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When Abigail falls in love with Justin she can’t begin to know the world of hurt she is heading into. Gorgeous, kind, rich – he’s the man we all dream to meet. BUT, all is not what it seems because Justin is a true demon from hell, disguised as a mortal being. He wants her and will do, kill or maim anyone who tries to stop him. Namely Shaun the real hero, who wants Abigail more! So what does a mortal man do against a demon? He enlists the help of a gypsy of course. But not any old gypsy. Rosa knows Justin very well and has the powers of the spirit world on her side to fight him. Using crystals as a powerful weapon, the light of the spirit world to lead them, they embark on a battle with the whole of the underworld. Many loved ones will lose their lives. This isn’t a book where everyone survives. In real life, bad things happen. In Abigail Cottage, terrible tragedies occur too. Believe... not every story can have a happy ending.

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Tuesday 8 May 2012

Welcome to Christine Agro

I am really excited to have such a wonderful guest on my blog today.
Christine Agro is an internationally recognized Clairvoyant, Inspirational Teacher, Metaphysical Expert and author of 50 Ways To Live Life Consciously: 8 Tools and 42 Concepts to Help You Wake-Up and Live. (Haldi Press March 3, 2012)
Using her unique approach that combines her clairvoyance and her degree in Naturopathy, Christine offers a truly holistic overview of health, wellness, well-being and our Spiritual journey. Praised by grateful women, parents, and celebrity clients across the globe for her intuitive and extraordinary gifts as a healer, she has been hailed as “magical”, “transformational” and “inspiring.”
Christine has been featured in The New York Times, and dubbed 'a gift to moms' by Real Savvy Moms an award winning website for the former PBS syndicated TV show. She has been interviewed on radio shows around the world, quoted in health and consumer magazines and e-zines nationwide. She has written for Gaiam Life, and contributed to Messages From Spirit by Colette Baron-Reid (Hay House 2008).
Christine is the author of 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously, creator of the Conscious Living Wisdom Cards and the founder and leader of the membership site The Conscious Living Guide Through The Conscious Living Guide Christine provides a place for like-minded people to connect and offers on-going support to those wishing to live life consciously. Members can participate in weekly meditations, mini-audio courses and a monthly on-line Q&A session.

Hi Christine. I hear that you have a book hot off the press. Can you tell us a bit about it.

50 Ways To Live Life Consciously is a book about living life in a way that will take all the craziness and chaos out of your day-to-day. I’ve been doing clairvoyant readings with people for the past 12 years and answering questions about their lives, their relationships, and their challenges. I always find myself looking ‘behind’ the questions being asked, because what’s behind the question is the really important information – what exactly are you working on? This is the nuts and bolts of life: learning, healing and ultimately growing/evolving who we are.
What I love about this information is that it is simple and easy to understand. The most life changing piece of information in the book is to always ask yourself ‘What am I trying to learn?’ Every relationship, every challenge offers you an opportunity to learn something if you ask that one question. When you do you’ll find that you are no longer tied into the drama and the chaos.
In my book I explore this concept and I share 8 tools and 42 concepts that will help you bring greater awareness to your every day AND help you better understand the nature and purpose of why you are here.

I think this book will be invaluable to many people. I'm excited to hear about your next book. What’s next on your writing agenda?

I have three exciting things happening. I’ve been asked to write a daily blog for The blog is called “My Life as a Conscious Mom”. I have a beautifully aware 8 year old son and I also do a lot of work with women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or who want to help and support their child in the best ways possible. So with this blog, I’ll be able to not only talk about Conscious Parenting, but also how we can create balance and wellness for ourselves and live Conscious Lives.
And then, I have two books that are fighting with each other about who is going to be next. The first if I Am Woman, Fully Empowered which is a book about the Spiritual evolution of women and shares my insight into our journey and what our next steps are. I finished it last summer and since then I have witnessed such amazing uprisings of women around the world as well as the interesting battles being waged in the United States – so I know it’s both timely and time for it.
The second book is Seen and Heard: An Inspiring Guide to Conscious Parenting which is about seeing and interacting with our children as conscious beings and recognizing that they are amazing, powerful people, in little bodies.
I think I need to clone myself so I can get them out at the same time– somebody email me if you have that technology!

Wow, you'll have to come here and showcase them, all.In saying that, do you have any marketing advice that you can offer?

The best marketing advice I can offer is based on Conscious Awareness. I find that what our mind and ego can concoct is only a tiny fraction of what our Spirit or higher-self can lead us too. So the advice is to keep yourself in alignment (envision a line with your Spirit at the lead and your ego, mind and emotions sitting in alignment with Spirit). For me, when it comes to marketing I follow the threads that present themselves and see where they lead.

So to completely change the subject lol Where did you meet your partner? We all love to hear a romance story.

Have a seat. It’s a 20 year story.
Chuck and I met in art school at the University of New York at Buffalo. He was a graduate student painting major and I was an undergraduate painting and print making major. He was chosen to run the University Art Gallery and I was appointed his undergraduate assistant. We dated for 3 months and it ended when he told me that “IF he wanted to get married, I’d be that person, but since he didn’t want to get married, he thought we should break it off.” Now mind you, I was 20 at the time, he was 30. The mere mention of marriage was scary so I didn’t disagree. After I graduated I spent a year working and then decided to go back to school to get my MBA in Arts Management. I was accepted into a program at the University of NY at Binghamton.
As I prepared to leave town, I stopped by the bar he was bartending at to say good-bye. It was a short good-bye but I can still remember it today and I can still see myself sitting on a bar stool at the end of the bar wearing a ‘fashionable’ 80s hat.
Off I went to start a new phase of my life. Off he went a few months later to start a new phase of his. He hit NYC with storm and became an artist who was climbing. He was reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America and his work was on the cover of The New Yorker. I knew none of this. I was busy finishing up my MBA and before I even graduated I was hired to be the Director of Development for the oldest regional theatre in Canada, which happens to be in Winnipeg, Manitoba. So from cold to colder I moved.
While in Winnipeg I met and married my first husband. Around the same time, Chuck called my parents’ house looking for me. As he tells it, he got a rather cool reception from my mother who informed him that I was married. What she remembered of the conversation was that he was living in NYC working at the Ronald Feldman Gallery.
I tried to track him down, but this was just at the advent of the internet. We didn’t have email and no one had websites yet.
Fast forward to May 2001 and my first husband and I were in the process of divorcing. We had moved from Winnipeg to Denver, Colorado in 1997 and upon our decision to divorce in 2000, he joined the Circus – Cirque du Soleil to be exact.
So in May 2001, the Circus was stationed in Jersey City, NJ for 6 weeks and I needed to wrap some things up with my soon to be ex. I made plans to be there for a few days and something said to me ‘find Chuck’. It 2001 and now everyone had a website and everyone had email. I looked up Ronald Feldman Gallery and sent an email off explaining who I was and that I was looking for Chuck, who had once worked there, and wouldn’t they please forward my email if they knew how to reach him?
And they did. Although he no longer worked there, he was great friends with the owner and the staff (they credit themselves with our reconnecting by the way.)
He emailed me and we made plans to spend the day together walking around Chelsea – the new Soho of NY. I still remember seeing him walking down the street heading toward me. My heart lifted. We spent the day walking and talking and laughing.
As the day came to an end, he walked me back to the World Trade Center so I could get the Path Train back to NJ. We walked through the doors and stood just inside on the top stair. There were hundreds of people rushing in all directions, but as we hugged each other good-bye, time stood still for me. It took my breath away; it was such an overwhelming experience. But I said nothing of it as I rushed off to catch my train.
We exchanged a few emails back and forth, his were full of innuendo that I choose to ignore. I wasn’t interested in being in a relationship.
As the summer turned to fall I kept feeling a pull to pack things up and move to NYC, but I also kept resisting that pull. On September 11, 2011 I sat frozen in front of my television as the second plane hit the tower, with the media replaying that image over and over again. I could not move. I thought of all the friends and family that I knew in NYC, but the only one who really seemed to need me was Chuck. I tried to reach him by phone but no calls were going through. As a clairvoyant, I knew I could find him energetically, so I went into my meditation space and tracked him down. I saw him walking through the city, covered in a white dust. His energy was sad and alone but authoritative
I was still concerned so I decided to try and call again. All the lines were still busy. I would try one more time. This time, I grounded the phone lines and I used all my energy to push the call through. It worked, the call went through and I was able to leave a message. When Chuck got home that night, after a long day of having to walk back to Brooklyn from lower downtown Manhattan, not over the Brooklyn Bridge, but over the Manhattan Bridge (adding an extra hour to an already extreme long walk), his message waiting light was blinking. I was the only call to get through to him that day. It was my voice that greeted him after that long day.
We kept in touch over the next few months. I was still being pulled to NYC, but I wasn’t ready to move there yet, but I was ready to leave Colorado. I put everything I had in my soft-top Jeep, which was two bags of clothes, a box of files, a computer and my two dogs, Pebbles and Miranda and headed north. I spent eight months in Upstate NY living in a rented farm hourse until one day at the beginning of May I called Chuck and asked him if I could come down and visit him. The answer was yes. I drove down and that night, we stayed up the entire night talking. I had never done that before, but we talked about everything and about nothing and in the morning, we weren’t the least bit tired.
Before I left to head back upstate I said to him “remember that day I came to NYC and we were saying good-bye at the World Trade Center? Well the most remarkable thing happened to me when we hugged”. “Me too” he said and then together we said ‘time stood still’.
It still gives me goose bumps when I talk about it.
A few months later I had moved in with him with my two bags of clothes, my box of files, my computer and my two dogs.
We got married the following November, at the top of the Empire State Building’s North West Corner on an unusually warm day; 73 degrees, clear and sunny.
We’ve been together for almost 9 years now. We have a beautiful little boy and time continues to stand still when Chuck wraps his arms around me.

That really is a beautiful romance. Before you go where can we find you hiding out?

I can be found here which is a membership site that helps support people in living life consciously. If you become a member for a month, you get a gift copy of my book “50 Ways To Live Life Consciously: 8 Tools and 42 Concepts to Help You Wake-Up and Live”. Folks can also find me blogging daily over at under “My Life As a Conscious Mom.”

Thanks for stopping by Christine and good luck with your book.

Synopsis – Does life seem complicated? Are you always trying to get to the next ‘something’? Are your relationships confusing and overwhelming? Christine Agro, Clairvoyant and Metaphysical Expert, shares her unique insight that will help you create a graceful, ease and flowing life. Christine’s information is so simple yet so powerful that you may actually feel yourself shifting as you read. With insight into the how, why and what-for of life, Christine helps you get off the mental and emotional wheels and helps you get your ego in check creating a natural balance with the one aspect of yourself that really does have all the answers, your Spirit. 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously is a treasure box that answers the question “why are we here” and offers 8 tools and 42 concepts to help you make the shift into conscious living.

One Line Book Teaser – In 50 Ways To Live Life Consciously, Metaphysical Expert Christine Agro offers the simplest, yet most life-changing answer to the question “Why Are We Here?”

Friday 4 May 2012

Stan Starsky


A message from Stan:

Many years ago, I wanted to own my own business. So I quit my job and I started a vending business . I sold pre-packaged, overly processed, excessively sugary, salty, artificially flavored and chemically induced junk food…And I was actually pretty good at it. I did this for about 5
years and I took on more and more locations.

The vending business is good exercise, it is actually a lot like P90x except you do it all over town and all the movements are very different, but you do build up a pretty good appetite.Now, the snack irony of the situation was that I really did not like the junk that I was pushing. I was surrounded by thousands of calories and yet I was still hungry.

So, I started to make my own healthy snacks. I began making my own granola bars and over time I got pretty good at making really delicious mouth water granola.

I then began experimenting with fruit, vegetables, nuts, brown rice and other wholesome ingredients. I would arrange these ingredients in a way that tasted really good. I got better and better at combining
different foods and I called these creations “food combinations”. Other people called them recipes.

Well, eventually I got out of the vending business. I took different day jobs like becoming an account representative for a large software company selling enterprise software to mid-size businesses but nights and weekends were often dedicated to making healthy snack food.

My co-workers became my test subjects and along the way I had a lot of flops but I kept a list of all the good recipes (food combinations – not giving up on this term just yet).

Have you ever been obsessed with something but don’t know why?…Well that is how I was when it came to inventing snack food recipes.

Maybe I was trying to make up for my dark snack past or just trying to rebalance my snack Karma. Whatever the reason, I missed countless episodes of TV shows and I worked for hours in the kitchen.
I think this hard work has paid off and I put together what I believe is the best snack recipe book around and you may have guessed the title “Peace Love and Snacks”.

Title: Peace Love and Snacks
Genre – Non-Fiction/Healthy Living/Weight Control
Publisher – Self-Published

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Look and feel great deliciously....

Would you like your family to eat more wholesome foods and get more vitamins, micro-nutrients, fiber and minerals while avoiding processed sugar, gluten without taking supplements? Wouldn’t it be nice to find an exciting and interesting way to eat more healthy?

If you answered yes to the above then my promise to you is that eating healthy snacks can be interesting, fun and easy. I present to you the “Peace Love and Snacks” healthy snack cookbook. And this not just about sneaking in a few vegetables into a cookie recipe – which actually is a great strategy. This goes a little deeper than that.

All of the recipes are are gluten free and contain no processed sugar and no white flour. Sometimes honey is used as a sweetener, however, there is also a granola process that utilizes no honey at all – only fruit, oats and nuts and it has tested very well.

Imagine feeling great about what you have made, using wholesome ingredients. Time to take revenge against junk food and enjoy delicious easy to make snack food recipes. You will find some truly unique and new recipes that your family will enjoy.

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Lyle Blake Smythers

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR.Lyle Blake Smythers:

Lyle Blake Smythers is an actor, writer and librarian in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 1976 he has performed in over 100 stage productions, including three appearances at the National Theatre. He has published fiction, poetry, satire and literary criticism in Manscape, FirstHand, Playguy, The William and Mary Review, Insights, School Library Journal and Children?s Literature Review. He is a former children?s librarian and is currently providing cataloging support for an ongoing project at the Library of Congress.
Title: Feasting With Panthers
Genre – Literary FantasyPublisher – Pink Narcissus PressRelease Date – January 31, 2012



We found the first one-eyed man at dawn...

So begins the highly original fantasy tale of warrior poet Catalan, when he and his band stumble upon a handsome acolyte near death in a mountain pass. But when the acolyte reveals his mystical vision, the
poet finds himself at the center of a War Game between two mysterious sorcerers. To unravel the mystery, Catalan and the agents of the War Game must seek the missing pieces of an enchanted chess set in a quest complicated by deceit and treachery, in which nothing is what it seems.

Ingeniously weaving together citations throughout the text from a variety of sources ? including Yeats, Milton, Joyce, Poe, Baudelaire, the King James Bible and many more ? author Lyle Blake Smythers serves up a truly literary feast.


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