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Vampire Outlaw – Book Review

Book Summary

Robin Hood. Vampires. The invasion of England.

Richard of Ashbury is attacked by vampires. The trail leads to Sherwood and to a Green Knight, a king of the outlaws and so called lord of Eden. Richard is certain that his old enemy, William de Ferrers has returned to England.

But England is in turmoil. The barons have erupted into armed rebellion against King John. What is more, a French army has invaded the south, intent on installing a French prince as the King of England.

Richard must do his duty and fight to save England. And he must journey deep into the dark heart of Sherwood Forest to kill William and rescue the Lady Marian.

Book 2 of the Immortal Knight Chronicles takes up twenty-five years after Vampire Crusader. Featuring sword fights, archery, medieval battles, intrigue and the origins of the Robin Hood myth, this is exciting, action-packed historical fiction with a twist. Buy Vampire Outlaw now!


Book Review

Vampire Outlaw, The Immortal Knight Chronicles Book Two, is another well written and full of action historical fiction. The plot is one we all recognize; an unhidden theme of Robin Hood.

This tale is much darker and bloodier than the fairy tale of Robin Hood. This is Vampire Outlaw, full of raw emotions, hideous fighting, romance, and believe it or not, dry humor.

If you enjoyed Dan Davis’ first book, ‘Vampire Crusader’, then you will love ‘Vampire Outlaw’.

I highly recommend this book to history, fantasy, and vampire lovers!

I was provided with a free pdf copy, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.


Patchouli Essential Oil Relieves Depression

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Patchouli Essential Oil Relieves Depression

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

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Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Patchouli oil comes from a species of plant with the genus Pogostemon; from the labiatae family, that includes lavender, mint and sage. This bushy herb has rigid stems, reaching two or three feet in height, and produces small, pale pink flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia, and is now extensively cultivated in China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The components of patchouli oil include alpha patchoulene, beta patchoulene, alpha guaiene, alpha bulnesene, caryophyllene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol, seychellene and pogostol.

Extraction of patchouli essential oil is by steam distillation of the leaves; the cell walls must be broken with steam scalding, light fermentation or drying the leaves. Patchouli leaves may be harvested several times a year, and when they are dried, they can be exported for distillation.

History of Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli comes from the Hindustan word “pacholi” meaning “to scent.” Indian shawls and fabrics were scented with patchouli oil in the 1800s.

There are several species of patchouli that are grown in different parts of Asia, including India, Indonesia, China, Brazil and Malaysia. The cablin species is commonly considered a superior species, especially for therapeutic use.

This well-known essential oil has a reputation as the scent of the hippy generation. The definition of patchouli in the urban dictionary, for example, is “a pungent scented oil usually worn by those who live an alternative or bohemian lifestyle, like artists, musicians, hippies, bikers and punk-rockers.” This reputation has caused some people to stay away from the smell of patchouli oil, as they relate it to a scent that covers the smell of body odor. Although it’s known for its use during the 1960s, traditional use dates back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.

In India, for instance, patchouli oil was used in cloth and clothing because it works as a moth repellent. In fact, it’s said that the scent of patchouli oil became an indicator of true ‘Oriental’ fabric, and the English and French garment makers would scent their imitation products with patchouli so that the products would sell.

Patchouli oil is a highly valuable product in the fragrance industry and its quality changes depending upon raw material age and oil storage — so just like wine, patchouli oil gets better with age.

Patchouli Essential Oil Benefits

There are many amazing health and beauty benefits from just a few drops of patchouli essential oil, but for the purpose of this article we are only going to be discussing how patchouli essential oil helps fight depression.

Patchouli essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy because of its antidepressant properties. Because of the impact that inhaling patchouli essential oil has on our hormones, it encourages the release of serotonin and dopamine; these hormones ease feelings of anger, anxiety and anxiousness.

This is why patchouli essential oil is commonly used during meditation and prayer; it creates an atmosphere of tranquility. An easy way to experience this benefit is to add five drops of patchouli oil to an aroma lamp, oil diffuser or burner; you can even try adding 10 drops of patchouli oil to a warm bath.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
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The Bone Flower Throne – Book Review

The Bone Flower Throne

The Bone Flower Throne

The Bone Flower Trilogy, Book 1

Author – T.L. Morganfield


Gods, Blood, Magic

Tenth century Mexico is a world in great upheaval. Incursions from the north bring constant warfare as clashing politics and faiths battle for supremacy. At the fore stands Smoking Mirror, a bloodthirsty god bent on subjugating humanity with his hunger for human hearts. Now his high priest, Ihuitimal, has conquered Culhuacan, one of the Toltecs’ most powerful kingdoms.

When Smoking Mirror’s archenemy, the Feathered Serpent, tasks Quetzalpetlatl, exiled princess of Culhuacan, to help his mortal son Topiltzin end human sacrifice, she eagerly embraces her new destiny. It means avenging her father’s murder at the hand of her uncle Ihuitimal, but for Topiltzin-who’s more than just a brother to her-she will do anything. Even sacrifice her own heart.

“A wonderfully immersive look at the Tolteca civilization, which brings to life the old myths-giving voice to a strong cast of characters who linger with the reader long after they have closed the book.” – Aliette de Bodard, 2013 Nebula winning author of Immersion

“Morganfield delivers an elegant tale of love and honor, passion and betrayal … a fascinating journey through the tangled webs of rivalry and betrayal that surround a royal family in the world of the ancient Toltecs.” – J. Kathleen Cheney, author of The Golden City.

Book Review

I have been interested in learning more about Aztec culture and history. The Bone Flower Throne, by T.L. Morganfield was just the book I needed. Not only did I learn from the book, it left me wanting to know more.

The Bone Flower Throne is much more than a history lesson. There is magic, myth, and legend mixed in. The novel pits a good God against an evil God.

The character’s felt real. There is plenty of action, blood, gore, incest, love, magic, and violence. T.L. Morganfield does a wonderful job setting the stage and building the world.

I loved this Aztec Fantasy novel and highly recommend it to adult readers who wish to know more about Aztec culture and history, as well as a good novel read.

I received a free PDF copy from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars *****

Passion’s Vision – A Book Review

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New Moon is a warrior. She and her husband fought together in many battles. Now she mourns the death of her husband whose life was taken by a white man. Her spirit is troubled by the vision of a white man soon to arrive in her village. Is he the one? Will she finally answer the blood cry? James Fitzgerald is an agent in King George’s court. He is commissioned to blend into Dancing Cloud’s village and uncover and botch the plans of a French agent creating discord and bloody conflict between the settlers and the Cherokee. Two warriors’ from different worlds meet and clash. Soon it is revealed their survival depends on their ability to overcome their differences and defeat those who seek to destroy them both. Their growing love will demand nothing less than total surrender.


Passion’s Vision by Mary Adair is a well written, historically correct, love story. Mary Adair writes with descriptive words that pull the reader in and allows them to experience life in the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina in 1734.

The characters are strong and the story paints a picture of the Cherokee customs during the time period. The unlikely love between New Moon and Panther transcends race, blooming into a love with mutual beliefs and respect. The story contains a hint of the paranormal.

I recommend this book to all who enjoy reading accounts of history, love, and the paranormal.

I received a free PDF copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

Silver Pages on the Lawn – Book Review

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Silver Pages on the Lawn : A Student Love Story of the Depression Years of the 1930s
By: Nora Lourie Percival


A true story of lovers and their star-crossed romance that endures parental disapproval as well as the want of time, money, and privacy. To bridge long separations, they make love by words alone. Their passionate, eloquent letters, poignant and poetic, are the heart of this memoir and bring to life the troubled era in which their story takes place—the lean days of the Great Depression, war clouds over Europe, and the literary renaissance of which these aspiring writers were part, form the heart of their history.

‘Silver Pages on the Lawn’ paints a dramatic picture of the difficult years they lived through and of the steadfast love that survived it all and carried them through to the life they dreamed of.


I enjoyed Nora Lourie Percival’s memoir of college life in the 1930’s and her account of finding true love that endures many hardships. The couple are forced to keep their love a secret; Nora’s Jewish father does not approve of her relationship with a Gentile. The stress of the couples’ lives, attending college, finding places to meet, and often living miles apart, leave Nora dealing with severe bouts of anemia and Herman, her lover, with severe bouts of depression.

The couple are forced to communicate by writing letters to each other. Herman, who is a poet, writes dramatic and poetic letters. Nora often finds herself having to keep Herman’s spirit up through her letters. Herman has many doubts, but Nora is determined that their love will carry them through the hardships and they would have a life together, once she graduates college.

‘Silver Pages on the Lawn’ is based on the couples’ letters to each other. Nora Lourie Percival writes a poignant story of love and shares her precious letters with the world.

I recommend this book to all readers of history, a good love story, and the one’s who enjoy reading memoirs.

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Nora Percival 99th Year Young

Santa Cruz, CA: April 1, 2014 – After many awards, articles, bookstore events, and interviews for a writer who started at the wise age of 88, Nora Percival releases her best writings in eBook format. As an ongoing promoter from North Carolina, please help us in celebrating Nora’s 100th birthday coming up in October 2014.

Featured in an NPR interview, Nora shares in her immigrant beginnings from native Russia. Each of the three memoirs evokes a specific time in the 20th century including the two world wars, moving into the modern era, loves, loss, and reclaiming a full life relived with the release of the three eBooks.

A poignant read highly intelligent writer, blessed with an adventurous life, The Weather of the Heart, Whirligig of Time, and Silver Pages on the Lawn, are highly readable. Nora Percival was selected as one of the top six Guide Post Picks by women readers on for 2003.

Nora’s father left Russia without his wife and daughter just ahead of the Russian Red Army in 1918. It took until 1922 before they would again be together after immigrating to New York, USA.

Nora Percival’s life has never been easy. From the depression of the 1930’s, to losing her first husband to leukemia in 1939 just to find out she was pregnant. Nora was determined to find her way and to find time for her writing. As her life took the turns of necessity, the stories regarding the price of freedom persisted. Yes, and at the age of 88 the writing began and an outpouring streamed forth.

To Google Nora Percival is to find a life lived fully, and in later life with finished books, acclaim, a growing family and stories to tell in person. Share in this fabulous life at http://www.nora

Today the American public takes for granted their security, their television, cell phone, personal computer, and friends. A leap into Nora Percival’s three memoirs is to see first hand and to receive stories of early America during the dawn of international awareness and birth of student activism.

The Whirligig of Time – A Book Review

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The Whirligig of Time: A Memoir of Civilian Life in America During World War II
By: Nora Lourie Percival


A memoir of a woman’s life during three significant spans of her long lifetime. It recaptures the arduous days of World War II, when civilians in America were focused on defending our way of life against the brutal tyranny of Nazism. As she delineates her role in the national emergency, the sympathetic reader follows her vicissitudes and the drastic dislocations suffered by so many women in wartime.
The author’s challenging job, in a large defense plant producing vital war materiel, broke new ground. In planning this book, Percival turned to her daily reports, still in her files. “Rereading them after more than 65 years,” the narrator writes, “those hectic, pressured days that demanded all my stamina, ingenuity, empathy and endurance rose up in my memory.”
Woven into her chapters, these reports provide a vivid portrait of the trials and triumphs of women’s private battles. It was her concern for the unhappily divided state of our present world that impelled Percival to write of a time when Americans were united, all working together to save our country from Hitler’s despotic assault.


Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed Nora Lourie Percival’s memoir of Civilian Life in America during World War II. Along with learning about life during War Time, I learned more about immigration during those times.
In ‘The Whirligig of Time’, Nora Lourie Percival does a great job of pulling the reader into her story. I felt like I was right there, grieving during loss, wringing my hands in trying times, and enjoying life ever chance the author received. In this historical memoir, one learns that life was hard and everyone worked together toward the common good. They lived hard, loved hard, and worked hard; taking enjoyment in whatever form it came.
I highly recommend this book to those who love history, those who need to learn the lessons of living in War Time, and to those who enjoy a good read.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail

Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail
A Daily Post Challenge

I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon. The hubby came home from work early to drive me to the doctor’s office; it was about a 45-minute drive, one-way. There is an interstate that we could have taken, but we chose our usual two-lane scenic road. This is a valley road with mountains on each side. It is filled with history; the large fields, the rolling mountain scenes, the old railroad track, the old homes. Even though this time of year the trees are leafless, it is still beautiful. You can see homes and rock formations that are lost behind the greenery in the summer months.
The two-lane scenic road carries you through several small towns; Collinsville, Lebanon, Will’s Creek, and Will’s Valley. I noticed a couple of homes with Christmas decorations galore; Elves, Mangers, Penguins, Santa’s, Santa’s Sleigh, Snowmen, and lights of all kinds. I thoroughly anticipated seeing them all lit up on the way back home.
When I arrived at the doctor’s office, I had to wait a bit. I looked around the lobby and found some ‘Architectural Digest’ magazines and picked up a January 2013 issue. As I flipped through the pages, I came upon an article featuring the artist, Shary Boyle and some of her work. The piece that caught my attention was titled, ‘The Mute’. ‘The Mute’ is a porcelain figure, (one of many), handcrafted by Shary Boyle. I suppose it would be considered a ‘bust’, because it contains the top of the shoulders, a neck, and a head. The piece reminded me of the ‘Green Man’, when I first noticed it, but it is clearly a woman. ‘The Mute’ has long, blonde braids that curl around her shoulders. She wears jewels on her forehead, (one long one in the middle and one on each side), that are pastel, (muted?), colors of blue, green, pink and yellow. She has a pink blush on her cheeks, tiny ears, and darker pink lips. Her nose is a leaf in green and ivory. Her eyes are large, dark, and contains no eyelashes. Her neck and shoulders look like scales and again the pastel colors of blue, green, pink, and yellow are used. She is a mythology-like figure.
On the drive back home, it was beginning to get dark and I was anticipating seeing some of the homes Christmas decorations lit up. I wasn’t disappointed. The one that caught my eye was a small tree, about eight-foot tall, with a round ball of limbs at the top. It was wrapped with lights containing different shades of blue. It was absolutely gorgeous! The homes with all the decorations, I had anticipated viewing, were not yet lit.

My original details happened in one afternoon. It took me four-paragraphs to include them all in detail.
“Glimmers of a Beginning”
1. A scenic drive
2. ‘The Mute’
3. Christmas decorations

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