Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Abbott & The Acolyte in Death and Taxes

Abbott Rutilius is assigned to travel to various monasteries to balance their accounts in 13th century France. Does that sound serious and boring? You might think so, but you would be wrong. This story includes, robbery, temptation, two murders, tempting women, afternoon romps, food theft, and much more.

The Abbott brings a young man to work with him in his travels and these two get into all sorts of situations. The Abbott seems to often be on the hunt for a decent meal and you can tell that he doesn't feel that he must deny himself of some comforts of life. There's an interesting group of characters in this story and they each play important roles. You will have to read to the end to see who is really innocent and who is really guilty. And, who is that beautiful young woman who seems to pray a lot?

I've seen episodes of the BBC show Cadfael and this reminded me of that series although there is more humor. The Abbott thoroughly enjoys a rich meal. He makes it clearly known when he isn't happy with the food that is prepared. He meets a mysterious woman from a nearby village and is very pleased when she invites him to dinner parties. Abbott Rutilius also has some personal problems that offer some very humorous episodes within the story.

An interesting setting, fascinating characters, suspense, intrigue, misappropriation of church funds and much more await for you in this tale of death and taxes.

Three Feet Under: Journal of a Midlife Crisis

Three Feet Under: A Journal of a Midlife Crisis by Christie Gabour Atwood

Christie Gabour Atwood gives an enlightening and hilarious view into midlife and the humor. This book is written as a one year journal and gives the reader many insights into a normal life and the struggles to get through daily life.

Christie shows us what to do with gym equipment that isn't being used. She has "decorating" advise for ceiling fans, and much much more.

Passages in the book are side splitting and funny, while others will tug at your heart strings. As you read, how many of these things have you done? How many of these things have you seen others do? Does it help you understand what others are going through?

Whether you are going through midlife or are heading toward midlife and for people who have been through these turbulent years, you should pick up this book. Midlife isn't the end - it is a humorous interlude. Every one goes through this time - how will you face midlife?

Deal A Story by Sue VIders

Deal A Story A Brain Storming CARD GAME

for individuals or groups:
fiction genre writers,
screen and play authors,
writing classes/groups,
improv actors,
cartoonists, etc

Usually I post reviews about books - but this product is for writers, so I feel its appropriate. Sue Viders has developed a "card game" that can be used to create and plot stories. There are a variety of cards, including: hero, heroine, villain, flaw, plot and genre cards. There are even wild cards to shake things up. The idea is to use various combinations of the cards to create your story. It is a way to get the creative juices flowing and to help you learn to think "outside the box". The deck includes 101 different cards and the box says there are 1,000,001 story ideas.

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Money and Manifesting by Dyan Garris

For many years, I've believed that people have the "power" to make their lives better. I'm a big fan of alternative health and thinking. So, when Dyan Garris approached me about a virtual book tour for her book Money and Manifesting, I was intrigued.

I admit that I'm one of the few people who didn't read The Secret. Too much hype and too many expectations... I avoid books that have that much hype behind them. The laws of attraction are a principle that I had heard about, but I didn't know a lot of detail.

I began to read Money and Manifesting and there are many points that just made so much sense from the beginning. For years, I've always said that actions speak much louder than words. That idea fits into manifesting. Just thinking about what you want to accomplish isn't enough- action is needed. Many people have disagreed with me that ACTION is needed - many of these were people who didn't want to believe they had to do something to make these things happen for them. It was validating to see those words in print and to have that ideal substantiated in such a logical way.

Money and Manifesting covers so many wonderful topics including: chakra balancing, detailed explanations about each chakra and what it affects, entitlement, poverty consciousness, fear, how people measure success, grounding, centering, integrating, taking responsibility, making choices and much more.

In addition to all of this information, Dyan Garris also includes sections which include fictional people. These sections are great ways to give us more depth of understanding about how this information applies to people and how it can impact their lives.

This is a small book, but there is a wealth of valuable information packed in these pages. I highly recommend it for people who want to go past the laws of attraction and who need additional information to make things happen in their lives.