Review request for books are out to Jan 2015

Friday, November 28, 2014

{Freebie} Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts: A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes

 Today and Tomorrow only get a free Kindle copy of this delicious book!

Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts: A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes
By Bewitching Book Tours' Authors
Roxanne Rhoads, Sharon Baylis, Ami Blackwelder, Cassandra Lawson, Susannah Sandlin, Cherrie Mack, Maggie Mundy, Suzanne Johnson, Katalina Leon, Kay Dee Royal, Sophie Avett, Elizabeth Loraine, G.L. Ross, T.W. Kirchner

Book Description:

Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts.
The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters.

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.

Available at Createspace and Amazon

Sunday, November 23, 2014

{Book Review} Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy

Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
by Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
Publisher: Tantor Media
Release: May 10th 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction: Audio- Adult: Animals, self-help
How I got it: Edelweiss

Cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet's hit television show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a. "Cat Daddy," isn't what you might expect for a cat expert (as the New York Times noted, with his goatee and tattoos he "looks like a Hell's Angel"). Yet Galaxy's ability to connect with even the most troubled felines—not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake—is awe-inspiring. In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his thirteen-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home.

When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up. Benny had seen better days—his pelvis had just been shattered by the wheels of a car—and his owner insisted he'd been "unbondable" from day one. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

An inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other, Cat Daddy is laced throughout with Galaxy's amazing "Cat Whisperer" advice for understanding what cats need most from us in order to live happier, healthier lives.

 Review: Not what I expected but still oh so good. It takes quite a bit to get me emotional over a book and I actually cried at the end of this book. It's an emotional roll-a-coaster making you laugh, shake your head and yeah even cry.
I feel the need to point out that I never thought of myself as a cat person, sure over the years I have taken in or more like forced my parents to let me take in a number of strays. The most memorable being Hades a huge orange and white furry monstrosity who started as a kitten, his mother Furball (a barn cat we took in) had him, his brothers and sisters in our closet. Sky a three legged black kitten who got around as good as any four legged cat. Finally Tom a grey and white tabby who died due to the neighbors poisoning the mice that he caught and ate. When I started dating my now husband my life into being a cat person really started. My mother-in-law took in strays along with her sister who runs an animal charity. Over the years we have taken in many cats from the charity along with the few who have somehow found their ways to us. Tom the second a grey male who I found under our trailer wounded due to his collar becoming tangled around his foreleg and creating a huge sore spot. And Mama who had her kittens in our shed. Mama is the reason I started watching My Cat from Hell.
When we took in Mama and her 7 kittens we already had two males (Dazy and Mint Berry both adoptions from a stray my MIL took in) so we had ten cats in the house and I was at my wits end. Mama hated everybody. She would run away only to come back a few weeks later looking for food. We managed to adopt out all the kittens but two who assimilated into our family well, but Mama drove me crazy. I stumbled over My Cat From Hell and was hooked. It really helped me figure out how to help her. She never really became part of the family, but tolerated us. Last Spring ripped out a screen and ran away for good, but she taught me so much. Mama is the reason this book resonated with me so much.
Mr Galaxy's tale of Benny and how his love of animals changed his life was really powerful to me. Listening to him tell the story made it all that more impressive. He goes from a, I'm going to be blunt, a drugged out hippy to a respectable animal behaviorist with no real professional training.  This is an amazing story. I saw Mr Galaxy on the show this bald, tattoo'd man with a weird goatee carrying around a guitar case filled with cat toys and you go ooookkkeeyyy. But learning his story how fate kept tossing him curve balls, and pulling him down just to have him say f*** you I'm not staying down. I love how he found himself, and decided I'm going to be me. I found it wonderful that his love for a tiny little "unbondable" ball of fur helped him learn so much. Cat Daddy is peppered with tips and tricks to help us understand our feline friends, along with some at the end of the book. This is an amazing and inspiring story, I really fell in love with. To be honest five stars isn't enough for this book.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Book Review} A Haunting Is Brewing (A Witchcraft Mystery #6.5) by Juliet Blackwell

A Haunting Is Brewing (A Witchcraft Mystery #6.5)
by Juliet Blackwell
Publisher: InterMix
Released: October 21st 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Cozy-Mystery, Mystery, Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

In this all-new novella, New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell’s popular characters from her Witchcraft Mysteries and Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries find themselves joining forces to solve a supernatural dilemma…

When Mel Turner is hired to rehab an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for a Halloween bash, she’s expecting the normal challenges—old wiring, bad plumbing, maybe a ghostly specter or two. But when a young man is killed after spending the night in the house, and the mannequins in the attic start to come to life, it’s clear that this is serious paranormal activity. Maybe this time, a real witch is needed.

Recommended by a mutual friend, vintage clothes expert Lily Ivory arrives to offer her help with the mannequins. Armed with Lily’s spells and Mel’s know-how, the two women must figure out the cause of all of the ghostly commotion—before Mel’s renovation project turns into even more of a deadly haunt…

Includes a preview of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, Keeper of the Castle.

Review: I have never read any of Ms Blackwell's work until this novella. I didn't even know this was a combination of her two series until checking GoodReads. It works excellently as a stand-alone.
Mel is asked to do some charity work fixing up a old Victorian house turned museum for their Halloween Bash.  While working on the house one of the volunteers ends up dead, and his ghost is trapped in the house. It's up to Mel to save him, but with the weird goings on at the house she might need a little help. Enter Lily a witch who seems to know what's what and even has a Voodoo guy she can call on. With Lily's help Mel just might be able to figure out who killed the poor kid.
Mel is a great character, head strong and determined. I guess she'd have to be to work in a male orientated business like construction. I felt you got a really good feel for her character and how she projects herself. Lily is a bit more feminine, and is more like a grandmotherly figure.
I got caught up in the plot right away and loved all the twists that were thrown our way. I was surprised by the out come of the book, which is nice since I usually figure everything out no problem. I really enjoyed this book and will be on the look out for more of Ms Blackwell's work.

Monday, November 17, 2014

{Book Reviews} How to Find Your Spirit Animals by David Carson

How to Find Your Spirit Animals
by David Carson
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Release: October 21st 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Animals, 
How I got it: NetGalley

Early humans recognized a profound and spiritual kinship with other species. Hunters gave thanks and even apologies to their prey. And when shamans made their inner journeys between human and spirit realms to bring back healing wisdom they applied on behalf of the tribe, animals often served as their guides and their companions. In more recent times the idea of the animal daemon has been popularized by Philip Pullman in his internationally bestselling trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials. This illuminating book explains how to connect with and channel the unique powers of 50 different spirit animals - a menagerie of creatures, from the wise owl and crafty fox to the tranquil turtle and bold lion. Each entry provides a detailed description of the animal's personality, mythology and innate powers. Helpful text provides readers with clues and meditations for discovering their own spirit animal, as well as information on how other animals can be called on to help with specific aims - from overcoming fear to finding your true destiny. This book is the perfect primer for those seeking access to the wisdom of the animal kingdom.

Review:This is a great book for anyone interested in working with animal spirits or guide but isn't sure where to start. I always liked the idea of working with animal spirits, but thought it was primarily for Native America and Shamanistic religions. I couldn't have been more wrong.
This book is full of advice and guidance on finding your own spirit animal as well as how to call on others to help with specific goals. The book offers meditations for unlocking your animal guide, as well as how to locate it in your dreams. There are descriptions of 50 animals, the meanings, some mythology, how to channel each one's innate power. Now the animals are fairly general like fox, dog, turtle, so if you think your spirit animal is a kookaburra you might need to do some additional research.
I feel this is a great beginners book, it'll start you down the right path to discovering more about working with animals.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bewitching Books Tour's Nov Magazine

My Homemade Apple Crisp recipe was featured in this months Bewitching Books Tour Magazine. Pg 25

Monday, November 10, 2014

{Book Review} Herbs for Natural Beauty: A Storey Basics Title by Rosemary Gladstar

Herbs for Natural Beauty: A Storey Basics Title
by Rosemary Gladstar
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Released: November 4th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: beauty, DIY
How I got it: NetGalley

In this Storey Basics® guide, renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care, including her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more.

Review: I love making my own beauty products. You know whats going in and are able to adjust to your own special skin type, allergies, etc. This book offers a wealth of knowledge on just that. Recepies for all sort of skin, hair, and over all body care, using natural products.
I really liked this book and all it had to offer. It's written in an easy way so even a person new to DIY beauty can understand and follow it. I also liked that the recipes are all that strict, the author even admits to just adding what seemed right. Using coffee mugs as measuring cups and regular table spoons for measuring spoons. I use this approach myself and have much more fun, playing with the ingredients never knowing quite what will come out. It's fun and sometimes gains the best result.
Over all a very informative and good book if your interested in creating your own beauty products.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

{Book Review} The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus

The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide
by Lauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus
Publisher: Smart Pop
Released: October 28th 2014
Genre: Non-fiction: Adult- Survival, zombies
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

You duck into the safest-looking abandoned house you can find and hold your breath as you listen for the approaching zombie horde you’ve been running from all day. You hear a gurgling sound. Is it the undead? No—it’s your stomach.

When the zombie apocalypse tears down life and society as we know it, it will mean no more take out, no more brightly lit, immaculately organized aisles of food just waiting to be plucked effortlessly off the shelves. No more trips down to the local farmers’ market. No more microwaved meals in front of the TV or intimate dinner parties. No, when the undead rise, eating will be hard, and doing it successfully will become an art.

The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 80 recipes (from Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and It’s Not Easy Growing Greens Salad to Down & Out Sauerkraut, Honey & Blackberry Mead, and Twinkie Trifle), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

Whether you decide to hole up in your own home or bug out into the wilderness, whether you prefer to scavenge the dregs of society or try your hand at apocalyptic agriculture, and regardless of your level of skill or preparation, The Art of Eating will help you navigate the wasteland and make the most of what you eat.

Review: So when TSHTF if I had to pick one thing to take with me, it would probably be this book or a machete. Both would be super useful to have.
First impression this is a cook book, but this book is so much more too.  Yes the book has recipes, but it's also a survival manual. From making a cook stove to entomology (growing and eating bugs) this book has it all. It's written in an informative and fun way, poking fun at the apocalypse while giving us a way to survive should zombies start running amok. The book also covers before TSHTF preparing yourself for Z-Day. Learning how to grow your own food, hunting, canning, stocking up, and a lot more. It gives lots of tips on scavenging where and how to find all the things you'll need to survive the Z-poc. Even how to make those MRE's eatable, let me tell you some are ok and some ugh!
In all seriousness the book is a great source of information. Even if you're just lost in the woods, without the threat of zombies, the skills you can take from this book are worth it. I really enjoyed reading this and feel it's a great addition to my survival/ zombie/ cook book collections. Although my family might get a little peeved if I started feeding them mealworm fried rice or squirrel jerky.