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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February Monthly Specials – Oils

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February Monthly Specials – Carrier Oils & Essential Oils

Certified Organic

Ginger Essential Oil

Zingiber officinale

Ginger Essential Oil

Parts Used

Dried Root

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

Middle

Aroma

Spicy, warm, woody, with a deep earthy undertone

Overview

Ginger is widely used in the food industry. It also has a history in the perfume industry, and is considered to have an oriental note to it.

The aromas of the dried root distillation and fresh root distillation are quite different. The fresh root oil has a bright note in comparison, where the dried root oil has the traditional grounding rooty notes to the aroma. Both are very pleasant, and we recommended that you try both to see which you prefer. In general they can be used interchangeably in both perfumery and aromatherapy blends depending on the aroma characteristics you are looking for.

Blends Well With

Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Herbal Miscellany

The Doctrine of Signatures is a system that relates the shape of a plant to a system or organ in the human body. Ginger root shows an affinity with the digestive system. This relationship shows the link between ginger root and its usefulness for digestive ailments.

Precautions

Oil Specific: May cause skin irritation. Possibly phototoxic.

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Palo Santo Essential Oil

Bursera graveolens

Palo Santo Essential Oil

Parts Used

Wood

Extraction Method

Steam distillation

Note Classification

Middle

Aroma

Tenacious, sweet woody citrus with a sharp resinous back note

Overview

Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America- to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. This uniquely aromatic oil is quickly gaining popularity in the aromatherapy and perfumery worlds. This grounding oil is prized for its spiritual applications, and adds a lovely rounding note to essential oil blends.

The Palo Santo essential oil offer by Mountain Rose Herbs is distilled from sustainably cultivated wood that comes from a 50 acre farm in Ecuador that contains both naturally occurring and replanted Palo Santo. They have replanted over 5000 Palo Santo trees on the land so far to ensure adequate supply for the future.

Constituents

Limonene, menthofurane, and alpha-terpineol

Blends Well With

Black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, douglas fir, frankincense, lemon balm, myrrh, rose, sandalwood, vetiver

Herbal Miscellany

Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies; the rising smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts and to chase away evil spirits.

Precautions

Oil Specific: None known

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Soybean Oil

Soja hispida

Soybean Oil

Overview

Botanical Name

Soja hispida

Origin

USA

Method of extraction

Expeller Pressed and Partially Refined

Suggested use

Cosmetic use only

Kosher Certified

Yes

An all-natural and certified organic soybean oil to include in many of your homemade goodies. High in natural source lecitihin, sterolins, and vitamin E, this oil makes a great base for your skin care products created for outer epidermal healing. Soybean oil is easily absorbed and leaves a smooth sensation to the skin. A stable oil best used for cosmetics preparations and dispersing essential oils because of its low cost and easy application. Keep out of contact with light and avoid exposure to extreme changes in temperature.

Typical Analysis

Color- Light Yellow
Odor- Odorless
Free Fatty Acids- 0.02%
Peroxide Value- 0.13
Saponification Value- 192
Iodine Value- 124-139
Specific Gravity- 0.915-0.925
pH- 3.8

Fatty Acids
Oleic- 22.72%
Palmitic- 10.54%
Linoleic- 52.97%
Linolenic- 6.95%
Stearic- 4.18%

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Olive Oil

Olea europaea

Olive Oil

Overview

Botanical Name

Olea europaea

Origin

Spain

Method of extraction

Cold Pressed and Unrefined

Suggested use

Food and cosmetic use

Kosher Certified

Yes

Olive oil is by far the most universal oils used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking. It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and golden green color. Has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature. Do not expose to extended periods of light. This is a great oil for both cosmetic and food use, with a nice olive green color and rich scent. The organic olive oil offered by Mountain Rose herbs is 100% cold pressed and extra virgin with an exceptionally rich color and flavor.

Typical Analysis

Color- Deep Olive Green
Odor- Rich and characteristic
Free Fatty Acids- 0.35%
Peroxide Value- 12
Iodine Value- 52.16
Specific Gravity- less than 0.925
Moisture- 0.08%
pH- 4.12

Fatty Acids
Oleic- 55.28%
Palmitic- 19.8%
Linoleic- 17.84%
Linolenic- 0.73%
Stearic- 2.56%

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Brothers in Arms by Melissa Barker-Simpson

Synopsis:

Brothers in Arms - kindle - coverFour years ago, Andrew Butcher dropped off the grid. Now he is back, and determined to reconnect with his family. But Andrew is playing a dangerous game. In accepting the position as head of security for a known criminal, he risks alienating those he respects and admires – starting with Ellen Parker.

Ellen is a former Troop Commander with the Royal Artillery. In her role at Morgan and Fairchild, she has a reputation for being tough, loyal, and someone who always gets the job done. Andrew and Ellen share a past, one she would sooner forget. But circumstances force her hand, and though Ellen tries to resist, every road leads back to Andrew and a case that will change everything.

Mel’s Bio:

Mel with logoMelissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative…

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February Monthly Specials – Valentine’s

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Mountain Rose Herbs

February Monthly Specials – Valentine’s

Lovers Essential Oil Kit

Lovers Essential Oil Kit

This is the most intoxicating sampler we offer and was created specifically to incite feelings of love, passion and attraction. This collection of sensuous and arousing aromas is sure to kindle flames! Try them individually or combine as you like to create your own loving aromas. A great introduction into the art, science and lore of essential oils and it comes beautifully packaged in a gift box for yourself or a loved one with printed usage guidelines on the back of the liner tray.
Contains a 1/8 ounce vial of organic Clary Sage, organic Ylang Ylang, organic Palmarosa, organic Sandalwood, organic Patchouli, and a 1/24 ounce of our Rose (Chinese).

Sale Price – 20% off – $60.00

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Love Tea

Love Tea

Our brewed ode to love, so crucial to our mission here at Mountain Rose Herbs! The inspiration for many poets, artists and dreamers, it has even been said that love is all you need. The florally sweet flavor of this herbal blend will arouse your senses and melt away your cares- allowing your heart to become immersed in all that it holds dear.

Note: We are unable to ship this product to Louisiana

Aroma And Taste

Sweet and floral with earthy undertones, and a rosy and crisp aftertaste.

Brew Time And Color

Golden yellow. 5-8 minutes

Caffeine Content

Caffeine free

Ingredients

Organic Rose petals, Organic Damiana leaf, Organic Orange peel, Organic Cacao nibs roasted, Organic Cinnamon chips, Organic Vanilla Beans.

4 oz. – 15% off – $10.84

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Passion Chocolate Elixir

Passion Chocolate Elixir

From Terra Firma Botanicals

This sensual elixir has been formulated to stimulate vitality. Packed with pure botanicals including maca root. Share a little with your partner over ice cream or fresh berries.

Ingredients

Unfiltered Pacific Northwest Honey, organic fair trade Cacao powder, Maca root, organic Muira Puama bark, organic Damiana leaf, organic American Ginseng root, organic Nutmeg, organic grain alcohol, and water.

4 oz. Bottle – $14.50

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #82

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #82 Star&Child

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Child enigma sat,

All around her fairies danced

She looked at heaven

“Grandma, is it true?”

“Am I the star child?” she asked.

Falling star answered.

as it streaked downward

“You are the prophecy child,”

Falling star whispered.

D.B. Mauldin

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Book Review: A Cure for Madness

A Cure for Madness

A Cure for Madness

Author, Jodi McIsaac

Book Synopsis

Clare Campbell has worked hard to create distance between herself and her troubled family. But when she receives news of her parents’ murder, she’s forced to return to the quiet town of Clarkeston, Maine, to arrange their funeral and take legal guardianship of her unpredictable and mentally ill brother, Wes.

While Clare struggles to come to grips with the death of her parents, a terrifying pathogen outbreak overtakes the town. She is all too familiar with the resulting symptoms, which resemble those of her brother’s schizophrenia: hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, even violent, behavior. Before long, the government steps in—and one agent takes a special interest in Wes. Clare must make a horrifying decision: save her brother or save the world.

Book Review

Author, Jodi McIsaac has presented us with a great medical thriller in her latest book, ‘A Cure for Madness’. This book held my attention from start to finish. It is full of fast-paced action guaranteed to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

The book is well written, with characters that are true to life. The setting makes the plot of this medical thriller plausible.

I loved this book and recommend it to all thriller readers.

5 Stars *****

Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

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Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

(From Mountain Rose Newsletter via Mountain Rose Blog)

Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

Mountain Rose Herbs has been crafting herbal teas for nearly 30 years, and 5th Chakra has become one of our most beloved blends. Especially wonderful this time of year, the sweet citrus and warming spices combined with Echinacea for immune support and soothing marshmallow root make this tea the perfect base for a seasonal syrup.

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The thickness of the honey and natural mucilage from the marshmallow root and cinnamon coats, soothes, and moistens irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Such a delicious remedy! Make a batch to have on hand all season long.

Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

Ingredients

½ cup loose organic 5th Chakra Tea Blend

raw local honey

1 part brandy or tincture of choice to 3 parts syrup (optional)

Directions

1. Combine 1/2 cup of loose 5th Chakra tea with 1 quart cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Strain the tea and measure the liquid.

4. Add an equal amount of honey.

5. Gently heat for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil!

6. Add brandy or tincture to give a medicinal boost and extend shelf life. Label and keep refrigerated.

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #81

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image 2016

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #81 Trill&Final

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Garden was quiet,

No birds trilled in the silence,

It seemed so final.

The girl stood alone,

Waiting with a bated breath,

Vibrations closing,

Ogre’s were coming,

The Earth shook; the Girl quavered,

It would be the end.

D.B. Mauldin

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