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Thursday, April 25, 2013

‘Lost in the Seven Worlds’ {book review}

Even as a booklover, there are a few genres I seldom read, but when someone I know publishes their work I jump at the chance to experience it. What kind of friend doesn’t want to read the work of someone they know? Not a friend I want to have.

Reading “Lost in the Seven Worlds” by Petronela Ungureanu, the blogger behind Why I Wake Up Every Day, may have changed my mind about not reading short stories. The first time I read a post on Petronela’s blog I knew her to be a superb writer with a creative flair, a vivid imagination and the talent to keep her readers engaged. Those same characteristics are evident in her short story.

Description from Amazon:

When a young woman finds herself captive in another world, she makes the mistake of falling for one of the disgraced beings. In the name of love, she is confronted with a most disturbing demand and faces a crucial decision. Will she remain lost in the Seven Worlds, or will she accept the challenge of a love beyond mortality?

As I read the story I hungered to understand the world  this young woman had been ferreted away to and the people who were responsible. I wanted to know about the different alien races and what would happen in the end… The end. That’s the one thing that got under my skin is the fact that there wasn’t an end, but there was. The author left it open because she must have a sequel in the works. I’m sure she must, if she doesn’t then she should. (Do you like that not-so-subtle hint?)

In fact, I was reading some of the Amazon reviews and other readers feel the same way. It’s the type of story ending that either makes you concoct your own conclusion and leaves you surmising until you forget about it or stalk the author until they write the next book. (I’ll take stalking for $100, Alex.)

Because Petronela weaves her words in a way that causes images to dance through your mind and takes you on a journey to a world she created, you only want to hear her voice. Her voice is what introduced you to this other world, left you longing to visit and learn more. It’s a world of beauty, mystery and magic – the very words I would use to describe Petronela.

Here’s a sampling of her word power:

“It is a majestic immense floating city surrounded by lakes and waterfalls. Its architecture, or shall I man it… its poetic masonry is a most unusual and sublime blend of stately domes, lacy arcades, never-ending colonnades that seem to provide a most glorious support to the sky and slivery white walls.”

I don’t know about you, but I can envision the place she describes. The vividness her words cause makes me think I can touch one of those domes and slide my hands along the walls. A place I would steal away to for a vacation.

More about the author:

She’s a fantasy writer and a journalist living in Romania. She enjoys walking barefoot in the grass, reading Jane Austen and being surrounded by her cats. “When the time feels right, she mysteriously withdraws in her favorite corner where she concocts fantastical stories about elves, fairies, gnomes and other wondrous creatures.” – from her Amazon page.

                                                                

I recommend this quick read – I didn’t put it down ‘til I finished – to anyone who appreciates this genre. For a first-time author, “Lost in the Seven Worlds” is a treat to read and I await with a ready Kindle for her next book or short story.

In addition to her blog, you can catch up with Petronela  on either of her Facebook pages: personal or blog, and on Goodreads. Tell her I sent you.

 Winking smile

Disclosure: I purchased the Kindle version of this short story and decided to share it via review. As always, all opinions included are my own and were in no way influenced by anyone else. Click for my ever-so-interesting full disclosure policy.

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Rehab center offers hope through Christian 12-step program

When a loved one becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol it is hard to know what to do or where to turn. The fact is, it may be hard to do anything until that person admits they need help. When this happens you will want to turn to a center or program that is the best choice - possibly one that treats the entire person; body, mind and spirit.

                        pacific hills

That is what you and the person you care about will find at a christian alcohol rehab like Pacific Hills Treatment Center. At Pacific Hills the professionals provide an alternative to traditional treatment. They treat adults who have dual-diagnosis issues or those who are in need of effective relapse-prevention curriculum by emphasizing the spiritual aspects of recovery.

The center treats addictions to prescription drugs, alcohol, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, crystal meth, methadone and ecstasy by incorporating: individual therapy and counseling, group and family counseling, pastoral counseling treatment of dual addictions and co-occurring disorders, christian 12 step program along with principles and values, gender-separate programs, cross-fit exercise and integrated recovery programs, the Gorski-model relapse prevention, psychological testing, aftercare and the Amen Clinic's brain imaging. Very comprehensive as you can see!

Knowing that the fight to recovery is crucial and if left untreated most individuals die, the center is confident in the use of the christian 12 steps, which means they deal with the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of addiction. They also know the treatment needs to be aggressive and all encompassing.

With the thought in mind that you want your loved one to have the best program available and a successful, life-changing recovery, consider a christian program that covers all the bases needed for your family member or friend to lead a sober life. If you have additional questions or need more information, click here to connect and learn everything you can.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Barn door hardware for design or practicality

What comes to mind when you think of barn door hardware? You may automatically think of materials farmers, ranchers and the like who need to keep their barn and barn doors in good repair. You probably don't know that those items are also a part of a quickly growing design trend with homeowners and interior designers who are incorporating a look that has become an impressive and stylish choice.

Whether the hardware is used to repair a barn door where livestock and machinery are housed or for a design element in someone's home, there are details that need to be decided on. Barn door hardware comes in different styles, finishes and with a variety of door pulls. The styles include ultra modern, nylon, industrial and modern with a wooden wheel. The different finishes are stainless steel, copper patina, warehouse bronze, rust, oil-rubbed bronze, green patina and brushed steel. barn door hardwareThose are the finishes designers would normally choose and there are also the standard finishes of raw steel, dark bronze and flat black, typically for standard uses. The door pull choices are falcon, century, Santa Fe, industrial, concord and flush, and that's not all: Additional choices they make include hardware for doors to slide or roll, or a barn door track system. Any combination of pulls, finishes and track systems can be used to achieve the look and style the buyer is trying to achieve.

In homes, the addition of barn door hardware can make a statement about an individual's personality, their likes as well as their dislikes. If you decide barn door hardware is something you need or think it is a style you want to add to your home, then visit the site to see what is offered. Choosing this style for your home, office or business location, definitely makes a bold, trendy and artistic statement.

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