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review 2017-04-23 03:02
Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Although I am not (officially) a Catholic, I have always been impressed how Catholicism embraces the feminine. This may sound odd, considering the way the boys in the Vatican treat women, but I don't think it is. There is something older, wilder, more female and, dare I say, more deeply attuned to Spirit than the rules, regulations, glitter and power of Vatican city. Many of the nuns I've met get this.

Estes brings this older, darker, more vibrant female to the fore, and she does it with great respect to the goddess who those of us who feel at home with more earth-borne and yup, pagan, roots can identify with. Did not the Lady of Guadalupe appear on a site sacred to the Indigenous people of Mexico? She did. Not, I contend, to displace her, but to assure those who believed in her that a simple change of name really changes nothing. She is still here, among us.

That's an experience I've had at a number of Christian sites in France and Wales; sites built upon much older sacred sites. The power of the sacred transcends shifts in religious fashion.

So, all this to say that Estes works hard in this book to reconnect us to that timeless and powerful female energy and she does a hell of a job, incorporating stories, poems, prayers, visual art and song to draw us in.

If this sort of thing interests you I urge you to put aside any prejudices you may have (and we all do) and take a wander. I think you'll enjoy it, and it will enrich you.

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text 2016-09-01 08:05
Review & Excerpt Tour - THE CHOSEN KNIGHTS

 

 

Review Tour for THE CHOSEN KNIGHTS (The Angel Knights #2) by Mary Ting!

 

 

 

About THE CHOSEN KNIGHTS (The Angel Knights Book 2)

 

A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page! ~InD'tale Magazine

 

 

 

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

 

 

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It’s beautiful.” I breathed. How this pendant, which was the size of his thumb, could give off so much light was unfathomable.

 

Isn’t it?” Eli agreed, staring intensely at me while taking a step toward me.

 

My heart pounded mercilessly from his words. A hint of playfulness was behind his tone, especially since he wasn’t staring at his pendant but directly at me.

 

Umm.” My face flushed. I changed the subject. “We need to get back to our friends. They’re worried about us, and they might need our help.”

 

He took another step, followed by my backward step. We continued that way for several steps more until I bumped into a tree.

 

 

They’ll be fine,” he said. “Time stands still when we astral travel. It sounds strange, but we could be here for days, and only seconds will have passed in the present.” Eli stood before me with hunger in his eyes. The nearness of his six-foot-plus strong and masculine body caused fluttering feelings to erupt in my stomach.

 

 

What are you, Eli?” I tried to break whatever was happening between us because God help me, I was falling.

 

Eli cupped my face tenderly with the palms of his hands. With his eyes deeply set on me, I imagined he could see right through my soul. “I am...everything,” he answered softly but sternly. Then he paused to brush his lips ever so gently on mine. “And you...are my girl with wings.” I was frozen in place, as stiff as the tree trunk supporting my back. The only thing that moved was my chest and my heart racing at the same speed as his. Just before he crushed his lips onto mine, he said in somber tone, “You will be the destruction of me.”

 

 

 

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About THE ANGEL KNIGHTS (The Angel Knights Book 1)

 

Michael and Claudia’s decision to move back to Crossroads was to keep their children safe, but they can’t escape who they are. Their children, Zachary and Lucia, were destined to be demon hunters—Venators. From the age they were able to hold a sword, they were trained to become the best and to ensure they would become leaders one day. 

All is peaceful throughout the land until the Fallen and demons’ presences were felt in the between and on Earth. As the Venators investigate these locations, they will quickly learn how dangerous their lives are. Hearts will be broken. Teammates will lose their lives. And they will face obstacles which will test their faith. 

As danger grows, the fear of fallen angels and demons regrouping has the Divine Elders on pins and needles. Now, Zachary and Lucia, along with Uncle Davin, must prepare themselves—mentally and physically—to live on Earth to investigate where the focal point of evil resides before it’s too late.

 

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About THE BLESSED KNIGHTS (The Angel Knights Book 3)

 

Eli, Lucia's half-demon love interest, has been stabbed with a true-cross dagger and captured by Cyrus, master of the possessor demons.

 

The Chosen Knights must work together once again not only to save Eli, but also to decipher a clue to find the second missing page of Jacques de Molay's journal. Meanwhile, Uncle Davin informs Crossroads Divine Elders of the danger ahead and learns there is much more to fear.

 

Countless children are being taken from all over the world to be turned into demons.

 

Michael, one of the Divine Elders, has no choice but to intervene. The Chosen Knights track down Mortem, the demon who is the key to finding Cyrus, and learn they must travel deep into the pit of a Hawaiian volcano.

 

When they astral travel to the past in search of a clue and follow Jacques de Moley to Roselyn Chapel in medieval Scotland, what they find will rewrite history.

 

Out October 28, 2016

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Author Bio:

International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great.


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review 2016-07-22 01:40
Review of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs by Annette Gordon-Reed
"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination - Annette Gordon-Reed,Peter S. Onuf

A great book on Thomas Jefferson by the expert on him - Annette Gordon-Reed.  This book is not a traditional biography.  It does go through his life chronologically, but it is a bit more thematic in nature as it focuses more on his views on family, slavery, society, etc...  there is very little in terms of background information on the Revolution or his specific actions as President, but I don't feel like that this book needed any of it.  Recommended for anyone who loves the time period and enjoys reading history.

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review 2016-05-06 03:05
My May 2016 InD'tale Magazine Review #3
Isle of the Blessed - Suzan Tisdale

Read full review HERE

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/05/my-2016-may-indtale-magazine-reviews.html
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review 2015-10-01 12:03
Blessed Are The Wicked by Steven LaChance
Blessed Are the Wicked: The Terrifying Sequel to the Uninvited - Steven A LaChance

This is the sequel to The Uninvited, which if you haven't read you need to do so before reading this book.

The Uninvited goes into detail about the haunting at the Union Screaming House. This book, while still dealing with paranormal events that occurred after Steven LaChance moved out of the house, isn't just about the author's paranormal experiences. You will still find some paranormal experiences in this book, but it is also about the aftermath of the haunting and the healing process the author had to go through.

The Uninvited is one of the best paranormal books I have read and while this book differs from the first one, it is still really good. It is a personal book; oftentimes I felt as if I was reading the author's journal. There was real emotion in the writing and at certain parts, I found myself tearing up.

This book gives a good look into the aftermath of a bad haunting and how it affects those who experienced it. Really good book. I can't wait to read whatever other books Steven LaChance writes

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