Sunday, February 20, 2011

Book Spotlight: The Magical Girl’s Guide to Womanhood

The Spotlight is On:

The Magical Girl’s Guide to Womanhood by Violetta Marmalade-Spirit as told to Erin Schmidt

What’s a young, magical girl to do when she gets her first period? When should a werewolf start shaving her legs? Whether or not she has magical powers, what’s a girl to do when she--gasp!--has to talk to a boy she likes?

Never fear: The Magical Girl’s Guide to Womanhood answers these and many more questions for preteens and teens. Even grown-up magical women may find helpful reminders in its pages. Your guide on this enchanted quest into the labyrinth of yourself is gifted young witch Violetta Marmalade-Spirit. Violetta starts with the basics of what makes a girl a girl, then progresses to questions of body image, how to stay healthy, and sexuality.

Becoming a young woman is always a magical journey. Join Violetta in uncovering some of the tips, tricks, myths and secrets to making the best journey possible!

Author Bio:

Erin's work is dictated to her by Violetta Marmalade-Spirit. Violetta Marmalade-Spirit recently graduated from witchcraft school with a degree in Witch’s Studies. She now works overseas, teaching spells to underprivileged girls from traditional unicorn-herding societies.Violetta comes from a long line of witches. Her mother, Augustina Marmalade, is an internationally recognized expert on potion-brewing. Perhaps her greatest contribution to world potion-lore is a recipe that turns failure into determination. Augustina claims to be part fairy. Violetta’s father, Patrick Arthur Spirit, is an invisible man. He works in the tourism industry, and has been featured in a number of famous haunted houses. Although Violetta hasn’t seen him in ages, he is always knocking her hat off her head and running away, chuckling. When she isn’t writing books for girls or casting spells, Violetta enjoys playing soccer, riding broomsticks with her friends, and knitting. She especially likes turning frogs back into handsome princes by the traditional method of throwing them into stone walls.

Check out Violetta on Facebook.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Movies for Valentine’s Day

A list of romantic movies suitable for Valentine’s, some well-known, some a little less known.

  • Ghost:  Love after death.  Starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore
  • Sleepless in Seattle:  Matchmaking by phone in radio show.  Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
  • Notting Hill:  Love and celebrity in Britain.  Starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
  • Sense and Sensibility:  Jane Austen’s book brought to life.  Starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman.
  • While You Were Sleeping:  Mistaken identity, comas and love.  Starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.
  • Moulin Rouge:  Tragic, star-crossed love the 19th century Paris, set to modern music.  Starring Ewan McGreggor and Nicole Kidman.
  • A Walk in the Clouds:  A WWII vet finds love in a California vineyard.  Starring Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. 
  • Just Like Heaven:  A man moves into a new apartment to find the spiritual remnant of the previous tenant has stuck around.  Romance ensues.  Starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo.
  • Ladyhawke:  Medieval love affairs and curses.  Starring Mathew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer.
  • Simply Irresistible:  Romance blooms between a chef and a businessman, thanks to a magic crab.  Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Addicted to Love:  Two people try to win back their former loves through devious means.  Starring Mathew Broderick and Meg Ryan
  • Stranger Than Fiction:  A real person blends into a writer’s character and along the way finds romance.  Starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Spotlight: The Irish Slaves

The Spotlight is On:

The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants by Rhetta Akamatsu:

They came in the holds of overcrowded ships, packed in among cargo and animals. They were sold to others to work as hard and under as dismal conditions as their owners chose. They were taken to the West Indies, to Barbados, to the American colonies, and beyond.
A familiar story, is it not? But these immigrants, deprived of all personal freedom, were Irish, and their servitude started long before black slavery was common.
Even among those not enslaved, many were treated nearly the same as indentured servants, or later as contract labor on the railroads, mines, and other dangerous tasks.
Your eyes will be opened by this book if you dare to allow them to be, as you learn more of this nearly forgotten part of world history.

Author Bio:

Rhetta Akamatsu lives in Marietta, Ga with her husband. She has previously written about ghosts in books such as Haunted Marietta and Ghost to Coast, blues music in T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do and assorted other subjects. Her heritage is Irish, and it is possible that at least one ancestor was an indentured servant in the 1600's, according to geneology records.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Book Spotlight: Vampyre Kisses

The Spotlight is On:

Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth J Kolodziej:

Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.
Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.
Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?

Author Bio:

Elizabeth J Kolodziej, a young fiction writer originally from Torrance California, is a smart and original thinker who has researched the origins of vampires, werewolves, and witches for many years. She writes her books from the knowledge she has gained while trying to be as original and inspiring as possible. Her books encompass both true folklore facts along with innovative ideas motivated by the great writers around her. This book is her first but not her last in a new series entitled Vampyre Kisses.


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