Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Light up your January

To celebrate the 250th post since this blog began back on 21/04/2012, I'm trying to think of something positive to combat the gale-driven sleety rain rattling the windows. I always leave a few of my Chrismas lights up intil Imbolc (Feb 1st), and this year the rest of the world has finally caught up with the idea that in the long, dark, dull January days, fairy lights bring good cheer. As does lighting a candle or three.

On a distant trip to Glastonbury, I saw my first infinity candle and it is a perfect meditation tool. You can buy these quite cheaply, but if you fancy making your own you'll need an ordinary (reflective) mirror and a one-way mirror which are held parallel to each other in some kind of stand. There are a number of tutorials on the net - I like this one 'cos it came with pictures.

Even simpler is a kaleidoscope candle - just fix 2 mirror tiles along one edge so they are hinged together, mirror sides facing each other. I used gaffer tape (aka duct tape, or, for the musos among us, roadie tape).
Open the hinge so the mirrors are approximately at right angles (90degrees). Place a candle in the centre (fairly close to the hinged edge) and have fun adjusting the angle to get a different number of reflections. 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

12 Deals of Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.

For each of the 12 days of Christmas, a couple of books are either free or heavily discounted.
Most of these books are free to read on Kindle Unlimited all the way to the end of January.
Make a note of the free dates for the books you are interested in, and grab them for free while you can. If you can post reviews on any you read, it will be the perfect Christmas present for me.

Here's the last lot of bargains, with a few extra Deals:
FREE - Archer (Hengest #1) - Jacky Gray
FREE - Fox Among Wolves (Hostage #1) - Ro Green
$0.99/£0.88 - Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Hostage #2) - Ro Green *Deal continues till 6th*
$1.99/£1.48 - Big Bad Wolf (Hostage #3) - Ro Green *Deal continues till 6th*


Jan 6: FREE on KU - Uniting the Tribes (Hengist Books 3-5) - Jacky Gray
            FREE on KU - 3 Handfastings and a Burial (NT #1) - Jacky Gray
            Only $0.99/£0.99 - Young Men Gone West (JBM #2) - Ro Green

Jan 5: FREE - Stand By Me (BR #6) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - Geraint (Hengest #5) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - Death Wishes - Ro Green

Jan 4: FREE - Slater (Hengest #4) - Jacky Gray
           Only $0.99 - Total Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1-3) - Ro Green

Jan 3: FREE - Music was my First Love (BR #5) - Jacky Gray
            FREE on KU - Reagan (Hengest #3) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - Don't Stop Believing (JBM #1) - Ro Green

Jan 2: FREE - Edge of the Blade (BR #4) - Jacky Gray
              $0.99/£0.77 - Rory (Hengest #2) - Jacky Gray
              Only $1.99 - Hostage Boxset (Hostage Books1-3) - Ro Green

Jan 1: FREE - Leader of the Pack (BR #3) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - Archer (Hengest #1) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (JBM #3) - Ro Green

Dec 31: FREE - The Show Must Go On (BR #2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - Catalyst (CoL #4) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - The Young Men Gone West (JBM #2) - Ro Green

Dec 30: FREE - New Kid in Town (BR #1) - Jacky Gray
              Only $1.99 - Uniting the Tribes (Hengist Books 3-5) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - Total Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1-3) - Ro Green

Dec 29: FREE - Stand By Me (BR #6) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - Captive (CoL #3) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - 13 Esbats of the Moon (NT #2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Don't Stop Believing (JBM #1) - Ro Green

Dec 28: FREE - Chrysalis (CoL #2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - 8 Sabbats of the Sun (NT #3) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Final Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1) - Ro Green

Dec 27: FREE - Context (CoL #1) - Jacky Gray
              Only $1.99 - Archer’s Quest (Hengist Books 1-2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - More Jeopardy (Jeopardy #2) - Ro Green

Dec 26: FREE on KU - The Show Must Go On (BR #2) - Jacky Gray
              99c/99p - 12 Days of Yule (NT #2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Triple Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1) - Ro Green


Tuesday, 22 December 2020

More Deals for Yule and Christmas

This post takes you from Yule to Christmas.
Every day in December a couple of books are either free or 99p.
Remember, most of these books are free to read on Kindle Unlimited all the way to January 6th.
Make a note of the free dates for the books you are interested in, and return here every week to discover the latest links.

Here's the fourth bunch of cool bargains. Merry Christmas everyone.

P.S. NT is Nature's Tribe (Medieval Romance)
CoL is Colour of Light (NA Contemporary Romance)
BR is Bryant Rockwell (YA Contemporary Romance)
JBM is Juke Box Musicals (Fun Short Stories)


Dec 26: FREE - Archer (Hengest #1) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - The Show Must Go On (BR #2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Triple Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1) - Ro Green

Dec 25: FREE on KU - New Kid in Town (BR #1) - Jacky Gray
              $0.99/£0.77 - Rory (Hengest #2) - Jacky Gray *Deal extended till 29th*
              FREE - Death Wishes - Ro Green

Dec 24: FREE Stand By Me (BR #6) - Jacky Gray
              $1.99 - Nature’s Tribe (Books 1-4) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Fox Among Wolves (Hostage #1) - Ro Green

Dec 23: FREE Music was my First Love (BR #5) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Young Men Gone West (JBM #2) - Ro Green
              $0.99/£0.88 - Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Hostage #2) - Ro Green *Deal continues till 29th*

Dec 22: FREE - Edge of the Blade (BR #4) - Jacky Gray
              $1.99/£1.48 - Big Bad Wolf (Hostage #3) - Ro Green *Deal continues till 28th*

Dec 21: FREE - Geraint (Hengest #5) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (JBM #3) - Ro Green

Monday, 21 December 2020

Yule Blessings

Amid all this turmoil, take a moment to be still, tune into the earth and give thanks for all the good things in your life on this Winter Solstice. Dim the lights, light a candle and some incense, and switch off all your devices apart from some gentle music. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
This Yule ends a fraught year for everyone, so it's even more important we spend a few moments sending loving energy to soothe and heal this ravaged planet and all her inhabitants.
"But what is there to be grateful for?" I hear you ask.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
  • Last night's sleep - giving your incredibly-engineered body a chance to regenerate.
  • This morning's sunrise - the birth of a brand new day.
  • The air you breathe - hopefully fresh, clean and energising.
  • The food which sustains and nourishes you, and all the people who worked hard to provide it.
  • Your health - no matter how much it has been depleted by the many nasty ills around us.
  • Your family, friends and all who support you - thank each one personally for how much better they have made your life.
  • Your creative talents, and everything you have achieved this year.
  • - - - Of course you have achieved something creative!
  • - - - Every meal cooked, plant nurtured, wall painted, and of course, every smile.
  • Anything else you can think of to be grateful for.
If that still doesn't work for you, there are many more suggestions online - just type "Winter Solstice Meditations" into your search engine and see which suits you best. Several spiritual types offer guided meditations via Zoom (or the like), but you will have to register (and probably pay) to join in.


In past years, I've journeyed to Avebury to welcome the shortest day with other nature-loving spirits at Avebury. In 2013, my Aunty Lynne and I watched a full moon set moments before the sun rose. The frosty ground soon turned muddy as Mother Nature joined in our celebration with healing rain. enough people gathered to form a circle atop the largest  henge in the world as we sang and danced, accompanied by a motely crew playing all manner of intruments. we had a cosy pub meal in Devizes and slept in the travel Lodge on the 20th, getting up refreshed at the civilised time of 7am.
It was a vastly different experience than the summer solstice, where people begin long before dusk and the Red Lion does a stirling trade feeding and watering the hoards. To the accompanyment of tribal drumming and spectacular fire-poy, people party most of the night, grabbing a few hours' sleep amid the stones. In my experience, people tend to stay in their own groups to watche the sun rise without the overwhelming sense of togetherness, however it's still way preferable to the louts who take over at Stonehenge. But maybe you've had a different experience.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

More Advent Deals - wk 3

Apologies for being a little late - way too busy buying, wrapping and cooking Christmas.
Mince pie with brandy cream anyone?

Every day in December a couple of books are either free or 99p.
Remember, most of these books are free to read on Kindle Unlimited all the way to January 6th.
Make a note of the free dates for the books you are interested in, and return here every week to discover the latest deals.

Here's the third bunch of cool bargains. 
Merry Christmas everyone.

P.S. NT is Nature's Tribe (Medieval Romance)
CoL is Colour of Light (NA Contemporary Romance)
BR is Bryant Rockwell (YA Contemporary Romance)
JBM is Juke Box Musicals (Fun Short Stories)


Dec 21: FREE - Geraint (Hengest #5) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (JBM #3) - Ro Green

Dec 20: FREE - Slater (Hengest #4) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Don't Stop Believing (JBM #1) - Ro Green

Dec 19: FREE - Archer (Hengest #1) - Jacky Gray
           Only $0.99 - Rory (Hengest #2) - Jacky Gray
           Only $2.99 - Reagan (Hengest #3) - Jacky Gray
           FREE on KU - Final Jeopardy (Jeopardy #3) - Ro Green

Dec 18: FREE - Leader of the Pack (BR #3) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - More Jeopardy (Jeopardy #2) - Ro Green
              FREE - Young Men Gone West (JBM #2) - Ro Green

Dec 17: FREE - New Kid in Town (BR #1) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Show Must Go On (BR #2) - Jacky Gray
              FREE - Triple Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1) - Ro Green

Dec 16: FREE on KU - Catalyst (CoL #4)- Jacky Gray
              FREE - Fox Among Wolves (Hostage #1) - Ro Green

Dec 15: FREE - Captive (CoL #3) - Jacky Gray   
              FREE on KU - Don't Stop Believing (JBM #1) - Ro Green 

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Your Advent Deals - wk 2

Every day in December a couple of books are either free or 99c/99p.
Remember, most of these books are free to read on Kindle Unlimited all the way to January 6th.
Make a note of the free dates for the books you are interested in, and return here every week to discover the latest deals.

Here's the second bunch of cool bargains.
Merry Christmas everyone.

P.S. NT is Nature's Tribe (Medieval Romance)
CoL is Colour of Light (NA Contemporary Romance)
BR is Bryant Rockwell (YA Contemporary Romance)
JBM is Juke Box Musicals (Fun Short Stories)


Dec 15: FREE - 3 Handfastings and a Burial (NT #1) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - Captive (CoL #3) - Jacky Gray
              FREE on KU - Don't Stop Believing (JBM #1) - Ro Green

Dec 14: FREE - Chrysalis (CoL #2) - Jacky Gray   
            99p/99c - Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Hostage #2) - Ro Green  *Deal continues till 18th*

Dec 13: FREE - Context (CoL #1) - Jacky Gray 
              FREE - Death Wishes - Ro Green

Dec 12: FREE - Archer (Hengist #1) - Jacky Gray
             FREE on KU - 13 Esbats of the Moon (NT #4) - Jacky Gray
             FREE on KU - Total Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1-3) - Ro Green

Dec 11: FREE - Geraint (Hengist #5) - Jacky Gray
             FREE - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (JBM #3) - Ro Green

Dec 10:  FREE - Slater (Hengist #4) - Jacky Gray  
               $2.99/£2.29 - 8 Sabbats of the Sun (NT #3)) - Jacky Gray 
               FREE - Fox Among Wolves (Hostage #1) - Ro Green    

Dec 9: FREE - Young Men Gone West (JBM #2) - Ro Green
            FREE on KU - Reagan (Hengist #3) - Jacky Gray  

Dec 8:  99p/99c - Rory (Hengist #2) - Jacky Gray *Deal continues till 21st*
             FREE  - Don't Stop Believing  (JBM #1) - Ro Green    

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Your Advent Deals - wk1

I've done this for a few years now and people seem to like it. Every day in December sees a couple of books either free or 99c/99p.
Remember, most of these books are free to read on Kindle Unlimited all the way to January 6th.
Make a note of the free dates for the books you are interested in, and return here every week to discover the latest deals.

Here's the first bunch of cool bargains. Merry Christmas everyone.

P.S. NT is Nature's Tribe (Medieval Romance)
CoL is Colour of Light (NA Contemporary Romance)
BR is Bryant Rockwell (YA Contemporary Romance)
JBM is Juke Box Musicals (Fun Short Stories)


Dec 8:  99p/99c - Rory (Hengist #2) - Jacky Gray *Deal continues till 21st*
             FREE  - Don't Stop Believing (JBM #1) - Ro Green   
         
Dec 7: FREE - Stand By Me (BR #6) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - Context (CoL #1) - Jacky Gray   
            FREE on KU - Death Wishes - Ro Green

Dec 6: FREE - Music was my First Love (BR #5) - Jacky Gray
            FREE - Final Jeopardy (Jeopardy #3) - Ro Green
            FREE - 3 Handfastings and a Burial (NT #1) - Jacky Gray

Dec 5: FREE - Edge of the Blade (BR #4) - Jacky Gray 
            FREE - More Jeopardy (Jeopardy #2) - Ro Green
          99c/99p - 12 Days of Yule (NT #2) - Jacky Gray

Dec 4: FREE - Leader of the Pack (BR #3) - Jacky Gray
           FREE - Triple Jeopardy (Jeopardy #1) - Ro Green

Dec 3: FREE - Show Must Go On (BR #2) - Jacky Gray
            FREE on KU - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (JBM #3) - Ro Green

Dec 2:  FREE - New Kid in Town (BR #1) - Jacky Gray  
             FREE - Fox Among Wolves (Hostage #1) - Ro Green    *Deal continues till New Year*

Dec 1: 99c/99p - Young Men Gone West (JBM #2) - Ro Green
            FREE - Archer (Hengist #1) - Jacky Gray  *Deal continues till New Year*