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#bookreview ~ Herbal Lore #herbalremedies @SimmillKj

Herbal Lore byK.J. Simmill This book contains details on how to prepare and apply herbs for either medicinal or magical purposes. It lists numerous herbs and their common uses in both medicine and magical practices and details the healing and magical attributes of colours, as well how to make various magical items.
What did I think of the book?
Herbal Lore, A Guide to Herbal Medicine is the most comprehensive book on Herbal Medicine that I have ever read — and I have read a fair few! Not only does this book discuss a variety of herbs and their uses, but more importantly it gives you step by step instructions on how to use them. I have yet to come across a book that tells you how to take an extract, make an infusion, a tea, a tincture, a compress, a lotion, etc... Usually, I have to rely on Google to find these things out. It is great that all this information is in one book.
There are also comprehensive instructions on how to make a herbal bag, a candle, incense and a Pomander! This book…

#bookreview ~ Once Upon a Summer Night #Romance #timetravel @NancyScanlon1

Once Upon a Summer Night:Mists of Fate - Book ThreeByNancy Scanlon
Colin O’Rourke’s elite matchmaking service is taking off until Winifred Emsworth, Great Britain’s most influential gossip columnist, writes a scathing article about it. She’ll retract the column…if Colin can match her shy, bookish niece with a modern British aristocrat.

But that’s not Colin’s only problem. As one of the O’Rourke time-traveling Guardians, Colin’s destined for one woman only. His thinks he’s found her when she wanders into his cousin’s garden, but she leaves before he can get her name. If he doesn’t track her down again, he’ll never know true love.

Eleanor Carberry is happy with her life as a bookshop owner, and she knows she has her dear aunt Winifred to thank for it—especially as Winnie helped smooth over a very public breakup and a very personal loss. Her aunt has never expected anything in return, so when she asks Ellie to help vet an American matchmaking company, Ellie reluctantly agrees.

When Col…

#bookreview ~ The Scribe’s Daughter #historicalfantasy @WriterChurchill

The Scribe’s DaughterbyStephanie Churchill Kassia is a thief and a soon-to-be oath breaker. Armed with only a reckless wit and sheer bravado, seventeen-year-old Kassia barely scrapes out a life with her older sister in a back-alley of the market district of the Imperial city of Corium. When a stranger shows up at her market stall, offering her work for which she is utterly unqualified, Kassia cautiously takes him on. Very soon however, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving a usurped foreign throne and a vengeful nobleman. Most intriguing of all, she discovers clues to the disappearance of her father three years prior. When Kassia is forced to flee her home, suffering extreme hardship, danger and personal trauma along the way, she feels powerless to control what happens around her. Rewarding revelations concerning the mysteries of her family’s past are tempered by the reality of a future she doesn’t want. In the end, Kassia discovers an unyielding inner strength, and that c…

#bookreview ~ Quincunx I #scific #fantasy @larrydshack

Quincunx IByLarry Shackelford Quincunx I is a fast-paced urban fantasy/science fiction romance story that takes place in the small town of Neosho in Southwestern Missouri, where classified military research was conducted on prisoners of war detainees at nearby Camp Crowder during WWII. Unbeknownst to the locals, the abandoned military base is home to a subterranean species of human mutants. When local students suddenly go missing, law enforcement officials are alerted to the presence of thousands of violent creatures that quickly manifest to the surface and wreak havoc on the military and the American Midwest. The terrifying creatures carry a mysterious virus that is highly contagious and lethal. Scientists and military experts must work furiously against the clock to unravel government secrets and contain the bloodthirsty mutants. Dr. Judy Davis is a professor of Genetics and Anthropology at a University in St. Louis, Missouri. Over fifteen years ago, she was tasked by the government …

#bookreview ~ Biohackers: “The Phantom Menace” #cyberpunk #Fantasy

Biohackers:"Phantom Menace"ByDean C. Moore
Two-thirds of the way through the series starter, the singularity reaction had already begun. Explosive technological growth beyond human comprehension caught everyone up so that it was impossible to look out your window from day to day without feeling like a stranger in a strange land. The vista constantly repainted by billions of citizen-scientists forever creating the world anew. Aircars one day. Soaring dragons the next.

The explosion of innovation was driven by neuronets. Everyone’s got one. The nanites in the air self-assemble into them as soon as they permeate your being. And they’re in everything, the air, the water…

The singularity reaction was deemed inevitable. It hardly mattered what exactly brought it about; it was always going to be something.

Roman, who fought so hard to protect “the best of all possible worlds,” finds it isn’t heaven on earth they’ve fabricated, but the perfect hell world. Perfect because no one in …

#bookreview ~ Tenets of Time #thriller #crime @larrydshack

Tenets of TimeByLarry Shackelford Tenets of Time is a fast paced crime fiction novel packed with action, adventure, and romance. Kevin Johnson works as a federal correctional officer at the El Reno prison near his hometown of Yukon, Oklahoma. Kevin also lives a double life as a secret agent working for a clandestine organization known as IS International, whose mission is to assist people with unconventional problems that cannot be resolved through traditional judicial processes. Kevin plans to work at the federal prison for a few more years, retire with benefits, and disappear off grid to enjoy an affluent retirement. However, Kevin’s world changes when he reconnects with Cheri Henry, a former classmate. He falls in love with Cheri and bonds with her son, Chas. Kevin is grateful to be part of a real family again, and becomes happier than he ever imagined. Meanwhile, international intelligence operatives discover IS International and it's lucrative assets, and plot a hostile takeov…

#bookreview ~ A New Beginning #histfic #Romance @KansasCrossroad

A New Beginning (Kansas Crossroads Book 1)
Amelia C. Adams

Handsome young heir Adam Brody sees nothing but possibilities in the sprawling old building he's just purchased. With a little hard work, he will transform it into a hotel to meet the needs of those traveling by railroad. Aunt Caroline believes he's lost his mind, but she agrees to help him give it a try.

Left a widow with a small daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell must find work. When she sees an advertisement in the newspaper inquiring about cheerful young women to work in a hotel, she decides to apply. However, the hotel owner specifically requested single ladies, so she must hide her former marital status, and her child, if she wishes to get the job.

With cloudy pasts to overcome, both Adam and Elizabeth want to believe in a bright future. Will they find the strength they need in each other, or will their differences keep them apart?
What did I think of the book?
This book really got under my skin. The writing is flawless…

#bookreview ~ A Bed of Wild Roses #Regency #Romance @wackyjackyful

A Bed of Wild RosesFlowers of the Aristocracy (Untamed Regency Book 1) ByJackie Williams
A Regency Mystery Romance.

An innocent kiss might not have sealed her fate. Even a scandalously slippery jelly could be explained away. But revealing one’s long hidden charms to the local nobility can only lead Lady Felicity into marriage or ruination.

How could a childhood game become so complicated? How could a dessert behave so decadently? And how could his own shrubbery become so untamed? Caught between debt, honour, and Felicity’s more than irate brother, Lord Algernon Barclay’s immediate future can only lead in one direction. Straight into a parson’s noose.

But even while reconciling themselves to their fate, a killer stalks. Amid attempted murder, thieving relatives, and renovating an impoverished estate, will they surrender to their shared attraction, or will Algernon’s stubborn heart convince her to give up and leave him.
What did I think of the book?
It has been a while since I have rea…

#Newrelease ~ Ivellians #scific #fantasy @larrydshack

IvelliansByLarry Shackelford Ivellians is a fast-paced, science fiction romance story.  The Ivellians possess human characteristics and have come to earth in a last effort to preserve their species.  Unfortunately for the human race, the Ivellians are carnivorous and their soldiers feast on human flesh.  Their ruthless leader, A'Vu, has commanded his soldiers to eliminate the human males and capture females and children.  The Ivellian males believe their females are no longer capable of reproducing, so they intend to mate with the genetically comparable human females. 

Gower Gee is an accomplished Drug Enforcement Agent who is struggling with his professional and personal lives.  When the invasion begins, his commercial airplane inexplicably crashes near a small, secluded island in the Caribbean.  He is one of only a handful of survivors who encounter a marooned Ivellian female, M'ala, who provides them with the key to eliminating the Ivellians.  He is assisted by a unique cast…