Monday, 1 February 2016

How to Read an Egg: Divination for the Easily Bored by Colette Brown

In How to Read an Egg: Divination for the Easily Bored, Colette Brown takes us on a journey of her experimentations with some forgotten about, lesser known, and sometimes crazy tools of divination. As she states early on in the book, divination can be done with nothing more than the third eye, but the tools used can help with keeping focus, receiving additional information, and getting the clients to trust what they are paying for. With tools of sorts being used, the client can see that the answer they are about to hear is “coming from somewhere.” Much like the stethoscope for the doctor or the hammer for the carpenter, tools of the trade being used by the professional helps the customer to believe in the aptitude of the one providing the information. How to Read an Egg: Divination for the Easily Bored is a book that introduces us to some unusual ways of getting psychic readings.
Before pendulums, shamanic totem cards, crystal balls, and other typically seen oracle devices used today, how were questions answered by intuitive readers? Where could the psychic turn to get the much needed answers for the inquiring person before them? Colette Brown introduces us to some of the items mentioned in Greek and Roman mythology, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures, as well as Chinese, Scottish, and German heritage. Across the world and throughout history, different cultures have honed different ways of finding intuitive answers to the impossible questions of life.
In How to Read an Egg: Divination for the Easily Bored, Colette Brown provides us with background on her own adventures with different divination tools she has used throughout her career. From reading a paperweight with great success to becoming well known for her use and accuracy with Tarot cards, Brown has tried and evaluated many items within the typical psychic tool box. But she has taken a brave step with How to Read an Egg. She has left her comfort zone of successful divination tools behind and put the tools of the past into action. The title of the book is not just unique; it’s actually the first thing she teaches us how to do. Yes, you will learn how to psychically read an egg.
Each chapter of Brown’s book is an opening up of the mind, soul, and body. She introduces us to a divination tool from the past, gives a history on the cultural beliefs behind its uses, and proceeds to use the tool in her own study. With a client on the receiving end, Brown uses the divination tools to give a reading, evaluate how she feels it went, and then gives us the evaluation and thoughts of the client themselves.
This experiment of past tools of the trade is an amazing feat for Colette Brown. I thoroughly enjoyed the history of each item, the explanation of how the tool is used in a reading, and the honesty she displays throughout as to how her experiments concluded. I love the humour filling the pages of this book and the fun she brings to the stories and the quirky divination tools. I felt like a student to one of the friendliest teachers I have ever had. I highly recommend this book to those who delve into the field of intuitive readings, whether you are a spiritual business owner, a customer, or just curious about what it might be. This is a fun read and you’ll learn something while doing it.
Originally Posted in the March 2014 edition of Becoming Psychic Magazine

Cross-posted on Goodreads

Friday, 1 January 2016

Coming Back In 2016!


Picture found on Google Images

After a long hiatus in 2015, it is now time to dust off the old blog, read some incredible books, and give you some reviews that may brighten your day or lead you to a brilliant new gem in your already filled bookcase. I am excited to learn more about blogging as I go, including giving a brand new look to Beyond My Bookshelf.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Book Review: Crazy on You by Rachel Gibson

Crazy on You (Goodreads)
I had higher hopes for this book. It had the potential to be a great novella with enjoyable characters and a fun plot. Letting the reader's imagination take the romance to the next step can add to a shorter text.  Unfortunately I found this book too stuffed with erotic clutter that ruined the sensual flow of the story.

I also have a difficult time when the text of a new or seasoned author is filled with errors. Whether it is the lack of editors due to software dependence or laziness in human detecting, it irks me to no end to see misspelled words, incorrect grammar, and simple punctuation mistakes. Writers and the publishing community need to be more diligent in the editing phase; readers of all ages are watching what is put upon these pages. Is a good story not worth the extra time and effort to make it the best it can be? I sure think so. What do you think?
~ cross-posted on Goodreads

Book Review: The Mistress of Normandy by Susan Wiggs

The Mistress of Normandy (Goodreads)
Amidst the fight of French and English land rights, we see the French Bois-Long maiden fall in love with the English baron who lays claim to her land, her home, and her heart - the latter being the most difficult to acquire.
Filled with action, adventure, and minor characters that are as well-written as the hero and heroine, I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy a setting that draws you in, characters to grow with, and a plot that takes you through a lifetime of tears and joy in between two covers.
I am happy to be a biased reader as I am a new fan of Susan Wiggs. Well done.
Aren't you wondering what is just Beyond My Bookshelf? Come back again and see.
~ cross-posted on Goodreads

Monday, 4 August 2014

Becoming Psychic Magazine, August 2014 - Book Review Link
Becoming Psychic Magazine - August 2014 Issue
Welcome back for another of my book reviews for Becoming Psychic Magazine. This month you can read my review of Divine Reflections by Sandie Woolford. I have linked the picture to the webpage that the magazine PDF is on...just scroll to pages 59 & 60 to read what August's book is all about.

Don't forget to read the rest of this month's edition while it is free. You can read the magazine in PDF by going HERE and scrolling through. Did I mention my book review is on page 59? You should check just to be sure.

Come back and tell me what you think. There's always something interesting Beyond My Bookshelf.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Becoming Psychic Magazine, July 2014 - Book Review Link

Becoming Psychic Magazine - July 2014 Issue
Becoming Psychic Magazine - July 2014 Issue

Hey fellow readers! I'm sorry I'm posting this one so late in the month, but there is still another week left to read the July issue of Becoming Psychic Magazine for free, and especially my book review of The Hummingbird That Answered My Heart's Call by Noelle M. Meade-Izzi.
Just click here, and scroll a touch to the PDF magazine. I'm on page 71 & 72...yes, more scrolling! But I swear it's worth it! It's a beautiful book as you can see by some of the pictures included in my review. But the pictures don't do the book justice. If you like the review, purchase the book. But also tell me about it!
The next edition of Becoming Psychic Magazine comes out on August 1. I will put up the link as soon as I can. Don't forget to let me know what you think.
What do you think is Beyond My Bookshelf?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Short Story Review: Love Forever by Anuraag Bhaskabhatta
Write-up from Smashwords:

A love story is like a recipe that has the same ingredients but not necessarily tastes the same always. Every love story is different in some or the other way and so is this one. Based on events from true incident, this is however a work of fiction. A sweet love story about a boy who is dying of cancer but falls in love with a girl he had a crush on in the past. Can he tell her the truth? Can they fall in love? Read to find out.

There is just something about this story. It is only 10 pages long, but it tells a lifetime of emotion in that short time. It touches me in its innocence and sweetness of first love. It is untouched, unfettered, unhurried love. It is just love.

Anuraag is a refreshing voice to read, and I am very glad I stopped by to pick up his love story. It was advertised as free on Smashwords. Such a beautiful story for no payment to the author. I hope to read more from him in the future.

You can also read this wonderful story, Love Forever on Smashwords. And follow the author on Facebook. I'm happy to have him in my reading collection. What else will we find Beyond My Bookshelf?

~ cross-posted on Smashwords