Book Review Herbs for Stress & Anxiety by Rosemary Gladstar

Book Review Herbs for Stress & Anxiety by Rosemary Gladstar Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC Publication Date: April 16, 2014 Health, Mind & Body I thought this book was perfect for this time of year. It is not always easy to stay sane during the holidays. Ms. Gladstar provides ways for us to do just that. The introduction asks readers when the last time they were peaceful. I thought that was a good question and an excellent beginning. In chapter one, the author explains the nervous system and its functions. She discusses how the brain interprets different signals. I like the analog she uses showing pain as a signal and a smoke detector. You would not turn off a smoke detector without finding the source of the alarm so why not find the source of the pain. I thought this was a powerful statement. The chapter continues with the use and benefits of natural therapies. Chapter two discusses natural remedies. The remedies she talks about are the use of herbs and flower essences. There are recipes for tinctures and teas. The chamomile tisane sounds very soothing. The author continues with depression, headaches, herpes, insomnia, seasonal…

Book Review America Nation of the Goddess by Alan Butler and Janet Wolter

Book Review America Nation of the Goddess by Alan Butler and Janet Wolter Review by Dawn Thomas 368 Pages Publisher: Inner Traditions / Destiny Books Religion & Spirituality When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I have watched the History Channel’s American Unearthed with Scott Wolter for several years. He is a forensic geologist and his wife, Janet, and Alan have been on his show. The book begins with an organization called The Grange. Towards the end of the book, I was reaching my own similar conclusions. I was amazed at the amount of research the authors conducted while writing this book. The amount of detail along with the pictures and drawings in the book provides the reader with enough information to see connections they may not have realized in the past. The authors travelled the world to show us how famous historical people and the founding fathers honored the Goddess. The name used to describe these people is the Venus families. I found I was stopping throughout the book to verify facts. The book was enjoyable and very informative. I must admit it took me a long time to finish because I would reread…

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…

Book Review: The Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

Book Review: The Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Chelshire Inc. Independent Book Publisher Association Mystery & Thriller, Witches & Wizards, Fantasy, Magic Wes Rockville is a rookie with the New York City police department. After he failed his first assignment, he was reassigned to the Witches Protection Program, a 232 year old secret agency where he met his new mentor, Alastair Verne. Wes was introduced to the world of Willa (bad witches) and Davina (good witches). This was a new world for him and he questioned everything. In his new role, Wes needs to stop the Willa from using their powers to control others while at the same time; he must protect the Davina helping humankind. Beatrice Pendragon is in charge of Pendragon Cosmetics. Her goal is to distribute a face cream made with Pendragon DNA. Once women begin to use the cream Beatrice can control them. Morgan Pendragon, Beatrice’s niece, has a feeling something is wrong at Pendragon Cosmetics and tries to find out what it is. Wes and Alastair try to protect Morgan from shape-shifting witches while trying to investigate the company. The book has high energy and is…

Book Review The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews

Book Review The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 440 Pages Fantasy, Myths & Legends, Asian Suzume, a disowned daughter of the emperor, was banished to the temple to be a priestess. During a ritual when she was to be presented as the bride of the mountain god, something went wrong. She was walking up to the temple when she unleashed power and broke the seal on the Yokai. The Yokai, a dragon named Kaito, was angry and wanted revenge on Kazue, his lover, who sealed him away five hundred years ago. He wanted to find her reincarnation and kill her for sealing him away all those years ago. Neither Suzume nor Kaito realize that Suzume is the reincarnation as they begin their adventure together. Along the way, they met other immortal mythical beings. Suzume had only read about them and did not believe they existed before she unsealed Kaito. Rin, a Kitsume (an immortal fox), heard of Kaito’s release and went to find him. They traveled to a shrine where Rin told Suzume how to channel her power to use Kazue’s staff, but Suzume questioned Rin’s motives. While at…

Book Review: The Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier

Book Review: The Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC 240 Pages Cooking, Food & Wine I was very excited to read this book. I love everything apple and knew I would find tasty new dishes to try and was not disappointment at all. There are eight chapters with over 125 recipes. Chapter one is an introduction to apples. The author gives the history of how apples began in central Asia and the genetics behind today’s apple. I learned a new term while reading this book – pomologists (apple breeders). The author provides advice on how to determine the correct number of apples for a recipe. The second chapter covers apples in breakfasts and breads. Several of the egg and apple recipes surprised me in this chapter. I never considered combining apples and eggs together. My favorites in this chapter are the baked apple-craisin oatmeal, and apple fritters and doughnuts. I added powdered sugar to the fritters and doughnuts for the granddaughters. I liked the list of apples for breakfast and snacks the author provided. I thought the coffee can bread was ingenuous. The directions for the apple coffee cake were so easy and…

Book Review Love the One You’re Witch by Randa Flannery
Fantasy , Icasm Press , Romance , Sci Fi , Uncategorized / January 20, 2016

Book Review Love the One You’re Witch by Randa Flannery Review by Dawn Thomas 131 Pages Publisher Icasm Press Romance, Sci-fi, Fantasy We begin in a world where vampires and other paranormal beings live and work with the rest of the world. Anatasia Gregor is a witch with a witty tongue working at a supernatural firm. She has an assignment to break a love spell on a vampire. After a bad experience with a vampire in which she almost lost her life, she is hesitant to take the case. Reluctantly, she visits the vampire’s home and finds a wicked love spell that has gone wrong. Lucas, a very handsome and single guy is the target. Unfortunately, his sister, Erica, has fallen under the spell instead. Anastasia is immediately attracted to Lucas and must fight her feelings. She removes the love spell and agrees to finish the job by finding the witch that cast the spell. After a hilarious visit to a sex toy shop, Anastasia finds the key to unlocking the mystery. She just needed to stay alive long enough to finish the job. The book was short and an extremely fast read. I enjoyed the characters and the story…

Book Review – Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel

Book Review – Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Llewellyn Publications Publication Date: July 1, 2015 This is another book in the Llewellyn Sabbat Essentials series. Mabon is another name for the Fall Equinox or Autumnal Equinox. It is one of four solar festivals divided throughout the year. This is a celebration of the second harvest. A point of balance where the day and the night are equal. The book has the following chapters. The chapter “Old Ways” discusses the history and lore of Mabon. The theme for Mabon is to celebrate harvest, sacrifice and survival. Astrology of the Fall Equinox is also included. The author explains how the Autumn Equinox got the name Mabon. There is a section about James Frazer’s research from The Golden Bough. The chapter “New Ways” explains how modern Pagans celebrate the sabbat. The author explains why not all Pagans celebrate Mabon, however many do participate with the largest celebration in the world: Pagan Pride. Different traditions have their own ways to honor the equinox. The modern Druids celebrate the equinox as Alban Elfed and Heathens celebrate Winter Finding. There is also a…

Book Review Sleeping Solo by Audrey Faye
Divorce , Family , Uncategorized / January 20, 2016

Book Review Sleeping Soloby Audrey Faye Review by Dawn Thomas 49 Pages Publisher: Fireweed Publishing Ltd Published: September 7, 2014 This is the story of one woman’s journey after her marriage explodes. Audrey’s husband of 12 years created an environment in which she could not live. She was hurt and numb but knew she needed to begin a new life. She also talks about how the changes affected her two children. She has a ‘tween daughter and an autistic son who does not speak. She described how her body felt after the nuclear explosion of her marriage. She found it difficult to breathe and knew she needed to do something so she could move forward. She learned to listen to her ribs and gained ability to breathe as she began to find herself. She learned to enjoy the small things in life and saw her children blooming. She covered a variety of topics from making friends to sex. She tried to describe her life in one word and discovered “solo.” She described her difficulty in writing about loving families while hers fell apart. I have read her Modern Witch and Witch Central book series. I could understand her decision not…