FREE KINDLE GIVEAWAY!

Can I Give You A New Kindle Fire?

Kindle Fire

I need a quick favor, and to encourage you to say yes, I have decided to give away a brand new Kindle Fire next Monday (11/03/14). Do you want it?

Yes, it is a $139 value, and someone reading this post is going to win it.  Will this be you?

Here’s the deal.

In order for my books to become an official “Bestseller” on the Amazon Kindle platform I need real customers … with real sales and real testimonials posted on the Amazon website. What’s surprising is that it doesn’t take a million orders to become a best seller. If just 50 people buy my latest Kindle book at (at just 99 cents this weekend – Friday, 10/31/14 through Sunday, 11/02/14) it has a great chance of being at or near the top of the list of holiday self-help books.

NOTE: I MESSED UP WHEN I SET THE PRICE FOR THIS CONTEST. IT IS UP ON AMAZON FOR FREE! BECAUSE THIS IS MY ERROR, I AM HONORING THE CONTEST, AND THE KINDLE FIRE WILL BE GIVEN AWAY! 

What better way to motivate you to help me than to create an “ethical bribe” so you and a few other buyers will buy my updated Kindle book for just $.99 … then just write a nice testimonial. (Really – this is less than a dollar!) If you like it … please rate it five stars!

I don’t know if two people will do this favor for me, or 100 people, but the odds of you winning the Kindle Fire are far better than winning the lottery!

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Next Monday (11/03/14) I am going to take all of the testimonials directly from the Amazon page. Then I am going to toss them in a hat, and I am going to randomly pull out the winner of the new Kindle Fire.

Then I am going to have a new Kindle Fire shipped to your home … no matter what country you live in … just for buying a $1 book and writing a nice testimonial.

NOTE: I MESSED UP WHEN I SET THE PRICE FOR THIS CONTEST. IT IS UP ON AMAZON FOR FREE! BECAUSE THIS IS MY ERROR, I AM HONORING THE CONTEST, AND THE KINDLE FIRE WILL BE GIVEN AWAY! 

Oh, remember, if you don’t win you still get to download and read a really great book on surviving the holidays that will truly keep your stress level in check!

After this promotion, the price of my book will be raised back to the original price ($9.99).

Some of you may wonder why you have to purchase this book to take part in this promotion. After all, you can leave a testimonial, even if you don’t own the book. <Ahem!> There is some logic here!

Book buyers are given more credibility than non-buyers. If you write a testimony  on a book that you don’t own, Amazon doesn’t think it’s very credible. But if you actually buy it with your Amazon account, they think it’s highly credible, and place your testimonial higher on the page. This helps new people discover “Surviving The Holidays”, which will help give them a handle on their holidays.

So if you are willing to help get the newly revised version of “Surviving The Holidays” to a best seller status, use this link:  “Surviving The Holidays”.

Please download it this weekend (10/31/14 – 11/02/14) and post your testimonial before 11/03/14.

WE HAVE A WINNER!  MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED THIS CONTEST! OUR WINNER IS CARMEN WATERMAN!

Bonnie Cehovet

Author of “Surviving The Holidays”, co-author of “Seek Joy … Toss Confetti” on Amazon Kindle.

Review – The Maori Oracle

The Maori Oracle

Author: P.A. Minnell
Artist: P.A. Minnell
Schiffer Publishing
2013
ISBN #978-0-7643-4384-1

The Maori Oracle cover

The “Maori Oracle” is a set of 58 oracle cards with an 80 page companion book. The cards are based on the New Zealand Maori tradition of seeking guidance and advice from our ancestors and loved ones who reside beyond the veil. Incorporated into this deck are many teaching stories and portents that are still used by Maori tribes all over New Zealand. The images in this deck act as pathways for the universal language of Spirit.

The deck and book are packaged in a sturdy box, with the trademark Schiffer magnetic lid. (It is a great comfort to know that decks like this can be stored safely. In the course of life things do get knocked over … with this lid, nothing is going to fall out and get lost or damaged.)

The cover for the companion book shows beautiful green leaves, along with a stunning image of the mawhaiwhai (spider web) left behind by the spiders that helped the first carver, Ruatepupuke. The back shows beautiful imagery, divided into quadrants. In her introduction, Minnell makes a good statement about the belief that many traditions hold that guidance can be sought from our ancestors … those who have passed on. For the Maori, from the bond between the living and the dead comes personal strength and a sense of purpose. She also notes that while there are some who believe that Maori ways should only be taught to the Maori, there are those who believe that its survival lies in teaching it to anyone who wants to learn it.

There is a section on Maori spirituality (noting that the New Zealand Maori have always had a rich magical tradition), followed by a section on Maori pronunciation. Words are vibration, so pronouncing the Maori names correctly calls in the energy that was meant for each of the cards (this is IMHO, not something that Minnell puts forward). In “About the Cards”, Minnell notes that the birds, plants, objects, and stories featured in the cards are considered by many to be Taonga, or national treasures. The green background that each image is superimposed on imitates the Pounamu, or greenstone, which essentially is New Zealand jade. This is a highly prized stone, and one solitary polished piece was handed down through the generations, just as the Maori stories are.

The patterns in the background of the cards have multiple meanings. The outermost border pattern is called Pakati, and means both protection and prosperity. The second border represents the lashed Raupo that is done across the tops of Waka Mokihi (bulrush canoes), used by the Kati Mamoe tribe from the South Island of New Zealand (the author’s tribe). The internal pattern was inspired by a canoe bailer from the Kati Mamoe tribe, and is directly symbolic of successful travel.

The cards are considered sacred, and should be handled accordingly. Minnell lists a few of the Maori customs related to the treatment of sacred objects:

  1. They mustn’t come into contact with cooked food or drink.
  2. They mustn’t be taken into a kitchen, laundry, bathroom, or toilet.
  3. They shouldn’t be handled by anyone but the person they were intended for.

There is a section on working with the cards and reading them. The cards are cut into three stacks, or “baskets”. The first basket, Te Kete Aronui, is the knowledge of the physical world. The second basket, Te Kete Tuatea, is the knowledge of ceremonies, customs, laws, and what is right and just. The third basket, Te Kete Tuauri, relates to knowledge that is concealed … magical knowledge, spiritual knowledge, and the world which you cannot see. Several sample readings are presented to show how the cards are interpreted. At the end of this section are two prayers –  Karakia Karanga (A Calling Prayer), and Karakia Poroaki (A Farewell Prayer).

The cards are presented with a black and white image, the name of the card, pronunciation of the name, the energy the card carries, and what the card means in life.

At the end of the book is a glossary, bibliography and recommended reading, and a biography of the author/artist.

Moari Oracle back

The cards themselves are 3.5” by 5”, of sturdy, glassy card stock. The backs are a moss green, with an image in the same color just above the center of the card, meaning that the cards are not reversible. The card faces are the same moss green, with the image of a frame superimposed on it. The image itself is in the center of the card – a single image, with the card title in script, in white, across the bottom of the card.

Imagery in this deck includes Aruhe (plant), Heru (comb), Hoe (canoe paddle), Kauri (tree), Kea (bird), Kekerewai (beetle), Kins (spiny sea egg), Ko (digging stick), Kotuku (white heron), Mauri (talisman of life), Ngarara (he little green lizard), and Rata (ancient hero).

One of the great things about this deck is that it can be used by individuals from any culture or tradition to reconnect with their own heritage and ancestors. The cards act as a pathway, or conduit, for messages from the other side … from one’s own ancestors. What a great thing to know that we are not alone!

This deck is very gentle, and can easily be used by people of all ages, including children. A welcome tool of empowerment for those looking for personal growtht.

© 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

Reproduction in any venue prohibited without the written permission of the author.