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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Slayed on the Slopes Release Day Event

Welcome to the release day event for Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. Slayed on the Slopes released March 31st by Kensington Publishing.

About the Book:

After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers—Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

Praise For Scene Of The Climb

“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” –Library Journal

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Welcome to the top of the world. Okay, well maybe not quite. Welcome to the top of Oregon. In the second installment of the PNW Mystery Series Meg Reed is on the slopes of Oregon’s highest peak—Mt. Hood. She’s on assignment for Northwest Extreme to cover an intensive training weekend with the Ridge Rangers, a group of mountain guides who are dedicated to helping novice climbers trek to the summit.

Meg has high hopes for her weekend at high altitude. She plans to cozy up in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate. She’s thrilled to be spending the weekend at the historic Timberline Lodge, one of Oregon’s most famed hotels and a national monument. 

The iconic lodge sits at 6,000 feet in elevation and is a testament to American craftsmanship and resolve. It was constructed in just fifteen months as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Unemployed workers from all over the country traveled to Mt. Hood to learn a new trade. They carted timber from the surrounding forest to carve out the lodge’s magnificent staircases and wood-beamed ceilings.

Today the lodge houses guests from all over the globe, making it one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions. In partnership with the National Forest Service, Timberline maintains the same high-quality craftsmanship as it did back in the 1930s. All the brightly colored Pendleton blankets in each quest room are woven by hand. The lodge is like stepping back in time. Down each cheery hallway you’ll discover Native American artwork, vintage ski photos, wood carvings, and stunning views of the summit and the entire Cascade Mountain Range.

After a long day on the slopes, you can gather in front of the giant basalt fireplace with steaming mugs of hot cocoa to warm your hands, or head to the Blue Ox Bar or Ram’s Head for a pint of Ice Axe Ale. You can soak your toes in Timberline’s outdoor hot tub or take a refreshing swim in its year-round heated outdoor pool. There’s nothing more magical than swimming as snowflakes fall and skiers fly past you.

When Meg arrives at the lodge she learns that the Ridge Rangers are actually meeting at the Silcox Hut, which is located a thousand vertical feet above Timberline and accessible only by snowcat or the chairlift. Meg’s not a fan of heights, so she opts for a bumpy ride up to the remote hut in the snowcat. The SilcoxHut is equally charming and fashioned after the lodge. Maybe she’ll be able to have her relaxing weekend after all… or maybe she’s going to be in way over her head.

Don't miss out on the first book, Scene of the Climb, available now!

About the Author:

Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first

book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Admit to Mayham

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Title: Admit to Mayhem
Author: D.J. Adamson
Publisher: Horatio Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Mystery/Amateur Sleuth
Format: Paperback/Kindle
With a contrary attitude and an addiction for independence, Lillian Dove admits she has not been a success in life. In fact, she considers failing as one of her addictions. Yet, when she comes across a suspicious house fire with a history of arson and murder, she instinctively attempts to help someone trapped. Lillian becomes the only possible eyewitness to criminal arson, and her life begins to spiral out of control.
Lillian Dove is an endearing “everywoman” struggling with life issues, emotional complexities and a habit of doing just the opposite of what she’s told to do. These qualities in a heroine give the reader an ability to vicariously struggle along with the protagonist in this intriguing Midwest Noir mystery.

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What I Thought:

Lillian Dove is a character that is real.  She has real problems and admits to them.  This was an intriguing book that sucks you in till the very end.  You will feel Lillian's frustration in this well written novel.  I am looking forward to more novels about Lillian Dove.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

DJ AdamsonD. J. Adamson is an award-winning author. Her family roots grow deep in the Midwest and it is here she sets much of her work. She juggles her time between her own desk and teaching writing to others at two Los Angeles area colleges. Along with her husband and two Welsh Terriers, she makes her home in Southern California.
Her latest book is the mystery, amateur sleuth, Admit to Mayhem.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Catch a Prince

How to Catch a Prince
How to Catch a Prince (Zondervan, February 2015)
She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?
American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.
But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?
Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?
Learn more and purchase a copy at Rachel’s website.

What I Thought:

Like the other two books in this series, this one was great.  Who doesn't love a fairy tale?  Rachel is such a great writer, she makes you think you actually know the characters and can feel their pain.  I love reading about Brighton Kingdom, it seems like such a magical place.  If you are looking for a light-hearted book, with a great, wholesome love-story, then this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as "The Wedding Dress," "Love Starts with Elle," and "Once Upon A Prince." She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, "Softly and Tenderly," one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Cover Reveal for A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

Today I'm excited to share the cover of A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander, the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. This book releases June 30, 2015 by St. Martins Press.

Welcome to Torte--a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon--'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered--death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

Don't miss out on book one, Meet Your Baker, available now!

About the Author:

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe by Max Lucado

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)
What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
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What I Thought:
I enjoyed reading this sweet little story.  It is a very fast read that is well written, which makes it flow really well.  Chelsea opens her grandmother and mother's old coffee shop, she struggles at first, but when some mysterious people bring a special router for internet service to the shop, the shop's success is turned around.  This story is made up of a wonderful cast of characters whose faith will give even the biggest skeptic a little hope.  I have been going through a rough patch in my faith lately, and while, honestly, this book didn't fix it, it did help a little bit.  If you are looking for an enlightening, faith-filled story, that will give you hope, then this is the story for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About the author:
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sea Change by T Gracie and Joe Reese, Reveiw, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Sea Change
(The Nina Bannister Mysteries Book 1)

Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (May 14, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1939816085

Bay St. Lucy is a sleepy little Gulf Coast community––and that’s the way its residents like it. Most of them generally ignore the monstrous old Robinson mansion that sits in the center of town, until one day, insane old man Robinson dies and leaves the house and its accompanying fortune to the town. The residents are ecstatic and begin planning improved schools and cultural centers. Local retired school teacher and village elder Nina Bannister is sent to the man’s funeral in New Orleans and to represent Bay St. Lucy at the reading of his will. However, Nina returns from her trip saddened to report that a long lost Robinson relative has appeared to claim the entire inheritance. Almost immediately, the new owner––flamboyant Eve Ivory––arrives and announces her own plans to turn Bay St. Lucy into a extravagant vacation resort, not plans that anyone in this small town like at all and ones that will quickly lead to murder.
What I Thought:
We had the choice to review either Sea Change or Sex Change, and I choose the former.  When I started reading this novel, I thought it read like literature.  The authors have a very different style of writing than most contemporary mystery writers.  The setting of this story seems like a nice place, but it is filled with many eccentric characters.  I was kept guessing with this novel. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About These Authors
Pam (T’Gracie) Britton Reese is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. She has published books about autism with LinguiSystems. She enjoys teaching and research, but is never happier than when plotting (with her husband) a new murder, or coming up with ways that Nina Bannister can solve it.
Joe Reese is a novelist, playwright, storyteller, and college teacher. He has published seven novels, several plays, and a number of stories and articles. He and his wife, Pam have three children: Kate, Matthew and Sam.
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Guest Post:

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Well, readers, Sex Change (it’s not what you are thinking) was inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. In that comic play a strong-minded woman from Athens, Greece, leads the women of her city state to join with those of arch-rival Sparta to engage in a massive sex strike. Until the men of both communities agree to end the ruinous Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.E.) no love making will take place.
In Sex Change Nina Bannister, retired high school teacher and principal, (and amateur sleuth in five other Nina Bannister cozy mysteries), is elected as a replacement candidate for the U.S. Congress when the state’s present representative is killed in a plane crash. To her great surprise, Nina is elected and – to an even greater surprise—she quickly finds that she is not cut out for the lowly life of a newbie, kowtowing to party leaders.  When Nina suggests in an off-hand moment (which is secretly recorded by her young staff and uploaded to social media) that the government would be better run by women, a nation-wide revolution begins, (called the Lissy movement, after Lysistrata) and Nina becomes its figurehead.  Little does she know that a lone, disgruntled man is furious with her actions and intends to get his retribution against her and all her followers.  Can Nina bring about true change in Washington? Or will her nemesis bring about her demise before she even has a chance to start? This all happens when Nina Bannister goes to Washington and national politics undergoes a SEX CHANGE.
This synopsis was written by our publisher, Patricia Rockwell, at Cozy Cat Press. What she doesn’t tell you is that we have toned down the sex that was in the original Greek, but still manage to keep it subtly humorous (and spicy!)
Though Sex Change is pure fiction, and good fun, we hope that it underlines a very serious point: namely, that, although women constitute more than one half of the electorate, they occupy fewer than one quarter of the legislative seats in the US House and Senate. This astonishing fact leads Nina to say, “And they are governing us? Why? Why are we allowing this? WE OUTNUMBER THEM!  What is the matter with us?” These words are echoed by Vote Run Lead, a national non-partisan organization, whose stated mission is to “unleash the power of women leaders in democracy through training, technology and community.”  Could there be a Lissy movement nation-wide? Could Nina’s rant be a preview to an actual national gender revolution? Only time will tell. But during that time, we hope you will enjoy following Nina’s exploits in the nation’s capital and ponder whether the words of one ancient Greek woman could be vitally important to the state of our nation.
Just to say a bit more: Nina is a retired English teacher, but her love of literature—great literature—has not ended with her teaching career. Greek mythology, Roman epics, Elizabethan classics and superb 19th century novels are as much a part of her life as her sea side bungalow and her cat, Furl. These works also, quite naturally, inform the tales of her adventures. Set Change centerpieces a masterful, though fatal, production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet;  Game Change’s Max Lirpa incites a senior English class to a near riot by starting a discussion of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. The very first Nina Bannister novel, Sea Change, begins with a discussion between Macy Peterson and Nina about the best way to teach Beowulf. Nina is inspired during her stay in Washington, D.C., by both the words of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And, of course, her muse, Jane Austen, supplies the words that always come to her aid when the facts do not seem to make sense and the world is in disarray. During these dark moments she always hears Jane at her side whispering: “A mind lively and at ease can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.”  T’Gracie and Joe, inveterate teachers themselves, feel that all of us, without literature in our lives, unfortunately have minds that remain lively, but that also remain too much at ease and are satisfied with seeing nothing.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Justice for Katie

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JusticeforKatie_eBookCover_FINALIn 1985, budding author Jeb Cannon discovers the decomposed body of a young woman while riding fence with his father on their wind-swept Wyoming ranch. The case quickly goes cold but her memory haunts his imagination.

Thirty years and a number of best-selling thrillers later, Cannon asks Detective Matt Joyner to help him finally find justice for the woman, whom he has dubbed "Katie."

Joyner has his hands full investigating the modern-day murder of an Assistant County Attorney so Jake and Emma Rand step in to take a fresh look at the decades old case. When they uncover a link between Katie's death and the murder of the Casper ACA, they may finally unmask the mysterious "Boss" that has been orchestrating a campaign of murder and deception.

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About the author:

justice for katie authorLinda grew up in Loveland, Colorado as the sixth of six children. She moved with her parents to California when she was 16 and spent the next 16 years of her life in the Bay Area before moving home to Colorado.

Linda devoted 20+ years to nonprofit human services before deciding to take a new direction in her life. She founded Focus Forward, LLC to do the things she most enjoys - management consulting for small business owners and nonprofits and career coaching.

In 2012, Linda realized a life-long dream when she published her first book, "Life Isn't Just Luck: Getting from where you are to where you want to be." In it, she explores what keeps us from achieving our goals and identifies strategies to overcome these roadblocks.

In 2013, Linda published her first mystery novel, "Too Cute to Kill." This was followed by "Main Street Murder" in 2014 and "Justice for Katie" in 2015. Linda lives outside Casper, Wyoming with her husband, ten cats and one incredibly patient dog.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler, Review and Guest Post

Garden of Death
by Chrystle Fiedler

Garden of Death:
A Natural Remedies Mystery

Series: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (March 24, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1476748917


Murder is unearthed when an outspoken surgeon turns up dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal herb garden.
When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.
Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & Café, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.
Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…
But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?
What I Thought:
This was a book that caught my attention and kept it.  It is well written, so it flows really well.  I also like that each chapter starts with information about an herb or plant.  I liked the setting of this series, and this book is set during a Maritime festival, which makes it more interesting.  There are a lot of things going on in this story, not just a murder to solve, and Willis threatened in different ways.  But she is tenacious, and she doesn't give up.  This one kept me guessing till the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About This Author
I love natural remedies and I’ve been using them for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple.
My interest in natural remedies continued after I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and subsequently dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production in Hollywood. In 1998 I moved back to my hometown, Greenport, NY and set up my own writing business. I’d always wanted to be my own boss and write full-time.
My focus was, and is, health, and in particular alternative medicine which includes natural remedies. As a freelance journalist, I’ve written about natural cures for Natural Health, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Vegetarian Times, as for over five years I was the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine.
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Happy Spring!
By Chrystle Fiedler
Next Friday, March 20th, is the first day of Spring! I don’t know about you but after a very cold and very white winter in the Northeast, I’m ready for warm weather and beautiful blooming flowers! My passion for gardens and flowers was the inspiration for my new book the Garden of Death: A Natural Remedies Mystery. In it, my protagonist, Willow McQuade, a holistic doctor who runs Nature’s Way Market & Café located on the East End of Long Island, NY, decides to create a medicinal plant garden next to the store, and opens it on the first day of our annual Maritime Festival. Murder, madness, and mayhem follows along with pirates like Captain Kidd, and even, buried treasure!   
I got the idea for this type of garden after visiting the Chelsea Psychic Garden in London England in 2008.  I was especially intrigued by the section that featured different plants for different health conditions. Years later, I was able to put my inspiration to good use, in the Garden of Death, both in terms of plot and the information about medicinal plants at the beginning of each chapter.
Many medicinal plants are really effective when it comes to common complaints. So, I thought I’d tell you more about some of the plants mentioned in the Garden of Death that you may want to consider growing and using. Usually, natural remedies like these are perfectly safe, but it’s best to discuss their use with your doctor first. I hope that you enjoy learning more about beneficial plants and enjoy the Garden of Death!    
Happy Spring!
Chrystle Fiedler
Aloe Vera
Botanica Name: Aloe barbadensis
Medicinal Uses: Aloe is a handy plant that no household should be without. This juicy, succulent plant features spiky leaves that contain a thick gel that you can use topically to soothe and heal minor burns, sunburns and blisters and prevents scarring. You can also use it for insect bites, rashes, acne and other skin conditions like eczema, poison ivy and poison oak. Place this hardy plant on your kitchen window sill or plant in your garden. Just make sure your aloe plant has sunshine, well-drained soil, and moderate water and then, watch it grow and reap the many benefits it provides!
Botanical Name: Chamaemelum nobile (Roman chamomile; syn. Anthemis nobilis), Matricaria recutita (German chamomile; formerly Chamomilla recutita; syn. M. chamomilla)
Medicinal Uses: Since the times of ancient Greece, both types of chamomile have been used medicinally in the same ways. Tiny but mighty, chamomile is rich in nerve and muscle relaxing nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins that help promote relaxation, easing stress and anxiety, encouraging the movement of chi or good energy, and promoting sleep. It is has also been approved for use by the pharmacopoeias in many countries to treat inflammation, indigestion, muscle spasms, and infection. Chamomile is a useful herb those that are "bothered by almost everything." 
Botanical Name: Allium sativum
Medicinal Uses: Garlic is an edible bulb from a plant in the lily family, and one of the superstars of medicinal plants. It has been used as both a medicine and a spice for thousands of years. Antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial, garlic stimulates the production of white blood cells, improving immunity and helping to speed healing from colds and flu. There is a reason Grandma’s Chicken soup makes you feel better! Garlic also is effective at lowering high cholesterol and lowers blood sugar levels. You can eat garlic cloves raw if you’re feeling brave or add them to your next soup or stir fry. 
Botanical Name: Borago officinalis
Medicinal Uses: Borage leaves, flowers, and seed oil can help you feel happier and can even, inspire courage. In 1597 herbalist John Gerard quoted in his writings an old saying, “Ego borago gaudia semper ago,” meaning “I, Borage, always bring courage.” In fact, the flowers have long been used to bolster courage; perhaps the fact that they nourish the adrenal glands explains why. In medieval times the flowers were even embroidered on the mantles of knights and jousters to give them courage. Borage was also sneaked into the drinks of prospective husbands to give them the courage to propose!
Borage leaves and flowers have long been used in treatments for anxiety, mild depression, grief, heartbreak and worry. As a flower essence, borage is used to lighten mild depression and ease discouragement. Borage helps bring joy, optimism, enthusiasm, and good cheer, improves confidence, and dispels sadness.
Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis
Medicinal Uses: Calendula is a hardy, long blooming plant with radiant yellow flowers that will brighten your garden. But there’s more.  Calendula also has amazing healing properties.  Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, this flower helps to promote cell repair and growth. You’ll find calendula in many items at your health food store such as lotions, salves and creams that treat everything from cuts and scrapes, to insect bites, varicose veins and Athlete’s foot. Calendula also is a nourishing and cleansing tonic for the lymphatic system, which helps to improve immunity. It also aids digestion, helps to ease throat infections, and is used in children’s ear drops. Inside and out, this is a helpful herb that speeds healing and improves health. 
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