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.

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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Feng Shui – Fun

Feng Shui – Fun


If you are looking for more fun and spontaneity in your life, does your living space reflect that desire? Think about what says “fun” to you – perhaps comic books from your childhood or photos from a favorite vacation spot. Judiciously place these objects in the good fortune Gua or creativity Gua (center or center right of your home when facing the house), accented by the Metal Element or pastel colors. …

Essential Oils that can help Fibromyalgia

Essential Oils that can help Fibromyalgia

Our brain can identify up to 10,000 different types of scent. Each scent can produce different responses in our body and activate the production of various hormones and biochemicals which can influence how we feel physically and mentally, or even how we perceive pain. Regular usage of certain essential oils is believed to help to improve fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stiffness, insomnia and depression.

Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum Serotinum Oil

This essential oil is helpful in coping with depression, anger and stress related to fibromyalgia. It also relieves muscle pain and helps heal the nerve tissue. Since it is calming, patients can use it to relax, relieve stress and tension and unwind. For best relief, about three drops of this oil should be massaged on the temples and other flex points.

Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil

The sweet-smelling perfume of this essential oil gives the user great comfort and enhances his mood. So, it is very good for treating depression due to fibromyalgia. It also brings pain relief and stimulates relaxation. To use this essential oil for fibromyalgia relief, about three to five percent of this oil may be added to jojoba oil or hazelnut oil and apply on the affected parts.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile Essential Oil, Roman

Sleep difficulties resulting from fibromyalgia are quickly laid to rest when one uses chamomile essential oil. This calming herb promotes deep sleep, reduces anxiety and boosts the immune system because it has inherent properties of relaxation. It induces sleep because it helps to improve Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.

Lavender Oil

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This oil is generally known to improve sleep, thanks to its delicate perfume and hence can great benefite fibromyalgia patients. Infuse a cotton ball with a few drops of lavender oil and place it inside your pillow case. Alternatively, combine about 15 drops of lavender oil to 1/3 cup white vinegar and one cup of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and mist the room with it. It will help the patient sleep better and also improve high blood pressure too.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Globulus, Sweet, Part. Rect.

Some symptoms of fibromyalgia like soreness, chronic muscle pain and stiffness are linked to poor blood circulation, causing a build-up of toxins in the muscles that lead to pain and inflammation. Eucalyptus oil counters these symptoms as it is anti-inflammatory and can stimulate blood circulation by widening the blood vessels. The patient gets relief from muscular pain and fatigue. To use this oil, combine about four to five drops of it in one cup of hot water. Soak a compress pad in the liquid and apply it to the affected body parts. Repeat the process after the water cools down.

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Elder’s Meditation – Peace

Elder’s Meditation – Peace


“Peace… comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that
at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
— Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA SIOUX

If we are to know peace we must look within ourselves. In order to do this, we must learn to be still.
We must quiet the mind. We must learn to meditate. Meditation helps us locate and find the center
that is within ourselves. The center is where the Great One resides. When we start to look for peace,
we need to realize where it is within ourselves. When we experience conflict we need to pause for a
moment and ask the Power within ourselves, “How do you want me to handle this? What would you
suggest I do in this situation?” By asking the Higher Power for help we find peace.

Creator, help me to find peace.

Feng Shui – Love Interest

Feng Shui – Love Interest


Think of your partner or love interest as another version of yourself. Sometimes that person will be your shadow side and at other times that person will be your light. When the hard times come (and they will), just remember that the two of you have traded places thousands of times. A little bit of forgiveness and understanding will go a long way toward resolving your differences. …

Feng Shui – Personal Spaces

Feng Shui – Personal Spaces


We tend to “wear” our spaces in a way similar to the way we wield psychological defenses. An extremely introverted person will prefer small, fortress-like rooms that feel safe and secure, while an outgoing person won’t mind an open workspace with many lines of sight. Make your space match the kind of person you would like to be, and the space will subtly reshape your personality over time. …

Elder’s Meditation – Coming Together

Elder’s Meditation – Coming Together

“The teachings are for all, not just for Indians… The white people never
wanted to learn before. They thought we were savages. Now they have a
different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of
God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn.”
— Don Jose Matusuwa, HUICHOL


In the summer of 1994, a white buffalo calf was born. This means that now is the time for all races
to come together. The Elders say that at this time a voice from within will speak to everyone. It will
say now is the time to forgive, now is the time to come together. Are we willing to do this? Are we
willing to quit judging other people? The Elders say, He will be talking through people of all races
and gender. We need to open our hearts and welcome our brothers and sisters.

Great Spirit, let my ears be open as I walk the path You have chosen for me.

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