Shadow Stalker Part 1 by Renee Scattergood

This fast-paced and exhilarating adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Auren longs for the freedom that comes with adulthood and wants to celebrate her coming of age with her friends on a distant island. When her strict foster-father, Kado, says no, she sneaks out, determined to prove she can take care of herself. But her forbidden excursion turns into a nightmare when the island is overrun by the Galvadi Empire forces. Worse, she learns that she is their main target.

Drevin, Emperor of the Galvadi people, is convinced she will enslave the people of the Serpent Isles and wants her dead.

When Auren learns she is a shadow stalker, someone who can travel between the physical and spirit worlds, and that she is the only one who can stop Drevin, it’s more than she can take. Her whole world is turning upside down and instead of adulthood bringing freedom, she is instead overwhelmed by a greater undertaking than any one person could possibly overcome. It seems hopeless.

However, if she can defeat Drevin, maybe she can have her old life back. More than that, the people she cares about would be safe to live their lives, and the people of the Serpent Isles would be free of the Galvadi forever.

About the Author

Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a storyteller by George Lucas but didn’t consider writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark speculative fiction.

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She is currently publishing her Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and watching YouTube Videos with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6).

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When Reiki Healing Doesn’t Work

Reiki energy healing is becoming more popular in the Western world as a method for holistic healing. People receive training (myself included) in how to harness the natural energy that is available to all, and we learn how to feel subtle differences in other people, to distinguish what kind of healing they might require. But reiki energy healing cannot simply be used as a cure for all illness and disorder. That is not how it works. We are supposed to care for ourselves and our bodies in many ways: by taking regular exercise, eating healthy food, monitoring our addictive personality traits, and ensuring we have rest and quiet time when it is needed. But we forget this. We spend all our time running around in circles, from home to job to school to the gym, to wherever we need to be at a given time. We forget to eat properly, or we don’t have time to sit down for a home-cooked meal. We grab a snack as we hurry around, and then we stay up late trying to finish jobs at home, and we get up early for work the next day. My point is, we forget to care for ourselves. And then we wonder why we fall ill. We wonder why our bodies suddenly develop severe pain conditions, where previously we were healthy. We cannot see life beyond the stress. And so we seek help from medical professionals.

When Reiki Healing doesn't Work

I have been practising meditation for around fifteen years. It didn’t come easy, I admit. It took a lot of perseverance for me to switch off my phone, switch off the TV, and shut myself away from the world in order to meditate in a quiet space. I would often busy myself by cleaning the room in which I wanted to meditate, or tidying the garden, so that by the time I was done, it was too late in the day or I had to go to work, or something else needed attention. I found it very difficult to make time for myself. And I still do. During the past three years I have studied reiki energy healing, working with the energies and learning how they make me feel. I have had to book myself in for meditation and reiki treatments, even by myself at home, because otherwise I would just be busy with life. And then I feel obliged to use my healing skills on the people I know who are struggling. There is my husband with depression and anxiety, and his mother. There is my father-in-law with a brain injury. My youngest daughter is grieving the loss of a friend. My other friends are grieving for lost family members. Yet other friends are dealing with their own mental health challenges. I know that everyone can take care of themselves, but I also know that I want to help them if I can. But first I must help myself. I must be alone, in my own space, to clear my mind and refresh my body. Only then am I able to help the people I love, and the wider community around me. Namaste.

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Mint flavor prophy paste for children and adults

Is mint really the most popular flavor?

Oral prophylaxis or professional cleaning as it is commonly called as is the procedure that cleans the teeth from plaque and deposits and removes the stains of any. The step of polishing teeth through prophy paste involves the smoothing of the clean surfaces of the teeth, thereby, removing micro-deposits as well and giving a great feel to the tongue or inner lips as they rub on the teeth.

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Earlier, taste or flavor of prophy paste was the last factor that was considered before purchasing prophy paste. The particle size, also known as the grit of the paste was regarded as the most important criteria for selection. Grit size happens to still be on the top of the list of requirements. Coarse grit is never preferred for human teeth as that may result in quick wearing down of enamel thereby increasing the risk of sensitivity later on. Fine grit doesn’t do the job as the small particles are unable to run and produce the desired smooth finish. Medium grit should be selected always as it delivers optimum results without any damage to the teeth.

The flavor of the paste has gained more significance now. It has been noted that a well-flavored prophy paste heightens patient satisfaction and provides a good experience throughout the procedure. Hence, you need to stock an array of flavors to ensure that the patient can choose the one that he loves the most.

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Mint flavor is one of the most popular flavors as people of almost every age group have shown a clear-cut preference for mint above the rest of the flavors. The growing popularity of mint flavor owes to the cooling effect it bestows during the procedure. The menthol present in the mint flavor tricks the brain to believe that the mouth is cool whereas there is actually no change in the temperature. The cooling effect wears off after a few minutes. Another important factor for people finding mint flavor better could be the fact that it reminds them of their regular toothpaste.

For those who are not fascinated by mint flavor, there is a range of very other flavors like marshmallow, chocolate, strawberry or even bubblegum. Flavors like chocolate prophy paste can work wonders in those fussy kids who give a tough time to parents while brushing their teeth daily. Besides, presenting choices make the patients feel more important as they are made to realize that their choice matters in their treatment. After all, who doesn’t like being offered a range of options! Many sites offer free prophy paste samples so you have the option to taste before you purchase.

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Regardless of the flavor you choose, you will find the non-splatter formula incorporated in each one of them. This helps in carrying out the procedure in a clean and hygienic manner. Now, is the right time to decide on investing in the most popular prophy paste flavors. Let your patients keep wanting for more sessions of oral prophylaxis.

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The Write Stuff

Free eBooks by female authors…

Find your new favourite work by a female author and explore the world from a female perspective (or simply revel in your own). This month you can download your free copy of Return of the Vampire Hunter.

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Just your average Cheshire housewife – who used to hunt vampires!

Hannah Oakley used to be a vampire hunter. She retired from active service when she fell in love with the female vampire she was hunting, but old wounds refuse to heal. She and the vampire fought almost to the death, and now it seems that the vampire has tracked her down. Hannah must return to work, grudgingly accepting help from a new hunting partner, and she is determined that this time she will finish the job. But can she ignore the old lust for her vampire lover? Is the mother able to be a vampire hunter one more time? And will her marriage survive the ordeal?

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Wake Up, Witch!

I hear a voice, whispering in the corner. It grows more insistent every day. When I approach the dresser on which my altar is laid out, the voice grows louder. “Wake up, witch,” it demands. Yesterday I felt compelled to pick up my crystal wand and cradle it to my chest, feeling the energy flow through me. “Wake up, witch!”

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Fellow witches and practitioners, you will know what I mean. We live with magical, natural energy all day every day. But we often busy ourselves with modern life, and we ignore it. I have been too busy with domestic tasks and occupational pursuits. I haven’t perused my Tarot cards for months, I haven’t worked any spells, I haven’t done much of anything apart from basic meditation and reiki self-healing. My crystals are gathering dust on the shelf. My candles lie untouched in a drawer. There are books waiting to be read and journals to update. Perhaps now is the time to reconnect with my witchy self. What do you think?

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Discovering the Joys of Gardening

I think I’m getting old. I have developed an interest in gardening. That’s something for retired people, isn’t it?! Unless you do it for a career, of course. I know there are people who enjoy gardening to produce home-grown food, indeed many of my friends have allotments and cultivate beautiful gardens at home. But it was never a thing for me and my husband. We had a small back garden at our old house, with a postage stamp bit of lawn, mostly gravel, and a few potted plants that I half-heartedly nurtured. Now we have a large front and back garden, and a drive that keeps growing weeds, so there is a lot of work to do. I might have to employ a gardener at this rate, I can’t keep up with it!

Discovering the Joys of Gardening

You know something? I am falling in love with gardening. At first, I felt obliged to tidy the place up and keep it nice in memory of its previous owner, an elderly family man who was proud of his gardens, and by all accounts, kept them very well-tended. I did not want to ruin his good work by letting it grow wild and unkempt. As the months pass and we approach our first-year anniversary in our home, I find myself really getting stuck in with the gardening. I have been digging up weeds, clearing out overgrown flower beds, mowing the lawns, cutting back trees and planting new shrubs and flowers. I am learning every day what we have, I made my first rhubarb crumble with homegrown produce, I have put tomato plants in the greenhouse, and I am trying to remember the names of all the established shrubs and trees we inherited.

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Spending time in the garden leaves me feeling energised even when I am tired from a day’s labour. It’s a strange feeling. I am physically worn out by the sheer amount of digging, lifting, cutting and moving around that comes with gardening. But I feel energised and refreshed because I have been outside in nature, breathing in the beautiful scents of my flowers, communing with the earth, and escaping from the busyness of the modern world. I love my gardens. I am excited to see what grows next, and how I can add my own touches. Perhaps I can introduce a water feature, some play equipment, a reiki cabin… what do you suggest?

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Hot Girls and Ladies in Hot Books!

One thing is certain in my novels: the women know what they want, and they get it! That includes the men, women or creatures they desire. None more so than werewolf lieutenant Sally Frost in the Redcliffe novels series. She lusts after her alpha, Danny Mason, and she will do his bidding as long as he gives her something in return. Read her story for free in this month’s special offer for sexy books.

Just look for It’s Complicated (A Redcliffe Short Story) in the collection. You can also choose from a selection of other hot and sexy female-led novels. Enjoy!

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Belated Beltane Blessings!

Beltane blessings, my friends! I know I am late with the greeting, but the season extends well into May as far as I’m concerned. Beltane is about new beginnings, new life and vibrancy. I took my daughters and their friend, along with grandparents and the dog, to a local Wakes at the weekend. It was basically a village fete, with a fun dog show (we didn’t win), funfair rides, games, jumble sales, a duck race on the river, and the Maypole. We loved watching a group of local school children perform the Maypole dance, twisting the colourful ribbons around and about. Later in May it will be our town celebrating as we have our local Rose Fete. My daughters will join the parade with their dance school, perform in the arena, and enjoy the funfair and stalls. This is a beautiful, colourful time of year!

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I’m a Slashie!

Ha ha, what a funny name to give oneself, don’t you think? I heard this on the radio last week, and it caught my attention. Apparently, more people in the UK are working as self-employed “slashies.” It means that we no longer follow the traditional working pattern of taking one job and sticking with it. We are now far more likely to have multiple jobs at any one time. For example: writer/shop worker/dog walker/child wrangler/housewife (that’s me!).

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I cannot earn a regular wage as a writer because the work is too unpredictable, and I am still exploring the possibilities. So when I was offered a couple of casual jobs for a few hours a week, I took them up quite happily. It gives me a steady income and leaves time to devote to my career of choice. And I love the jobs that I do, so it’s a win-win situation. How about you? Are you a slashie? Or do you prefer the old-fashioned single job situation?

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Those who Forget the Past…

Did you know I once published a historical novel? It’s about vampires and is set in Victorian England. It tells the story of how playboy millionaire Marcus Scott came to be a vampire when he worked as a stable boy for Lord Gregory Stockton. You may have met Marcus in the Redcliffe novels series…

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Well, during May I am offering free copies of that novel, The Darkness of Love, for you to sample. You can also choose from a variety of other historical novels in all sub-genres. Stock up your holiday reading list now and discover some new historical authors.

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