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July 2014

Tarot's Roasting Wheel

Sometimes, life feels like a Roasting Wheel!

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Here's the latest completed card in our Limited Edition Coffee Tarot: The Roasting Wheel. It's our version of the Wheel of Fortune. It's when life turns up the heat that our essence comes out. We mature (or not), become perfected (or not), give off a mouth-watering aroma (or not)--just so we can get ready for the grinder. 

Ha!

Seriously, though, how we react when life turns up the "heat"--throws us curve balls or otherwise spins us off our center of gravity--determines whether we increase our rigidity, or become more flexible. I know one thing: when a windstorm hits, I want to be the flexible tree (to mix a metaphor)!

It just makes future tumbles in the Roaster Wheel easier to bear.

And the smell's not to bad, either!

Silly jokes aside, there's only four more days left to receive the $6 discount and bonus goodies (3-card reading from me--$35 value--biscotti, fortune cookie, chance to win a custom woodburned box from Mr. Ron and more). And, we're only printing 50 copies of the deck--and over half are already spoken for. When they're gone...they're gone!

Click here to see all the images completed thus far and reserve your Limited Edition Coffee Tarot--and lock in all those bonus goodies that will vanish on August 1. 

-- Janet


Appearance on Dax Has Your Number!

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On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4 PM EST, I'll be on Dax Has Your Number! at LifeScape Radio for a special "Catching Up with Janet Boyer" show. I'll be reading excerpts from my upcoming books Naked Tarot and 365 Tarot, as well as chatting about our Coffee Tarot. Listen live at this link (and feel free to call in or join the chatroom).

I've scheduled two other radio appearances today (for August and October), so do check out my Media page on JanetBoyer.com to keep track of where I'll be and when.

-- Janet


Baby Wrens Taking First Flight

I just witnessed a miracle.

A wren couple built a nest in the inner sill of our kitchen window. 

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We've been hearing the hatched chicks, but never saw them, because of a clever partial "roof" one of the parents built hanging over the nest.

Until now.

Now only did I get to see the chicks for the very first time--but I caught their first tentative steps and flight on video. Watch below.

I am in awe.

I'll miss the parents scrambling down the window screen from 6 AM to 8 PM every day to feed the babies--and yelling at us when we prepared food at the counter or made coffee!

-- Janet


10 Questions for Tarotist Stacey Graham

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What’s your favorite breakfast food? I’m old school: oatmeal with cream and fresh berries, and coffee with cream. If I go really wild, I’ll switch it out to grits. Hold me back, Janet, hold me back.

Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Her use of language is the perfect mix of suspense and horror. I read it at least once a year as a brush-up on how to write the quintessential haunted house book.

What makes you laugh? Puns. It’s ridiculous, really, but I love a really bad joke.

Song that never gets old: "I’ve Got You Under My Skin" by Sinatra. I’m a huge jazz fan and nothing gets me hoppin’ more than Sinatra.

Drink of choice: Cabernet Franc or water. Go big or go home, baby.

Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot. Never ever cold; too many flashbacks to the Donner Party lectures during college.

Mountain, beach, desert or forest? I’ve lived in a mountain or forest setting for most of my life, so let’s try the beach. Lakeside would be ever better.

Favorite color? Orange.

Best movie line: “I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” — Ron Burgundy. Or, “I love lamp.” – Brick Tamland. I see a trend here.

Last thing you splurged on? I am a notorious cheapskate, but my last splurge would be a Jack Johnson concert for the family.

Haunted stuff coverBonus Q: Creepiest story or personal encounter? I was lucky enough to be invited to a writer’s retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago and write about the experience in Haunted Stuff. The retreat was tucked away in the foothills and had a reputation of being very haunted – I couldn’t wait. The weekend went quickly, and aside from encountering a mustachioed man on the staircase my first morning, I didn’t see or hear much.

Until the last dawn.

I was up early and working on a short story when I heard the staff downstairs moving furniture in the dining room before the rest of us awoke. Tables and chairs were crashing against each other, glassware broke, and I couldn’t imagine what was taking them so long to move things since I hadn’t heard them doing it on the previous mornings. Ninety minutes later, I crept from my room to sneak downstairs and see what was going on. By chance, I met my friend in our shared hallway and asked if he had heard the same noises. He said he hadn’t – he had been woken by hearing women whispering in his room. We went downstairs slowly, trying to see if anything had been disturbed, and opened the curtained doors to the dining area. Not a table was out of place from the night before, no glassware was shattered, nor staff visible. They hadn’t arrived yet.

About Stacey: Stacey is the brains behind the Zombie Tarot and a freelance editorHer latest book, Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, and Other Creepy Collectibles goes rogue August 8th from Llewellyn Publishing, followed by The Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure: A How-To for Mystery Solving, Make-It-Yourself Projects, and More to be released on September 1, 2014 from Albert Whitman & Company. Please visit her website, blog, on Twitter, and Facebook where she’ll probably join you in a shimmy. 

-- Janet


Over the Moon

Here's the bonus Moon card from our Coffee Tarot work-in-progress!

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Here's the other Moon card that comes with the package (coincidentally, today is the 45th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 Moon Mission, which inspired the image below):

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Ron's hard at work on HANGING right now (our version of the Hanged Man). Reminder: only 11 days left to get your pre-order goodies. On August 1, 2014, all extras will be removed from the package (except for the bag with the bronze coffee cup charm--you'll still get that) and the price will go up. We're only printing 50 copies of the deck, so it will truly be a Limited Edition. Visit our site here to find out more and to place your order. 

-- Janet


10 Questions for Tarotist Kayti Welsh

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1. What's your favorite breakfast food?  Ha I am one of those people that skip breakfast and drink only coffee in the mornings. When I am trying to be good I make a smoothie but normally its just coffee.

2. Book you'd like to give everyone (or wish they would read)?  The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran - such a wonderfully enlightening book!

3. What makes you laugh?  Many things make me laugh! I prefer satire comedy the most. Im also greatly amused by watching my kitty do various silly kitty things. 

4. Song that never gets old?  "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin. I feel that way often about many people in my life. 

5. Drink of choice:  Almond Dark Chocolate Milk! SO good! 

6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot! I hate the cold...

7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest?  Even though I am terrified of swimming in an ocean with too many waves - my soul belongs next to the sea, in the sand. With a tropical breeze, preferably. 

8. Favorite color:  I am a designer and artist and appreciate all colors. My fave changes with the mood Im in. usually.  Lately I'm a teal and chocolate brown with dashes of hot pink sorta gal. 

9. Best movie line: From the movie Contact, with Jodi Foster. An oldie but goodie. "I'll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It's bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it's just us... seems like an awful waste of space. Right?"

10. Last thing you splurged on?  A really gorgeous font! (Hey, I am a graphic designer!)

Bonus question: What Artist would you have had on this deck if you could, alive or dead? I adore Art Nouveau - the intricacies woven into such delicate paintings. I love Alphonse Mucha and would have chosen him to be a part of this journey for sure. 

About Kayti:  Kayti is the mastermind behind the 78 Tarot project and involved in all aspects of it from project planning to web & graphic design. She is a flame-haired web geek with an artist’s soul who has been a professional artist since 2000. Before she went to vector art, she was a traditional painter, creating fantasy art for a living with watercolors. She met many of the artists involved with 78 Tarot over a decade ago – and is thrilled to be working with them on such a huge project. 

She has always dreamed of being involved in an art collaboration, as well as creating her own Tarot deck. It just never seemed possible by herself unless she took a great deal of time to complete it. This is how 78 Tarot was born. 

Janet says: Support Kayti and the fabulous artists of 78 Tarot by backing their project! Watch the video below, then get thee over to Kickstarter at this link to find out more and become a backer (I did). YAY!


Snowland Deck Now An App!

It's here! It's here!

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That's right: our Snowland Deck is now an app from WizardToo, available in the iTunes store at this link. (WizardToo is headed up by Ron Leong, former Marketing Director at U.S. Games Systems, Inc.-- and my former boss.) The app is free and comes with two decks for you to use. Additional decks are available to purchase.

This Tarot eCards app 2.0 is a new, improved version for a better user experience, including:

• Full overhaul of the user interface and app functionality

• New Decks (including our Snowland Deck!)

• High Resolution Images

• Database driven; reduced file size for faster download and less memory usage

• Revamped user interface

• Improved readability by enlarging or changing font Image Magnifier Tool for studying card image details

• Resolved issues and bug fixes

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For now, Tarot eCards is available only for iOS Apple devices, but they will be releasing the Android version in a month or so.

Don't have an actual Snowland Deck in-hand yet? Well get thee over to SnowlandDeck.com to check out all the cards and see the purdy fabrics for your bag.

-- Janet