Cleaning out the Clutter

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….and it seems that it is possible for me to check one or two things off my to do list….

The Return of Soundtrack Sunday

I have updated the Soundtrack of your Life Challenge. I will be doing the challenge, monthly, now instead of weekly. I really love this challenge and I only stopped because 1. It was too much to do it, weekly. and 2. There wasn’t much of an interest in it. I’m happy to say that, during my little DD (divorce induced depression…lol…) vacation, there seemed to be a lot of feedback from individuals who wanted to participate in the challenge.

So here’s the rundown on changes to the challenge (you can check out full details, here): I will post the prompt on the 3rd Friday of the month (August 15th, this month). The prompt can be answered the following Sunday and I will spend the following days/weeks reposting my favorite blogs. Again, you can check out the Soundtrack Sunday page on my blog for full details and to learn how to create a pingback, so I can see your answer.

Book Reviews and Author Spotlight

I think, of all things, I’ve missed this the most. I do plan to resume with the reviews and author spotlights but not weekly. I will do one a month and probably increase to doing one, every two weeks, eventually. With that being said, I am currently taking requests for the feature. If you are an Independent Author and you want a spotlight on my blog and/or you have a book that you want reviewed, use the contact form below and let me know.

Everything Else

I would like to say that I will be posting regularly, and of course, I plan to. I have all intention of posting regularly, again. However, my life is chaotic right now and most days, I feel as if I’m being held together by matchsticks so I can make no true testament to my actual ability to fulfill this promise. I will say this; I have missed the network of friends I have here, on WordPress and I am certainly excited about getting back in the saddle. I’m open to suggestions and guest bloggers…(you can use the contact form above, if you’re interested). Mostly, I’m open to giving and sharing support and love in the most pleasant and most difficult of times. 😀

 

 

“Coven of the Courtesan” by Yolanda Shoshana…#BookReviews

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4 out of 5 loves

“Strong women..magick…and lust…everything a woman needs to invoke her inner goddess”

Let’s get this out of the way, this novella looses a few points because of a typos and poor sentence structure in a few spots. With that being said, once the story got going, my heart was racing so fast and I was so enthralled in the story that I just didn’t care about the previous mistakes.

This is a great little story and I am a sucker for a strong, witchy woman and a great office fantasy. Shoshana manages to mix magick and consumer culture to create a seductive tension that is palpable in this short, but very worth the read, story. This is a great introduction for what is to come for Bast and I can’t wait to pick up the next installment.

To learn more about this book and author check out her Indie Author Spotlight, here on Indie Ashley.

“From Thine Own Well” by Norm Hamilton…#BookReviews

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About the Book

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They said it couldn’t happen here—but it did!
Water resources have become scarce and individual freedoms cast off. A society has been brought to its knees by a series of FIPA agreements. Economic ruin, contaminated watersheds, earthquakes and human relationships paint the picture of a Canadian society that has been altered, seemingly irrevocably.

Those international accords effectively brought the Canadian government to collapse and ruin—forced into dependency on corporatist rule. Unrestricted fracking and irresponsible mining practices caused major watersheds and underground streams to become contaminated, the precious fluid, noxious.

The sole purpose of The Coalition, a regulatory body created by the world-wide conglomerates that governs the country, is to ensure the profitability of its corporate members.

In Yukon, Canada’s far north, a baker’s dozen of unknown, everyday people and one dog are loosely thrown together in an effort to combat The Coalition and its impact on Canadian lives and the environment. Though small in numbers, their resolve is immense … and palpable.

The representatives of The Coalition vie for power and status while attempting to maintain control of the populace. Their numbers include those who would dispose of the others and some who, in spite of themselves, find love.

The Yukoners include a married couple, young singles and elders. The action-filled scenes are interspersed with tender moments and imaginative solutions while relationships bloom within their ranks. Together they confront the corporate menace.

Join Landon, Nora, Galen and the others who, through no design of their own, have become the unwitting hope for Canada’s future.

The year is 2036 …

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4 out of 5 loves

It is always exciting for a writer to take on a political, social or environmental issue in their work. Norm Hamilton does, just this, as he chronicles the struggles of the people of the Yukon against “The Agreement”—a contract that allows Chinese businesses to extract natural resources from Canada without regulation–and “The Coalition”—the group of people who protect this right.

Although it may seem to be a cautionary tale for the dangers of destroying the environment, there is much more to it than that. Hamilton highlights what “could” be the downfalls of society if “lust for money” becomes a motivation for people and countries to destroy themselves in pursuit of a fat checkbook and a prominent seat in the world market.

What is more important is that “From Thine Own Well” accomplishes all this while still being a really great story. It’s never slow, never boring and doesn’t at all feel “preachy” to me. All in all, I think this is a really great addition to the Dystopian genre and would recommend it to anybody who enjoyed reading “The Giver”.

You can find the book on paperback and kindle at Amazon.

AND…as an added bonus, anyone who comments on this tour post will be entered to win a FREE Ebook copy of this novel!!!!

About the Author

Norm Hamilton (1951-) lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for 40 years and is currently normresiding on Vancouver Island with his wife, Anna, where he is meeting people and experiencing new adventures to write about. He is a writer and a photographer and is currently enjoying Lack Cowichan, B.C.

Norm has written one non-fiction book, “The Digital Eye.” It is a compilation of articles for people wanting to improve their photography skills or for those who want to learn digital photography.

His latest project is a novel titled, “From Thine Own Well,” a story about a dystopian Canadian society, brought about by unrestricted gas fracking and irresponsible mining techniques. It all began with a FIPI agreement in 2012 that left the federal government open to lawsuits-that they lost.

Norm’s books are available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon.

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