The Dragon Tempest

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The Dragon Tempest: Tales of Fantasy & Adventure (DKC Contest Anthology Book 2)   

The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.

Judges:
Allison D. Reid
KJ Hawkins
D.B. Mauldin
Joshua Robertson

1st Place Winners
Christine King
Katie Roxberry
Winter Bayne
Jane Dougherty
Wilson F. Engel, III

2nd Place Winners
Christine Haggerty
Randall Lemon
Deborah Jean Anderson
J. Abram Barneck
Louise Findlay

3rd Place Winners
Samuel Milner
Karen Brown

I am honored to have two short stories published in “The Dragon’s Tempest.”

Following is an excerpt from, “Queen of the Faeries”

The concert had been great. Aine and Dorrian made their way backstage to try to get a glimpse of the band members. Aine had fallen ‘head over heels in love with the band’s bass guitar player, Iarl Fitzgerald. Dorrian rolled her eyes at Aine. She was always falling ‘head over heels’ in love with somebody.

“There he is!” exclaimed Aine. She grabbed Dorrian’s arm and started leading her in Iarl’s direction.

As if he had heard her, Iarl looked up, right at Aine. Their eyes locked and Iarl walked toward Aine, meeting her halfway. Aine let go of Dorrian’s arm as she reached out to shake hands with Iarl.

“Hi! I am Aine. I just wanted to tell you that I love the way you play your bass guitar.”

Iarl smiled. Aine’s heart did a flip-flop; his smile made him even more gorgeous. He had a serious face, very cute, but serious. His shoulder-length, blonde curls framed his gorgeous face. His dark-green eyes were deep-set, giving him the overall appearance of a man who did not smile or laugh easily.

Still holding Aine’s hand in his, he turned and led them to his dressing room. There were other people bustling about and Dorrian joined them. Iarl sat Aine down in a chair next to his. He turned to look at her, and spoke for the first time.

Following is an excerpt from, “The Elementals Save Mother Earth”:

The ghost of Paracelsus roamed the earth. Never had he seen the earth in such a terrible state. The land was dry and ravaged by fire. Paracelsus knew the salamanders were thriving, but they were the only elemental to do so. Pollution inhabited the waters and air to the point that they were poisonous. They were losing the battle to help keep the earth livable for humans

Mother Earth had awoken Paracelsus.

“Paracelsus, I beg of you to arise from your resting place. I desperately need your help,” she had said.

Paracelsus did as Mother Earth asked. He stood looking around the devastation, wondering where to start.

“The four elemental forces are going to have to work together to clean up this mess,” Paracelsus muttered to himself.

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Catching up, Getting ahead, and Being away

Cancer

D.B. Mauldin

Over the next two days I will be trying to catch up and get ahead on some posts. Back in April, we found out that my dad had cancer off the esophagus. Since then, he has been through chemotherapy and radiation treatments that has hopefully done away with the cancer, but has left him with part of his esophagus dead. On Monday, August 29th, he will be having surgery. The surgeons will take out the part of his esophagus, and surrounding tissues, that are dead and reattach his stomach to what is left of his esophagus. They will analyze the removed tissue to ensure all the cancer is gone.

He will be unable to swallow for 6-8 weeks and will have a feeding tube placed in his stomach. Once he has healed, he will have to go through rehab to learn how to swallow again. This is going to be…

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Medieval Monday: Pleasure Gardens

Gardens

Allison D. Reid

pleasure gardenThe last couple of posts have been about summer activities in the Middle Ages, from the hard labor of harvesting crops, to the diversions of games. There was another summer pleasure for those in the upper classes of medieval society; recreational gardens. Not every garden was planted strictly for food or herbs, nor even for meditation as some of the monastic gardens were. Some were kept purely for pleasure, and they were designed “not for fruitfulness, but to delight the senses of sight and smell.”

They were usually walled and had a park-like atmosphere, possibly including a structure meant to be a summer home, where the nobility could go to find relaxation away from the main manor or castle. Very large estates might even have separate gardens, one for the lord or king, and one for the lady or queen.

Pleasure gardens had a diversity of trees, not only for…

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Vitex Essential Oil

Vitex agnus-castus

Vitex Essential Oil

Common Name

Vitex or Chaste Tree

Parts Used

Berry

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

Middle

Aroma

Fresh with tenacious front notes that are dry and bitter. As the aroma evaporates, the notes turn soft, bittersweet, and floral, presenting a scent that is complex and quite lovely. Characteristic of dried vitex berries.

Overview

This powerful essential oil comes from the distilled fruits (berries) of the vitex or chaste tree. Native to the Mediterranean, uses for this perennial shrub have been mentioned throughout history and can be found in works by Pliny the Elder, Dioscorides, and in Homer’s The Iliad.

Vitex is considered a balancing herb for women. It can be included in a diffuser blend, or used topically. For topical use, it should always be diluted in a carrier at no more than 1%. Vitex is not typically used within perfumery, but can add interesting notes to a blend.

Constituents

Sabinene, 1,8-Cineole, α-Pinene, β-Carophyllene, Limonene, and trans-β-Farnesene.

Blends Well With

Floral oils (such as rose, geranium, or lavender), clary sage, vetiver, oakwood, valerian, palo santo, amyris, Moroccan chamomile, elemi, and ho wood.

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Oil Specific: Do not use while pregnant, nursing, or while using hormonal contraceptives.

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Palm Fruit Oil

Elaeis guineensis

Palm Fruit Oil

Overview

Method of extraction

Cold Pressed and Unrefined

Packaging

This oil comes packaged in a recycled plastic bucket.

Suggested use

Food and cosmetic use

Kosher Certified

Yes

Our organic extra virgin palm fruit oil contains antioxidant vitamin E oil, and is stable against heat and oxidation. Palm fruit oil is commonly used in food products as a healthier alternative when compared with other higher saturated oils. It will melt at about 80-90 degrees and turn to liquid. This particular oil is unrefined and extra virgin. No chemicals or solvents are used during the extraction of our palm fruit oil. It is popularly used in baking, frying, food mixes, coatings, ice cream and many more.

Mountain Rose Herbs will only support palm oil programs which adhere to strict environmental sustainability programs. As is our standard, the harvester and manufacturer of the palm oil we offer adheres to highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols with oversight from state and third party environmental programs including EcoSocial, and with the assistance of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.

Typical Analysis

Color- Reddish-Orange
Odor- Characteristic
Free Fatty Acids- 2.37
Peroxide Value- 1.61
Iodine Value- 52.46
Moisture- 0.085%
Melting Point- 80-90 degrees

Fatty Acids
Linoleic- 9.5%
Linolenic- 0.4%
Oleic- 41%
Palmitic- 43%

Nutritional Values (per 100 gram sample)
Energy- 867 kcal
Carbohydrate- 0
Protein- 0
Total Fat- 100 g
Saturates- 47 g
Fiber- 0
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Panax quinquefolius

Ginseng Forest Grown Whole Plant Extract 1oz

Overview

We are proud to offer the first Forest Grown American Ginseng Whole Plant Extract made from certified organic and PCO Verified Forest Grown American ginseng root and organically grown and PCO Verified Forest Grown American ginseng leaves. Prepared separately, both the roots and the leaves are extracted in organic grain alcohol, hand-shaken every day for up to two months, pressed, and blended to create this synergistic whole plant extract. Our forest grown ginseng has been cultivated and cared for in its natural habitat for at least seven years before harvesting.

This extract comes from a unique partnership between Mountain Rose Herbs, United Plant Savers, the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program, and dedicated herb growers in Appalachia. Due to the decline of American ginseng and other wild forest botanicals, this program was created to encourage conservation through cultivation. This is a solution that can transform the epidemic of plant poaching into the production of high-quality, sustainable crops that meet the needs of traditional use while supporting the livelihoods of forest farmers. This groundbreaking project brings us organically grown ginseng that is nurtured in its native woodland habitat. The roots and leaves are sustainably harvested from private forests that are stewarded by farmers dedicated to preserving this important plant for the future.

Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% from every sale of this precious ginseng extract to the United Plant Savers. We believe that supporting this effort can change the culture of ginseng throughout Appalachia, allowing this botanical to become a valuable forest crop with sustainability as the guiding force. We thank you for supporting this important plant and project!

Uses

Ginseng supports a healthy response to stress and promotes normal levels of physical stamina and endurance.*

Constituents

Acetic acid, adenine, adenosine, alanine, ascorbic acid, benzoic acid, beta-sitosterol, caryophyllene, cysteine, ferulic acid, folic acid, at least 10 different ginsenosides, glycine, guanidine, histidine, Isoleucine, kaempferol, magnesium, malic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, salicylic acid, tannins, tyrosine, vanadium, zinc.

Precautions

Specific: The use of warfarin and American ginseng may reduce the efficacy of warfarin and should be used under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

Ingredients

PCO Forest Grown certified organic ginseng root and PCO Forest Grown certified organic ginseng leaf in 40% organic grain alcohol and water.

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Medieval Monday: Let the Games Begin!!

Medieval Monday

Allison D. Reid

“Look in the streets and behold the little boys,
How in fruit-season for joy the sing and hop.”
– Alexander Barclay (medieval poet)

medieval chessI mentioned in a previous post that summer was not only a time for hard work, but also games and other enjoyable activities. Some of these we still recognize and play today, including chess, backgammon, and “draughts,” known to us as checkers. These could be set up on tables under the trees or played indoors. Other common table games were “knucklebones” (throwing dice), “fox & geese” (a strategy game), and “hazard” (a predecessor to craps). Skittles was the predecessor to bowling and was played either outdoors or indoors.

games_smStoolball was an early form of cricket, hurling (or shinty) was the medieval version of hockey, and shovelboard was much like the present day game of shuffleboard.  There were a variety of competitive sporting competitions, including “gameball” (football), archery…

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The aromatic herb has been used for centuries as incense and in smudge pots for ceremonial use. Now available in two sizes depending on your needs.

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Dawn Chorus Tea

Overview

Gentle, yet full of heart and substance, this delicately balanced tea is a perfect way to start the day, and offers just the right amount of pick-me-up during times of afternoon lethargy. This mildly sweet and lightly fragrant nettle based infusion is a superb alternative to the caffeine kick found in green and black teas.

Taste

A strong initial rose flavor with a fresh green herbal finish.

Aroma

Rosy and floral with subtle and complimentary herbaceous notes.

Brewed color and time

Golden amber. 3-4 minutes

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Caffeine free

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Theobroma cacao

Cocoa Butter

Extraction Method

Expeller pressed

Refinement Techniques

Unrefined

Suggested Use

Food and Cosmetic use

Overview

This aromatic solid butter is pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree. It will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items. Cocoa butter contains natural antioxidant Vitamin E, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Cocoa butter is mainly used as a thickening agent and is a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps, and emollient creams.

Cocoa butter is made by pressing ground, milled cacao nibs to make a cacao paste. This process separates the thick and creamy butter from the fibrous powder. Interestingly, cacao butter and powder, separated at birth, are reunited to make chocolate. That is, most of the ingredients for chocolate are present in the cacao bean in the first place, but need to go their separate ways in order to come together.

Cocoa butter has a low melting point, and often melts in transit to higher temperature states during the summer months. Fat bloom is a common occurrence in cocoa butter and should not be a cause for alarm.

Our line of unrefined Cocoa butter is not deodorized and is lightly odoriferous, which will scent your products in moderation. Suitable for food and cosmetic use and makes an exquisite ingredient within culinary products (especially chocolate). As an unrefined cosmetic butter it may contain natural sediments which will appear on the surface of the oil after the butter is melted. Straining the oil through muslin cloth is recommended, based on the product that is being formulated.

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Medieval Monday: The Labors of August

Labors of August

Allison D. Reid

The most crucial labor in August was harvesting and threshing the rye and winter wheat, which would have to sustain the community through many months to come. August 1st began the feast of Lammas, when the first grain of the new harvest was consecrated and made into bread for the Eucharist. There would be more harvest celebrations yet to come in September and October, but Lammas celebrated its beginning, and was as much a symbol of the spiritual harvest as it was the physical.

SickleWheat was cut down with a sickle; a short handled tool with a curved blade. Those reaping the wheat would grasp a handful of it, well below the heads of grain, and cut the stems. They would be bundled into small sheaves at first, then into larger ones called shocks that could be left standing in the sun to dry out.  Once all of the…

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