Thursday, May 31, 2012

Endangered Species - Guest Post by Lee Koopman of Strega Jewellry

Every April I look forward to the gem and mineral show in Troy, Ohio.  I love it because there are tables full of rock, minerals, fossils and BEADS!  The other reason is because my old friend, Shellie is a vendor at the show and it’s the only time in a year that I see her.  Shellie has been in the jewelry business for about 300 years or more and knows all about kinds of rocks. She’s the owner of Sheldon Studio, in  New York.

Shellie is also a fellow New Yorker.   I’m not sure if you know this, but certain New Yorkers are born with a bag of bull that they carry around with them.  I’m not saying we lie……never that………but we sure do know a lot of stories and we know how to embellish them.   So, when two New Yorkers such as Shellie and I get together there is a lot of arm and hand flapping, lots of talking and plenty of embellishment.   It’s a beautiful thing.

I found some cool beads on her table, some Dragon’s Vein, which I’d never seen before and some gorgeous rain forest jasper!  Then I spied two strands only of this odd brown and white faceted bead.  What the heck is this I ask? and out comes Shellie’s bag of stories.   She closed her shop and was clearing out odd stuff when she found a few strands of this White Buffalo turquoise.  I never heard of it, I tell her and she says it is very rare, you can hardly find it any more and I should only use one bead to a piece and charge no less than ten bucks a bead.   When this stuff is gone, she says, there is no more. A little more embellishment and


I  bought a strand and added it to my pile.

Of course, when I got home, I had to look White Buffalo turquoise up on the ‘net, not that I didn’t trust Shellie and her embellishments, but….I had to see for myself.  Was this an endangered species of rock or not?

I could only find about 4 articles and they all seemed to be copies of one article published in the Rockhound Gazette in 2000.  I’m guessing that if I never heard of this rock, there are a lot of other people who might be interested in learning about it.   I did find one other article on the web that explains how the owner of the mine had an exclusive agreement to sell his stones to only one person and how secretive the whole operation is.

The only place this stone is found is on the Shoshone reservation at Dry Creek mine near Battle Mountain in Nevada.  That’s one of the reasons it is so rare.  In the whole world, this is the only vein that has been found and it wasn’t discovered until 1993.  Jewelers didn’t start using it until 1996 after it was tested and proven to be true turquoise. This mine is now closed.  White Buffalo Turquoise is now an endangered species!

It takes a certain set of rare circumstances for turquoise to be formed. (I might have to do a blog about that).   Most turquoise is blue because of the mineral copper which is present during its formation. This is the case for most Arizona turquoise.  Some turquoise is a blue-green when iron is the predominant mineral present. This is the case in most Nevada turquoise.  A yellowish green color comes from zinc. I think Chinese turquoise is that yellowy green color.  White turquoise is formed only when no minerals are present and that is a very, very  rare circumstance indeed.  It is such a rare stone that the Native people took to calling it Sacred Buffalo turquoise.

I did find some pictures of jewelry made from this stone.  Most of the less expensive pieces have a very light blue coloring with the white and brown.  The “best” pieces are very expensive and have only the brown and white color.   I’m only putting up one picture and for fear of copyright infringement, there is a link to the Black Arrow Indian site where I found it. You’ll see lots of jewelry there made from this stone.
beautiful pendant of white buffalo stone

This gorgeous pendant cost over $1500!!!

I always look up the lore and myths surrounding a stone but there were no pages with stone lore about white turquoise.   It’s such a new stone, it hasn’t had time to build a mythos.   So, what would be the lore you would expect from such a rare stone with such a name? Let’s have some input folks!  Think about it first……

Well, most of us know about the legend of the White Buffalo Calf.

In brief, White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared to the Lakota people about 2000 years ago, the same time frame that Christ was teaching his lessons and Quetzacoatl teachings appeared in South America.   She taught the People sacred ceremonies and prophesied that when times were difficult a white buffalo calf would be born, a symbol to the people that a new age was beginning, an age of peace and understanding among all peoples.  This legend spread to other tribes. One version says that women will lead the changes.  An interesting side note here is that in 1994, a year after this stone was discovered, a white buffalo calf was born, not an albino, a true white calf.  This calf, named Miracle, became a symbol of hope for all who knew the legend and the legend spread far and wide across the globe with his birth.

Indeed, many years after his birth, people are touching each other globally through the internet.  More and more people are concerned with preserving the earth and trying for understanding of other cultures.   It’s a slow process, but there is hope….

I meditated about this and for me, I see this stone as a symbol of hope, like the white buffalo calf, a hope for a better future for my children and grandchildren and all the children of the world.  It’s a hope that there will be peace between them and understanding and love and that the world will focus less upon greed and gain and more upon learning and spiritual growth and that people will treat the earth with respect.  (Hey, a mythos and legend has to start somewhere!)
White Buffalo Stone Beads

So, what to do with these beads.  So far, I’ve only made two prototypes, a bracelet and a pendant.  I used copper because no copper was present when the stones were formed and copper will help nurture and support the stone. I could not resist the tiny blue turqouise beads because I love the color of sky and freedom and for faith.   I also used bone beads:  bone because it helps you get in touch with your higher self, and, of course, a feather, a universal symbol of peace.  The pendant should be hung on leather, I think, in keeping with the First American traditions. I’m playing with another bracelet idea.  Whatever I make, they will be limited edition pieces.  When I’m done, that’s it. I picture women wearing them, strong women who have deep earth roots and who will create a cone of power that will move aside negative walls of energy and create space for peace and hope and a world in balance and help restore the Sacred Hoop, One Planet, One People.
Peace Bracelet
Peace Pendant

One final note:  If you are looking for this stone, be sure you know your dealer and that your dealer know what they are selling.  (I’ve been to booths where the owner wasn’t sure about their stones)  There are stones out that that are howlite which are being sold as white buffalo stone.  Howlite is white but it has black matrix not chocolate color.

And may the peace and hope promised by White Buffalo Calf Woman come to us soon.
White Buffalo Calf Woman

 About the Author
I am a teacher.  I’ve learned a lot about stones and minerals and folklore:  the history behind the stones.  I teach special classes for underprivileged kids.  I teach everyone who asks about the ancient uses of rocks and stones. 

 To order Lee's beautiful handmade jewelry,  you can visit Strega Jewellry.

The Sisters Elemental Mermaid & Dolphin Oracle Reading Giveaway

Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The elements touch our lives everyday in everything we do. From the gentle breeze that strokes our cheeks to the water that we bathe in, we can't escape the magic of the elements, even if we wanted to. The Sisters Elemental have managed to harness the power of the elements of Earth, Water and Fire and bring them together to create a variety of beauty and divination products that are a pleasure for all your senses. These three "sisters" come from different parts of the country, yet they have managed to merge their talents with a little guidance from the elements. Their selection includes lotions, bath salts, and handmade soaps. Since their last visit, they have also added some beautiful home decor products. Here are a few of my favorite items.

A few months ago,when they first opened their virtual doors, I hosted a giveaway for some of their wonderful beauty products.  Today, the sisters wanted to share with you with something even more magical. One lucky winner is going receive a free 5 Card Reading from the Mermaids and Dolphin Oracle Cards.

To enter, just complete the Rafflecopter form below. You will be able to enter this giveaway at both the New Age Mama and Author Laura DeLuca blogs. You only need to enter ONCE. Please do not enter on both blogs. Open worldwide. Entries will be merged and one winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to The Sisters Elemental for offering this great prize.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Celtic Wedding Rings Review & Giveaway

In my young adult novel, Destiny, the main character, Gabriella, always wears a pendant that had belonged to her mother. The pendant in my book is a Celtic pentacle, but that is only one of many symbols that are sacred in the Wiccan and pagan religions. Another symbol that is very popular with modern day witches is the triquetra or trinity knot. If you ever watched the television show, "Charmed",  you will probably recognize this symbol as the sister's family crest.  But the triquetra was a magical sign long before the Hallowell's adopted it. To many, this ancient symbol represents the three aspects of the Goddess--maiden, mother, and crone.  It can  be interpreted in many other ways, depending on the path you follow. But no matter what it represents to you, it is a beautiful and ancient symbol. And its a symbol you'll be seeing a lot more of once my new novel, Morrigan, is released, hopefully in the fall or winter of 2012.

If you love the trinity knot or any Celtic symbols. and enjoy finding lovely jewelry that displays these timeless symbols, than a wonderful place to shop is Celtic Wedding Rings . They have a huge selection of sterling silver, white gold, and yellow gold wedding band selections for both men and women, all made in Ireland. I feel truly blessed to have received their Aislinn Unisex Trinity Knot Ring. I have been married for awhile and already have a wedding band, but this stylish ring can easily be worn as an adornment on any finger. The thick sterling is sturdy so it won't get bent or malformed over time, and it does not tarnish easily. The ring arrives in an elegant gift box, and shipping is quick and available worldwide. If you are planning a Celtic themed wedding or a pagan hand fasting, Celtic Wedding Rings is the one and only option for the best quality rings at the best price.

Yes, as their name implies, Celtic Wedding Ring's primary focus is on wedding/hand fasting bands, but they have many other beautiful jewelry pieces to choose from, many of which bear the trinity knot insignia. You can find pendants,  earrings, rings, cufflinks and more, all emblazoned with this eternal symbol.  Celtic Wedding Rings also offers beautiful and mystical items with all other Celtic images, including the Celtic Knot, Celtic Cross, Claddagh and more.  So whether you are a Celtic pagan like me, or an fifth generation Irishman, you can display your culture with pride.  The selection is amazing, so you are sure to find something perfect for your personal style.  Bring a little piece of Ireland into your life with the beautiful jewelry available from Celtic Weddings Rings.

One lucky winner is going to receive a beautiful faith ring. Choose from any of the first nine listed on this page.  To enter this giveaway, just fill out the rafflecopter form below. You will be able to enter this giveaway at both the New Age Mama and Author Laura DeLuca blogs. You only need to enter ONCE. Please do not enter on both blogs. Entries will be merged and one winner will be chosen. Giveaway will end on 6/20/12. Open worldwide. Winner will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is chosen. Thanks again to Celtic Wedding Rings for offering this great prize.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Phantom Guest Post & Prize Pack at I Am a Reader Not a Writer

I've had lots of giveaways going on for Destiny Unveiled, but not too many for Phantom. Finally, you can get a chance to win my YA thriller along with an extra special prize pack. It includes a signed copy of the book, a geode, a crystal cluster, three boxes of full size incense and a mini incense set complete with holder. For your chance to win, head over to the I Am A Reader, Not a Writer blog. You can also read a guest post about Gothic Belly Dancer, Laura "Tempest" Schmidt. She is a personal friend who inspired one of my favorite scenes in the book.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Destiny Giveaway at The Book Pixie

So, you still haven't gotten your copy of Destiny? Well, here is yet another chance for you to win a prize pack!  The Book Pixie is celebrating their three year blogaversary, and I am adding my debut novel to the celebration.  She has tons of other books giveaways going on as well. So if you love the YA genre, this is a great blog to visit.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blog Tour Stops & Giveaways


Be sure to stop by Book Reviews, Fiction Reflections and More for a guest post on how real witchcraft inspired some of the scenes in Destiny. If you didn't already see my cast picks for Destiny, you can check that out at the Juliana Haygert blog.  You can also enter to win one of three prize packs on any of the blogs in the Bewitching Blog Tour.

Thanks to Sizzling PR, there is also a stop on the Phantom blog tour today. Head over to Books N Kisses for an author interview.

Finally, for even more fun, visit Beck Valley Books for a chance to win a prize pack and a signed copy of Destiny. This giveaway is a part of the Summer Splash Blog Hop. More than 200 blogs are participating and giving away copies of books, amazon GCs and so much more. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Special Deal on Destiny & Destiny Unveiled

I set up a little special deal on Destiny & Destiny Unveiled for my friends & followers on eBay. You can get both print books in the Destiny series for only $28 with free shipping. Price on Amazon is $14.95 each plus shipping costs. This is as low as I can go, guys. After  the cost of the book, Ebay fees, and shipping costs, I am not making any money here. I just want to give my awesome followers a chance to read my books at the best price possible.  The books will be signed, and I'm throwing in some freebies from my normal prize pack which include two boxes of incense, a crystal point, and a few desert rose wishing stones.  I only have ten sets available, so if you want one, get them before they're gone.   You can find the eBay listing here. I have been selling on eBay for 10 years and have 100% positive feedback, so I thought everyone would be more comfortable ordering through there then from me directly.  Happy reading!

Sizzling Summer Reads Sponsor Spotlight! Oaklight Publishing

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Bringing to the world community the best in fantasy, science fiction and esoteric literature. Oaklight is also branching off into children's literature, beginning with, Grandma Fell into the Fishbowl, and, Young McDonald Has a Farm, to come out later this year.

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Legacy of the Cross
 By Debi Chestnut and Alice Bliss  

Jordan Montgomery and Kelly Richmond work for The Institute, a mysterious privately held corporation that studies scientific anomalies. The murder of Jordan Montgomery’s sister Hannah sends Jordan and Kelly on a dangerous journey filled with discovery, heart break, and wonder.
The girls discover that the Knights Templar still exists and that a small group has separated to form a new branch of Illuminati.  Now this splinter cell is searching for an ancient talisman that can be used to summon demons.
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Jordan and Kelly learn that not everything is what it seems and some betrayals come with very high price tags. 

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By Jamie Woodhead

Tobias Peters was human until the day he died, trying to save his best friend. Upon the moment of his death, an angel appeared and asked him a favor from God.
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So begins Tobias's long journey through time until the day he falls in love with a mortal. They have a son together, but Tobias's wife is burnt at the stake for the crime of witchcraft and his son goes missing, lost in Time itself.
Tobias is drawn to a young man named Harvey White. Together, they quickly discover that all is not well with the world. The Demons are trying to free Evuhl from its Seal, to bring chaos and destruction to the world. It is up to the Angel of Death to make sure that doesn't happen.
Can Tobias really prevent innocent people from dying, all the while trying to work out just who Harvey really is? One thing is for certain—the world needs the Angel of Death now more than ever.

Trial by FireA Sci-fi Novel by Alice Bliss

Secrets can be a problem for any group of friends. For a band like Raw Edge, they can be deadly.
Raw Edge is one of the Vancouver area’s more popular club bands, but they are living a double life. They also work for a multi-national organization that handles some pretty high tech and sensitive situations.
The big problem is the youngest member of the group was the product of genetic tampering. He not only has no idea what’s been done to him or what strange things he’s capable of doing, he has no idea that he has an older brother that is the product of those same experiments.
The group must work together to keep 16 year old Robin Grant alive long enough for him to learn what science has done to him.

Astrology in Depth by Matthew Vossler 

Astrology, the ancient art of prophecy and divination, has been made popular today by sun-sign horoscopes found in thousands of websites and news publications. But astrology is so much more than the fun; one size fits all, daily advice columns. Find out how and why with this one of a kind book.  
Astrology in Depth condenses almost every book on western astrology ever printed. To help readers follow the material, the text includes sample charts and interpretations of famous people. With this book, you will easily understand the concepts of astrology and can put them to use immediately. These are the techniques and wisdom utilized by the famed prophet Nostradamus, Galileo, and many others, passed down through the ages for our benefit.

Motown Murders and Ministry, by Jack Loshaw

Through the eyes of a homicide detective, we meet those whose situations led them into the darkness to commit horrific acts. During his work, the author's life changed as he found a relationship with God. As the author puts it, the thought of becoming a real Christian and continuing in police work seemed a true challenge. He felt a lot of conflict between being a Christian and a homicide detective.
It was troubling to see so many folks whose lives seem hopeless and lacked any perceived abundance. From a police standpoint, Jack was determined to bring about what fairness he could and to do his part to alleviate some of the burdens brought by despair. Currently, Jack is retired from the police department. He worked at a car dealership for 12 years until he was called into ministry. He has now been an ordained minister for over fourteen years at Mt. Zion Church in Clarkston, Michigan.
Within this book are the stories of people whom Jack encountered during his days as a detective, and how he reconciled his work and faith.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bewitching Blog Tour Stops & A Giveaway!

You know you're completely overwhelmed when you forget about your second blog tour in a row! Well, I didn't completely forget. I knew it was starting in May. I just didn't realize the date had come and gone already...Between blog reviews, writing new books, and our restaurant opening for the season this month, I have no idea what day it is anymore!  But while I was inundated with other projects, my tour with Bewitching Blog Tours started without me! I only realized it when I saw a tweet about it today! 

There have been two stops so far.  First stop is So Simply Sarah, where you will find a excerpt of Destiny Unveiled and a Spotlight of both books in the Destiny series. Next stop on the tour is an interview with Fangtastic Books.  If you have a minute, stop by and check out these awesome book blogs!

As part of the tour, I am also hosting a huge giveaway! Three winners will each receive signed copies of both books, two boxes of incense, a crystal point, and a few dessert rose wishing stones.  You can enter to win this giveaway on any of the participating blogs!

There are lost more stops on this tour, and in case I forget about them again (LOL), here is a list of upcoming stops:

May 21 Promo
So Simply Sara –
May 22 Interview
Fang-tastic Books
May 23 Guest blog 
Roxanne’s Realm
May 24 Guest Blog 
May 25 Guest post 
Book Reviews, Fiction Reflections, N' More
May 27 Promo
May 28 Guest Blog
What the Cat Read –
May 29 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
June 11 Interview and Promo
Nilsa Book Blog
June 11 Interview and review
Carrie Ardoin
June 12 Review 
Mindy Wall Dreamer2229 Books, Books, and More Books
June 12 Guest Blog
June 14 Guest Blog
Reader Girls
June 14 Spotlight
Kacey's Konnections –
June 15 Promo and review

June 18 Promo and review 
Cocktails and Books
June 19 Review

Ezistock Review & $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

There are so many forms of beautiful and diverse artwork in this world. Beautiful handcrafted masterpieces including paintings, sculptures, and  jewelry are treasures I love to collect. When I am purchasing handmade products online, I always look for fair trade companies. Men and women from small villages in countries like Thailand are working hard to  bring us their one of a kind creations, and Ezistock brings them to us at a fair trade price. The items in this shop definitely suit my witchy style. From spiritual paintings to pewter fairies, there is a little something for anyone with a whimsical heart at Ezistock.

For my review, I was given a $50 Gift Certificate. It wasn't an easy choice picking out just a few items. I actually went a few dollars over my gift certificate, and I definitely plan to come back and get more later. I picked out two different products. The first thing I picked was one of the gorgeous  cotton shoulder bags. These hand-sown shoulder bags are a steal at only  $16.96 and perfect for anyone with a hippie or Boho style. There is plenty of room inside the bag, and the rainbow pattern is accentuated by gold threads and an elephant button hand carved from coconut.

 The next item I picked out was the Incense and Holder Hanging Set. I always burn incense while I'm writing and I have dozens of incense holders, but you can never have too many, especially when the style is so pretty and unique. Each set comes with two ceramic egg shaped holders that dangle from beaded ropes. For an added touch, they have a ceramic flower, making them the perfect decor for the spring. For $19.99 you get two holders and 6 packs of cone incense in varying scents. A great deal that would make a great gift or a sweet smelling personal indulgence.

For the most part, I would have to give Ezistock a five star review. I love the quality of their products and the respsct they show for their artisans. The only thing that is a bit of a draw back are the shipping prices. I realize the products are coming from Thailand, but it cost around $14 to ship my small package. This was included in the gift certificate, but would have been a bit more discouraging if I were paying out of pocket. Though I have to say,  I love the products so much, I would have grumbled under my breath about the shipping costs, but would still have bought the items in the end. The quality of these exotic handmade gifts is really worth the extra expense in the shipping.

One lucky winner is going to receive a $50 Gift Certificate to Ezistock! To enter this giveaway, just fill out the rafflecopter form below. You will be able to enter this giveaway at both the New Age Mama and Author Laura DeLuca blogs. You only need to enter ONCE. Please do not enter on both blogs. Entries will be merged and one winner will be chosen. Giveaway will end on 6/12/12. Open worldwide. Winner will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is chosen. Thanks again to Ezistock for offering this great prize.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic - Guest post by Magaly Guerrero

When writing of witches in fiction, many have chosen to portray the wand waving hag who lives in a sinister looking cottage in the middle of terrifying woods. Unless, that is, the author wants to write about real Witches. If the latter is the case, then the witchy characters’ physical and psychological traits will be unique and only discernible through the reading of the complete story.

The main character in AlmaMia Cienfuegos: a Story of Blood, Scars and Nightmares, is a nine-year-old girl whose dreams are haunted by things that bleed and rot. If she is not wearing the frog, book and skull charm bracelet she got from her grandmother, the rotting things of her dreams goose-bump AlmaMia’s skin while she is awake.

AlmaMia’s tale brings herbal healing, the blessings of a crone, and the protection of three charms that have shielded the gifted firstborns of the Cienfuegos family for five generations. In the story, AlmaMia is never called a witch, but the wild magic that surrounds the young seer shows everyone exactly who and what she is.

Like Justyn, in Laura DeLuca’s Phantom, AlmaMia is not an archetypal witch. Instead, the tree-climbing, stone-throwing, wild-haired Caribbean girl is the kind of person you would meet when introduced to a real Witch. You can buy AlmaMia Cienfuegos: a Story of Blood, Scars and Nightmares on Amazon.

MagalyGuerrero writes, reads, and dreams dark fiction. She is the author of Pagan Culture, a blog about everyday life through the eyes of a dark fiction writer. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and at

For the chance to win a copy of the ebook (one winner from each blog stop) and to AlmaMia’s charm giveaway (one winner will be selected from all entries on all blogs)  just complete any of the entries below. This giveaway will end May 27th.

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Check out all the AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Blog Stops for additional chances to win!
Day 1 – May 15th - Capturing a Moment in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - SunshineShelle
Day 2 - May 17th - Frogs, Books and Skulls – Miniature Witchy Book - Pagan Culture Weird, I know
Day 3 – May 19th - Truthin AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Tale - Magic Love Crow
Day 4 – May 21st - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic - Laura DeLuca  
Day 5 – May 23rd - Grandmothers Are Magical Creatures - Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts
Day 6 – May 25th - The Strong Women in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - Green Witch with Sprinkles  
Day 7 – May 27th - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Mango Tree - Daydream Believer

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dads Backyard Oasis ~ a Father's Day giveaway

It's finally here.... the Dad's Backyard Oasis Father's Day giveaway event!

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Sizzling Summer Reads Sponsor Spotlight! Edin Road Press

With a eye on the future of publishing and reading, Edin Road is dedicated to providing classic stories for a digital world. They strive to find the best literature from up-and-coming authors to provide to readers, in eBook format. This month, they will also be releasing their very first paperback edition! See their current list of releases below. All of these titles are or will be available for purchase on Amazon and via the Edin Road website.

 The Adventures of the Magnificent Seven by David Roth

Their names are Lisanne, JosÎl, Kristof, Anton, Sabas, Dak, and Alyse, but they're far better known by their traveling name, The Magnificent Seven. Best friends for life, if you find one of them, odds are you'll find the other six. Children of far reaching and vivid imaginations, their creative fantasies have taken them to such places as outer space, the Orient Express, white water rafting, the circus, and others. What always starts as an adventure in the real world quickly becomes an adventure of the imagination for them, with a puzzle to solve before reality sets back in. Enter the world of the Magnificent!

Illusions and Reality by Jessie J.W. Coffey

Illusions and Reality is a collection of work that runs the gamut from humor to romance, with a touch of horror thrown in to keep you awake nights. There are moments of tears and moments of giggles found within the short stories offered. And a few shivers along the way. And if that wasn't enough to leave you breathless, also included is a chapter excerpt from J.W. Coffey's, A Wager of Blood. Illusions and Reality will leave you wondering...which is which?

 The Brothers Cameron: An Opportunity for Resentment by J.W.Coffey

 Stephan Cameron is impetuous and lusty; William Cameron is measured and romantic. Only one thing can divide the brothers--an attraction to the Lady Jessica Chynoweth, a flirty redhead who seems to have eyes for both of them--and the baron besides. Only one thing can bring them together again--bringing the murderer of their father to justice. If it doesn't kill them first, they will!

A Wager of Blood by J. W. Coffey

 It was in the year 1760, when it all began with an innocent game of dice. And before the night was over, four people were dead and a man was driven insane by greed.  And in the present day, four friends will learn the secrets and face the demons of that night. And one of them will learn the most important lesson of all. When you dice with the devil, every toss is A Wager of Blood.

By Right of Blood by Lorrieann Russell Coming May 29th

William Fylbrigge arrives at Drumoak in Stonehaven, a frightened, starving, abused child believing he’s been sent to foster with the demon earl Lord Edward, who eats children and sleeps under a quilt made of the skin of his victims — a lie he’s been told his entire young life. William is ill prepared to claim what is his by right of blood and his place among the powerful clan he has been born into. But, under Lord Edward's guidance and with new friends he meets at Drumoak beside him, young Will blossoms and thrives. But older brother Thomas doesn't want to share what he thinks is rightfully his, secretly arranging to have the young lad killed in a convenient "accident." William could lose everything, including his life

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