Saturday, 29 March 2014

BOOK REVIEW – Mystery/Thriller: Next of Sin

SHOCK AFTER SHOCK
Glyn Smith
What do you do if you discover that someone very close to you is a killer?
That’s what this book is all about. Lisa describes the doubts, the conflicts of emotion and the raw feelings of reality as the story unfolds. The protagonist, Gaby, and her friends come across with consummate reality, and before the end of the book, you come to know them very well.
Lisa has either travelled widely, or really knows how to use Google Earth. No matter, the descriptions of the many international venues come across vividly, and you feel yourself transported to each of them.
I think I would have given this book a five star rating were it not for the number of typos. It is only because of that that I have awarded four stars.

FAST PACED PAGE TURNER
K. Barns
It says a lot when you read a new book by a new-to-you author, and immediately start searching for what else she has written.
Next Of Sin is a fast paced, well written page turner. Beautifully structured in as much as you start off witnessing a murder from the point of view of the murderer, without knowing which character’s head you are inside. This is slowly revealed along with the trail of destruction this character has left behind him. And is done in such a way that the book is full of the type of surprises that make perfect sense as soon as they are revealed, even though you didn’t see them coming.
The author cleverly weaves the different aspects of the story together, throwing in lots of twists and turns and plenty of nail biting conflict. The main female characters are feisty and likable, though as someone recently said to me about ‘Game of Thrones’, don’t get too attached to any of the characters. You really don’t know who will still be alive on the last page.
A great read and one I’d recommend to anyone who likes crime fiction, thrillers or just well-written, edge-of-your-seat drama.
Available at: Amazon UK and Amazon US




Wednesday, 26 March 2014

GEMINI HOROSCOPE APRIL

APRIL-JUNE

From Horoscope 2014 - Lisa Lazuli's Bestselling Horoscope book of 2014

How do you deal with people whose values, attitudes and beliefs are diametrically opposed to yours/  Gemini are in a position where you are having to work with and go along with either a company, relative or associate whose way of going about things is conflicting with the way you believe things should be done.  It’s a matter of principle on which you disagree and the fundamental difference is making your life and your position untenable.  Gemini must decide whether to pull back from this situation or to go along in the short run to avoid letting people down.  Long term you will have to disengage from dealing with this person/people and perhaps now is the time that you will see that.
The solar eclipse on April 28 will have you thinking about money: material status and financial reward will be a focus as will envy and striving to do better and have more.  Do not allow your eagerness to become recklessness when it comes to both earning and spending – do not gamble with resources in a hasty ill thought out manner.  Conspicuous and impulsive spending can be a part of this – so guard against spending more than you have or running up debt.  Ask yourself: do I need this? Why am I really buying this? Is this purchase about pride and ego?  Can I afford it?
This is be a very prosperous period financially as long as you are not motivated out of pride and ego.
On a deeper level this solar eclipse can bring about circumstances where you are forced to draw on the deep reserves of strength and mental energy you have – it may lead to one of those experiences where you realise how strong you are.
While some Gemini will redefine how they stand in the world via financial gain and wealth, with other Gemini, it will be all about the inner riches: dealing with a circumstance will suddenly help you achieve a greater sense of psychological security and a deeper connection with who you really are.

Aries Horoscope April - Let's get motivated:)

APRIL-JUNE for ARIES


Aries are making some grand plans for the future.  It’s the end of winter (in the NH of course) and time to look ahead.  You are filled with a vision of where you would like to be and the passion to begin making those changes.  Your leadership ability is in full swing and you are ready to persuade others and set the ball rolling.  This is the time when you will feel the impetus get going on things which have hovered in the back of your mind just waiting for the right time.  More haste less speed is the motto and you should not become angry when things do not flow; keep in mind that many of your goals are long term and need consistent effort not overnight miracles.
The solar eclipse on April 28 will throw the spotlight on the spiritual side of your life: meaning and soul-growth.  Aries are a sign to whom faith matters, whatever faith means to the individual and this May, you will be increasingly aware of the inter connectedness of your physical and spiritual nature.  A prayer answered, a dream that is prophetic or a strange coincidence – all these things may be factors in increasing the amount of importance you place on the non-mundane or non-physical side of life.  Faith in the universe, God, Jesus, Allah, Nature – whichever vessel you prefer – will be vital to how you cope and grow this period.
Do not allow fears and feelings which you are repressing to make you evasive and secretive.  Your secretive and deceptive side is actually more transparent during the eclipse and so even if you feel you must keep something secret or hidden or silent – don’t.  Speak about it, let it out, and lay it on the table.  Correct something rather than conceal it.
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APRIL HOROSCOPE TAURUS

With relationships running more smoothly, it is to work, health and fitness your mind turns.  You need more organisation and more consistency in these fields instead of bursts of discipline and then major fall off the wagons.  You have had phases of intense work, then you have thrown yourself at the treadmill and downed a ultra-healthy smoothly followed by a cigarette and a sickie – maybe not literally OK – but your work- life balance is totally out of balance and you need to address this and to have a more realistic approach to these things.  Excesses of work and exercise can do more damage than good and you need to reduce the extremes in your life.  Taurus is a sign prone to extremes, but unlike Scorpio who thrive on extremes, Taurus do not.
The solar eclipse in Taurus on April 28 will encourage you to be mindful of your personal development which means growth, confidence and self-image.  Taureans are very strong minded, but you do need to be more aware of your weaknesses, not in a PLOM (ie Poor Little Old Me) way, but in a realistic way, so that you can work on them. Think about your strengths and which traits let you down in life: think about how you can control those more troublesome traits.

The self-doubt you may feel as part of the eclipse is just a call to be more aware of how others perceive you – life is a game after all and we all need to have a think about how we can play the game of life better. The Eclipse’s influence can help you identify or rediscover talents and attributes you can make more use of or develop to your advantage.  Self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-enrichment lead to an expansion of personal horizons for those who embrace Solar Eclipse energies. Arrogance, self -satisfaction and resistance to any form of change in attitude will mean a continuance of the negative and unproductive aspects of your life.
For more on love, relationships and career for all the 12 SIGNS check out: HOROSCOPE 2014 by Lisa Lazuli

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Malaysian airliner may have been commandeered and taken to secret Coco Island base -- New info reveals plane flew 4-hours after transponder was deactivated | Intellihub News

Malaysian airliner may have been commandeered and taken to secret Coco Island base -- New info reveals plane flew 4-hours after transponder was deactivated | Intellihub News





Intellihub News has information leading us to believe that the aircraft turned-back toward the Sea of Andaman and may have possibly been taken to a secret military facility under communist control in the Coco Islands.

Interestingly enough, the Coco Islands were originally leased to the People’s Republic of China and likely remain under China’s control today.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

LOVE in 2014 for Water Signs - Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio.

PISCES
For single Pisceans this is a year of opportunity as you feel sexually attractive and proactive and are willing to take the lead in social situations.  Powerful emotions and desires may cloud your better judgement at times inclining you to don the old rose coloured glasses and this is a danger.  You are impatient in all things romantic and may feel frustrated when things do not move quickly or in the idealised way you imagined.  You also need to stop and analyse whether your emotional craving and romantic feelings are really in line with your true needs and values – they may fall out of sync meaning that you will not achieve a lasting relationship only an ephemeral romance.
That said this is a time for the often shy Piscean to come out of their shell and shine on the social scene.  You will find it easier to go with your heart and enjoy life to the full.

CANCER
In relationships it is easy for you to talk about your feelings right now, Cancerians, which will go a long way to helping keep things going.  Relationship-wise it is rather tough going as 2014 starts for existing relationships.  It is not that the relationships themselves are flawed but rather that with all the stress and distractions going on about you it is very hard not to let that spill into the bedroom.  Communication and keeping your partner informed about where you are at emotionally and how you are doing and coping can certainly help you both navigate this time of change.  For Canerians married to Libra, Capricorn and Aries this will be magnified as all the cardinal signs are going through a time of turmoil and upheaval.  Solid relationships will thrive under the pressure even if you are both a little exhausted for passion.  Later in the year as you adjust the romantic and spontaneous side of the relationship will spark into life with more chance for social and recreation activities.
Single Cancer will seek out friendships with men rather than full on romance from the get go – friendships will blossom into love later on in 2014 when you will tend to feel more relaxed.  Again communication and shared GSOH will be the benchmark for your relationships as you are very ‘real’ this year – no rose coloured glasses, no fantasy, no puppy love crushes – you will look to the core of the relationship and if it ain’t going anywhere you will not be biting.

SCORPIO
Within relationships, both family and romantic you are eager to cut to the heart of the matter; you are bored with niceties and feel that the only way to either move things on or resolve issues is via some candid truth telling.  Scorpio are excellent at psychoanalysing and sensing the motivations of others and while this keeps you ahead of the game, constant analysis is often detrimental to love making and intimacy and so learn to drop the mental intensity and focus on the physical intensity: affection without question in the bedroom.  Your mood is very intense this year which will be draining for you and those around you and so remember to relax, switch off and be vigilant that you do do this every day.
Criticism and very high standards may make love and romance hard to come by for single Scorpio.  There will be no shortage of dates or desirable possibilities, but are you likely to commit to one boyfriend – not really, you have someone very specific in mind and are happy to wait.  Although your eagerness to go steady (if that is not too old fashioned a word) is absent, you may find that your dates are more than willing to take it further so do be clear in all your signals to avoid unwanted attention.  Single Scorpio are enjoying the single life and will setting for sparkling on the social scene rather than cuddling on the sofa with one guy.
For more on the other signs see my other posts or check out HOROSCOPE 2014: Astrology & Numerology HoroscopesHOROSCOPE_2014

2014 for the Mutable Signs – Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius

 

FROM Horoscope 2014 – Lisa Lazuli


GEMINI
Gemini are taking the proactive, go getting attitude from last year into 2014.  Gemini often scatter energy and tend to lack focus, but from the end of 2013 and into 2014 the drive to tackle life, improve efficiency and  jump into the things which usually you don’t have the courage to tackle is yours.  You are competitive and will take action to get your life on track.  Finishing jobs, speeding up your routines and making your life run more smoothly is your aim.

PISCES
2014 will be a far more productive year where you will feel that you have made concrete steps towards both making progress and implementing change in the projects and areas of life you desire.  Your optimism and energy will both carry you through and your obvious enthusiasm will win you support and help inspire those around you.  Pisces are not leaders in that you find it hard to give orders, however you do lead in a different way via your vision, insight and passion for what you do.

VIRGO
This is an empowering time for Virgo where you will find it easier to assert yourself and push yourself to the fore. Virgos are modest and shy and so it is not in your nature to be a forerunner, however as the year goes on you will find that people turn to you for advice and because they value your experience or your expertise in various fields.  It is via this advisory capacity that you will exert power and authority.  Many at your work or even in your family are taking the time to appreciate your perfectionism and attention to detail as well as your characteristic critical eye which can cut to the heart of any matter.

SAGITTARIUS
It may be relationships that have become rather controlling.  A deep discussion may have been put off as you are both too busy, too rushed or there are more pressing priorities.  That good talk is way overdue: you need to set an evening aside to talk to your partner about where you are at in the relationship: what needs to change; how can you recapture romance; how can you adjust to each other’s needs in a way which is fairer and how will you get more quality time together.   Sagittarians are nor confrontation unless they have an occasional outburst of temper; but these outburst may achieve nothing.  Slamming the door and going for a long walk may clear your head, but is it constructive.  You have swept some things under the carpet and put up with others and now it is time for a long rational talk when you are both calm to lay down some new relationship guideline.  After this tension will abate and you will be able to enjoy the precious time you have together with your partner without the unsaid and unspoken issues creating a downer.  Do not expect your partner to read your mind and do not be vague – be honest and specific about your feelings.

PISCES – How is 2014 going so far??


The frustration for Pisces this quarter is that you will not bear the direct benefit from the surge of activity and energy you are experiencing.  Your efforts will be directed towards the organisation or business administration of a third party.  For Pisces who work in stockbroking or finance this can be a very fruitful time for speculation and investment: hunches and personal knowledge can give you an edge.  In both cases the warning is to not take undue risks with property and investments which are not yours.
Concerned with inequalities and injustice you may find yourself in the role of advisor or champion of the underdog in some way.  This is a chance to use your relatively more superior social status, education or knowledge of the law to help some person or group achieve a fair result or a chance at improving their plight.  Emotional involvement may be cathartic on a level for you, but you must retain some detachment so that you do not become overwhelmed by the whole project.
On a personal level be careful that strong emotions which arise from deep seated or subconscious resentments do not lead to neurotic and erratic behaviour which could undermine work and social relationships.

LOVE
This is a time when many Pisceans may make a firm commitment and so bended knee and marriage proposals should not come as a surprise.  In marriages, compromise is vital and there may be a need for a re-declaration of commitment after a betrayal of trust which may not be an affair, but rather a breakdown in mutual respect and drifting apart.  No relationship just flows like a steam, every now and again there must be a bend or a swirling weir which in addressing you rediscover element of the union which may have been neglected of misunderstood.
Single Pisceans may be surprised to learn that a platonic friends has carried a candle for them for many a year – give it a try, why not?

WORK
Work will tend to be behind the scenes and even though reward per se may not be forthcoming the goal is bigger than any one individual and that is where the satisfaction comes from.  Principles of justice, truth and the pursuit of constructive values is central to the work ethic.  You will be motivated to work hard as you are keen to make a good impression. Any criticism may be taken unduly hard and you must try and have a thick skin and rise above it if you are treated or spoken to unfairly as the focus is more on the goal than the individual, it is not personal.  In general relations with co-workers should be amicable and there will be a positive spirit of cooperation – or should I say mutual suffering at the coal face.  Your colleagues will give you moral support and some good advice.
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The DREAM which made her life a NIGHTMARE – Brand new, devious and dark thriller


NEXT OF SIN – New Book Release
 
  Next_of_Sin_Cover_for_Kindle
 
A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!
 
Top Amazon Reviewer Dii called it, “A chilling thriller that will dig deep into your marrow and whittle away at your faith in humanity and justice.”
 
 ”I really enjoyed this suspenseful novel! It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller,
filled with danger but not depending on blood, guts, and gore like modern
novels.” – Dianne Rapp
 
The characters are so real you seemed to really connect with them.” Julie’s Book Review
Susannah St Clair of VINE VOICE said, “I sure can’t wait for the next one but Lisa?? This is going to be hard to top!”
 
Not your usual crime story with a clich├ęd plot and characters but genuinely
creepy because these are people and situations that you might meet in everyday
life.”  Linda Bahnan, author of Hot Times in Goa.
 
Winner of the 9th American Gem Literary Festival, Lisa Gordon presents her second thriller, Next of Sin.  A must read if you enjoy a quality psychological thriller written in a peppi contemporary style.
Two teenagers fooling about on a camping holiday; a young woman marries
surrounded by her loving family; an idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm -
the image of perfection and yet evil lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a
missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in the Mediterranean – what is the
link? The vital clue lies locked in away in a memory – a memory that now wants
to be remembered.
A desire to explain a recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a
horrifying discovery which throws into question everything she thought she knew
about her past, her family and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the
wrong side of the law in world where the scales of justice are rigged in favour
of her eminent and respectable adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies
from across the social strata she digs into her past, knowing that it will
change her future forever.
Her quest for truth will cost her everything;
it may even cost her life.
Next of Sin will make you wonder whether anybody you meet can be trusted and the safe answer
is, NO.
Next of Sin is an entertaining must-read with a serious true to life twist and needs to be loaded onto your kindle and packed into your suitcase as a holiday read for Easter or a cosy paperback to curl up with while the Polar Vortex still bites.
Available right now on kindle and paperback via amazon US, UK, and other sites across the world.
Book Review NEXT of SIN – Dianne Rapp, Book Reviewer
 
 
 
 
Ever wonder what happened to those stories filled with suspense with twists and
turns? You know the kind that Alfred Hitchcock produced, making us bite our
nails and worry for the hero or heroine! Well Lisa Gordon has penned that type
of thriller and it’s worth reading. Her heroine, Gaby thought she was leading an
ideal life. She was a rising star in her legal firm and just married a handsome
man. Then the nightmares started plaguing her and memories of a childhood trauma
erupted. To save her sanity Gaby must delve into the secrets of a serial killer
and risk her own life to bring him to justice.
 
I really enjoyed this suspenseful novel! It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller, filled with danger
but not depending on blood, guts, and gore like modern novels. This is a
thriller that delivers chills while chasing an elusive killer. You won’t know
until the final pages if this clever killer escapes. Gaby evolved from a society
socialite into a brave woman fighting for justice. Pick up this book and enjoy a
story worthy of Hitchcock.

How has the year started for Aquarius?

Aquarius – Opening Months of 2014
Work motivation may have not kicked in yet, but your passions for other areas of life have hit the ground running.  Aquarians are having a large dose of New Year optimism for the more enchanting aspects of life – you want to make 2014 count and that does not mean in the accounting sense.  A life audit last year made many Aquarians take a long hard look at where they are and while on the surface things may look good, it’s “only the heart that sees rightly” and so while the pros may exceed the cons as far as the material side of life goes, that is far from satisfactory and Aquarians are looking for meaning this year. I think Aquarians know in their heart what would make their lives zing and perhaps what has been lacking is the impetus to get cracking.  Whenever you are living life for the moment and being a free spirit you can guarantee that someone will be trying to criticise and control you – perhaps even reign you in.  January is ideal for defining your needs diplomatically to those who care about – planning things now and getting the people around you on board will go a long way to making it easier for you to fulfil new goals and needs especially those which are not easy for others to understand.
LOVE:
Do not be distant – communication in new and older relationships is vital.  Do not isolate yourself either.  Passions will run high this period and bearing in mind your ‘searching’ mentality you may jump quickly into an ill-advised liason – be it a one night stand or an affair.  By all means pursue what feels right and what makes you feel alive, but bear in mind the stakes and the risks.  If you do act, take it a touch more slowly and ask yourself, “Is this really what I hope it is.”
WORK:
A very productive time for working in teams and creating harmony in your work environment.  Introducing new technology and helping those you work for or with to switchover is likely.  It is best to get contracts signed, new terms of employment negotiated and resumes sent out before Mercury turns retrograde on the 22nd of January.    Your mind will be inclined to drift off into a dreamworld and so this is not an ideal time for intensive study, deadlines or detailed precision work.  Try to put off the aforementioned or delegate it out. The best use of these period is in creative planning for your business or learning new skills – if you are an employee you may well be sent to learn new IT skills or management training.  Union representation or other political interests you get involved with ie action groups, pressure groups and lobbies will keep you very busy and provide a social outlet.
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What can ARIES expect from Jan-March 2014

JANUARY-MARCH

Arians are being cajoled and persuaded to do things this period – not that it is all bad for you or against your will, but you will need some outside encouragement.  Arians are doers, but only when they can see results quickly, they need an added push as the year gets going to put some more effort into those things which do not provide instant gratification or fast progress.  It is a busy time family-wise and your home will be a hive of activity perhaps it is a big family birthday or wedding which you are having a big role in.  This is a very positive time for Arians who are moving home or renovating their home; although there may be some battles with the builders to hurry things on.
Relationships with older family members are especially important and you are feeling a new bond with both the older generations in your family and a deeper connection with your family heritage.  Arians may research family trees or connect more frequently with more distant relatives.  There is a philosophical outlook based on a strong sense of rediscovering who you are and where you came from.

LOVE
Single Arians are very sociable and may even meet a new love interest via a friend.  New relationships will progress quickly with the other person making most of the moves. Your new romance may not go down as well with your family who may be concerned about differences in either culture, religion, age or social class.  Marriages will need patience, Arians can only take so much bossing about until they explode and so both sides will have to be more compromising.  Family events and senior family members will help give you an outlet for any tensions within the marriage.  Your partner may have to adjust to the huge impetus you are having for change and new beginnings – it may take him/her time to come around to moving house or moving to where you can get a better job etc – be persuasive and patient, be sure you take their feelings on board.

WORK
A great quarter to make a positive impression on those in authority.  Arians will tend to get on well with their boss and so what a better time to put your best foot forward.  Arians in the artistic fields have a great chance at recognition or a rise in status.  It is not so much an artistic time, but a very productive time where you have the increased ability to harness creativity and produce results.  Towards the end of January there will be glimpses of exciting opportunities which will develop later this year.
More from: HOROSCOPE 2014 by Lisa Lazuli

What does 2014 hold for the Fire Signs – Horoscope 2014

Are you a FIRE sign? What do the opening months of 2014 hold for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Lisa Lazuli author of Horoscope 2014: Astrology and Numerology Guide to 2014 gives us a sneek preview.
Are you looking in the mirror wondering what 2014 will hold? Do you feel at an important crossroads? Do you need direction or a kick start? Are you wondering ‘what now’ in terms of love and relationships? How are the Stars lining up for you in 2014? What opportunities can they supply the energy for? 
Arians are being cajoled and persuaded to do things this period – not that it is all bad for you or against your will, but you will need some outside encouragement.  Arians are doers, but only when they can see results quickly, they need an added push as the year gets going to put some more effort into those things which do not provide instant gratification or fast progress.  It is a busy time family-wise and your home will be a hive of activity perhaps it is a big family birthday or wedding which you are having a big role in.  This is a very positive time for Arians who are moving home or renovating their home; although there may be some battles with the builders to hurry things on.
Relationships with older family members are especially important and you are feeling a new bond with both the older generations in your family and a deeper connection with your family heritage.  Arians may research family trees or connect more frequently with more distant relatives.  There is a philosophical outlook based on a strong sense of rediscovering who you are and where you came from.

Leos need to curb a need to worry: these worries could well be about matters to do with family or the home or property.  It is a great time to clear out, tidy up and perhaps look to renovate and deal with some of the off times gross jobs like repairs and garage tidy ups.  On a more esoteric level; Leos need to get rid of the old useless stuff and of the clutter which has made life less liveable.  It is also a time when you will be forced to get to grips with the things you have stuffed away in a deep recess of your mind – on a more literal level clearing out old correspondence, cards, gifts and giving these things away or recycling them will not only clear your cupboards but clear your mind.  Letting go is often hard for Leo as you are sentimental, but there is a line to be drawn. Are the things you cling to holding you back – if so it’s time for them to go.
It is escapism Sagittarians seek via love, romance and the arts.  Work, effort and the daily commute will be far from your mind as you drift off into a mental never-never land.  It is not a very motivated time here in the material world, but Sagittarians are certainly making hay in dreamland.  It may be harder for Sag who do not work in the arts to harness that creative energy.  There can be disagreements with friends over money and so it is best not to lend money to friends or even go out together where you intend to split the bill as things will not pan out and the whole things may escalate and damage a good friendship.
For more on what 2014 hold in terms of love, career and opportunity check out Horoscope 2014