Midnight Magic

A new review I have to share.

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before…

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An “Excellent” #Review from InD’tale Magazine

The Feb edition of InD’tale Magazine posted an excellent review for Cheating Death, my anthology of Gambling Ghost stories.

Here are some highlights:

“… In four stand-alone stories four women interact with the teahouse ghosts with varying degrees of romance, humour and action… Each story has a different twist, and no two stories end the same. Due to the length and quick pace, most stories begin and end with a bang one way or another … Overall lovers of paranormal romances, and bad boy ghosts, should enjoy everything this anthology has to offer.”

Reviewed by Sarah E. Bradley


 

5 Favorite Quotes of Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. Le Guin 

21 October 1929–22 January 2018

Ten Things I Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin, by Karen Joy Fowler. The Paris Review

Ursula Le Guin, master of speculative fiction, by Amy Wang. The Oregonian

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, by Gerald Jonas. The New York Times

(the three articles posted on the first page of Ursula K. LeGuin’s website the week she died.)


Five Favorite Quotes:

“Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light. Two are one, life and death, lying together like lovers in kemmer, like hands joined together, like the end and the way.”

“Fantasy is not antirational, but pararational; not realistic but surrealistic, a heightening of reality. In Freud’s terminology, it employs primary not secondary process thinking. It employs archetypes which, as Jung warned us, are dangerous things. Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is. It is a wilderness, and those who go there should not feel too safe.”

“To hear, one must be silent.”

“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”“We read books to find out who we are.”
The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction



I read Ursula K. LeGuin’s stories in my twenties. They have echoed and resonated through my adult life.

May she rest in peace, and if there is a heaven, may she land near a well-stocked library.

Top 2 Reasons We Need #NetNeutrality

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is, “the idea that the internet should be understood as kind of a commons where every site can be reached and your cable or phone company can’t block certain sites because it doesn’t like them, or charge them more to reach people so that the big guys always win.”

“It is sort of an equality principle,” he adds. “It’s embodied in the original design of the internet, going back to the 70s and some of the more idealistic engineers who created this network to be a network of networks to support anything, to do anything.” (Tim Wu, in the podcast listed at the bottom of the post, CBC Radio, Sunday Edition)

In my words: If you take away net neutrality you take away our freedom on the Internet.

My 2 Reasons we Need Net Neutrality:

One – Killing Net Neutrality Favours the Rich

Only people who can afford the prices set my the telecom companies will be able to access what they want. The rest of us will have limited access.

Two – Killing Net Neurality Threatens Democracy

Democracy is built on the notion of equality. When you strip the populace of equal access to the net you diminish their equal rights, the very foundation of democracy.

It’s all About the Last Mile

Who owns it and how much they can charge… The last mile is the term used for the connection between the internet and our homes. Phone companies own it and make an enormous profit on it. If Net Neutrality is taken away they can charge more and alter the amount and speed of transmission for some users.

Kind of sounds like a state in China?

If the US blocks Net Neutrality What Does That Mean for Canadians?

We have a habit of following our friends to the south and there will be pressure from our telecom companies to do just that. It’s worth a lot of money to them.

At first we’ll continue to enjoy our freedom, but that freedom may not last.


Main source: CBC Radio Sunday Edition (Jan. 21, 2018)

Also interesting: Burger King Explains Net Neutrality


photo source: Pixabay


What do you think?

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My New Jo-Ann Website

When Go Daddy offered me a website at half the price of renewing my old one, I had no choice. The downside was that I had to create it from scratch with their new shiney website making program.  I’ve spent the last week creating and tweaking a new site.

I could only capture part of the page in my screenshot. To see the full Jo-Ann:

https://jo-anncarson.com/

It has the same content, but its leaner and more efficient. There was a bit of a learning curve, but I got there.

Part of the digital revolution seems to be that I’m constantly redoing what I’ve already done with shiny new tech options. It feels a bit like two steps forward and one step back. lol.

But it works, and sometimes that’s all that matters.

What about you?

Do you get frustrated with having to update or change your SM stuff all the time?