Thursday, May 26, 2011

Loreena McKennit

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite artists. Loreena McKennit is a signer who ranges from Celtic to Folk and all kinds of sound in between. If you haven't heard her work, you should check out other videos on YouTube. Her sound is inspiring.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Moon Goddess Journal Winner!

We have a winner!

Jen H.


The Near Witch

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

My thoughts:

This book grabbed me from the first page. Due to be released in August of 2011, I was lucky enough to find it on Netgalley, the blogger's best friend. If any of you are blogging, and don't know what Netgalley is, leave me a comment and I will explain. Finding it after being told about it by an author was one of the happiest days of my little blogger life!

I gave this book 5/5 because of the way it drew me in and kept me reading until the very last page. Lexi's strength and Cole's haunting hunkiness make it an awesome read Thumbs up! So put it on your Goodreads list. You will love it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Follow Friday!

Happy Follow Friday!

This week's FF question of the week is:

Circle time! Time to share. What character in a book would you most like to be, what character in a book would you most like to date?

Oh....That is a tough one. I guess my first inclination is to be Anita Blake. Not for the endless sex partners either. I think her talents as a police collaborator and monster hunter are amazing and she gets to hang out with Jean Claude, who is one of my favorite book hotties of all time.

Thanks to any new guests. I hope you will enter the current contest and become a follower. Don't forget to "Like" the Facebook fan page while you are here. Please leave comments. I love them! Welcome back to any returning friends. Love to see you dropping in for a spin on the broomstick. Until later, have an excellent weekend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: Speaks the Nightbird

Judgment of the Witch

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies — and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

Evil Unveiled

After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel — and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives. (Goodreads)

This book was wonderful. If you like a good historical novel with the feeling of Pillars of the Earth, try this series. Set in the late 17th century, Matthew Corbett has to try to save his love, Rachel, from being put to death as a witch.

The politics in this book made the witch trial portion look tame. It was very interesting to me how all of the back room political machinations ultimately could cause a woman's death. I don't like to give spoilers, so I will let you find out on your own, but this book was very eye opening and made me think about the witch trials and how close to the truth Mr. McCammon is with this amazing novel. The lush description makes you fell like you are there.

An excellent read!