record time for me. I couldn't put it down.

    The plot twists and turns with a strong sense of impending doom. The characters spring off the page alive (or at least, living), and the setting in Brighton is portrayed to perfection.

    There's a great sense of humour running alongside the tragedy, which makes it a joy when you come across a great gag.I wholeheartedly recommend Beat the Rain, and I can't wait to see what Nigel Jay Cooper comes up with next, unless it's called 'Yesterday's Croissant'. ~ Roland Hamilton, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Really enjoyed reading "Beat the Rain" by Nigel Jay Cooper. He is a natural writer and the story flowed as it unravelled the characters and their complex lives filled with emotions such as love,loss,hope,rejection and despair. The story itself is deep and emotional with unusual twists and turns which kept me captivated throughout the book. The author manages to bring the characters to life by creating tangible emotions and feelings allowing the reader to empathise with the characters; to the point which you almost believe it is real and not fiction. I would strongly recommend this book to others. ~ Shirley Coleman, Amazon Reader Review

  • How To Write a Chiller Thriller
    Sally Spedding
    This book is full of terrific ideas and has fueled my imagination! I now need to settle down and choose which idea I want to develop into my story!
    ~ Janette Forman , NetGalley

  • Natural Born Shamans - A Spiritual Toolkit for Life
    Imelda Almqvist
    This Book is a Must Read for Any Moms and Dads Who are Open Minded to these Practices. As a new Mom who has explored and practiced earth based spirituality, I found this book to be an incredible breath of fresh air. Most groups that practice journey work or ceremonies are geared towards adults only. This book provides so many wonderful ways for Moms and Dads to include their children and other children who have parents that are open minded to these practices. I believe this book will bring out the qualities of love, kindness and confidence in children who interested in participating. Thank you Imelda Almqvist for this book. I look forward to putting your ideas into practice. ~ Connie Rounds, Amazon/NetGalley

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Nigel Jay Cooper is an excellent author, getting so deeply into the heads of his characters that he takes the reader along for the dive. Reading this book has been, for me, a totally immersive experience., and left me completely enveloped in the deepest recesses of the psyches of the two main characters Adam and Louise.

    This was at times a breathless ride, through depression, obsession, grief, despair, excitement and anxiety. As a therapist I found the internal portrayal dead on, and it was hard to put the book down. Each plot twist kept me hanging on for more ... now I find myself hanging on for Nigel Jay Cooper's next book, whenever that might be. ~ Beverley Kune, Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazon review

  • Officious
    Josie Appleton
    "The state once left us alone unless we committed a crime or fought in a war. Now its tendrils creep everywhere. Josie Appleton, a doughty champion of the free citizen, brilliantly exposes the meddlesome bossiness of the modern state". ~ Philip Johnston, author, 'Bad Laws'

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This is a surprising book on many levels. The plot and characters are both well crafted, and in unexpected ways. It is a love story about dysfunctional people, but again in a fresh and interesting take. Cooper can write both male and female characters and project their inner thoughts equally well. The roles portrayed here are against type, which makes you examine your own suppositions and prejudices. It is a dark and tormented tale, but you find yourself drawn in, slowly and then quickly. Much like passing a highway accident, you want to know more about why, when, and how it all happened.

    If you like novels about likable people, this isn't for you. No one in this book is without some faults, some quite big ones. But if you have been in a failed relationship, much of this book will ring true. You may not want to relive your own relationship, but Cooper has recreated a well-built model that is worth looking at from many different points of view. Ultimately, I ended up re-reading this book after six months, and enjoyed it more, being able to absorb the numerous plot twists and concentrate on what he was trying to do. Highly recommended. ~ David Strom, Netgalley, Amazon Customer Review

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This book is well worth the read. The characters are very easy to identify with and the story flows and gets you totally absorbed. Louise is happily married to Tom and then tragedy strikes. She gets involved with Tom's twin brother Adam and they are fine for a while until someone else enters their lives. Then the story takes a dramatic, unexpected turn and one I was not expecting. It was one of those books that you can't put down, but at the same time you don't want the story to end. It would make an awesome movie. Will definitely look out for more books by this author. I was given the book by Netgalley for an honest review. ~ Pat Pullum, Morethanareview.com

  • Other Than Mother - Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind
    Kamalamani
    I found this book a useful guide to life in general, of living together with all sentient beings, including the Earth herself, in harmony and compassion, helping to create a fairer world and healthier planet, even though Kamalamani points out in the introduction to 'Other than Mother' that it is primarily a text for those weighing up the pros and cons of deciding whether or not to have children. Kamalamani, who decided long ago not to bear children herself for various reasons takes us, sometimes painstakingly, through the minutiae of her decision so that we may be informed of nuances of making such a choice. As part of the wider view, she also brings into question cultural attitudes towards women in general and seeks to reclaim what are considered 'natural' lifestyle choices, advocating validity and a full and rich existence with or without children. Refreshingly, she talks of the realm of not having children as a positive thing and challenges the notion of Womanhood equaling Motherhood along with a wish for open dialogue between those that are parents and those that aren't, so that the wealth of experience of both can be heard wholeheartedly. She helps us to get to know the 'Worldly Winds', the pains and pleasures that blow through all of of our lives, in a way that graces us with a deeper experience of life on Earth. ~ Cheryl Tipple, 'She Who Knows' magazine

  • Blissfully Dead
    Melita Harvey

    5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and honest and certainly has made a difference in ..., September 24, 2016

    This review is from: Blissfully Dead: Life Lessons From The Other Side (Paperback)
    Melita's book was exquisite, beautiful and honest and certainly has made a difference in my perception of life and the afterlife. Bless both you and Janelle, thank you x ~ Kelly, Amazon.com

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter
    Excellent book .when reading you can relate to the experience s. Great down to earth manor and fantastic guidance .This is a great book to go back to once you have read and will help many people on their own journey .I do hope there will be more to follow . ~ Suzy Wan, Amazon

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter
    This book answers all the questions I did not know how to ask with experiences I can related too. I can not wait to read more from this great teacher and his spirit team. ~ Eoin Flanagan , Amazon

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter
    Just want it to say Thank You Chris Ratter what an amazing book this is. Honestly ever since I have started my own journey I was looking for answers and it was so hard to find anything that would make scene. Until one day you and your team have came a long to guide us in the right direction and also provided answers no one else was able to give.Your book has honestly answered everything I needed. Also having to hear your story and being able to see what spirit world can achieve is amazing. Thank you and your team so much for wanting to share such amazing story and experiences and for wanting to help us. ~ Angelica Elizabeth , Facebook

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter
    Chris what an amazing book you and spirit team have written, a very inspiring book with it been written in a very humble and truthful manner. Just soo privileged to have meet you , and just wanted to say thank you very much Chris , for your continued support and guidance . ~ Anne Marie Plante, Facebook

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