Ceci Giltenan and Vida Ruthven

So those who know me know I’m a massive fan of Ceci’s work.
Highland solution is still one of my favourite books and I can reread it and still love it!
I’ve reviewed it both on Amazon and here. You should definitely read it.

But what I really wanted to share with you was Ceci’s competition to name her new heroine for the Duncurra series, this one will be Tomas’s tale.
Well, I won.
I submitted the name Vida which is my beloved dogs name. now, wait it’s not strange. Vida has a lovely meaning, in Scottish the name means friend and in Latin it means life. That’s how my puppy got the name, Friend for Life and i’m honoured and proud that Ceci has chosen it.
And the best news is how many people have commented on how much they also like the name and how well it fits what we know of her character.
I can’t wait for this book!

Don’t forget to check out Ceci’s blog.
I know her name now…


I’m Sorry

so I say it time and again. I’m sorry.
Here’s the deal.
I’m suffering terribly with my health. The seizures continue but have lessened somewhat in how often. The depression and anxiety are a daily battle.
I promised myself full disclosure. I took an overdose and was very bad for a long time.

Life got hard to say the least.
BUT I am still here.
And Ebha is too!!
It’s all written and been proofed and is out with it’s beta readers, so it’ll come back for revisions soon then it’ll be published.
Although I’m not about much I’m still here, just bear with me.




Azurite – “Stone of Heaven”, Psychic,
Azurite is called the “stone of heaven.” It aids in developing psychic awareness, psychic skills and abilities, enhances intuition, and is said to guide you to be accurate in depicting psychic experiences. It is also an excellent stone for meditation, allowing you to enter a meditative state easily.
Physically, azurite is professed by folklore and crystal healers to be helpful for healing in general, cancer prevention, liver issues, arthritis, joint problems, depression, sinuses, skin problems.




Wonderstone -Eliminate Worries, Depression, Anxiety,
It is an excellent meditation stone and creativity enhancer. It brings energies of tranqulity and helps eliminate worries. It also helps reduce or eliminate depression, stress, and anxiety, giving an overall sense of wellbeing. Wonderstone can also bring mental clarity and give insight into the right course of action.




Zincite – Synthesis, Personal Power, Group Efforts
It can bring together seemingly disparate or chaotic energies and synthesize them to work together well.
Zincite can also synthesize groups of people or things, bringing together like-minded people and promoting their efforts as a group.
Zincite’s is used as a powerful tool to remove energy blockages.
Zincite is used in crystal healing lore to treat chronic fatigue, AIDS and other auto-immune problems, bronchitis, and candida, as well as prevention of epileptic seizure. It is also used in radionics as a booster for distance healing.

Photographer – Katerina Plotnikova

Katerina Plotnikova




What you see is not Photoshoped –  Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova has captured these stunning images with the help of real live animals!
While seemingly dangerous, these shots were made possible with the help of professional animal trainers.


 She often provides a few adorable behind-the-scenes photos showing how the animals are posed by their trainers.

Even without the well-trained animals, her photos possess a rich mysticism and dream-like quality that makes them absolutely enchanting.


She is a photographer that you wouldn’t want to miss. Her work is glorious, I love it.

In an interview here are some of the questions and answers given by Katerina.

Hi Katerina! First things first, we’d love to hear it from you straight — are the animals in your photos real?
Of course they are real! The fox, for example, is a real domesticated animal. His name is Adyssey. He has a bit difficult temper, but he is very loved by his owner. All the animals that are in my photo shoots are treated really well. Sometimes, I even think that their owners treat them better than their own kids!

How adorable! Can you tell us more about yourself?
I was born in a small town near Moscow, where I still live to this day. My life revolves around two things — photography and travel. However, my travel experience is not too extensive. Last year, I travelled all over Russia, from Moscow to a remote Sakhalin. This year, I visited a number of South East Asian countries. My big dream is to travel around the world, and see all the corners of our amazing planet.

If you had to photograph just one place, person, or thing in the world, what would it be?
That’s a very good question. But I don’t think I have an answer. Every day, I either want or imagine something new, so if you ask me the same question again, I’d answer it differently.




8 years ago I married my best friend. We have been together for 14 years and cemented our love with vows of love forever.


Mark and I married at St Cuthberts church in Thetford, Norfolk. A horrible, dark and gloomy church that I hate but Mark absolutely loves. It is the same church that he was christened in.


I was so very ill that day. Ill enough that the smartest thing to do was to postpone the whole event and my family were horrified that I was dragging myself to that church no matter what!So with ahundred different medications keeping me going and many hands holding me up I went to get married.


It was the best day of my life and I regret nothing. (I do wish I had more memories of the day and that we hadn’t left so early. We were married at 3pm and I left the reception at 7pm.)


We plan to renew our vows in a much simpler ceremony on our tenth year anniversary.





Analcime – Mental Clarity, Teamwork, Cope with Change,
It is said to heighten mental clarity in a creative and individual way. This brings more individuality and creativity into life. It is particularly useful for energywork for teamwork, harmonious relations with others, coping with change, and comfortable transformations.
Physically, Analcime is used in alternative crystal healing and folk healing for diabetes, pancreas problems, water retention, strengthen muscles and muscle structure, organic problems that reduce mental clarity such as brain tumors.