Monday, July 30, 2012

Knowing Some of the Wonderful Temples of Bangkok

Bangkok's history can be traced back to the early part of the fifteenth century when Ayutthaya was its ruler. At that time, the name was then only applied to a small village located on the river's western side. Due to this very strategic location by the Chao Phraya River's mouth, gradually, this village began to increase in importance. It served as an outpost for customs, and was also the site of a 1688 siege when the French became expelled from the village of Siam.

As the city capital of Thailand, Bangkok plays a critical role in the history of the country. Renowned for its phenomenal Buddhist temples, this once named "Venice of the East" has witnessed a major metamorphosis over the past 50 years.

1.  Wat Arun- The Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is located on the Thonburi west side of the River Chao Phraya.

King Taksin renovated the temple, and also renamed the temple the Temple of the Dawn or Wat Chaeng. King Taksin ruled during the Thonburi Period, and it was during this time that the chief temple was Wat Chaeng, and this temple was once the home of the enshrined Emerald Buddha, in addition to the Phra Bang, yet another vital Buddha image, and the both of these were taken from Vientiane.

All through the Rattanakosin Period, the temple flourished. Its fine craftsmanship and beautiful architecture bear witness to the temple's status of being a first grade temple as well as one of Thailand's most outstanding temples.

The prang (spire) of the Temple of the Dawn along the Chao Phraya's riverbank is a landmark of world fame for Bangkok. This looming prang is over 229 feet tall (70 meters), and is incredibly decorated with small colored glass pieces in addition to delicately placed Chinese porcelain introduced into these intricate patterns. Even though the temple is referred to as the Temple of the Dawn, it is positively breathtaking at sunset especially when it is lit up during the night.

2.  The Temple of Wat Pho

Wat Pho is found in back of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is Bangkok's biggest temple and renowned for the massive and imperial reclining Buddha. The Buddha is covered by gold leaf and measures over an amazing 150 feet (46 meters) long.

To give you an idea of the proportion, the feet of the Buddha measure over 9 feet long (3 meters) and is adorned with illustrations of the Buddha's characteristics (laksanas) in mother of pearl. This temple is also known as the Temple of Reclining Buddha.

At Wat Pho, you can have a traditional Thai massage. This therapeutic massage is more of an invigorating massage instead of being relaxing in nature, as this form of massage incorporates for its stress relief and improved blood circulation a variety of yoga posture styles. The cost for a half hour is about 120 baht, whereas the per hour cost is 200 baht.

There are good English speaking tour guides available at Wat Pho that will also share some interesting information about the temple for approximately 200 - 400 baht. The cost will depend largely on your skill for negotiating as well as the number of people in your group. You can also consult with a few palm readers or astrologers. It may be possible to receive a monk's blessing if you make a small donation. The donated money will go to help maintain the temple (wat), and it will cost you 20 baht to enter.

3.  The Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

In Chinatown, at the end of Yaowarat Road, near the Railway Station in Hualampong, the Temple of Golden Buddha is the home to the biggest seated Buddha in the world, measuring in at almost 16 feet high (5 meters) and weighing in at 5.5 tons. Artisans in the past, created the Buddhas in gold, and then disguised them by covering them in plaster and stucco to keep them safe from any invading armies.

The Wat Traimit Buddha was discovered accidentally when it was dropped while it was in the process of being moved to reveal under a plaster casing an incredible Sukhothai styled Buddha made of solid gold. There are pieces of the original plaster still on display. This makes Wat Traimit a must watch destination in Bangkok.

Tobias Carlson is a business writer based in Asia. He often visits Bangkok on his trips in connection with his Office Rental in Bangkok business. 

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

#FREE Blogger Opportunity ~ Diamond Cash Event

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Special Needs Family #Giveaway Event ~ Open US only ~ Ends August 11th~!!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

#Giveaway Zoobies Blanket ~ Open Canada & US ~ Ends August 9th~!!

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My daughters are huge animal fans. They both have there own stuffed animals that they sleep with at night, as well as there own blankets. You try to take either away from my youngest daughter (Tesla) and she gets very upset. I don't think my kids will ever be able to part from there stuffed animals and blankets.

I'm sure you have all heard of the pillow pets before right? Well, the zoobies are similar to the pillow pets, but in my opinion they are much better. Zoobies blanket pets are pets, blankets, and pillows, all in one. They have a huge selection of pets to choose from.

I chose Pugs the Pooch to review. Both of my daughters really love dogs, so I thought this would be the perfect choice for them. The pet is very soft and the head is very squishy. It's actually made out of microbeads, which would be why it's so squishy. The pooch has a zipper pouch that keeps the blanket inside. I was extremely surprised at the size of the blanket. I thought it was going to be small. It was actually a decent size. Sizing of the blankets are about 44" by 34", perfect for nap time. My oldest daughter (Mercades) sleeps with the blanket pet at night. I would have to say that she really loves the pooch. This will make a perfect travel buddy for my kids, when we take long trips too.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Prophecy of the Flame by Lynn Hardy

Prophecy of the Flame:  Book One by Lynn Hardy

  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing; 2nd edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English


In a blinding flash of light, five nondescript strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sorcery as they are granted the looks and abilities of the people they were playing. This band of wannabe heroes soon discovers that having the powers they have always dreamed of, does not make life a dream come true. The Crusaders of the Light struggle to form a cohesive band as they blend twentieth century technology with the supernatural powers of this new world, fighting to liberate the kingdom of Cuthburan from the evil horde threatening humanity.

Battle is also waged within Reba, an ordinary housewife who has become the most powerful mage on the planet, as she struggles to remain true to her wedding vows. Drawn against her will to the arms of Prince Alexandros, Reba must choose between a marriage to a handsome prince in a magical world or returning to the husband she left behind.

My Thoughts:

I thought the premise behind the story was a groovy one; being an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, it would be every gamer's dream to be transported to another world where their characters come to life.  I was intrigued with the story as it commenced but became somewhat disappointed as the story unfolded.

I enjoyed the character building and found each of the main characters to be represented by their own personalities.  I thought that each character wasn't believable in their new found powers however, there should have been more errors in their deductions and more fear and worry about their new surroundings, their adaption to the new world should have had more upsets than not.  

I also felt we could've seen more from the opponents in the story, there wasn't enough intrigue in the reason's as to why the group was summoned, everyone is just accepting and everything appears to work out for the group every time they abuse their powers.

I found Rebecca aka Archmage Reba to be kind of annoying in her acceptance of her magical powers and her rhymes didn't make any sense for the most part nor do I know how any of the magic worked in her favour.  Magic isn't an easy ability to wield and she came into her powers far to easily and uses it for the silliest of reasons not even worrying about the consequences of her actions.  I am hoping the retribution of the magics she is throwing around comes back to haunt her in the next book of this series.

I would give Prophecy of the Flame a three and half out of five stars.  For a first time author, Lynn Hardy has the ability to draw you in, even though I found many aspects unfavourable, the book is a great read and I am quite sure many of you will find it enjoyable.  I would continue to read the series as I can only see this getting better whence all the demons are brought into play~!!

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SPOTLIGHT: Evertaster ~ The Trailer

What if I told you there were a taste so delicious that if you found it, you'd never want to eat anything else again? 

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Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Future House Publishing (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English

When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother's casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.

Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late. the next few weeks, MAD MOOSE MAMA is going to be giving away an autographed copy to one of you, my wonderful readers~!!

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#FREE Kindle eBooks ~ July 26th~!!

Still not feeling the grooviest...hoping you all are well~!!  Please, grab yourselves a couple of the FREE eBooks and enjoy the relaxation as you let your imagination run wild~!!

The Anne Boleyn Collection by Claire Ridgway

"The Anne Boleyn Collection" brings together the most popular articles from top Tudor website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people have found fascinating. 
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Financial Freedom Made Simple by Emily Josephine

My husband and I were completely financially free and two years away from retirement by age forty. Want to know how we did it? Financial Freedom Made Simple (formerly titled Weird Finances: How To Go From Broke To Financially Independent In Ten Years) lays out the exact principles we followed in order to be able to live the life of our dreams. No, you don’t have to make half a million dollars a year, engage in complicated stock trading, or invest in risky start-ups. This book shows you how to apply everyday common sense to your finances, such as how to get out of debt quickly, why and how to budget, investing basics, and simple ways to create additional streams of income. It breaks the myth of “good debt”, explains options on finding a good career without having to buy an expensive degree, and reveals the number one mistake that could ruin your chances for financial freedom for decades. Whether you want to get out of debt, eliminate financial stress, quit a job you hate, or simply take that exotic vacation you’ve been dreaming of, you don’t want to miss what Financial Freedom Made Simple has for you!

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Spot the Difference:  Cats by Sussim Elzzup

12 spot the difference puzzles that will challenge your powers of observation to the limit.

This puzzle book is suitable from the ages of around 8 years upwards to adult. They range from easy to very challenging and take different forms to keep you entertained.

All puzzles are in black/white format so they are suitable for all kindle devices.

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Camels!  by Becky Wolff

Are your kids interested in Camels? Awesome! You have found the right book. Help your children learn more about Camels today by reading this book.

Here is what is included inside "Camels! Learn About Camels and Enjoy Colorful Pictures – Look and Learn!"...

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Camel Babies
Camels Packing
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Camels Eating
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Animal Puzzles:  Fun with Bear by FunQuiz Team

Animal Puzzles ; Fun with Bear : 
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African Animals by Becky Wolff

Are your kids interested in African Animals? Awesome! You have found the right book. Help your children learn more about African Animals today by reading this book.

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African Animal Breeds
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The Story of the Frog Called Greenheart and Two Hamsters by Volodymyr ChyTay

A frog called Greenheart settled close by two hamsters and ruined their friendship sowing dragon’s teeth between them. By the time the hamsters realized it, the frog had already had their property in her clutches. Here and There asked a grass snake called Fenny-Shui for help and the latter told them “Love cures everything.” The friends told Francois-Frog about Greenheart and he set off for a date. They fell in love with one another and the frog Greenheart got completely cured of envy.

The idea: Envy (in Ukrainian, often referred to as a “frog”) ruins everything.

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The Light and Fallen by Anna White

Lucian isn't sure what to expect when he steps over the banister separating Heaven from Earth. He opens his eyes in a new body, one with no wings, no knowledge of the future, and no special powers. All he remembers is his mission: to find a mysterious key. When he meets a human girl that he can't ignore he is forced, for the first time in eternity, to choose between duty and the pull of his heart. The future hangs on his decision, but he's fallen into a world where nothing is just what it seems. 

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Miranda's Fortune by H. E. Joyce

Miranda is living with her aunt after a car accident.

When she returns to boarding school after the winter break, she finds that her favourite teacher has left the school quite suddenly and has been replaced by a new house mistress. To everyone else Miss Grainger seems very normal, however, to Miranda, she is not all she appears to be. Miranda discovers a disturbing message to the woman, and she soon finds herself in danger. Is the danger real? Is it her imagination? Or something else?

With the sometimes sceptical help of friends, she searches for answers.

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The Children of Hamelin by Danny Lasko

Everyone knows the Pied Piper led them away. But no one knows what happened to them.

"My name is Horatio Gaph. I'm seventeen. And as difficult as it is to believe, I am the last hope for not one world, but two. And I don't want to be.

See, I'm an athlete. And ever since the fall of the United States and the rise of the oppressive government, The Synarch, athletes don't play for fame and glory any more. They play for the salvation of their district, which, for me, is Allen, Texas. And I'm good. Really good. I have abilities that would blow your mind. If we win the Escape, our new national past-time, then Allen gets rewarded, with things like running water, medicine, and hope.

Problem is, this power I have isn't mine to keep. At least that's what they tell me. I'm a descendent of The Children of Hamelin. You know, the children who were led away by the Pied Piper when the townsfolk refused to pay him for ridding their town of rats? Before he led them away, he gave the children incredible power and told them to nurture it, keep it safe. I mean real power. Ability to run fast, control animals, crazy strength, manipulate the elements, even see the future. But when the time came, we'd have to give it back in order to save a world called Mira, our homeland, a place I've never seen or know much about.

After all, it's been ten centuries since the children first left Mira. And not only has the time come for us to return home, they've asked me to lead them. I know, why me, right?

Mira's not as big a secret as I thought. Famous folks from throughout history left clues and evidence to help us find our way back. So with the help of Linus, an annoying know-it-all, my incredibly gifted girlfriend Annie, and a mysterious box wrapped in nine pieces of brown paper, I have to decide which world is worth saving more: the world I grew up in and love, or a world of millions who will suffer unspeakable pain but a world I've never seen or really, don't know if it even still exists. If I give up my power for their sake, then Allen will surely burn, and the rest of this world will never be free from the Synarch's oppression.

This is the story of the Children of Hamelin, where they came from, why they're here, and where they're meant to be going."

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The Cloud Seeders by James Zerndt

Nearly twelve months now and no rain. And the year before we had a whopping two inches. Just enough to keep the hinges of the world oiled.

We walk, without incident, for a solid hour before being heckled by a Leftover sitting on a cardboard box. There’s a liter of brown-colored water at his feet.

Leftovers are what most people call them. The government’s official name for them is “The Internally Displaced.”

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Bite Me by Parker Blue

Book One of the Demon Underground Series. Barely eighteen-year-old heroine Valentine Shapiro got a raw deal in the parent lottery. Her father was part incubus demon, and her mother's never forgiven her for that.Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Thrown out of the house by her mother, Val puts one foot in front of the other and does the only thing that seems to make any sense--she takes aim at the town vampires. A stake a day, keeps the demon at bay. (But don't call her Buffy. That makes Lola, her demon, very cranky.) Her dark side makes everyday life a roller coaster, but means she's perfect for her night job as a bounty hunter. San Antonio's vampires are out of control, and it's up to Val, her faithful hellhound Fang, and her new partner, a handsome San Antonio police detective, to get the deadly fangbangers off the city streets. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

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The Brainiacs vs. The Ravens by Brook Syers

Children across Texas are disappearing without a trace. The police are unable to connect the cases, while fear and panic sweep the public.

Fresh off of the defeat of The Bully Clan, the Whiz Kids are ready to relax and enjoy the summer. But when Hannah Simmons is abducted from a park in broad daylight, Theo Phillips reactivates the superhero league to find her. As they dig deeper and follow the clues, they come face-to-face with their most dangerous adversary yet: The Ravens. Will they be able to find Hannah before it’s too late?

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The Great Rift by Edward W. Robertson

Five years ago, young sorcerer Dante Galand and his friend Blays averted war against their new home, the city of Narashtovik. Ever since, they've been repaying their debts, arming and training the nomadic norren people in preparation for rebellion against the empire that enslaves them.

When Dante hears a nearby norren clan is in possession of the Quivering Bow--a legendary artifact that can strike down walls with a single arrow--his course is clear. With such a weapon, he can secure independence for both the norren and Narashtovik. But the bow has been taken by the enemy. Following a trail of pirates and slavers, Dante, Blays, and a clan of norren warriors strike deep into enemy lands.

Until now, their rebellion's been kept secret. But their quest for the bow leads Dante and Blays to an all-out assault on the personal manor of powerful lord Cassinder. Enraged, Cassinder will have his revenge on norren and Narashtovik alike--and this time, there will be no stopping the engines of war.

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Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm

Mute, heartless, and tormented by auditory hallucinations, Madeleine Lavoie never questions why her family has hidden her from the world. But the night her brother casts her out, she learns the mysterious voice she thought existed only in her mind is no delusion, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never disobey it.

Now Madeleine must find her own voice in a cacophony of powerful tyrants, monsters, and gods. If she fails, she will forfeit her life and the lives of everyone who loves her. But if she succeeds, she may finally gain the ability to love someone in return.

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Shadow of the Sun by Merrie P. Wycoff

Jealousy, Lies, Betrayal, Murder…and Magic

A reign of terror has kept Egypt in shadow, even at the apex of her power and glory. The greedy and corrupt priests of the dark god Amun maintain a tight grip on the people through the use of fear, superstition, brutality, and, when necessary, diabolical sorcery.

Now, there is the promise of a new hope, a new light, but that promise is not welcomed by all. When the ambitious Queen Nefertiti and her consort, the gentle King Akhenaten, introduce a peaceful--and revolutionary--form of Sun worship in the hope of bringing about harmony and unification, and unification, Egypt is instead torn into warring factions on all levels of society .

Into this deadly conflict is born the first Royal Daughter, Merit-Aten, whose ability to see vivid auras and converse with animals comes with a price. Before her birth, she entered into a sacred contract to save her family and restore peace to her country. But, with danger threatening from every side--even from within her own family--will she be able to honor her contract without destroying everyone she loves?

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Huh?  by Mike Church

It is not so much that Colin's adult education class is a riot – although lippy Jack and snide Nicola do their best to make it so, and even that nice, demure, octogenarian Miss Tedley has been known to lend a hand – it is more that Colin's own mind is a riot of conflicting thoughts around the luscious Amanda, life, school politics, literature and the rules of English usage, grammar and syntax.

And Colin does have an unfortunate name and a tendency to land himself in more trouble than he is already in - or, at times, under - as the world comes crashing down on him.

Will he ever prepare a class, get the better of arch-enemies Simon and Dolores, or seduce Amanda into paying any attention to him whatsoever?

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The Second Half of Life by Sionna Cailey

Tequila, magic and rock and roll set the stage for midlife rebellion when the Committee for the Disaffected decides that the ancient art of witchcraft is the only way to rev up their boring small-town lives. Aidan, Kathy and Diana soon discover they’re not the only witches in town, and the local coven holds the secret to a cursed stone, inhabited by a demon that will grant your heart’s desire. This demon is a sultry succubus that wants to know what’s in it for her, and she doesn’t give you what you wish for; she gives you what she thinks you deserve.

Aidan desires the attentions of a handsome young musician, only to discover that he was already in love – with his bandmate. Kathy longs for financial security, but when fortune strikes, it reveals her husband’s true nature. Longing to be a respected author, Diana becomes an overnight success – but it’s her kinky erotica that everyone wants, and her humiliated husband decides to put his foot down.

Magical wishes always come with a high price tag – and they’re just not sure they can afford it.

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How to Carve a Wood Spirit by Betty Robertson

The How To Carve a Wood Spirit Book is a complete how to with step by step pictures. The how to carve a Wood Spirit book covers information on choosing the cotton wood bark, using the tools, and carving the wood spirit
If you ever wanted the basics for caving here is your opportunity. Carving is fun and easy. With practice you can create your own creatures and Wood Spirits. Wood Spirits make excellent gifts for the person who has every thing.

Learn from Betty Robertson who has taught local classes and has been carving years.

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Son of Jack by D. R. Cartwright

Society is shadowed by the fear of a dark serial killer, a man whose rein of terror has claimed eleven victims in the past sixteen months, and whose actions mirror those of Jack the Ripper, earning him the name 'Son of Jack'. . .

Four strangers, Dan Pattman, Emma Rosdale, Lloyd Thompson and Lucy Watson, live their individual lives, unaware of how much this grim shadow is playing with their own fears, eating away at them bit-by-bit, and forcing them down their own dark path of self-destruction . . . and murder.
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Sweet Money Won by Mycroft Magnusson

Rick and Liam are a couple of guys with their fair share of problems. Rick is addicted to internet porn and dangerous women, while Liam is a functioning alcoholic who loves the New England Patriots as much as life itself.

Together, they're two small-time con artists who live in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles. They push their luck one time too many, and while Rick is recovering from a life-altering beatdown he receives at a casino, he falls in love with a mystery woman online, a webcam-girl known as "Amethyst." When Rick learns that she lives across the city, where she has been forced into prostitution by a gang of Russian sex-traffickers, he sets out to save her.

In order to do that, however, he must betray his longtime partner and steal their savings, which Liam has been building up with a series of shrewdly-placed sports bets, just as Liam places the mother of all bets, on his beloved Patriots.

Things go horribly wrong, and the two friends find themselves scrambling for cash to stave off their leg-breaking Korean bookies. With only three days to raise all the money, the partners hatch a desperate scheme to blackmail a US congressman. At the same time, their friendship is threatened by Rick's wild, unpredictable new girlfriend - she's everything Rick ever dreamed of, and everything Liam was afraid of.

Can the three of them pull it together and pull off their audacious plan? Will jealousy and suspicion tear them apart? Finally, what is the dark secret of "Amethyst," and can these two screw-ups survive long enough to learn the terrible truth?

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I Am Embla by Lee Adal

As Var, witness to change, Embla experiences her tribe’s eventual invasion by the Imperium. She is charged with passing on the saga which includes the slaughter of thousands upon thousands of northern Europeans. Embla recounts the firey end of an era and her fiery loves. Her descendant, Isabel, listens to Embla’s story and records it for those who have never heard the explosive, hidden history of the Sibbe.

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Degenerates by Neil D. Ostroff

Brutal slayings in the quiet suburbs of Philadelphia have detective Aaron Miller on edge. Residents are readily falling victim to a cold-blooded serial killer who is absolutely vicious, torturing and murdering at random and for sport. As pressure mounts to stop this psychopath, Aaron becomes increasingly frustrated by the lack of evidence. As his own life begins to unravel, a chance encounter leads him to interview the employees of City Café. He notices the shadowy figure washing dishes in the back. What happens next places the group in grave danger and leads them into a horror that will change everything about their lives.

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Sun of the Sleepless by Patrick Horne

Blurring the line between fact and fiction, "Sun of the Sleepless" is a suspense thriller that gives an insight into the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies and may just cause you to rethink the reality of technology developed during WWII.

Acutely incensed that a 275 year old sacred book outlining the secret esoteric tenets of their philosophy has been stolen, a mysterious neo-chivalric Order known as the 'Sun of the Sleepless' deploys a tight-knit group of protagonists to the city of The Hague to retrieve their property during the cold New Year of 2010. The initially innocuous activities of the mischievous Frans Sprenger, the diligent Rey Faber and the menacing Akosua soon give way to an international terrorist threat that has stark implications for the security of every nation on Earth.

When the sale of the ancient tome on an on-line auction site triggers an alert within the Open Source Center - the US Government's primary provider of foreign open source intelligence - CIA Librarian Jackson Revere and Operations Manager Dale Mallory find themselves seconded to a special investigative unit headed by ex-Marine Corps Captain Jolene Lovell. Their ensuing inquiry uncovers a fantastical conspiracy with the Sun of the Sleepless intending to enforce its vision of a New World Order via the weaponised form of a monstrous technology developed during World War II, derived from the wildest physics theories of The Third Reich and the fanatical Nazi belief in its potent manifestation - Vril.

With time running out in a world of darkness, the allure of the Sun of the Sleepless offers the only light to tear away the cloak of intrigue and mystery, revealing the shocking legacy of the darkest regime in European history and the malevolent presence of a sinister organisation that appears to have exerted its influence since the dawn of civilisation.

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In All My Sad Dreaming by John Caulfield

If you love intelligent thrillers, you will not be disappointed by the complex plot with unexpected twists set against the backdrop of the new South Africa, with all its mystery, beauty, and unfathomable contradictions. Captain Blake plunges into a twilight world of inexplicable accidents, mail-order brides, music, madness, and murder. In the shadow of Table Mountain, the city streets appear familiar yet dreamlike. His mission is to trace his attackers, but Blake soon finds himself side-tracked by the cold-blooded execution of a prominent Cape Town attorney. As the investigation races toward its climax, Blake's sense of dissociation intensifies, and it becomes clear that he is struggling, not only to catch a killer, but also to reclaim his sanity, as well as his very life. 

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Catnip by Valerie Tate

What can go wrong when an elderly matriarch leaves the family fortune to her cat?

Just about everything, including ‘catnapping’ and murder!

CATNIP is a mystery set in the picturesque town of Dunbarton, Ontario, and tells the story of what befalls the dysfunctional Dunbar family, and the chaos that ensues, when the matriarch of the clan leaves the family fortune to her cat.

That formidable feline proves to be more than a match for the humans in his life, until one fateful night when, caught unawares, he is stuffed in a sack and carried away.

A nosy neighbor with a nasty, suspicious mind points the finger of suspicion at the Dunbars and Christopher Mallory, the young attorney who is the trustee of the estate, and under the terms of the will, they face losing everything.

When a murder occurs, Christopher finds himself confronting a ruthless killer who would do anything to conceal his or her identity, including to kill again.

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His Witness to Evil by Autumn Jordon

Inspired by true events, awarding-winning author Autumn Jordon has penned a thrilling romantic suspense that will have you staying up late to cheer her heroine and hero on.

Stephanie Boyd's ordinary world changes forever when she and her children witness a blood bath. To escape the wrath of the Russian Mafia, she has no choice but to help the FBI uncover the mafia's mole inside the U.S. Treasury. While on the run with the handsome agent who is willing to die for them, Stephanie learns the meaning of self-sacrifice and love.

Agent John Dolton's only break in solving the case that cost him everything is a couple of kids and a beautiful widow. But keeping them safe seems impossible when their every move is foreseen by their enemy. Within weeks, Stephanie and her children soften the loner's heart and John allows himself to let go of his all-consuming sorrow. This time John vows not to fail to protect the family he comes to love.

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One Fall by Spencer Baum

With one kick, Joey Hamilton has sent the world of professional wrestling into chaos. In his first World Title match, on national television, Joey botched a simple maneuver, turning a scripted wrestling match into a nightmarish reality.

Now the World Champion is injured and the locker room is in tatters. With the top spot open, veteran wrestlers are jockeying for position, hoping to become the next megastar, and Joey is their target.

With a unique look behind the scenes at America's most violent dramatic art, One Fall shows the world of professional wrestling in its rawest form. It is a world of violence, drug abuse, backstabbing, and desperation. But it is also a world of pride, honor, guts, and most of all, passion.

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Dangerous Ride by Imogen Blake

Disillusioned and at a cross-roads in her life, Clare Hunter finds herself embroiled in a web of complex relationships. Still vulnerable from the loss of a great childhood friendship she is torn between clinging to comfort and security and the dangerous excitement of illicit love.

A tale of social manners, jealousy, rivalry and passion is played out in the writings of Clare’s own diary and the words of her housemate Mike, who reads and comments on her journal’s inner-most thoughts.

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The Haunting of Daniel Devereaux by R. L. Whittaker

In 1882 Victorian England handsome and wealthy young portrait artist Daniel Devereaux is haunted by recurring dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. She becomes a secret obsession that consumes his life as he futilely attempts to capture her elusive image on canvas.

An unexpected inheritance of an eerie Yorkshire manor house called Darkmoor Hall will hold the answers to Daniel's disturbing visions. He and his best friend, Ned Fairchilde, will soon find themselves enmeshed in a frightening and dangerous web of mystery, murder, and dark family history as they confront a malevolent supernatural presence intent on destroying Daniel in an effort to keep its ancient secrets buried and forgotten.

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The Temples of Bangkok by David & Jennifer Raezer

Bangkok’s Buddhist temples — spread out like oases throughout the busy metropolis — inspire contemplation and wonder.

This Approach Guide, drawn from our more comprehensive guidebook to the The Temples of Thailand (also available on Amazon), makes an ideal companion for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of Thai art and architecture in Bangkok. As context is critical, we focus on differentiating Bangkok’s temples from those of the country’s two earlier capital cities, Sukhothai (1238-1368) and Ayutthaya (1350-1767).

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