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Farewell and Many Blessings…

17 Apr

Dandilian farewellDear readers,

After much discussion and attention to the long range plans of the authors on this blog, we’ve decided it’s time to shut the doors on Passionate Reads. We’ve enjoyed connecting with you and sharing our tales. For me as one of the newest bloggers here, it’s been a great experience and honor to post on the blog, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you all.

But for now, we must stay goodbye and turn our attention not only to our individual blogs, but our writing too. You can find us all at the links below and the best part is most of us regularly blog at these places.

Nara Malone
naramalone.com
Tea and Strumpets

Nara’s Nook
Therian Verse

Marilyn Campbell
marilyncampbell.com

Siobhan Muir:
The Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked
Buy a Book, Tell a Friend

Brandi Evans
branidevansauthor.com

Shannon Emmel
Shannon’s Blog

Thank you all for joining us on this blog. Take care, be well, and stop by our respective blogs. If you follow them, you can get announcements when we post. Thanks again, and many blessings.

SexyScopes for April 2014

30 Mar

News for all signs:

Aries tattoo***Sun in Aries thru 4/20 encourages spontaneous (though not always wise) decisions and actions; ***Full Moon in Libra predawn 4/15 with total lunar eclipse (visible in most of U.S. & Canada) will shine a sudden, bright light on an issue in your life that is out of balance; ***New Moon in Taurus predawn 4/29 with annual solar eclipse (not visible) is the perfect time to launch a solid/grounded plan; ***Mars still retrograde thru 5/19, lowering many people’s energy levels and assertive tendencies;
(Info on eclipses and retrograde planets at www.marilyncampbell.com>Astrology Basics)

The forecasts below involve two of my passions – astrology and tarot. The first card is a general message, the second is about love & relationships (sexual, romantic, friendly, familial). The interpretations are from my book, “Tarot of The Lotus Circle”, but you’ll have to use a little intuition to determine what it means to you personally. Have fun!

RomulusARIES – March 21 to April 19

Ace of Wands: You have been brought to the right place at the right time by fate, but a human hand is in charge now – yours. All you need is the faith that you can bring an idea to life, then perform an action to prove it.

Prince of Wands: A male under 40, with medium coloring, possessing both organizational and creative talents will play an important role in a relationship matter this month.

 

Falcon.phpTAURUS  – April 20 to May 20

10 of Wands: You do not have to do it all by yourself. Your burdens are not only heavy, they are drastically dimming your personal light.

The Fool: You are either alone or at a crossroads in a relationship. There are at least three options before you, but nothing will change until you make a choice and take the first step.

 

Gallant.phpGEMINI – May 21 to June 20

7 of Coins: You are asked to do an accounting of your positive and negative thoughts, words and deeds. Yes, in a way, you are being graded. A slight adjustment in attitude could make a big difference in the end.

6 of Wands: You may have doubted it there for a while, but you will now receive evidence that you are the favorite. You win your lover’s heart or the respect of someone else whose opinion is important to you.

 

Gabriel.phpCANCER – June 21 to July 22

Lucky moon babies – Jupiter is visiting Cancer until next July, so you can expect a major goal or dream to be achieved before the Great Benefactor moves on, as long as you put in the necessary time and effort.

5 of Wands: Life is filled with competition and conflict, but the Five of Wands tells you to be the best person you can be and ignore how others are playing their games.

The Magician: Someone new is entering your life in an unusual way. Fate set up the meeting long ago, but Serendipity makes it interesting. What you do after the encounter is up to you.

Carnal Vengeance-final coverLEO – July 23 to August 22

6 of Swords: Troubled waters may be all around you but you can rise above any problems. At least one Spirit Guide and one friend will create a bridge for you to safely cross. (Yes, this is the same message you received last month.)

10 of Swords: You’ve reached the end of a relationship as it has been. Either work together to figure out how to rejuvenate it or let it go and move on.

 

Unnatural Relations-final coverVIRGO – August 23 to September 22

The Empress: Femininity and connection to Mother Earth are your power sources. Subtlety, sensitivity and sexuality are your tools—use them compassionately.

The Hanged Man: It seems as though you’ve been waiting forever for that certain someone, or for a resolution to a problematic relationship. Hang in there, the waiting period is almost over.

 

Twisted Hunger-final coverLIBRA – September 23 to October 22

2 of Swords: Regardless of what is going on behind your back, you have two Spirit Guides protecting you. Don’t let your inability to clearly see an outcome stop you from taking action.

8 of Wands: Whatever the conflict, it’s resolved and you will be enjoying a passionate, yet free-spirited, kind of love. A plane trip could bring you and a loved one together, physically or emotionally.

 

Wicked Obsessions-final coverSCORPIO – October 23 to November 21

Ace of Swords: The energy of a new beginning is just ahead, but you seem to be hesitating. You have a powerful sword in your hand. Whatever you want or need to cut out, you have the tool to do the job.

9 of Wands: Regarding all relationships, extreme patience is being called for. If looking for love, you’ve got a bit longer before the ideal mate is in your field.

 

Serving NicoleSAGITTARIUS – November 22 to December 21

5 of Cups: Though mourning is a healthy step in dealing with loss, it is not a lifestyle. It’s time to pick up the pieces, clean yourself up and get on with your life.

10 of Cups: This is the Happily Ever After Card. The perfect relationship with a long-term commitment or marriage is coming into your life. Family relationships find a comfortable balance.

 

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CAPRICORN – December 22 to January 19

7 of Wands: Your intellect is all you need to get past the current obstacle. Step back, look at the big picture and find a way to do it smarter.

Wheel of Fortune: Your love life, and/or other close relationship, is about to undergo a big shift.

 

Zenith Rising CoverAQUARIUS – January 20 to February 18

8 of Coins: Be open to learning more about psychic realms, spirituality, predictive tools. Something is missing in your education that is vital to your growth.

Princess of Coins: A female under 35, probably with fair to reddish coloring and proud of her appearance, will play a part in resolving a relationship matter very important to you.

 

Ghost Lover CoverPISCES – February 19 to March 20

Justice: You need to find some balance in your life before you can move on. A past life is seriously influencing your present circumstances. Regression therapy could clarify what makes no sense. An encounter with the legal system may be needed.

The World: Everything you’ve been wishing for in a partner is right in front of you. All the obstacles between you have finally been cleared away.

 

All the books shown above are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe Books, iTunes and more. My Author Page on Amazon.com

      For an introduction to astrology, tarot and numerology, I invite you to visit my personal website, www.marilyncampbell.com.

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Happy Spring! Celebrate with Bronco’s Rough Ride

20 Mar

Today is the Vernal Equinox and the official first day of spring! Are you ready for it? In Las Vegas, spring often shows up in February, and we get all sorts of flowers. I love sitting out in my backyard and reading in the balmy days (before the summer heat kicks in and burns everything to a crisp).Spring Snapdragons

Speaking of reading, tomorrow March 21 2014, Bronco’s Rough Ride, the next book in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series comes out. This is the prequel to The Navy’s Ghost, and you get to see how John “Bronco” Andrews met his wife Lindsey before Ghost, Magic, and Retro got into their mess. Here’s the blurb:
Broncos Ride
What happens in Vegas, stays in the heart…

Chief Petty Officer John “Bronco” Andrews only meant to stay one night in Vegas for a little R&R before resuming his duties as a US Navy SEAL in Coronado. But someone slips him a mickey in the bar and he finds himself in Madame LeBeau’s sex trade. As the product. Doped up on ketamine to keep him docile, Bronco has no choice but to let it ride.

Detective Lindsey Jarvis has been undercover in LeBeau’s sex slave racket for two years and she almost has enough evidence to take it down. Between abduction, prostitution, and murder, she has LeBeau by the short hairs. All she needs is a “product”. John is the perfect witness if she can get him out before the drugs shut down his heart. Then she’ll be free to start a normal life.

Lindsey doesn’t count on her overwhelming attraction for Bronco or her need to see him through detox. But she’s a cop in Vegas and he’s a Navy SEAL, two lifestyles with too much unpredictability to maintain a relationship. Neither have time for more than one wild rough ride, and what happens in Vegas, stays. Forever.

Come join Bronco and Lindsey on their wild ride on March 21st 2014 everywhere ebooks are sold. Kick-ass adventure, a hot cop, and a hotter SEAL. And remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in the heart…

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SexyScopes for March 2014

1 Mar

News for all signs:

Pisces***Sun in Pisces thru 3/20 encourages dreaming and going with the flow; ***New Moon in Pisces 3/1 is an ideal time to wish for an important dream to come true; ***Full Moon in Virgo 3/16 will illuminate a personal issue that needs clearing or deleting from your life; ***Mars goes retrograde 3/1 thru 5/19, lowering many people’s energy levels and assertive tendencies; ***Jupiter goes direct 3/7, getting back to supporting career progress and plans; (Info on eclipses and retrograde planets at www.marilyncampbell.com>Astrology Basics)

The forecasts below involve two of my passions – astrology and tarot. The first card is a general message, the second is about love & relationships (sexual, romantic, friendly, familial). The interpretations are from my book, “Tarot of The Lotus Circle”, but you’ll have to use a little intuition to determine what it means to you personally. Have fun!

RomulusARIES – March 21 to April 19

Prince of Swords: Time to switch from a holding/wait-and-see pattern to charging full speed ahead; trust that the Universe will protect you from the harm you’ve been concerned about.

King of Cups: A male over 40, probably fair in coloring, in a caretaking, medical, teaching or artistic career will play a very important role in a relationship matter this month.

Falcon.phpTAURUS  – April 20 to May 20

9 of Coins: A strong vibration of independence and prosperity is all around you. Money and comforts will come to you with little more than a wish.

Princess of Wands: A workplace relationship is in a transitional phase—one of you may be moving on or moving up, but the result should be beneficial to you.

Gallant.phpGEMINI – May 21 to June 20

9 of Wands: Patience. The Universe will allow events to occur only when the time is right, no matter how much you fret.

The High Priestess: You need some time alone to get to know yourself. Meditate on the sort of people you really want in your life. This is not a good time to begin an intimate relationship.

Gabriel.phpCANCER – June 21 to July 22

Lucky moon babies – Jupiter is visiting Cancer until next July, so you can expect a major goal or dream to be achieved before the Great Benefactor moves on, as long as you put in the necessary time and effort. (See opening note regarding Jupiter’s retrograde period.)

6 of Cups: Look to the past for answers about the present. A Spirit Guide is coming to you in human form. Remember and learn from the past but live in the present. Literary efforts are favored by this card.

Ace of Cups: Romance is in the air. Welcome it without bias or strings and you’ll be very happy. Someone new is entering your life in a traditional way – this could be an ideal mate or a baby.

Carnal Vengeance-final coverLEO – July 23 to August 22

6 of Swords: Troubled waters may be all around you but you can rise above any problems. At least one Spirit Guide and one friend will create a bridge for you to safely cross.

3 of Cups: The upcoming holiday is a great time to be with family, old friends and kindred spirits. Attend parties, join a club or group activity to meet an ideal mate, but don’t get serious right away.

Unnatural Relations-final coverVIRGO – August 23 to September 22

4 of Wands: You are being blessed with the energy of a harmonious environment. Enjoy the moment of peace rather than struggle to force some sort of action.

4 of Coins: Either you or your partner are more interested in material wealth than love. Stop trying to convince yourself that that is enough for you. Don’t be stingy with your affection. There’s always more on tap to draw from.

Twisted Hunger-final coverLIBRA – September 23 to October 22

The Hanged Man: What you await is in a “holding pattern”, but it is in your atmosphere. Meditate on removing the obstacle that’s preventing it from landing at your airport, then practice your patience. It will come when the time is right.

Ace of Swords: Be cautious in new relationships, especially where the chemistry is very strong. There are strings attached, possibly another, pre-existing relationship. Ongoing relationships are about to be unexpectedly shaken up, but it will be for the best in the long run.

Wicked Obsessions-final coverSCORPIO – October 23 to November 21

The Moon: A veil of mystery covers the face of your future. Like the moon, time must pass for the full face to be seen. Check your astrological chart or an almanac for guidance on timing.

The World: Everything you’ve been wishing for in a partner is right in front of you. All the obstacles between you have finally been cleared away.

Serving NicoleSAGITTARIUS – November 22 to December 21

Queen of Cups: A female over 35, fair to gray in coloring, in a maternal, medical, teaching or artistic career will want to nurture you or will need you to nurture her.

Ace of Coins: You are about to meet someone new who either is, or will be, financially well off. A money-making venture could bring you into the perfect partnership.

inandoutoftime CoverCAPRICORN – December 22 to January 19

8 of Cups: You have a lot going for you, yet your intuition is telling you that something’s missing. As long as you aren’t just trying to escape problems, it may be time to walk away from a current comfortable situation in order to find your bliss.

The Star: A good time to wish for a special person, or an improvement in a relationship, but be cautious in your wording. Though The Star may grant a wish, it does not guarantee a happy ending.

Zenith Rising CoverAQUARIUS – January 20 to February 18

Judgment: Incidents and people from your past are coming back into your life to haunt or help you, depending on your previous behavior. It is time to take a good look at your life so far and rework the plan for going forward.

6 of Coins: Though your relationship seems to have been one-sided for a while, that is about to turn around. You’ll now experience the good stuff love has to offer. If looking for love, try volunteering your time to a charitable organization.

Ghost Lover CoverPISCES – February 19 to March 20

Prince of Cups: You are, or soon will be, undergoing an important, positive transition in your health or love life.

The Magician: Someone new is entering your life in an unusual way. Fate set up the meeting long ago, but Serendipity makes it interesting. What you do after the encounter is up to you.

 

All the books shown above are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe Books, iTunes and more. My Author Page on Amazon.com

      For an introduction to astrology, tarot and numerology, I invite you to visit my personal website, www.marilyncampbell.com.

FB–AuthorMarilynCampbell; tw–marilyncampbel3

SexyScopes for December 2013

1 Dec

SagittariusNews for all signs:

***Sun in Sagittarius thru 12/21 encourages free spirited fun and adventure; ***New Moon in Sagittarius 12/3 is an ideal time to begin a new, enjoyable hobby or activity; ***Full Moon in Gemini 12/17 will illuminate one’s creativity and might eliminate something time-consuming to make room for an artistic endeavor; ***Venus goes retrograde 12/21 thru 1/31, causing one to look back on previous relationships for review or reconnection ***Jupiter still retrograde thru 3/6, slowing down career progress and plans; (Info on eclipses and retrograde planets at www.marilyncampbell.com>Astrology Basics)

The forecasts below involve two of my passions – astrology and tarot. The first card is a general message, the second is about love & relationships (sexual, romantic, friendly, familial). The interpretations are from my book, “Tarot of The Lotus Circle”, but you’ll have to use a little intuition to determine what it means to you personally. Have fun!

Cover_Start Your EnginesARIES – March 21 to April 19

5 of Cups: Though mourning is a healthy step in dealing with loss, it is not a lifestyle. It’s time to pick up the pieces, clean yourself up and get on with your life.

2 of Swords: You’ve had a feeling that there’s something going on behind your back and you’re right. Take off the blindfold and face the truth. You’ll be pleased to discover that it’s not as bad as you expected.

GhostsChristmasPast_web.blackTAURUS  – April 20 to May 20

Ace of Cups: The Universe is a generous parent, always willing to give more than you need. All that is required is your faith and love in return.

7 of Cups: You have multiple choices but seem to be waiting for a fantasy lover to appear. Connect your head to your heart, then make a choice.

inandoutoftime CoverGEMINI – May 21 to June 20

Prince of Swords: Time to switch from a holding/wait-and-see pattern to charging full speed ahead; trust that the Universe will protect you from the harm you’ve been concerned about.

9 of Swords: At least one relationship in your life is causing so much stress that your body is suffering. It may be affecting your sleep or eating habits. Remember, you can’t be of service to anyone else if you are not well yourself.

Serving NicoleCANCER – June 21 to July 22

Lucky moon babies – Jupiter is visiting Cancer until next July, so you can expect a major goal or dream to be achieved before the Great Benefactor moves on, as long as you put in the necessary time and effort. (See opening note regarding Jupiter’s retrograde period.)

The High Priestess: Your intuitive abilities are at an all-time high. Your guides are ready to assist you at your slightest request. This is a time to keep your own counsel, however. Share your wisdom and secrets sparingly.

8 of Coins: If single, you are about to enter a relationship unlike any you have experience with. If committed, you’re about to enter new territory, like parenthood, or a change of roles.

Zenith Rising CoverLEO – July 23 to August 22

Justice: You need to find some balance in your life before you can move on. A past life is seriously influencing your present circumstances. Regression therapy could clarify what makes no sense. An encounter with the legal system may be needed.

The Lovers: Opposites attract, but respecting the differences makes the relationship work. As to love, the sexual magnetism is strong, but is it worth the price? One of you seems to be committed elsewhere, forcing the relationship to remain in the dark.

Ghost Lover CoverVIRGO – August 23 to September 22

Ace of Coins: A money Spirit Guide has just stepped forward to help you find a new source of income. It will be to your benefit to start fresh.

10 of Swords: You’ve reached the end of a relationship as it has been. Either work together to figure out how to rejuvenate it or let it go and move on.

Romulus.phpLIBRA – September 23 to October 22

6 of Wands: It hasn’t been easy, but you trusted your Guides and went the distance. Success is assured. Don’t give that negative thought any space in your mind. Be appreciative and humble.

Queen of Swords: A female over the age of 35, either dark in coloring or nature, possibly in a position of high authority or in the legal field, will be at the center of a relationship matter that is very important to you; expect this to be time-consuming in an already packed schedule.

Falcon.phpSCORPIO – October 23 to November 21

5 of Wands: Life is filled with competition and conflict, but the Five of Wands tells you to be the best person you can be and ignore how others are playing their games.

3 of Coins: You have enough experience to succeed in a current relationship. Common careers and interests have formed a strong bond, but sexual attraction seems low. It’s what you need at the moment.

Gallant.phpSAGITTARIUS – November 22 to December 21

2 of Cups: Listen to your heart at this time. Your conscious mind will only confuse the important issue. However, try to remember that there is still a world beyond the two of you.

Empress: Your sensuality is at a peak. Let it work for you. If seeds of love have already been planted, they are about to bloom. Pregnancy is associated with The Empress, so the time is ripe if you want that, take extra precautions if you do not.

Gabriel.phpCAPRICORN – December 22 to January 19

4 of Wands: You are being blessed with the energy of a harmonious environment. Enjoy the moment of peace rather than struggle to force some sort of action.

The World: Everything you’ve been wishing for in a partner is right in front of you. All the obstacles between you have finally been cleared away.

Unnatural Relations-final coverAQUARIUS – January 20 to February 18

Hermit: A spiritual teacher or human mentor is standing by to guide you through a dilemma. Go into your cave for a while, be silent and listen to the message being offered.

5 of Coins: A mutually agreed separation is on the horizon. As sad as parting may be, it’s for the best. If you and your mate survive the present difficulty, your relationship will strengthen and last through time.

Tardis-TennantPISCES – February 19 to March 20

The Magician: With The Magician on your side, you have the skill to surprise everyone else. This is a very lucky time for you to amaze and impress others with your abilities and ideas.

Princess of Wands: A workplace relationship is in a transitional phase—one of you may be moving on or moving up, but the result should be beneficial to you.

For an introduction to astrology, tarot and numerology, I invite you to visit my personal website, www.marilyncampbell.com, FB–AuthorMarilynCampbell; tw–marilyncampbel3

P.S. That last pic was just my way of wishing Doctor Who Happy 50th Anniversary!

I Don’t Like Romance ….Movies

15 Jun

Confession time: I loathe most romance movies. It’s not because I have a cold, tiny heart (no matter what my exes might say), but rather the things that Hollywood wants to tell me are romantic….well aren’t.

I find nothing romantic about the hero/heroine dying in the first ten minutes of the movie and then slogging through 120 mins more of the Agony of the One Left Behind. I require explosions or epic stories in my dramas.

Likewise, most rom coms leave me feeling stabbity. Most lack chemistry, the jokes feel contrived and they are always about 90 mins tooooo long.

But before I get ousted from RomanceLandia (Where Romance Lives!) I can admit to loving a token few romance movies:

1. Ladyhawke (1985): Cursed, unfilled love at it’s best. I love this movie. It’s *gasp* a drama and *double gasp* a period piece with Rutger Hauer as the hero and Michelle Pfeiffer as the heroine. It’s got shapeshifting! Magic! And a villain you just want to junk punch.

2. Zach and Miri Make a Porno (2008): The title is so suggestive that it scared people off — and I won’t lie, there’s nudity and lots of foul language — but this movie is amazing. It’s a friends to lovers romp that’s sweet and funny in ways I can’t even describe. And while they do indeed set out to make a porno, they fall in love along the way.

3. Love Actually (2003): Big ensemble cast of British people following in love at Christmas time. This movie is beautiful, funny, sweet, sexy and taught me why women continue to fangirl over Colin Firth (good grief his shoulders). This movie is so amazeballs that Hollywood continues to try to remake it (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve) and fails to recapture the magic. I don’t care that it’s a Xmas movie, I will watch it any day, all day long.

Truthfully, I’d love to love more Romance Movies and I’m open to suggestions….if you have any?

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Sasha

Who loves love….but hates stupid movies ! If you want to hear more of Sasha’s ramblings, visit her at http://www.sashadevlin.com or follow her on Twitter @SashaDevlin. You can also peep her pins on Pinterest here

Summer Staycation

1 Jun

Though I’ve been out of school more years than I’d like to count, I can’t give up the idea of summer break. Nothing spells freedom and potential like the three months of fun, sun and relaxation.

Now I know longer work in an industry that affords me 3 months of down time at the best part of the year — truthfully my current job is more a 364 days a year type gig — but try telling that to my brain.

Friday was the last day of school for most schools up here and I’m just as bad as the kids trying to plan my list of activities. I don’t have unlimited free time, but th

 

1. Go to a concert. Actually have tickets to see Maroon5 later this summer and unlike the last time I had tickets, I’m determined to go.

2. Attend a summer festival. It’s Chicago in the summer! You can’t swing a cat without hitting a festival….or five.

3. Go to the beach. Lived here 7 years, still have never been to the beach.

4. Get into the city at least once. It’s riiiiiiight there waiting for me and the fountains — including the ones you can run through — will be on.

5. Attend a baseball game. Go White Sox!

6. Eat funnel cake!!!!!

7. Write more books. 🙂

 

What’s on your agenda this summer?

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Sasha

Who is ready for fun in the sun….and mojitos! If you want to hear more of Sasha’s ramblings, visit her at http://www.sashadevlin.com or follow her on Twitter @SashaDevlin. You can also peep her pins on Pinterest here

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