I’m doing a bit of an experiment today and have decided to make my ebook Herbs Gone Wild free, one day only, 01/06/12, through midnight PST. Almost halfway through the day so far, and already over 1,300 people have snagged themselves a copy of herbal deliciousness! You, too, can enjoy this healthy ebook treat. Doesn’t your Kindle deserve it? Yes, it does. It follows you everywhere, even has to sit in that big ugly bag all day waiting for your lunch break. I know because it told me so. It wants herbs. Greenery. Natural remedies, not the artificial stuff. I think what your Kindle really wants is to learn how to make homemade salve. And herbal tea. And cherry cough syrup.

There, now, doesn’t it make you feel good to give to your Kindle? And it didn’t cost you a thing.

Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose

You may recall that not too long ago I featured the guitar music of David Pritchard.  The music is astoundingly beautiful and complex, something to feed your brain and get your creative spirit flowing.  Here now are a couple of videos from the David Pritchard Guitar Quartet.  You can find available CD’s of David Pritchard through his website Morphic Resonance Music. Now take a moment to sit back, relax, and recharge those tired batteries.

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Nabil Khemir’s music commands a lot of attention. And why not?  His unique style of jazz fusion incorporates the incredible hybrid instrument, the RayJam, which was created by Khemir himself.  This one-of-a-kind electric guitar/lute combo allows Khemir to seamlessly move back and forth between the two instrumental sounds, producing a flavor that is all his own.  He’s been so successful with it that in 2007 he was decorated by the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, for his cultural contribution to the country and his performance.  

Khemir’s third music collection, RayJam, offers five tracks featuring his masterful blend of Arabic-Andalusian and jazz.  Listeners will be giving their ears a real treat, something you certainly won’t find anywhere else for Nabil Khemir is certainly a one-of-a-kind musician.

Nabil Khemir is kindly offering an EP of his latest work, RayJam, to one of you.  The winner will be able to instantly download the high-quality electronic version of RayJam.  Want to win?  Options for multiple entries are listed below the video clip!

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just watch the above video and tell me why you’d like to win Nabil Khemir’s EP RayJam.  (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Thursday, May 1, 2009, to enter.

Purchase RayJam in EP format here.

Check out all current giveaways for both my blogs here.

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“My name is Diane Kidman and I’m a pen addict.” That felt really good to confess.  You see,  I love the physical act of writing – in fact, I write a lot of my reviews by hand; even wrote this review by hand and with a most incredible writing instrument.  Ryan Krusac makes pens, but these aren’t your usual plastic variety.  His writing instruments are works of art.  Most are made of fine hardwoods that he turns on a lathe and then hand buffs to a glossy finish.  My Ryan Krusac Studios pen is a little different even still – Asian River Buffalo Horn with a wonderfully warm and subtle patina.  I chose the River Buffalo Horn because I’m partial to all things Asian, and strangely, to water buffalos.  I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity of having Ryan create one of these pens just for me.

Each Ryan Krusac Studios pen is made to order – this means the end result is all the more special knowing it’s being hand crafted just for you rather than cranked out in a factory and sold by the bag.  I chose a fountain pen because that’s always been my preference.  I don’t use fountain pens for, say, check writing and grocery lists, but I reserve them for special things like my daily journal writing (yet another obsession), letters, and any other writings I feel are important.  There’s something about sitting down with a fine pen – for the creative writer, that may mean that extra edge between good writing and great writing.  Is a pen a muse?  I’m not sure, but holding a writing instrument made of natural materials certainly does something to the creative spirit.

I am truly enjoying the experience of this pen.  Ryan Krusac has a great attention to detail – from the gentle curve of the pen barrel to the Rhodium and black titanium appointments, as well as the lovely German made nib which produces an easy flowing, smooth writing.  Don’t do fountain pens?  Ryan also offers finely crafted ballpoint pens and rollerball pens too.  But I’d highly recommend giving the fountain pen a try.  The pen’s balance is just perfect for the fountain pen lover, and it’s a real joy to write with.

If you’d like a chance to win your own, Ryan Krusac is going to create a work of art specifically for one of you.  With graduation time nearing, this would make an extraordinary gift.  Or perhaps you’re due a grand gift to yourself.  Either way, one of you will be receiving a real keepsake!  

Here’s what you could win:  A wooden pen of your choice from the Ryan Krusac Studios fountain pen page.  (You may choose to have the pen made as a rollerball if you wish.) The pen’s hardware will be like what you see in the photo to the right, and you’ll be able to choose from any woods (excluding rosewood burl and banksia pod).  Open for worldwide entry!!!

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just visit the Ryan Krusac Studios fountain pen page and tell me what pen you might choose if you won and why.  (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, to enter.

Check out all current giveaways for both my blogs here

10. July 2008 · Comments Off on The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs by Justin Courter · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,


Not too long ago, I reviewed an exceptional book called “Skunk: A Love Story,” one of those rare finds in literature you know you’ll not forget. Fortunately for me, and anyone else lucky enough to have discovered Skunk, author Justin Courter has not pulled a Margaret Mitchell on his readers by producing one great work and calling it quits. The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs is poetry (in paragraphs) that demands to be heard. I haven’t laughed out loud so much since–well, since Skunk. From the very first poem, Courter had my attention.

The poems, fun and edgy, sarcastic and all too true, sometimes had me initially perplexed until the “aha” light came on, compelling me to read each one at least twice so I could laugh some more, feeling good about getting it. Don’t be thrown, though, by all my talk of laughter. There is something deliciously biting about the poetry as well. And if you’ve ever worked in an office job while staring out the windows saying, “There must be more, oh why can’t I just create all day and skip the paper clips?” well, let’s just say this is poetry you’ll want to memorize and recite out loud just to irritate and mortally confuse your coworkers who live to file, sort, and staple. As Courter would say, “…the office is a kennel full of rabid bunny rabbits. Stomp softly and carry a carrot stick.”

And since I’m wearing out my copy of The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs, this Courter guy just got himself another Goldfish Award. Get a copy.

 

 

There are more and more book giveaways here all the time. I thought it would be fun to share the winners with you monthly, rather than as each contest concludes. So here are the March book giveaway winners:

The High Heart – Susan

A Cartload of Scrolls – Jill

Eight Dogs Named Jack – Angela

Ticket to Exile – Leah

The Edge of Europe – Michele and Lynn

Home Among the Swinging Stars – Jeanette

If your name is posted here and you have a blog or website you’d like me to link to your name, please email me at themommyspot(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll do that for you. Thanks to everyone for your great comments! I love reading them, and so do the authors and publishers.

If you visited carp(e) libris this weekend, you may have stumbled upon this instead. Or possibly you went to your Google Reader or some such site to find out what carp(e) libris had to say, and you found several postings there, but they were all on feeding your toddler or the beef scare. Not to fear – carp(e) libris reviews is still up and running. In fact, so is dkMommy Spot. But during some weekend blog tinkering, a couple wires got crossed – and voila! All book readers were suddenly siphoned over to the world of organic baby food, etc.

I won’t name names or point fingers here, because this is exactly why I don’t dare attempt blog technical stuff on my own. The results would have been much more dire. But I think it’s fair we forgive my husband said person and move on. Besides, a few of you commented after the incident, telling me how much you enjoyed seeing dkMommy Spot for the first time. Hey, I’m sure some of you are interested in learning natural remedies for clearing that stuffy nose

You may have noticed some of the book images on my blog have a cute little goldfish beneath them with the words “carp(e) libris goldfish award”.  What is that, you ask?

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I try to choose books for review that I am pretty confident I’ll like.  I prefer to share with you books you’ll want to read, as opposed to books you need to avoid.  So that’s what you’ll find here – interesting books to add to your reading lists.  But on occasion, a book really grabs me and I want to hold it up and wave it around so you don’t miss it.  They’re rather personal choices as well, because let’s face it – we all find books that speak to us and we feel we can call our own when we’ve finished the last page.  That’s why I have the Goldfish Awards.

To find all these extra special books, you can check the Categories section on the right.  They’re all there under Goldfish Award Books.  So get out your paper, fire up your LibraryThing, and start taking notes!

26. February 2008 · Comments Off on Essential Elements Book Winner! · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Congratulations go out to Bob the Magician, who has not pulled a rabbit out of his hat, but a book.  He won the book Essential Elements featuring the artwork of Andrew Stevovich!  Bob, you’ll be receiving the book soon.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.  Come back anytime and share your impressions after you’ve had an opportunity to look it over.

We’ll be having another book giveaway in a couple of days.

Thanks for reading!

Hello and welcome to the new location of carp(e) libris! The move to its own domain is going to give this blog more breathing room, more opportunity to expand into what I have planned for it, and for what I haven’t even thought of yet.

If you’ve been a subscriber to carp(e) libris at Blogger, please take a moment to subscribe here in the right hand column. I’ve got a shelf full of books for review with numerous giveaways, and if you continue your subscription here, you won’t be left out of a single drawing. Yes, subscribers to the new site will be eligible for every giveaway, just as before! And if you’ve linked to carp(e) libris in your blog roll, please redirect that link here. The old site will remain, but it will not get any new posts. Those will all be right here.

In honor of the site’s move, I have a nice lineup of several giveaways starting in the next day or two. Check back often, and help me spread the word about carp(e) libris. The bigger it gets, the easier it will be to promote all the wonderful books published by the indies!

Thanks for reading!