It’s time for ANOTHER giveaway and this time I’ve set up an Amazon Giveaway of A Discovery of Witches! YES!!! I’m currently reading this book and LOVING it! It’s kind of like Harry Potter for grown ups. 😉
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This Amazon Giveaway is for an ebook of A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1) (Kindle Edition).
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Congratulations to Teresa Williams, the winner of the New Year Nine30 Giveaway!
She’ll be receiving the signed paperbacks of the first three books in The Little Flame Series AND a handcrafted Chakra necklace!
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FINALLY! Here I am! Back at work on my author blog. Yes, it’s been 8 months! Yes, I hear the crickets. Well, not really, because it’s winter here in Virginia, but I did have to clean off the cobwebs. What’s important is I’m back, and I thought I’d kick off things with an excerpt from Nine30 Book #1 of the Little Flamer series. It’s one of my favorite scenes because it’s the first time you get a real glimpse into the dark secrets of our lovely protagonist, Fiamette. 😀
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I searched the turbulent sea of gawkers for my fish. Ah. There he was. I met his gaze, my lips lifting into a come-hither smile. He was close enough now I could make out his full, Latin lips. Nice. I turned a hip, let one hoop spin to a stop at my feet, and threw the other over my head. Catching it with my neck, I bent and glanced at my boots for a second, so my shag-cut hair covered my eyes. I tossed my hair back, looking straight at the vampire.
He froze, eyes widening. Then he grinned like the devil he was and pushed his way through the ocean of flesh. Winded and a little too self-satisfied for my own good, I glanced instinctively at the door to the dressing rooms in the back of the club. Miranda was already there in her bright yellow tutu and matching fur leggings with black smiley faces. She waved, ready to spell me off.
Miranda weaved her way to the podium, and I kept my eyes on my target, wondering how old he was in vampire years. He appeared fairly young, maybe only five or ten years since he’d been turned. Dang. I shoved my disappointment away and concentrated on reeling him in. What I needed was a much older vamp. They were so much more… well, just more, but I supposed he’d do.
Besides—I flipped the second hoop back up and spun them both overhead—I could always cut bait if something superior came along and there was always the chance he was the one I was looking for. The young vamp stood at my feet. A song about scary monsters rocked the house as we met each other’s gaze. His absorbed expression said he was already mine, but I jiggled my derrière for him anyway. I needed to keep him entertained and interested because Miranda, making her way to the platform in the middle of the dance floor, was still five minutes away, even with members of the security team clearing a path.
He studied me, as if marking me for the hunt. Which I’m sure he was. Hmmm. I lifted the hoops back over my head and twirled them down to my waist. When Miranda finally arrived, I let the hoops swing to my feet and wobble to a dramatic stop. The security guys waited while the song wound down.
I glanced over at Katrina on the other platform. We exchanged a nod, and both backflipped off our podiums, landing in the arms of the crowd. Screaming with joy, the horde passed me over their heads to the back of the dance floor. No one grabbed my ass—well, not in a way I didn’t like—and no one dropped me. Would miracles never cease? All in all, a successful routine.
As the last few hands lowered me to my feet, I glanced back at the podium where Miranda was already posing while she waited for the ecstatic screams to calm down enough for the DJ to be heard. Tony and Mark, my security detail, flanked me, crossing their arms over their broad pecs. Tony’s jaw flexed as he watched me, a nervous wrinkle above his brow.
I smiled reassuringly up at him, and he rewarded me with one of his rare Cheshire cat grins. We liked each other. Not that way. We got each other, that was all, and I was going to miss him. Whether I liked my co-workers or this cover job didn’t matter—my real living came from other skills—it was time to move on. Besides, I’d given this city a fair shake and I was fairly certain what I was looking for wasn’t here.
I peeked over the heads of the wound-up throng and there was my vampire. I wrapped my fingers partially around Tony’s bulging bicep, pulling him close. He leaned down, turning his ear to my mouth.
“I’m going to mingle,” I yell-whispered into his ear.
His eyes narrowed. “Please stay out of trouble,” he yelled back.
Aww, he’s sweet. I smiled indulgently. “I will.”
He grabbed my arm and I stared at his hand as he pressed his mouth to my ear. “Listen to me, Fia. You know I keep my nose out of other people’s business, but I’ve heard rumblings.” I got a sick feeling in my gut that I’d waited a tad too long to leave town. “You’ve attracted the kind of attention I’m guessing you wouldn’t like. So when I say stay out of trouble, I mean stay under the radar.”
When he eased his grip, I forced a smile. “I’ve got it under control.” I turned to look for my vamp. I needed what he could give me more than ever, if Tony was right about me attracting attention. Damn. It was exactly what I’d been afraid of.
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Negative energy abounds, and while it seems as if it’s gotten worse these last few years, I think that’s mostly because of bad social media etiquette. Regardless of the debate over the quality, we definitely spend a lot more time interacting with people than we ever have before in human history sooooo… odds are we’re going to encounter some low vibes.
But have you ever felt a little queasy after spending time in a crowd or after jumping on Facebook? Maybe irritated? A bit of a headache? A need to scream into the void? Those are the real effects of absorbing other people’s negative vibes. Now, I know this sounds all woo-woo voodoo, but I’m here to tell you it’s real stuff.
Part of how we human creatures interpret people and situations is by mirroring and we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Watch two people in conversation and see how they start to mirror expressions and gestures. That’s because we are wired to mimic what we see in order to assess the situation for danger or just to be empathetic and create a connection.
Next time you get the opportunity to hold a baby, watch them watching you. Whatever expression you make, they will usually attempt to mimic you. Most mothers play this game with their infants, not only with expressions but also with sounds and gestures. This is hardwired into us. It’s how we learn to talk, communicate, and bond, but it’s also how we learn to figure out what people really mean and whether or not we should be concerned. See, by imitating other’s gestures, body language, and expressions (and sometimes even their accent!) we unconsciously create their emotions in our body.
We even do it when we’re reading. We try to intuit from the words in context how the person who wrote it felt by creating tensions in the body, usually based on how we would be feeling if we wrote those words. Note: this is why texting is a poor way to communicate subtle emotions. We tend to interpret the text based on how WE would have to be feeling to chose those words in that context. See the problem?
Anyway, sometimes people do a really, really good job of emoting with words…they use ALL CAPS, emojis, colorful language, and our bodies take on those feelings through the process of mimicking. And sometimes, people do all that not because they actually feel that way but because they know the kind of reaction they will get (trolling, anyone?)
There’s also a body of thought regarding actual, physical energy. Since scientifically everything is an emitter, which simply means everything vibrates on an atomic level and that vibration is detectable, then it stands to reason we may pick up on those vibrations in subtle ways. But that would apply mostly when we are face to face, although who knows, right? Maybe we somehow infect the digital world with our energy, too.
So how do we prevent those negative vibes from harshing our chill? (too much?) By protecting our boundaries and clearing the air, both literally and figuratively.
Here are 5 practical and mystical ways to clear the air:
It can be as simple as having a saying (aka mantra) like “Not going to let them rent space in my head” or it can be as ancient and spiritual as “om mani padme om”. That last one is in Sanskrit and is believed that the actual vibrations of the sounds do the work. Maybe. It does sound cool when you chant it. Listen
here. Whether you make up your own or choose a tried and true mantra, the idea is not only to dispel those low vibes but to replace them with higher ones, too.
You could use some aromatherapy to clear that negative energy, too. Take a whiff of Peppermint essential oil to clear your head, or dab a little diluted Neroli behind the ears or on the back of the neck. Sandalwood, lemon, lemongrass, and rosemary are also high vibrational oils that will counteract that low vibration stuff. There is a school of thought that Rose essential has the highest vibrational frequency
, but there are those who will say that’s a load of horse hockey. Like this post here.
Crystals? Really? Hey, don’t knock it til you try it, right? If you think about the modern applications of crystals in technology, is it really such a stretch to think they might have an effect on the energetic level? If you are the mystical type or just like pretty rocks, try some pyrite (that’s fool’s gold to the crystal non-initiates, clear quartz (with the right intention this rock is a powerhouse), black tourmaline, and amethyst. I have a chunk of amethyst that hangs out on my desk. At the very least, it can be a visual reminder to exhale the bad shit and inhale the good.
Burning incense is a favorite of mine, but I understand it’s not for everyone. Burning incense is a worldwide tradition for sanctifying and purifying that crosses cultures and belief systems. If you grew up Catholic, you’re familiar with the scent of burning Frankincense. If you hail from India, you are familiar with sandalwood. However, those with asthma or chronic bronchitis may want to opt for a less smokey solution. Some energy clearing incenses are Nag Champa, sandalwood, and neroli. You’ll find lots of crossovers between incense and essential oils, so if you’re not a fan of the smoke, try diffusing an essential oil in a water vapor mist. That’s much friendly to the upper respiratory system.
Then there’s smudging. Smudging is a North American Native tradition, usually involving burning a tightly wrapped and dried stick of sage or sweet grass. What’s the difference between smudging and burning incense? Um, honestly, not much. Same idea. BUT the main difference for you will be sticking the incense stick into a holder vs. holding the smudge stick while you fan the smoke around yourself or the room. (Sometimes I even smudge my phone and computer!) If you want to know more about smudging, check out this Chopra Center article.
So there you go!
Hey, you might not be a big believer in the mystical and magical, but there is something to be said for using trigger objects, sayings, or mini rituals to clear your head of negative thoughts and your body of negative feelings AND replace them with some good vibes. Use any one of these on a regular basis and you’ll start to see a shift. It will get easier and easier to shake off the bad and choose to feel positive.
Much love and light, my friends!