Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from Shadowscapes Tarot

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday! The energy of Monday is cleared away, and it’s time to look toward the rest of the week.

This week’s pull is from Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore. It’s a beautifully illustrated deck with a guidebook that reads like a fantasy novel.

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or come visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – The World: This card is letting you know that your goals are about to be reached. The struggles you’ve been moving through are about to come to an end. When this happens, give yourself a moment to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of nature around you. You’ve earned it!

#2 – Six of Swords: You’ve probably been finding yourself in a tough mental space lately. These tribulations may have really gotten you down, but the Six of Swords is here to let you know that the time for trouble is over. Things are only going to get better from here on out, as shown by the swan lifting the young man away from all that has worn him out in the world.

#3 – Seven of Pentacles: The suit of Pentacles is about earthly resources, which may be money, your body, or other physical things. This card suggests you’ve been working hard to make your dreams come to fruition, but you need to take a moment to pause and truly consider your options before you move forward. Should you pluck the fruit you’ve worked so hard to grow, or does it need to ripen on the vine a little longer? You’ll make the right decision as long as you don’t make it too quickly.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Book Review: The Reef by Nora Roberts

A fun and exciting adventure of a romance, The Reef is one of those novels that proves romance isn’t purely about human relationships.

From the Cover:  Tate Beaumont has a passion for treasure-hunting. Over the years, she and her father have uncovered many fabulous riches, but one treasure has always eluded them: Angelique’s Curse—a jeweled amulet heavy with history, dark with legend, and tainted with blood. In order to find this precious artifact, the Beaumonts reluctantly form a partnership with salvagers Buck and Matthew Lassiter.
 
As the Beaumonts and Lassiters pool their resources to locate Angelique’s Curse, the Caribbean waters darken with shadowy deceptions and hidden threats. Their partnership is placed in jeopardy when Matthew refuses to share information—including the truth behind his father’s mysterious death. For now, Tate and Matthew continue their uneasy alliance—until danger and desire begin to rise to the surface…

What I Loved:  I grabbed this book randomly from a shelf practically groaning with used books I’ve acquired over the years.  In fact, I had one of my kids randomly pick it for me because I just couldn’t decide.  It turned out to be a great choice.

The Reef dives into the world of treasure hunting, unraveling the tale of the Beaumonts and the Lassiters as they search for the ultimate treasure buried beneath the sea.  While of course boy-meets-girl is the main arc of the plot, there’s simply so much more that’s going on here!  Family history, old and new tragedy, gain and loss are all wonderfully told over the beautiful backdrops of the sea and sun.  The details that help paint the scenery and the background are a lot of what makes this book a real winner.

What I Didn’t Love:  Honestly, there’s not much!  I think I’d have preferred a slightly different ending, but I can’t say that I was unhappy with it.

Rating and Recommendation:  The Reef could be a great summer read or just one that makes you feel like it’s summer.  If you’re not sure about romance as a genre, The Reef just might change your mind. 5 stars.

Have you read The Reef or another book by Nora Roberts? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Sacred Traveler Oracle

We’ve made it through Monday, and now it’s time for Tarot Tuesday! What does the rest of the week hold for you?

This week’s pull is from The Sacred Traveler Oracle by Denise Linn. The bold, otherworldly images on these cards really called out to me, and there’s just so much energy in these cards.

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – Taking Shelter: Now is the time for rest, recuperation, and repair. Replenish your inner resources and gather your energy. Whether you’ve been struggling or you know you have a big venture ahead, you need to take care of yourself to be able to handle it. This could be a good time to clear your home of clutter, make repairs, and get your house in order.

#2 – Traveling Lightly: We often end up accumulating things, people, and feelings that don’t serve us in the long run. It’s time to let them go and simplify. You need to give yourself the space to be able to tune in to the universe, and all that clutter is only standing in your way. You have a clear path, but you can’t take everything with you.

#3 – Embracing Enthusiasm: You don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your goal. You can be happy right now! Give a shout of joy, take a day off work, or just take a moment to fully appreciate all the good things you have around you. It’s okay to break a few rules or be silly!

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Signed Book: Soul Catcher by Frank Herbert

Even though I’m still working through my Bookshelf Cleanout, there are some books that simply won’t be leaving my shelves anytime soon. Some of my favorites are those that’ve been signed by the author, of course! While I don’t have any amazing stories about meeting a famous writer, these books still mean a lot to me.

Soul Catcher came to me completely by accident. I was in a used bookstore, and I’d recently read the Dune series. I didn’t know a thing about this book, but being by the same author and only $1.55 was enough for me. In fact, I might’ve paid even less than that if I was trading books in that day.

I didn’t even realize it was signed until I got home, and I absolutely hit the ceiling with excitement! I couldn’t believe anyone would get rid of a book like this. I even love that he struck out the print version of his name before signing it. This all happened when I was a teenager, and I’ve managed to hold onto this book ever since.

Do you have any signed books? I have more I’ll be sharing in the coming months, but I’d love to hear about yours!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Dragon Oracle

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time to check the cards and see what we need to know for the rest of the week.

This week’s pull is from The Dragon Oracle deck by Diana Cooper. I love dragons, so this is one of my favorite oracle decks!

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or come find me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – Orange-Gold Dragon from Arcturus: You can be a guiding light and a spiritual leader to those who are still trying to seek the right path. Let others see all the knowledge that you’ve been gathering.

#2 – Archangel Gabriel’s Dragon: This is a card of purification. It’s time to let go of all the negative energy and emotional baggage that’s been holding you down so that the brilliant light of spirit can shine through you.

#3 – Pure White Dragon from Orion: Speak your truth and act honestly. Think about what you know and add in what you feel so that your knowledge becomes wisdom and a way of life.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Book Review: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Even if you’re not into vampire romance, you might be surprised by Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward.

From the Cover: Within the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Rhage is the warrior vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the deadliest fighter, the most voracious lover, the quickest to act on his impulses. He’s also been cursed with two hundred years of hell. Possessed by a beast, he lives in fear of the times when his inner dragon comes out and he’s a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce has unwittingly found herself in the vampire world, and under Rhage’s protection. With her own life-threatening curse to bear, she’s not looking for love. Besides, she’s stopped believing in saving grace and miracles long ago. But when Rhage’s intense sexual attraction turns into emotional bonding, he knows he must have her for his mate. As their enemies close in, Mary finds herself praying for something she fears she’ll never have: life eternal with the one she loves.

What I Loved: I don’t think of myself as a fan of vampire romance, but it’s one of those genres that can really sneak up on you. I can’t stand the sight of blood, and sometimes I can’t even stand the thought of it, but I was still thoroughly sucked in by Lover Eternal. (See what I did there? Sucked in? Anyway…)

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is interesting not because it’s about vampires but because there are great characters and intriguing plots. Even though the ending to Mary and Rhage’s story was fairly predictable, the path they took to get there as they each dealt with their inner demons was relatable and gripping.

A great series will introduce more characters along the way and make you want to know more about them, and Lover Eternal does just that. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say I’m eager to read more.

What I Didn’t Love: This is the second book in the series, and there’s one thing that has driven me crazy in both of them so far. The men of the brotherhood often wear boots, and they’re invariably referred to as shitkickers. It’s just one of those words that really stands out when it’s been used 30 times in a single novel. I get that there’s a specific type of footwear that’s being referenced here, but it just feels like the author is trying too hard to make the vampires come across as badasses. It’s just a little thing, but it bugs me.

There were a few typos, but otherwise the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that I was going to jump right into reading the third one and I realized I didn’t have one.

Rating and Review: I give this book 4 stars because it was great but not earth-shattering or life-changing. If you like vampire romance, or even if you don’t, you should check it out. (And just so you don’t have to hunt it down, Dark Lover is the first in the series.)

Have you read Lover Eternal or another book by J.R. Ward? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Good Tarot

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday to see what the rest of the week holds for us!

This week’s pull is from The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid. These cards are just gorgeous and have so much energy when I’m working with them!

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or come visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – Ten of Earth: The suit of Earth is all about the material manifestations of our emotions and efforts, and the ten represents the culmination of these things. This card, therefore, indicates that all your hard work is truly paying off. You’re getting the things you’ve been working for and achieving your goals.

#2 – The Magician: The Magician reminds us that we have the power to achieve our goals. You’re in control of your destiny, and you have the ability to make miracles happen. Make choices that honor who you are. The required elements are balanced in your favor as you begin the next step of your journey.

#3 – The Hierophant: It’s time to seek guidance concerning the issues at hand. Devote yourself to your spiritual practice. Seek counseling with a love issue, be mindful of those in authority when it comes to your career, or look for balance and direction with your finances. The Hierophant may also signify a formal declaration of love (such as a wedding or a blessing for one) or another traditional ceremony.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Guest Post: Poetry by Christo N

Breathe Deep, Seek Peace:

The tree of wisdom beckons

To all who would heed its call

The ancient power of nature

Breathing life into

Our weary souls

Let this fresh knowledge

These new synapses firing

Be a rapturous discovery

Of the healing power

Contained within

The oceans, rivers and forests

As the waves wash away

The pain and longing

And the wind in the trees

Whispers sweet nothings

To nurture peace within

Our tired thoughts

With time

We could spiral upwards

With content and meaningful

Thoughts, words, actions

Gliding

Surfing

Floating

On the beauty

Found only on planet earth

This blessed world

With all its angels and devils

Has all we need to find

Heaven within ourselves

You just need to know

Where to look

Start with the tree of wisdom

Drink deeply from the springs of knowledge

And never, ever, ever give up

Christo N is a poet/writer from The ACT, Australia who spent 6 years incarcerated in the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Whilst locked up he began writing poetry and has continued after release. A lot of his poetry reflects the process of self development that only comes with years of introspection and hardship.  

He uses the metaphor of being lost at sea for the hard years doing time and feels incredibly blessed to be back to the safe harbor of freedom.

You can find his blog here.

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Tarot Tuesday! Pick Your Card from The Spirit Animal Oracle

It’s time once again for Tarot Tuesday to see what the rest of the week holds for us!

This week’s pull is from The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid. I love the beautiful, misty artwork on these cards. And of course I always love anything that has to do with animals!

If you’re interested in a reading of your own, please see the bottom of this post or visit me on eBay.

Study the photo below and see which card calls to you (1, 2, or 3). You may want to know what the week holds for you in general, or you may have a specific question in mind. Regardless of what you want to know, let your spirit guide you on your card. You’ll find the cards and their meanings below.

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#1 – Canary Spirit: It’s time to sing your song and let the world know who you are! Maybe you’ve been holding back because you’re afraid people won’t like the genuine you, or maybe you’ve been trying too hard to blend in with the crowd in order to belong, but you won’t find your real inner truth and happiness until you can be your authentic self.

#2 – Panther Spirit: You’re braver and more powerful than you think, and now is the time to embrace it! Don’t let fear hold you back. Don’t wait around thinking that eventually the risks will eventually go away. Be bold, be brave, take a risk, and step forward!

#3 – Wolf Spirit: You’ve learned a lot along the way, and it’s time to turn that knowledge into wisdom. Turn it in towards yourself and make it a part of your life as you become the destiny you’ve been waiting for.

Which card did you pick? Did it mean anything for you? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

Interested in a reading of your own?

You’ll receive a photo of the actual cards drawn and a thorough explanation of their meaning. The readings are done through email, so please ensure a valid email address is included with your payment! This is for a generalized reading with a deck that calls to me. If you have a specific question or needs, please feel free to email me at ashley@ashleyomelia.com or visit me on eBay (see link below) and we can get it arranged easily. Thank you!

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Come visit me on eBay!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

Please note that I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Open for Submissions!

I’m happy to say that my blog is once again open for submissions! Acceptable topics for guest posts include book reviews, just about anything regarding reading and writing, short fiction, and poetry. I’m also open for book review requests if you’re interested in getting a little more traffic for your novel.

You can check out my Contact and Submissions page for more information. Please feel free to ask any questions, and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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