Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Must Now Bid You Adieu...


Michele Doucette

I wish to take the time to thank Glenda for showcasing me as her spotlighted author for the month of November 2010.

I was most fortunate to discover Glenda on the internet while conducting some PR work in reference to my novel, A Travel in Time to Grand Pré. The review that she posted on August 10, 2010, warmed my heart, for I had so hoped that a connoisseur of books would be able to see all that I was trying to convey throughout the text.

I was quite pleased to discover that Travel in Time to Grand Pré was not in the least what she had been expecting. To catch someone, unexpectedly, off guard in such a manner, works for some, but not others. A unique and fascinating plunge into history, it delves into historical genealogy, Biblical archaeology, quantum physics, metaphysics and spirituality. To state that it is merely of the historical fiction genre simply does not hold true. I prefer to think of it as belonging to the visionary and metaphysical fiction category; one that may well be of my own making.

As Glenda also shares, there are some who may find the material disturbing. Why, you ask? Primarily because the material shared within may challenge the belief system of many readers. However, for those that are willing to explore the extensively researched documentation, this book should be considered a must read.

Is it an alternative historical tale, you ask? Hypothetically speaking, perhaps.

Could it be the interlacing of fantasy upon history? Theoretically speaking, quite conceivably.

Better yet, might it be the work of a research historian who has merged all of her research to arrive at a potential new truth? This is where I challenge you, the reader, to decide, and deliberate, upon the answer for yourself. Like Glenda, I also revel in unique.

Thank you so much for your continued attention this past month.

I want to thank Michele for her outstanding articles this past month. A researcher with the diversity of interest as Michele Doucette has brought a wealth of information, not only to me, but to my readers! Even now, I remember her information on cyrstals, as I read my latest book, a fantasy that is filled with crystals being used to heal and increase power. Having read Michele's articles before I started certainly helped me better appreciate this new book!

When we open ourselves to read what others write, even if it does not support our own beliefs, I believe we are giving ourselves and our beliefs a necessary challenge that will either make us stronger or guide us in a new path. I encourage you to consider the breadth of topics presented by our spotlighted author--choose just one and spend a little time learning more.

My best wishes for continued successful marketing for your books Michele! And thanks again for visiting Book Reader's Heaven!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Author Michele Doucette Featured in The Georgian...


The write stuff: Author releases several new books

By Christopher Vaughan 

It’s been a busy year for Michele Doucette.

In addition to her fulltime position as a special education teacher, Ms. Doucette published five books that reflect a spiritual journey she’s been exploring for two decades...

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Lord’s Prayer

Cathars being expelled from Carcassonne in 1209.Image via Wikipedia

Yeshua (Jesus) and his disciples “spoke a form of ancient Aramaic, a language including elements originating in what is now the Middle East, in particular of Babylonian, Phoenician, Assyrian, Akkadian origin - and most likely others as well. During the first century BCE when the person known as Jesus most probably lived, Aramaic was also influenced by Ancient Hebrew, although Aramaic is not directly related.” (i)

“Aramaic is not a “literal” language that can be translated word for word as with most modern languages, but was rather a more poetic or “graphic,” “descriptive” language which was typical of that era as also seen for example in the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt and the Maya of Mesoamerica and so on.” (ii)

We know that the Gospels were originally written in Greek before being transcribed into Latin, followed by medieval English. In addition, the original texts were further corrupted when Constantine created the Roman (Catholic) religion, giving “power and control to the 'new religion' through the invocation of fear and guilt.” (iii)As centuries passed, the words of these Gospels were frequently transformed so as to maintain this power and control. One was simply not allowed to question the so-called word of God.

With that having been said, how much of the Bible can be said to represent accurate messages and teachings?

Given that Aramaic is a poetic, artistic, interpretive script, and one that cannot be translated literally, in revisiting various translations of The Kadish, which later became the construct for The Lord’s Prayer, Adrian Cooper has written a more modern and understandable version.

Based upon the original texts, it might be said that he has also been able to maintain the truth, purity and wisdom of the original.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Source, of whom all realms of the universe are eternally expressed.

May we experience your Love and Light in the purest way, at the highest vibration as you express your glory through us, as us.

May we thus express and experience our personal universe within, as we express our experience, and through the greater universe without.

Inspire us to seek only genuine, virtuous needs while liberating us from all negative thoughts, feelings and emotions that physically bind us, just as we likewise unconditionally forgive others.

Let us not be attracted to illusory, transient, material possessions or relent to the demands of the ego, that we may, through your infinite mind, freely and joyfully experience Oneness with our true divine path and being.

You are the one eternal expression of divine inspiration, unconditional love and spiritual energy through which the glory of the universe perpetuates.

Affirmed in Love, Light, Faith, Trust and Truth.

In essence, this makes me wonder even further about the Cathars.

In keeping with Cathari beliefs, there were some who believed that the “purpose of man’s life on Earth was to transcend matter, perpetually renouncing anything connected with the principle of power, and thereby attaining union with the principle of love.”(iv) According to others, “man’s purpose was to reclaim or redeem matter, spiritualising and transforming it.” (v)

In addition, they also believed that “there existed within mankind a spark of divine light. This light, or spirit, had fallen into captivity within a realm of corruption identified with the physical body and world.”(vi) The God of the Old Testament had nothing whatsoever in common with the God of Love known to the Cathars. Many today would also find themselves agreeing with this statement.

Accepting the doctrine of reincarnation, the Cathars believed that what could not be accomplished within the time span of one life time would merit their return at another time. This has also been called the transmigration of souls.

Regarded as a dangerously heretical sect, for more than just these beliefs, of course, the Roman Catholic church sought to eradicate them through what has come to be known as the Albigensian Crusade, as led by Simon de Montfort (ironically, another ancestor of mine).


i Cooper, Adrian. (2010). Ultimate Reality Newsletter dated June 6, 2010 and accessed on August 28, 2010 from http://www.ourultimatereality.com/newsletters/060610.pdf
ii Ibid.
iii Ibid.
iv Catharism article located on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catharism
v Ibid.
vi Ibid.

By Michele Doucette

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Spotlighted Site Just Celebrated Two Second Year!

A teacup on a saucer.Image via Wikipedia
Stop for A Cup of Tea First!

When I first thought about spotlighting internet sites, it was as a response to a request from a new connection...and the first site I thought of was one I had recently been introduced to--The Write Place at the Write Time...

Welcome to The Write Place At the Write Time. We are a quarterly on-line literary magazine providing thought-provoking, engaging stories to our readers and fellow writers.  By clicking on Welcome, you will find the editorial staff and others who provide all that is good and beautiful available new each quarter!

I checked out the fiction section since I knew that Nicole and Denise had both provided stories for this quarter. Here's what's available--then just click and start reading!

Featured Stories:

"Choices"- by Linda Emma
"When the Devil Walked Through Salem"- by Denise Bouchard

"The Age of Choices
By Linda Emma

Trish wiped her hands dry and tried to remove the rest of the finger paint from beneath her nails. She felt a tug at her leg.

“Miss Trisha,” Tighe asked, “is this right?’

The little boy with milky dark skin and fiercely blue eyes had just shoved his art work at her, hitting her pant leg with the purpley mix of colors...

When the Devil Walked Through Salem
By Denise Bouchard

Each afternoon I read his letters as the gauzy muslin curtains fly in the breeze of this small cottage and I relive our early years together. His letters, our one year old daughter, these are the only two things that keep me from walking straight toward the seductive call of the waves.

My Dearest Emily,

The house is almost finished and I can barely wait to show it to you…

Say You'll Be My Darlin'

By Elizabeth Dunphey

People would talk about the 70s like it was the best decade or the worst. It was the years of Jimmy Carter saying he had sinful thoughts, and political chaos. Archie Bunker and that red head from One Day at a Time, Mackenzie Phillips, bone thin from drugs, toughing the real world out. Maybe the grooviest pot smoking songs in history. Dreamy people like Fleetwood Mac and Bread postulating an imaginary universe without violence...

The Age of Victoria
By Nicole M. Bouchard

With one hand behind him, his eyes closed and his back against the cherry wood hutch, he felt about the sapphire velvet-lined drawer with purpose. When his hand closed around the cool metal of his quest, he breathed a deep sigh of surrender. Round caliber, thirty-nine mm at muzzle, smooth bore barrel at three hundred and thirty-three mm; a British service blunderbuss that was used by the East India Company in the earlier part of the century. A symbol of the unyielding British fist-hold over the rest of the world. It seemed fitting given the circumstance of his defeat. She had been as bitterly cold and indifferent to his existence as the weapon he now held in his hand. Uninvited, she’d overtaken every natural resource he possessed using them to her own ends until she discovered the treasures stowed away in his heart. Her blue-blood veins showed beneath the porcelain skin as she seized the last of it in her hands, bleeding him dry.

Ad Vivum
By Bill Mesce

"OH! I'm sorry. Pardonnez moi, mademoiselle."

"Excuse me?"

"Ah! English?"

"American, actually."

At the Chelsea Restaurant
By Harvey Havel

My boyfriend and I decided on a late evening dinner down in Chelsea to a restaurant we know that served an excellent veal scaloppini for me, and for my boyfriend, he would be having the filet mignon, as he hadn't eaten a good cut of steak in a while. We both left our loft around nine o'clock and caught a cab into the heart of Chelsea, not far from the well-known Chelsea Hotel that had been completely restored and remodeled in recent years. The evening was cool and dry with a slight breeze that tickled my cheeks and hair, and I really felt that I had finally arrived at what life was supposed to be about for a recent college graduate; a loving, committed boyfriend, a good job in advertising, a loft in the East Village where we shared our bed, and now a cool evening where we could dress up for a change and walk hand-in-hand down Seventh Avenue. It felt regal to put on a skirt. We could even see a star or two up in the sky despite the tall skyscrapers and many lights that kept the city eternally aglow.

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A Quick Study of the Chakras

ChakraImage via Wikipedia
Chakra picture produced by AuraStar2000TM bio-...Image via Wikipedia


Michele Doucette...

The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. If we were able to see the chakras, we would observe a wheel of energy continuously revolving or rotating. Clairvoyants perceive chakras as colorful wheels or flowers with a hub in the center.

The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish over the top of the head. Though fixed in the central spinal column, they are located on both the front and back of the body, and also work through the body.

Each chakra vibrates and rotates at different speeds. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest.

Each chakra is stimulated by its own and complimentary color, and a range of gemstones for specific uses.

The chakra colors are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.

If the chakras are not balanced, or if the energies are blocked, the basic life force will be slowed down. The individual may feel listless, tired, out of sorts, or depressed.

Not only will physical bodily functions be affected so diseases may manifest, but the thought processes and the mind may also be affected, with the individual becoming preoccupied with negative attitudes, fears and doubts.

A constant balance between the chakras promotes health and a sense of well being. If the chakras are opened too much, a person could literally short circuit themselves with too much universal energy going through the body. If the chakras are closed, this does not allow for the universal energy to flow through them properly which may also lead to disease.

Most of us react to unpleasant experiences by blocking our feelings and stopping a great deal of our natural energy flow. This affects the maturation and development of the chakras. Whenever a person blocks whatever experience he/she is having, this, in turn, blocks the chakras, which eventually become disfigured. When the chakras are functioning normally, each will be ‘open’, spinning clockwise to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal energy field.

As already mentioned, any imbalances that exist within any chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies. It is possible to use our quartz crystals and gemstones to rebalance all chakric centers. Once the chakra has been properly balanced, then our bodies gradually return to normal.

The reason why crystals and gemstones are such wonderful and powerful healing tools is because of what science calls the piezoelectric effect. Crystals and gemstones respond to the electricity that is coursing through your body. If the energy is sluggish, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and stimulate these energies.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Michele Doucette Shares "What is Reiki?"

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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also involves healing. Administered by the laying on of hands, it is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy (understood by the Chinese over 5,000 years ago) flows through us.

The practitioner uses his or her hands in the energy field of the client to facilitate healing. The client remains fully clothed and in a laying position. The practitioner usually moves his or her hands at a distance of a few inches from the body, although touching can be involved.

If one’s life force energy, or chi, is low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If one’s life force energy, or chi, is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words.

Rei (pronounced ray) means God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power.

Ki (pronounced key) refers to life force energy.

As a result, Reiki is actually spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and overall self improvement.

“While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.”

As a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, I send long distance Reiki to those who make the request, claiming only to be a facilitator of the Universal Energy, meaning that it is up to the individual(s) in question to use these energies in order to heal themselves.

“In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.”

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: Become Enthralled by Early Church History In Murder Mystery!

A piece of public artwork in brass called the ...Image via Wikipedia

Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

A Very Private Grave

Donna Fletcher Crow

I must say that the first thing I did after reading Donna Fletcher Crow's historical novel, A Very Private Grave was to check the Wikipedia and see if there really was a Saint Cuthbert. And yes, he really did live from 633 to 687 AD.

Not being a great history enthusiast nor a member of the Catholic Church, I had wanted to read the book for the mystery, so I was not expecting what I found!

A Very Private Grave (The Monastery Murders)From the very first I was enthralled with this literary gem. Yes, there is a mystery--in order to solve the mystery, readers are led through the life and travels of Saint Cuthbert. But the author has done an outstanding job in pacing so that the history we are learning is provided as the next "clue" and, in that way, the author successfully captures and retains the total interest of her readers--or at least this one!

The two main characters are a young intelligent American female student, Felicity, and her history professor,

In fact, it is to Felicity that Father Dominic entrusts his work diary, filled with notes and scriblings--just before he was murdered!

Felicity had been friends with the Father since she had entered the College of the Transfiguration which, as she admitted, she had chosen to attend in a moment of insanity. That day, Father Dominic did not stay since he was to assist in the Ash Wednesday ceremony...

But he never arrived...

Felicity hurried back to her room and found it had been vandalized, searched. She thought it was just other students, so continued on with her original plan, picked up a book of poetry for the Father and went to see if he had gone to his room, perhaps not feeling well. She found Father Antony, her history lecturer, standing with bloody hands over her beloved Father Dominic's body! Her first reaction was that her friend had been murdered--by her teacher!

And Indeed later, after the initial police investigation was over, and Felicity and Father Antony were charged with finding out what had happened by the school principal. Only before they were ready to start, a message was sent to them that the police were going to arrest Father Antony and that they were to leave immediately to conduct their assigned work. Only to be followed by Jonathan Breen--welcomed by Felicity to whom Jonathan immediately began paying much attention--and mistrusted by Father Antony.

Father Antony had become somewhat dissatisfied with his life. One major issue was whether or not he would further commit to the church and adopt celibacy as his lifestyle. As he traveled with the beautiful young and enthusiastic Felicity, he became more and more troubled about his future, especially realizing that he was jealous of Breen's relationship with Felicity.

Aside from the love triangle that seemed to be developing, there was danger on the route Father Dominic had traveled, murder attempts against Felicity and murders of individuals they had met along the way. Father Antony took much time to teach Felicity about the historical background of their travels and while she thought it was totally unnecessary to solve the murder, little by little she was learning and putting facts together until they were able to put together a potential list of those who might have killed Father Dominic.

Because Father Dominic had definitely been excited about potential money being found to help him with his hunger to help the children in Africa who were suffering from AIDS. And finally the clues pointed to the possibility that he knew where treasure had been hidden, together with the body of Saint Cuthbert. But his body was not where everybody thought it was...

The mystery portion of this reads like a Sherlock Holmes type of story, as the religious church doctrine and history are explored, examined and used to arrive at the answers. You will be taught, entertained, and totally drawn into the mystery of where the body of a holy man, and his treasure, lies. Don't miss this one; it is not only highly recommended, but will soon be followed by A Darkly Hidden Truth which will continue with Felicity and Father Antony... Get A Very Private Grave and be prepared when Book 2 is announced!

Book Received Via
Book Giveaway Contest

G. A. Bixler

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: Tania Maria Rodrigues-Peters Does It Again!


Tania Maria Rodrigues-Peters...

Presents Her Latest...

The Legend of the Black Lake

I am always anxious to see the latest book by Tania Maria Rodrigues-Peters. Mainly because she creates not just a book--she creates an artistic masterpiece beautifully blending her words with complementary pictures. She also involves somebody from her native country, Brazil, as well as talk about where she lives now and gives full credit to those who work with her. Felipe Campos as illustrator and Paula Vaz-Carreiro as translator continued with her from her first book, Mozart in the Future. I also admire that she makes an effort to get her books out by automatically arranging for their translation to various languages.

The Legend of the Black LakeNow I must say that Felipe Campos has provided so much more than illustrations for The Legend of the Black Lake.  Kudos to you Felipe for creating and allowing the artwork to become such a significant contribution to the overall effect of the book!

Tania uses this book to teach about prejudice, using a simple easily understood story of two teenagers who meet and fall in love.

The setting is in the Vorarlberg region of Austria where people far and wide come to see a strange sight--a "lake as black as the night." (p.10) One such visitor was a small boy who, when he saw the lake, begged his father to stop. He gazed at the lake, wanting to know why it was black. They saw an old man nearby and went to ask him if he knew why it was so black.

The little old man, who looked almost like a giant leprechaun to me, said that he did but it was a very, very, very old story. He even commented that it was like one of those love stories in books...and I added, thinking, like Cinderella or Snow White..

The little boy begged to hear the story, declaring himself a curious boy and he saw that even his father was now interested! (Have you ever noticed that lots of children's books are also wonderful to read as adults?)

And so the old man started telling about a time many, many years ago, in their village of Vorarlberg that there had been a family who had a very, very, very beautiful daughter named Katharina.  Her skin was white--very, very, very white, in fact--her hair was red and her eyes a deep blue. In fact her eyes might have been the same color of blue as the lake! For it was not black at that time...

Now Katharina was still young, but already sons of noblemen were starting to call. At that time, the parents chose the man to whom their daughter would be wed. Actually, Katharia was really not interested in meeting anybody! She enjoyed living near the lake and spent a lot of time sitting there beside the pure water.  The lake was so important to her that she treated it like a friend, admiring it and telling all her secrets there, even though she never got a response. In fact, the lake, "though mute, soaked up every word."(p. 41)

And then one day at the lake, she was frightened by finding a young man laying at her feet.  The boy was "black--as black as the night." She knelt to find out if he was alright--it didn't look like he was hurt, so she spent time admiring him, she thought him quite beautiful. Realizing he was sleeping, when he awoke  he explained he was lost and very hungry...his name was Paul.

Katharina immediately invited him home to eat, but Paul explained that sometimes people were afraid or didn't like him because his skin color was different. So Katharina brought food to him and they became friends.

Tania says so much in her stories and yet they are presented so that anybody will understand and be inspired. I loved this story. If I remember right, there was already a "legend" about the lake but I think you'll find that this is so beautiful a tale, that it just has to be the real reason that the lake is so very, very, very black! Ok, I enjoyed the "very, very, very" used by the old man!

Yes, it's for children...children of all ages from 5 to 105! Very, very, very highly recommended! Would make a beautiful holiday gift!

Book provided by

G. A. Bixler

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Crystal Skulls...By Michele Doucette

Crystal SkullImage by ombrelle via Flickr

I have been collecting Crystal Skulls for the past several years. Metaphysically, the symbol of the skull represents the higher mind. To attain the higher mind of spiritual awareness and psychic ability, we must be released from the thrall of the lower cognitive mind. Reprinted here with permission from Ravenia Youngman, owner of Crystal Skull Head Quarters eBay store.

There are three types of crystal skulls –

[1] Contemporary crystal skulls (those being made by modern carvers)

[2] Old crystal skulls (made anywhere from 100 to 1000 or 1500 years ago)

[3] Ancient crystal skulls (made anywhere from over 2000 years ago to several thousands of years ago)

The skulls that I am guardian to all fit into the Contemporary crystal skull category. I have, however, purchased several skulls from Sherry Whitfield Merrell, current custodian of SYNERGY, one of the world’s verified Ancient crystal skulls. In keeping, these skulls have been fully charged with SYNERGY’s subtle energy.

There is no known scientific test to date that can determine when a crystal skull was created (as in determining its age), but one generally experiences a much more powerful energy that is linked to the Ancient crystal skulls in comparison to the modern ones. This does not mean, however, that one crystal skull is greater or lesser than another in terms of importance.

Ancient cultures believed that it was the skull that housed the soul, meaning that they believed that the soul of the person lived inside the human skull.

It has been said that crystal skulls were a powerful tool for healing the body, mind and spirit within such cultures as those belonging to the Mayans, the Aztecs, and even the Atlanteans.

It is known that there exist thirteen ancient skulls. A few of the ancient skulls have surfaced today, but not all. It has been said that, in the very near future, all the skulls will surface and come together. When this happens, it is said that they will bring a very important message to all of mankind.

In much the same way that computers on the Internet are connected and can send and receive information from each other, it is my belief that all of the crystal skulls on the planet are interconnected through some type of etheric energy network. As one’s crystal skulls awakens (becomes activated), it can both receive information and project outwards from this energy network and/or from any crystal skull that is linked to it.

Imagine the possibilities of this last paragraph. In comparing crystal skulls to computers, one gets the sense that they, too, hold tremendous information that can help humanity in many ways.

They can be utilized as tools for healing. In addition, they are a catalyst for helping people to see their true nature. Like a mini-energy vortex, they may propel a person to release physical, mental, emotional, and pastlife blockages very quickly, which helps one to see oneself.

In essence, crystal skulls are akin to a mirror, showing us what resides within.

As shared earlier, I am currently working on a volume unlike anything that I have written to date. I was holding my Siberian Charoite skull (left hand) one day and my left hand began beating a slow and steady pulse. Not only that, by my right hand began vibrating in the same manner, almost as if the crystal wanted me to translate its energies into words; and so it has begun.

In keeping, I am sitting down with specific crystals, doing my best to give a wee bit of background history, before asking them what it is that they wish to share. I close my eyes, meditate on the energies of the crystal, and then write down those words and directions that come to me.

This shall become Healing the Planet and Ourselves: How To Raise Your Vibration.

I have been told by many crystal skull caretakers that when one agrees to become a guardian of a crystal skull, their whole life changes. In fact, Native legends speak of the fact that crystal skulls carry messages for all mankind. It appears, then, that I am doing my best to assist, courtesy of the above.

There is an interview with Crystal Skull Explorer Joshua Shapiro that some of you might enjoy reading.

The Unfolding: Part 1

The Unfolding: Part 2

Joshua and Katrina also have a new online radio show called Crystal Skulls Now that can be easily accessed. They can also be reached through their website.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Crystals and Stones...By Michele Doucette

A rose quartz stone collected from the shores ...Image via Wikipedia

I received my Crystal Healing Practitioner diploma, through Stonebridge Associated Colleges in the UK, on September 6, 2005. By July 2006, I had completed a two-year Literacy program, acquiring a Masters of Education degree from MSVU.

In keeping with the fundamental aspects of this physical experience, we speak of atoms as being the basic building blocks of matter. Comprised of particles called protons, electrons and neutrons, atoms join together to make molecules. Molecules, in turn, form most of the objects that exist in this physical existence.

There is a law of resonance which states that “when one system encounters another, similar system, their vibrations must come into a state of resonance (harmonic vibration).”(i)  This law also states that “the smaller field of vibration will be the one that will be changed to match the larger field of vibration.”(ii)

This means that when you pick up a crystal or stone, the vibration of that mineral enters into a state of resonance with the atoms (that are of a similar vibration) located within your own body, thereby creating a larger resonant field (of harmonic vibration) between your energy and the energy of the crystal or stone.

It is this vibration that has been associated with the energetic shift that many experience, which may also include the loosening of blockages within the physical body, thereby attributing to the new understandings (perceptiveness, awareness) and healing (harmonizing, renewal) that can be gleaned as a result.

There are many crystals and stones that I am drawn to; some based on metaphysical properties, some based on formation (structure), some based on color.

It was in September 2005 that I composed several articles which were posted on my Gateway To The Soul ezine.


As crystals are birthed by the Great Mother, so, too, are we connected with the mineral kingdom.

I am currently exploring Zero Point energy via the Zero Point Continuum of Life Nano Wand. (iii)

The result of more than 27 years of research, and based on a synergy of ancient healing wisdom and modern scientific breakthroughs, these powerful Nano Wands are comprised of a proprietary scientific combination of granulated minerals, fused together inside of a magnetic casing (high grade stainless steel) to access Zero Point energy.

All matter is comprised of energy. Zero Point energy is formless. Zero Point energy is also the source of everything.

The Nano Wand contains zeolite, tourmaline, germanium, magnetite, hematite, rose quartz, amethyst and a proprietary blend of more than forty other crystals, minerals and elemental ingredients, all of which support the process of scalar energy healing.

The Nano Wand is a natural energy generating device that rejuvenates molecular structures found in all liquids. With the human body ranging anywhere from 55% to 78% water, depending on physical size, water is the medium that enables the signal of the beneficial energy patterns from the Nano Wand to improve the quality of the body’s liquids.

The Nano Wand facilitates and strengthens the flow of bio-energy (also called chi or ki). It also unblocks areas in which that energy may not be flowing fully. This can have the effect of allowing your body to improve its natural immune response, thereby increasing energy. In addition, the nutrients and micronutrients in the foods you consume can be more effectively utilized.

The Nano Wand is fully endorsed by the Centre for Quantum Healing and Noetic Sciences in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.


(i)Ahsian, Naisha. (2006). How and Why Crystals and Stones Work article retrieved on August 28, 2010 at http://www.crystalisinstitute.com/articles/howandwhy.htm
(iii) http://zeropointbreakthrough.com/reps/mdoucette/

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Sharing Interview With Jessica Dee Rohm - Come Join Us for a Cup of Tea!


Jessica Dee Rohm!

Jessica, I thoroughly enjoyed your first three novels and want to get right into them with a few questions!

You write about strong, intelligent women, does that mean that there are “parts” of you in every book you’ve written so far?

There are parts of every author in what they write if they write honestly and from the heart. When people ask if my characters are autobiographical, the answer is NO. But my character’s observations and attitudes often reflect my own.

Now, let's see, from the back of your cover of your first book, you are "A lifelong writer and a serial entrepreneur, starting your career at the NY Times, then started Jessica Dee Communications, which grew to be the 16th largest in the country, then founded Foreign Managment, a real estate consultancy and brokerage firm catering to investors...etc., Well, now, we can be humble only so much, Jessica. I'd say you have been that "strong, intelligent woman" at least in your professional life, even if personally you have not done everything your characters have gotten into...I commend you on your professional success and like to point out to our young women that there are indeed women making it "big!" Soooo, I just had to throw that little background in before we get into more later...

The Secret Life of Sandrina M., is quite different from your other two and, in some ways, my favorite...how did Sandrina come alive for you?

I think of this as my mid-life crisis book. Since I’m happily married, I would never risk that happiness by actually having an affair…so my heroine has one! Ah…how we live vicariously through our characters! I wanted to write about that incredible “white voodoo” ceremony that I actually experienced when in Rio. Interestingly, lots of editors liked the story but had a hard time “liking” a woman (mother of two) who had an affair. So I rewrote the book and took the kids out.

That's interesting...sometimes I wish that reality was permitted a little more by those that have control. It seems to me that if the author is attempting to "teach" as well as provide entertainment, in any way, then that should not be stopped. In any event, I think the ceremony is one of the highlights for Sandrina's secret life and it was done in such a way that the sexuality was quite fascinating yet realistic enough for us to share in that time. Exciting scenes!

Much of your professional life shines through your work. Is that a true reflection of how you feel about working and a career?

My professional life provides the authentic backdrop for my fiction. In many writing classes, professors say “write what you know.” I know the intimate and intricate workings of several businesses thanks to a long and varied career so, yes, I rely heavily on that for fodder. My first editor felt that my unique business slant on conventional genres such as romance, mystery and erotica, gives me a point of difference from other novelists.

I totally agree with that editor...and, for me, they were perhaps much more familiar since I worked in facilities management and real estate activities, albein in a university environment. I've always loved to roam through buildings and so I enjoyed your travels and revelations about your surroundings so much!

Are you jet-setting to as many places as you write about, making all your readers envious about the various places we find in your stories?

I have been to every single place I have written about, mostly for business, which gives one a different experience and perspective than traveling for pleasure.

I just knew you were going to say that...most of my traveling has been for business as well, but you still get to view the surroundings. I've gone on a number of cruises as a companion on business trips...My most exotic was also in Rio; however, I couldn't get past the variety of surroundings...large hotels right next to pots of devastation in which the people who lived there tried to survive...certainly something I'll not forget and not anywhere near the voodoo activities you shared...LOL

Sooo...Where are you from?

Born and raised in New York City.

Hmmm, I would imagine that was a big assist in getting into the types of positions you've held. When did you start writing?

I have always written. I won a Newspaper Fund scholarship in college, my first job was at The New York Times, then I went into PR…just like the heroine in The Secret Life of Sandrina M.

Congratulations on your scholarship, which certainly would have been a big step forward for you.  When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Where do your ideas and subjects come from?It has always lurked inside me…just like Dexter’s “dark passenger.” Ideas come from my imagination…subjects from my work and life…characters are composites of many people plus fictional elements. I always say no one person is interesting enough to be a character in a book.

Interesting word, "lurked" almost like you weren't sure what to do with your desire to write. So, did writing come naturally to you or is it something that you had/have to work on?

I work on it every day.

Did you go to school for writing?

Yes. I have an MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville. (And an MBA from Columbia Business School.)

Do you see your future writing come from your life or from other people? Who were the people or person that inspired you to write?

I think from my life and other people. My mother is a painter and has always encouraged my creative side. My father is a businessman and told me to make money. I have yet to find a way to merge these goals!

Well, your schooling prepared you for both and after reading your novels, I would have to commend you for a great start in merging those goals!

How many different drafts of a manuscript do you go through before you publish?
 At least four, sometimes ten.

I always like seeing an answer like this, especially when the individual has studied creative writing. So many new writers don't take the necessary time to work and rework their books once the first draft is completed!What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
The publishing environment is so hard today it is difficult not to get discouraged. All writers want to be read. Try to view rejections as a symptom of a changing business model and not a verdict on your writing. But it takes enormous discipline to turn desire into a novel. Think lump of clay/priceless vase.

What made you want to be a writer?

Oh, the usual…I love to read. I know no other way to breathe so much life into information. And…Watergate made me realize how words can make actions come alive on paper.

What do you do when you get stuck in writing?

I don’t get stuck. I read a lot when I’m working on a novel and often something I read gives me an idea that sparks a new direction.

How do you become knowledgeable about the topic you want to write about?

Study, study, study and read, read, read. And Google!

Have you ever wanted to quit? What did you do when that thought struck you?

Yes. I quit for four years. It is very defeating to work so hard and sell only a few thousand books. But then something piques my interest and an idea sparks and I start writing again.
What is your favorite part and least favorite part about being a writer?

When I am in the "zone" I am happier than at any other time of my life. The publishing process is brutal; rejection letters are devastating.

What has been your favorite story/subject that you have written about and why?

I really love Sugar Tower. The real estate industry is overflowing with colorful personalities and the timeliness of the subject, i.e. the great real estate bubble, accentuated the dilemmas and crises experienced by my characters. I also love The Secret Life of Sandrina M. Sandrina is so real.

Well, I totally enjoyed all three of them, your first being Make Me An Offer which included the very important topic of child sexual abuse from adult male friends and the whole sexuality issue within the work environment, which, for me, are also very real and important to portray in realistic fashion. I loved hating Alyson, even while feeling sorry for how she got into the mess she did!

What kind of environment do you prefer when you’re writing?

I love writing in libraries. They are quiet and dedicated to the love of books!

Well, you certainly would be able to write in my log cabin filled with books in every room...of course you'd have to accept having cats help you write when here! So where do you see yourself and your writing in 10 years?

I will continue to write and I hope to be publishing best sellers.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my fourth novel, The Eye Inside. A preview can be found on my website: http://www.jessicadeerohm.com

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Finishing three novels. That is huge.

Do you belong to any interest groups?

Yes. SinC = Sisters in Crime and Publisher’s Weekly.

Can we find you anywhere online?

If you Google my name, Jessica Dee Rohm, you’ll find me all over the Internet or go to my website: http://www.jessicadeerohm.com

My three novels: Make Me an Offer, The Secret Life of Sandrina M., and my latest, Sugar Tower are available on all e-sellers such as amazon.com and bn.com.

How do you feel about social site marketing, is it beneficial to your present marketing?

Social networking has been great at developing name recognition and followers. Not sure yet how many books it actually sells. I still think selling books is largely word of mouth.

Do you see yourself continuing?

Nothing could stop me now!


Thank you so much for visiting Book Reader's Heaven, Jessica...My reviews for all three books are already posted (two immediately before this interview) so be sure to continue reading and learn more about her books! Great writing, great stories--strong female leads! The Best!

Review: All Great Books - This Was My Favorite from Rohm!

Candomblé celebrationImage by Jay Tamboli via Flickr
Sandrina danced wildly, freely at the Voodoo secret ceremony
 The Secret Life  of Sandrina M.

By Jessica Dee Rohm

Of her three novels, The Secret Life of Sandrina M. by Jessica Dee Rohm, was my favorite. Perhaps it was the erotic touch of her secret life...but, maybe more, it was the sharing of that life with her readers. It is not easy to analyze your own actions, especially at the time you are directly involved in those actions, so Rohm's creation of a character who we see agonizing over her actions, while still involved, created an intimacy of realism for all of us to share. We became much more involved and concerned and wanted it all to be "OK" for her, even as we knew she was playing with fire...

Perhaps that secret life was a direct response to having a miscarriage. She had wanted the child, but knew that her husband was satisfied with just the two of them. He had even suggested an abortion and then when the baby had died, had told her that it was for the best...

The Secret Life of Sandrina M.She had gained her Pygmalion status through Joshua who saw her potential and began to mentor her in all things needed for her success. She was introduced to all the right people and dressed by a personal shopper until she could fashionably dress herself. He even told her how and when to eat! And at the end, she was ready to enter the PR business as a leader. Of course Joshua arranged for her first client...and she had been offered their business!

Now she had her own company and was heading for Brazil at the suggestion of clients who would host her.

And there she met Warren, with whom she began her secret life, especially on the night he took her to a secret candomble ceremony where she was quickly separated from him and attendants helped her to be entered by the spirit of fertility and protection... 

During her trance, she was once against going through her miscarriage and in her heart she blamed her husband...

But two things were happening back home. Michael, her husband, was facing major business problems and maybe legal action, based upon what his brother had done without his knowledge.

At the same time, a woman who worked for her and who she had recently promoted, was moving fast to corner Sandrina's clients through lies, tricks and two-faced backstabbing...

Sandrina had learn to be sharp and was an intelligent professional woman but when she learned that her mentor, Joshua had died while she was traveling, she was devastated.  But with the types of problems that could end both her personal and professional life, she had to act swiftly and with no holds barred! Sandrina is a woman ever woman should meet! She trusts easily, but when she is attacked, she acts immediately to hold what is hers. She is powerful, but her personal integrity shines through--you gotta love her!

I loved this story! Thoroughly enjoyable drama and a fantastic female lead character...A wonderful combination for readers!

Home for the holidays? Spend time with Jessica and her savvy sexy lead females even if you have to buy them and put them under the tree yourself! Don't forget to check out my reviews for all three books and my interview with the author...next!

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G. A. Bixler

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Review: Make Me An Offer, Rohm's 1st Novel A Great Start!

Make Me An Offer

   By Jessica Dee Rohm

Smart, savvy, and sexy Alyson Strong had created the concept of Marry Well magazine as a student at Columbia Business School and with the right endorsements soon acted as the founder and publisher. She was exactly the right person to create a magazine that would teach women how to catch and keep a rich man. Her mother had ensured she explain that it would be just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one. Allyson was small-town Kentucky growing up, but now she owned a "big piece of the rock!"

Make Me an Offer

At 35, Alyson had grabbed her own rich man--Walter Strong of San Francisco whose net worth in the $400 million range certainly supported Alyson's claims! Walter had fell for Alyson's brains, even if her beauty had first attracted him at 47 after being a widower for 5 years.

Perfect match? Hmmm...what do you think?

Camilla Madison thought the concept of the magazine was, in her words, "frivolous and absurd." She was just out of college so decided to go ahead and apply. Now the magazine was in its 9th year and Camilla had been there for most of that--she and her friend Rose had survived from the beginning, as well as Chuck Maynard who was director of advertising sales. Alyson was not the easiest person to get along with... Besides, her column "Him on Him: A Beditorial" the latter word coined while she was doing her research with "one attractive man of the month," kept her quite busy and away from home traveling.

A rich man called Rocky was Camilla's personal experience with the rich, selfish, yet powerful men, that had little they needed from women, except one thing. The problem was that Camilla had only been 14, and Rocky was a friend of her parents...She learned more about rich men from Rocky and her father than she had ever wanted to know!

Camilla had demanded that she be able to see and say a goodbye to her blue-eyed, blond-hair  son who had a small strawberry birthmark on his left shoulder, just like his father.

After I had read Sugar Tower, the latest novel by Jessica Dee Rohm, which I thoroughly enjoyed (http://gabixlerreviews-bookreadersheaven.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-heres-great-drama-for-your-next.html), I was pleased to be offered the opportunity to read Rohm's first two books! With an excellent writing style, plus a wide range of characters and sites explored, her books quickly pull readers deeply into the lives of her characters.  What happens when Rocky and Alyson start a business relationship that turns quickly into a sexual one that forces Camilla into reliving her past? Only to force Camilla into considering what she is herself doing by falling in love with a married man that could end her professional future...

Personally, I was rooting for Camilla all the way through!

If you enjoy reading stories about strong female characters in top professional roles, then you need to make Jessica Dee Rohm a must-read author. Gutsy, savvy, intelligent women, some of whom you'll quickly hate and some you'll love! Some will win and some will lose--and readers are going to love what happens! Begin with Make Me An Offer and proceed through all three. You'll be glad you did!

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G. A. Bixler

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Wisdom of Crystals By Michele Doucette


We have arrived at a volume that stands on its own in a completely different genre; The Wisdom of Crystals which has become book number six.

Kellie Jo Conn, owner/operator of Avalon Crystals shares the following.

Michele, what I really like about your book is that it is more of a crystal healing course, one that is wonderful. I like how you encourage the reader to write down everything they are feeling and sensing. That is brilliant. I am so glad to see that you do not recommend clearing in salt of any kind, an old school method that is actually harmful.

I like how you explain both color, and lack of, under your Directory of Crystals chapter; kudos to you. I feel that your book is so appropriate for the beginner crystal healers out there. I know many who are just starting out and need help to learn. Your book would be the perfect accompaniment to their learning.

Kristi Huggins, owner/operator of the Crystal Moon Sanctuary shares the following.

A great read for anyone who loves crystals, from beginners to those who have been working with crystals for a long time. Michele has done a wonderful job in creating a comprehensive guide in an easy to read and understand format. I will definitely be adding this book to my crystal library!
Ravenia Youngman, owner/operator of Crystal Skull Head Quarters shares the following.

A very well written book, ideal for anyone who wishes to understand more about stones and crystals and how best to connect with and care for them. Michele Doucette’s style of writing and presentation are very easy to follow and understand. I highly recommend this wonderful guide to anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in this fascinating field.

Genn Waite, owner/operator of Arkansas Crystal Works shares the following.

Michele’s explanation of high and low level frequency and illness/healing is very interesting. The reader is certain to find lots of information on crystals, gemstones, chakras and even crystal layouts and meditation. I believe there is plenty in this book for everyone, beginners as well as advanced crystal practitioners.
 As always, Michele’s writing is interesting, concise and informative. She includes many exercises and instructions for a person to get to know their crystals on a more intimate level. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to become more familiar with themselves and how to work with their crystal friends.

The Wisdom of CrystalsChapters include: [1] Introduction [2] Frequencies [3] Crystal Insights [4] My Final Exam [5] Hand Brushing [6] Choosing Your Crystals [7] Cleansing of Crystals [8] Facilitators of Healing [9] Ready to Begin [10] Exploring Your Crystals [11] Crystal Energy Exploration Techniques [12] Crystal Visualization Exercises [13] Directory of Crystals [14] Pendulum Dowsing [15] Getting To Know Your Pendulum [16] Crystal Formations [17] Beliefs about Quartz Crystal [18] The Subtle Energy of Crystals and Stones [19] Quartz Crystals with Special Properties [20] Structured Water, Quartz and Your Health [21] The Chakras [22] Crystal Layouts [23] Book Source Bibliography [24] Internet Source Bibliography [25] Favorite Crystal Websites [26] Accredited Crystal Healing Courses

As a Crystal Healing Practitioner, I continue to learn something new everyday from my many crystal companions. I also hold a Level 2 Reiki certificate. I am planning to combine my knowledge and understanding of these two modalities in the future.I am currently working on a volume unlike anything that I have written to date.

As guardian to a great many crystals, including crystal skulls, I was holding my Siberian Charoite skull (left hand) one day and my left hand began beating a slow and steady pulse. Not only that, by my right hand began vibrating in the same manner, almost as if the crystal wanted me to translate its energies into words; and so it has begun.

In keeping, I am sitting down with specific crystals, doing my best to give a wee bit of background history, before asking them what it is that they wish to share. I close my eyes, meditate on the energies of the crystal, and then write down those words and directions that come to me.

This shall become Healing the Planet and Ourselves: How To Raise Your Vibration.

ublished by St. Clair Publications, The Wisdom of Crystals is also available online at Amazon.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Collective: Essays on Reality

Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in the fina...Image via Wikipedia


Michele Doucette

While my fifth book, The Collective: Essays on Reality could be deemed a book able to stand on its own, in truth, there are many shared elements that exist between it and the other spiritual/metaphysical volumes.

The Collective: Essays on RealityA collection of two essays, it has been my personal experience that one must first acknowledge what appears to be happening before attempting to reconfigure the responses of their past; hence, The Collective: Essays  on Reality presents material that may elicit uncertainty and confusion for some readers.

Essay One was written to better inform the reader so that he/she can work on actively disengaging from the Matrix.

Essay Two focuses on different ways in which one can more effectively work towards changing themselves.

Seek ye (knowledge) so that ye may find (knowledge), for it is positive energy that nourishes the soul and truth that liberates.

If I may share the following words from the Acknowledgments section.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

These very words, attributed to Galileo, are profound in their simplicity.

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Gustav Jung said it all with this brief statement.

I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. If we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.

My favorite remembrance of Christopher Reeve was his portrayal of Richard Collier, a playwright who became smitten by a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, in the 1980 romantic fantasy, Somewhere In Time. These particular words of his seem even more pertinent to me now.

Published by St. Clair Publications, it is also available online at Amazon.

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