Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal

Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal Review by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. ISBN: 9780738741550 Health, mind & body, non-fiction (adult) This is the second edition and has been expanded and updated. I had not read the original edition and was very interested in this book. I had not made incense before but it has been on my “wishlist.” The directions and recommendations the author gives are very easy to understand and follow. The author goes into detail on the different types of incense. I was familiar with cone incense since we use them in smokers (wooden figurines with open mouths that blow smoke rings).  I have some stick incense and always wondered how it was made. I remembered I had a small incense kit. The kit has small joss sticks and a ceramic stone with a hole in the middle. These small sticks, about two inches long, burn for about 30 minutes. I like the versatility and flexibility from the different types of incense. After reading this book I can tell the difference between the three kinds and don’t feel intimidated by it. I had to giggle at the author’s telling of…

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton
Fiction , Magic , Passion , Romance , Uncategorized , Wiccan , Women's Fiction / September 21, 2014

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Penguin Books Australia I Destiny Romance Destiny Romance Romance, Women’s Fiction The book begins with us being introduced to Skye. She is a witch that has had her powers bound by her grandfather because she is uncontrollable. Her power has been leaking out which attracts all kinds of people to her. She and her two Wiccan friends went on a skiing trip and there Skye meets Jason. Their passion is instantaneous. Skye is afraid to get close to anyone and doesn’t want to see him again. Fate has other plans and the two are thrown together again when Jason takes his nephew to a new daycare, owned and operated by Skye. Jason woos her until she agrees to go out on a date with him. They must work together to save both of their families from dark magic. Skye is reluctant at first but listens to him and her friends. She must accept who she is before she can do anything and that may be the hardest thing she has ever done. This was an interesting book of good versus evil. The author does a good job building the…

Book Review The Competition by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review The Competition by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas 419 Pages Mulholland Books Mystery & Thriller This is the fourth book in the Rachel Knight series. This book is more intense than the first three. It involves a mass shooting at a school and then a movie theatre. The killers are trying to prove they are better than other mass murders. It is a competition for them.  I was a little apprehensive when I started the book because I could tell where it seemed to be going. This is by no means a horror or slasher book and there was minimal description of the victims which I appreciated. The book unfolded and I felt as if I was riding in the car with Rachel and Bailey (and with Bailey at the wheel you better have your seat belt on). There were leads that turned into dead ends and case seemed to be going nowhere fast. I could not imagine how they were going to pull it together. Ms. Clark shows us there is more to being a prosecutor than writing legal documents and courtroom proceedings. This book was a nail biter with so many twists and turns. You…

Book Review Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books 657 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the third book in the Rachel Knight series. The book begins with the disappearance and possible kidnapping of two teenagers. Hayley is the daughter of a prominent Hollywood movie producer. She and her boyfriend Brian stage a kidnapping but something goes terribly wrong and they both end up dead. One of the two men accused of the murders is a Hollywood manager and a good friend of Hayley’s father, Russell. Russell does not believe Ian is guilty and stands behind him during the investigation and trial. As the details come to light, there are still questions Rachel cannot answer. She must sort out why the ransom drop was in the wrong location and why the possible theft of a screenplay a decade ago so important. As the book comes to the end light is shed on these questions along with other nagging concerns. This book is different than the first two books in the series. While the other books had some courtroom drama, the majority of this book is based in the courtroom. It feels like we are given an…

Book Review Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books449 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the second book in the Rachel Knight series. We begin in the past with the murder of police officer in his home. We move to present time and see the murder of a homeless man.  Rachel is in court waiting for her turn to be called when a case before her is about to be thrown out. The prosecutor did not have the necessary witnesses ready to take the stand and the judge dismisses the charges on lack of evidence. Rachel sensing the defendant will disappear if he is released files a motion to retry the case. This gains her the wrath of the prosecutor who believes she is cherry picking cases for publicity. What Rachel uncovers will rock her world. We get a peek into Rachel’s life as a young girl. On her birthday, her older sister, Romy, is doing everything Rachel wants to do. During a game of Hide and Seek, Romy disappears. This destroys Rachel’s family. Her father begins drinking to ease the pain and her mother becomes distant. Now in present day, Graden, Rachel’s boyfriend, uncovers…

Book Review Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books373 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the first book in the Rachel Knight series. Rachel is a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles. Her world is upended when Jake, her friend and colleague, is found dead in a seedy motel with a minor. Everyone immediately speculates that Jake was a pedophile and he killed the boy before turning the gun on himself. Rachel doesn’t buy this story and begins to investigate. Unfortunately her superiors have a different agenda for her.  Because of the sensitivity of the case, it has been handed off to the FBI. Rachel has been warned to stay away but how can she? She knows Jake is innocent of those allegations and wants to clear his name. Jake’s cases are distributed to the other DAs. Rachel is given a rape case of Susan, a 15 year old girl. Susan’s father is a wealthy doctor with many health clinics around the city. The initial suspect is a gang leader that Susan had been tutoring to pass his GED. Rachel begins interviewing the family and neighbors. As the case unfolds more twists and turns appear….