Book Review: Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee

Book Review: Love the Witch, Hate the Craft by Nora Lee Review by Dawn Thomas Pages 250 Publisher: Masterful Books Publication Date: October 15, 2015 Women’s Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy This book is the first in a trilogy of the Witches of Secret Hallow. The town is full of witches and is in a perpetual autumn season. Rowan is a college student returning to her home after a six-year absence and the recent break up with her boyfriend Garrett. She is the strongest earth witch in Secret Hallow but does not have control over her power. She has not used magic since the accident with her grandmother. When she arrives home, she meets a stranger, Caedmon McFarland. He tries to convince Rowan to marry him so he can become the High Priest and take over the coven. Rowan does not trust him or his motives. Her friend Orianna has a five-year-old daughter named Fern, who has extraordinary powers. Rowan tries to teach Fern how to control her powers without hurting others. Rowan’s grandmother senses she needs help and sends for Garrett, who is unaware of the recent breakup. When things get out of hand, Rowan must reach deep within…

Book review: To Walk A Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day by Alaric Albertson

Book review: To Walk A Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day by Alaric Albertson Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. Religion, New Age, Spirituality, Paganism, Witchcraft Chapter one covers the steps to a new way of living. The author discusses ways to bring spirituality into your daily life. He begins with a beautiful dedication rite. Mr. Albertson is a Saxon Pagan and uses Germanic terminology but recommends each reader use the appropriate words/names to his or her tradition. The first step is to connect with spirit. The second step is to create sacred space. He explains the importance of maintaining an altar. He stresses the altar should be cleaned and changed on a regular basis in order for it to be considered sacred. The third step is to create sacred time. He recommends having a specific day and time to visit the altar but to be realistic. The minimum time he set was fifteen minutes because “life happens to all of us.” The fourth step is to make daily activities sacred. This could be as simple as taking care of a pet or playing an instrument. The fifth step is to observe regular offerings. Honoring…