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Best American Series 2011 Only $1.99 Each on Amazon Kindle Today

Having two Kindles (a 3G and the Fire), I just signed up to receive the Kindle Daily Deal last week (don't know what took me so long!), and boy am I glad I did!

I've gotten some great bargains the few days, and was blown away to find out via email that Amazon Kindle is featuring seven of the Best American Series 2011 for only $1.99 today (February 25, 2012).

I already had the Best American Short Stories 2011 in paperback, so I bought the Best American Essays 2011, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Non-Required Reading. Below are the direct links so you can snag yours today, too!

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot,Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin


Decorah Eagle Live Cam 2012

Oh wow! Remember the Decorah Bald Eagle that had three babies last year? Well, it's laid more eggs! Here's the live stream for you to keep track of her and offspring this year. Enjoy! 

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot,Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin


Tarot in Reverse News!

Schiffer TIR Moon 250It's hard to believe that there's less than 10 weeks to go before the release of  Tarot in Reverse! I'm am getting so excited about my full-color, glossy-paged beauty, published by Schiffer Books on April 28, 2012.

Well, I have a few tidbits of news to share with you all! 

Tarot in Reverse just got a fabulous thumbs-up in the form of a review by Amanda Donnelly over at the 78 Whispers in My Ear blog. You can read the review at this link.

Happy dance!

The second bit of news is that I'm taking full advantage of the super addicting image-sharing site Pinterest, deciding to create a special board consisting of all the pop culture references in Tarot in Reverse

This means that you'll be able to view, at a glance, every pop culture reference in Tarot in Reverse in the form of an image or video. In fact, some cards will have more than one image or video.

For example, the 9 of Swords includes mentions of the Crawling video by Linkin Park, an image of Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and The Scream by Edvard Munch. Below is a screenshot of a few of the pins I have up so far (all the Court Cards and 10s, with some of the 9s):

  TIR Pinterest

Feel free to spy on me working on this Pinterest board right here, where I'll be adding photos and videos of every pop culture mention in Tarot in Reverse...until I get all the way up to the Aces! You can even talk to me right there on the TIR board, image by image. What fun!

If you're as excited as I am about my upcoming book, you can pre-order it from Amazon.com, BN.com, Book Depository or your favorite bookseller (ISBN-13: 9780764341014). 

Don't forget, you can experiment reading reversed Tarot card with me on the Tarot in Reverse Facebook page at this link. Come on over to "like" and play!

Thanks so much for your continued support of my work!

 -- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot,Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin


Dan Donche, Darkana Tarot and Public Support from the Head of the ATA

I find it intriguing, and telling, that some of the Tarot community boycotted, shunned, harrassed and/or defamed me over my fictional short story last year (which I apologized for)...but the same people publicly praise and support Dan Donche and his Darkana Tarot.

Darkana 300You may not recognized the name Dan Donche (that's Donche, not douche), but many in the Tarot community know him as the guy behind Innapropriate Tarot Readings. He's the person that posted this public attack on me on his ITR Facebook page (that many well-known Tarot people applauded, "liked" and spread all over their FB pages...including organizers of Tarot symposiums and fellow Tarot authors/deck creators. You can see them all on that thread in the comments section, by the way).  This classy guy has the following as his Twitter bioWriter, amateur homeless guy, ass clown, vagina enthusiast. I would never lick a hooker in the anus. Well, maybe.

Now, Donche is drumming up support for his self-published Darkana Tarot. In fact, the Tarot community has rallied around him via Kickstarter. As of this posting, 111 people have pledged $3,451 towards his $2,000 goal.

Many laud him as a snarky genius. In fact, Alison Cross, former head of TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles), fawns all over Donche in this post on her new court card-related blog. And guess who else is prostrating herself over him? None other than Stephanie "Arwen" Lynch, the head of the ATA (American Tarot Association). 

Interestingly, Lynch didn't allow me into her Tarot Blog Hop Facebook Group (apparently because of that short story I wrote--never mind the years I've dedicated to furthering Tarot via blogs, reviews, podcasts, books and social media). In fact, she (pubicly) tried to steer people away from a new Facebook group I created expressly for Tarot and Oracle Creators/Authors called Divinators.

The hypocrisy of the "Tarot community" astounds me. The uproar about little ol' me amounted to people getting pissed off about a fictional short story they had to actually buy and my reputation of writing honest (and sometimes, unflattering--but fair) reviews of Tarot decks and books).

Am I the only one flabbergasted that the "Tarot community" will support people (vulgar personality aside) that publicly harrass and slander other Tarotists (besides Donche) ...but boycott me?

 -- Janet


Big Fish Games Presidents' Day Sale $4.99 a Game

I love Big Fish Games and I love it even more when they're running a special!

I received a nice Valentine's Day coupon in the mail for $2.99 for one game, but while I was over at Big Fish Games buying that one--I discovered they were having another sale! (So I picked up a few more games that I've had my eye on, but was too cheap to pay the $9.99 regular price).

So, until Feburary 20, 2012, you can get any game (except Collector's Editions) for only $4.99. The kicker? There's no limit like my Valentine's coupon had! You can get as many games as you want at BigFishGames.com for that price just by putting in the word FELIX at checkout.

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Enjoy, and happy gaming!

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin 


5 Love Languages - What You Speak May Not Be What They Hear

According to the book of the same name, the 5 Love Languages are Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Thing is, your love language/s may not be what your loved ones "speak" (or "hear").

You see, there's something called the "burn toast syndrome". It goes like this:

Children heart 300Because his wife was in bed sick, a man got the idea to make her breakfast. He lovingly squeezed fresh oranges for juice, scrambled some eggs and darkened the toast. He finished her tray with a single red rose.

Seeing her husband carrying the tray of food towards the bed, the wife sat up and smiled. As he got closer, though, a shadow darkened her face. She couldn't take it anymore. "Why do you always make me burnt toast?!" she exclaimed...the began sobbing.

Getting a tear in his eye, the husband said, "I'm sorry, my love. Because I love burnt toast, I was just trying to offer you what I would have wanted as a favorite meal".

So it goes with the 5 Love Languages. What we "need" in order for our "love tanks" to feel full may not be what our partner, child or loved ones need. Here's a quick run-down of the Five Love Languages and what they entail:

Words of Affirmations - This is when words of praise or encouragement fills up your love tank, making you feel all fuzzy and nurtured.

Gifts - This is when you receive a homemade card, a child's drawing, a present--and it sends you over the moon with feelings of well-being.

Quality Time - This is when someone spends time with you shopping, walking, talking, drinking coffee, watching movies, reading by your side...or "just doing nothing"--and you feel like a million bucks.

 Acts of Servce - This is when someone does your dishes, cooks you a meal, takes out the trash, balances the checkbook, cleans the bathroom, runs to get groceries...and your heart swells with gratitude.

Physical Touch- This is when hugs, hand-holding, pats-on-the-back, shoulder rubs, back scratches, tousling hair, tickling or horseplay makes you feel like your heart may burst.

After consider each of these, what Love Languages do you speak? What ones do your parnter speak? Your children? Your parents? Your siblings? Your friends? Remember: what you're "giving out" may very well be your Love Languages...but not the "languages" that your loved ones "speak" for a filled love tank.

Helpful books: The Five Love Languages; The Five Love Languages of Children; The Five Love Languages of Teenagers; The Five Love Languages: Men's Edition; The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition; The Five Love Languages of Apology

-- Janet


Snowland Word Search Puzzle

Here's a Snowland Word Search puzzle I made for you. Enjoy!

Y P L D E N F B S K D H A F E 
I L E B P X L G S D F R R K S 
D C L N A S U O W M D O A K I 
S E I I G Z R E Y N Z L I T B 
I N L C H U R U U E F S S L S 
G L E S L C I T N W P O I G L 
L Q K T U E E N O C R Z R N E 
O Q Y Q T L S N S F Z D A I I 
O C C H R I S T M A S Q L T G 
A R C T I C M G R O K A O A H 
R E T N I W L D N S I G P K Y 
E L U Y L G R E B E C I M S H 
S W H P U W W T Z L Y A H I S 
I P G L O V E F Y L G M R U D 
M X F V A A D R A V R H J F F 

ARCTIC
BLIZZARD
CHILLY
CHRISTMAS
FLURRIES
FROST
FROZEN
GLOVE
ICEBERG
ICICLE
IGLOO
MITTENS
PENGUINS
POLAR
SCARF
SKATING
SKIS
SLED
SLEIGH
SNOWFLAKE
TUNDRA
WINTER
YULE

-- Janet


Valentine's Day Tarot Reading Special

Now here this! ;o) I'm having a special Valentine's Day Tarot Reading special that ends tomorrow night. You can ask me 5 questions, any topic (romance or otherwise).

Click here to go to my main site for the super-secret page to get yours before time runs out. 

Tarot Readings Janet Small

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin 


Book Giveaway: Love for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

Love-for-No-Reason 250I'm giving away a copy of Marci Shimoff's book Love for No Reason, new out in paperback from Free Press.

All you need to do is go to my personal Facebook page at this link, visit the Love for No Reason contest thread here, and then share what "little" thing you're most enamored with right now (because we all know we adore our families and pets, right?)

So far, we have wonderful contributions like knitting, coloring and playing with army men. And yes, these are all adults! :o)

You have until February 15, 2012 at 10 AM EST. All entries will be put into a random generator to pick the winner. Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day!

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin


The Loop 3-Card Tarot Spread

Our fearless Snowland scholar Craig Conley not only unearths frozen treasures for us to admire, but he also creates delightful pieces of art and contemplative systems! Look at this wonderful 3-Card Tarot Spread he's created for us called The Loop.

Loop-3-Card-Spread

Of course, you can use this spread with an oracle deck or even Runes. If you decide to try this spread out, let me know how you fare with it. I'd love to hear your insights.

Huge thanks to Craig for once again obeying the Muse and making Snowland a brighter place!

-- Janet


Help Us Color Temperance!

Ron finished sketching the Temperance card for our Snowland Tarot project! Here she is below:

What colors do you think would look great for this image?

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I had the idea of maybe a purple jacket, red scarf/belt, red boots, rainbow striped gloves and black pants. And maybe a red/green headband?

Feel free to share the colors you think would work well! We welcome your input on this card.

-- Janet


Sense of Self

Head CodeYour sense of self is who you are when you’re naked. When your spouse dies, your family disowns you, your faith disappoints you, and your friends abandon you.

Your sense of self is who you are when no one is bolstering your ego or whispering flattery or patting you on the back or encouraging your progress or celebrating your achievements.

Your sense of self is who you are apart from--or without--money, a job, children, a house or a partner.

Your sense of self is who you are without crutches, embraces or applause.

It is you, alone, on the road of life.

You entered the world naked. You will leave that way.

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin


Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup

I just made the most delicious and easy Broccoli Cheese Soup the other day!

SoupSpying about a cup’s worth of leftover steamed broccoli in the fridge, I decided to try to make a quick soup out of it. Here’s what I put in the saucepan:

1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup milk
½ cup water
Leftover broccoli (cut down into bite-sized pieces)
½ cup shredded Colby jack cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

After the soup, milk and water came to a simmer, I added the broccoli pieces and cheese. Then, added some salt and fresh ground pepper and...voilà! 5 minute Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Enjoy!

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin


Valentine's Day Giveaway on the Snowland Facebook Page!

2 of Cups 250I'm feeling a Valentine's Day giveaway coming on...

OK, here we go! Help us get to 400 likers on our Snowland Tarot Facebook page and we'll pick TWO random winners. The prizes? 1. Mousepad, mug, tote, magnet or poster of your favorite Snowland image 2. Signed limited edition CALLING card 3. One-card Tarot reading from Janet.

Just share our Snowland Tarot Facebook page on your OWN Facebook wall (and/or pages), via your blog, in Tarot groups, on Tarot discussion boards, on Twitter, at Google+, etc. to get the word out about our deck. Then, when we get to 400, I'll start a special thread on our FB page where you'll just say "count me in!"...and your post gets one entry for the random drawing. BUT, if you actually provide a link (or links) to all your "spread the love about Snowland Tarot" efforts...you'll get an extra entry for EACH link. Woohoo!

And how's this for a super secret extra entry possibility? If you make a post here in the comment thread telling us WHY you like our Snowland Tarot...you get ANOTHER entry for our random drawing! (Just make sure you let me know on Facebook when you do, just in case the name you use here differs from the one you use on Facebook).

Remember, the link is http://Facebook.com/SnowlandTarot.com We hit 400 "likers"? TWO of you win!

Ready...set...go! (And thank you so much!)

-- Janet


Making Snow Bears

Rushing breathlessly through the door, our ruddy-cheeked Snowland scholar has just made it back from another expedition into the annals of time! This time, Craig Conley brings us some bears making a snow bear from the December 7, 1901 edition of Colliers Magazine. Awww!

Snow Bears Colliers-Dec-7-1901 500

Quite the little sculptors, aren't they?

Thanks, Craig, for another fun winter find!

-- Janet


Two Sides of the Winter Question

Our fearless Snowland scout and official eccentric scholar Craig Conley is back with another wintry find that he thinks would make a pefet 10 of Wands card (and I agree)!

Plucked from the 1913 annals of Colliers Magazine, this poignant image titled Two Sides of the Winter Question shows how winter can be a jolly, sleigh-riding time for some...but a burden of  survival for others.

2 sides winter question Colliers 1913 500

Thanks, Craig, for this touching find!

-- Janet


Valentine’s Day: A New Perspective by Elaine Seiler

I'm pleased to share this timely guest post by Elaine Seiler with you all!

HeartValentine’s Day is fast approaching, the day we celebrate our caring and love for one another, for our friends, family and beloveds. Thousands of roses will be gifted, boxes of chocolates, elaborate gifts and cards conveying loving and caring sentiments exchanged.

On the surface such gift giving seems sweet, and well intentioned, but is there more to this holiday? What is the bigger picture or deeper understanding when one looks with an energetic eye at Valentine’s Day? What do we learn about our culture and ourselves when we look from a multi-dimensional perspective?

In the third dimension we function primarily from our individual selves. We reach out as personalities and want acknowledgement of our individuality. On Valentine’s Day we seek and expect our loved ones to validate us with expressions of caring. Loving ourselves is not enough; we need a physical, tangible reflection of our love-ability from others.

This often leads to disappointment and frustration in a physical world, when we can’t know one another as consciously as in the energetic realms. It is up to you to convince me that you love me and that I am lovable. And that is a very tall order.

Leaf heart 200That is what causes disappointment on Valentine’s Day. The pressure of expectation becomes enormous because one individual cannot satisfy another’s expectation. Cards give way to boxes of chocolates which give way to more and more expensive physical gifts. The items given must get bigger and better to be valuable and to convince us that we are lovable. What started out as tokens of love, have become the heavy messages - I don’t love you unless I buy you X, or I don’t love you unless I take you out and wine and dine you in an over-the-top way.

When we look at Valentine’s Day from the energetic or multi-dimensional perspective, we must first become aware that the vibrations on the planet are speeding up. As they become faster, we match our vibrations to the faster frequencies in and around us and we begin to change and evolve.

We are in a bridge or transition state right now in which we are becoming more and more energetic, but are still primarily physical beings. In this state there is more awareness that we are not just individuals. This is the beginning of our understanding that we are part of the collective in a way that fully three-dimensional individuals are not. We understand mutuality, resonance and synchronicity in a deeper way. We begin to experience one another more intuitively and instinctively than ever before.

Heart  Lovers 200This instantaneous ‘knowing’ of ‘the other’ leads to a greater sense of being part of the collective and a more complete feeling of self-love. As this occurs, I believe we will see a shift in our rituals. We will begin to have less and less need for Valentine’s Day. The consumerism of this holiday will diminish and the romanticized notice of the other will fall away as a charming, but antiquated recognition of the time when individuals felt compelled to state their love for one another

As we change, we will become more and more able to accept and love ourselves. Every day will be Valentine’s Day as we live in a state of loving Valentine-spirit. There will be less and less need for the outward expressions of caring. Caring will be the way. Good and loving feelings will be like breathing...we don’t celebrate breathing, we just breathe. We won’t need to celebrate love; we will be love.

In the meantime, Happy Valentine's Day!

Author and energetics expert Elaine Seiler (Sigh-ler) is at the forefront of explaining humanity's "energetic evolution" and how we can cope and thrive in the face of rapid change. Elaine is a life and career coach, researcher, mother and grandmother. In 1992, after 20 years of work as a career consultant and life coach, she discovered energetics, the study and use of multi-dimensional energies and their interplay with life on earth. She is the author of Multi-Dimensional You: Exploring Energetic Evolution and Your Multi-Dimensional Workbook: Exercises for Energetic Awakening. Learn more at www.transformationenergetics.com and www.multi-dimensionalyou.com. Contact Elaine at Elaine@transformationenergetics.com

Lovers card pictured above is from the Heart Tarot.


Follow Me on Pinterest

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A little known fact about me: I love taking pictures of flowers.

I also have a thing for spheres, hearts and bookish art. I even have a Pinterest board with over 140 Tarot books from my collection of 200+.

Would you like to take a peek and maybe follow me on Pinterest? It's very easy to to do: just visit Pinterest.com/JanetBoyer and spend some time looking around.

Feel free to drop me a note while you're there...right on any of the pictures that catch your fancy. Hope to see you there!

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)


CaseCrown Blue Case for Amazon Kindle Fire

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My CaseCrown case for Kindle Fire just arrived via FedEx...and it's wonderful!

I had a hard time making up my mind as to what color I wanted but ultimately chose the dark navy blue; I figured it would be less distracting than the chartreuse one I was eyeing. ;o)

The case arrives in a stiff plastic packaging that easy to open. Then, you just unfasten the velcro tab (that holds the Fire in place), remove the padding inside, slide in your Fire and re-fasten the velcro tab under your device to hold it in.

Tada! That's it!

Watch the video on Amazon; the CaseCrown coverworks just like the video shows. The material feels like leather with thick, tight stitches. It even smells good...sorta like a new car smell! The inside is a soft, attractive suede-like material that's a few shades lighter than the outside "leather".

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I particularly like the magnetic cover that safely encloses the Kindle Fire; some covers are pretty, but don't have this important feature (I suppose to mimic the look and feel of an actual book..?).

My only criticism is that the built in "stand" only holds the Fire in the landscape position...not portrait. This matters a wee bit to me because I have severe tendonitis that causes numb and/or painful hands, and I prefer reading my eBooks in the portrait orientation.

This is a great holder that will leave your Kindle Fire protected and add very little weight to the device. Highly recommended!

-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)