Boo some bad guys! Win some good reads!

March 20th, 2016

book_and_coffee.jpgCare for some villainy with your coffee? Are nasty boys your cup of tea?

Then check out this post at Layered Pages about the Schemers of Azgard. They made life miserable for me and most everyone else. Feel good about sending them your very worst.

My author, C.L. Talmadge, will be watching the comments section. The funniest will win a set of e-books (Kindle, Nook, or .pdf) of the first four novels in the Green Stone of Healing® series.

So read, shake your head, tickle your keyboard, and win four juicy reads just right for the coming beach season. 

They ALL win!

February 23rd, 2016

My heartiest thanks to all those who visited the StoneScribe blog during the Indie B.R.A.G. “Be Still My Heart” Romance Blog Hop!

On my blog remains an excerpt from B.R.A.G. Medallion winner The Vision—Green Stone of Healing® Book One. This sweeping speculative fiction series is packed with romance that spans multiple lives and chronicles the explosive clash of passion, politics, and piety in a doomed island nation called Azgard.

Those who visited left such delightful comments I could not decide between them. So I just declared them all winners! I will email each person her choice of Kindle, Nook, or .pdf e-book versions of the first novel in this epic series.

Happy romantic reading to all my winners!

Rx for Romance

February 13th, 2016


Today is Valentine’s Day, dedicated to lovers and romantics everywhere. May you and your sweetheart live happily ever after.

It’s also the second day of the IndieBRAG “Be Still My Heart” Romance Blog Hop!

Following is an excerpt from B.R.A.G. Medallion winner The Vision—Green Stone of Healing® Book OneThis sweeping speculative fiction series is packed with romance that spans multiple lives and chronicles the explosive clash of passion, politics, and piety in a doomed island nation called Azgard.

Win a free Nook, Kindle, or .pdf copy of this novel! Simply leave a comment below with your name and valid email address and you are entered to win.

First-gThe Visioneneration heroine Helen Andros is a physician with a gift of healing and a green gem with hidden potentials in a land sharply divided by race, rank, and wealth inequality. Her life has just turned upside down due to the very public revelation of the identity of her father, a powerful Toltec lord whose secret affair with Helen’s Turanian mother ended tragically decades ago.

Helen struggles with her feelings about her new-found parent. She also refuses to acknowledge her deep love for her commanding officer, Col. Jackson Orlando, since becoming involved with a despised half-breed could ruin his promising military career.

She has just brought Orlando back from the edge of death and is treating him privately during a dinner for the political allies of her father…. 

Healing a Secret Love 

Several footmen carried Orlando to a bedroom near the servants’ quarters. Helen accompanied him, happy to have a legitimate excuse for leaving the drawing room. Lord Justin went with her, also wanting to escape notice and to be helpful.

After they departed, Prince Enoch turned to Sudras. “Why did you not intervene earlier, Grand Master?”

“My lord prince, if I am ever in the same condition as that unfortunate young officer, I hope the person treating me is Doctor Andros,” Sudras replied. “Her abilities as a physician far exceed those of anyone I have ever witnessed, including my own.”

He located the empty syringe and retrieved it. “My lords, Lady Consort, Judith, I don’t use this word very often, and certainly not lightly. Tonight you witnessed a miracle. That man was a corpse; there’s no doubt in my mind. I gave up on him, but not Doctor Andros. There’s no rational explanation for how she did it, yet she brought him back.”

Sudras took a glass of pepper brandy and swallowed the contents in one gulp.

“To answer your question, my lord prince, the best thing I could do for the colonel was stay out of her way until I could provide very specific assistance, which I was honored to do.”


StoneScribeHelen directed Lord Justin and the servants to remove Orlando’s shirt and place him on his stomach so she could get a good look at his back. Just as she suspected, some of the welts were oozing fluid and pus.

“Infection,” she murmured. “What a surprise.”

She would have to lance, clean, and close the contaminated wounds. She wondered how much of his body was covered with welts. Two weeks ago she would have simply looked for herself and no one would have cared. Things were different now.

“If you wouldn’t mind,” she said to Lord Justin. She explained what to look for and then turned away.

“There’s one infected welt on his upper left thigh,” Lord Justin said.

She had her kinsman turn the colonel on his back to make it easier to insert the catheter into his wrist. As they were preparing, Orlando opened his eyes and blinked, trying to focus.

Having taped the catheter in place, Helen stopped and smiled. She moistened a cloth and used it to wipe the sweat from his face and neck.

“Welcome back, Jackson.” She spoke as if she were addressing Lillie or some other young child.

“What happened?”

She poured the water into a glass and offered it to him, placing her arm behind his head to hold it upright so that he could drink more easily.

“You died, Colonel,” she replied. “But you cannot get away from me that easily. Face it, you’re stuck with me: the medical officer from hell. Which, come to think of it, is somewhere I almost got to visit earlier this week.”

Helen put the glass back on the table after he had consumed the entire contents. Orlando tried to sit up. “I’m on duty, Lieutenant.”

She put her hands on top of his shoulders, pressed him back down onto the bed. “We’ve already had this argument, Colonel. You lost.”

He gave her another warning look. He was close to putting her on report, again. “Do I have to remind you that I outrank you, Lieutenant?”

“That’s not much of an accomplishment, Colonel. Everybody and his dog outranks me.”

Damn your impudence, woman.

Lord Justin could not help smiling. He was in a chair on the other side of the bed, his long legs stretched in front of him.

Helen retrieved a fluid bag and hung it on the stand she had set up. “And may I remind you, Colonel? Any medical officer may remove any officer of any rank from active duty, if, in that medical officer’s professional opinion, the aforesaid officer is unfit or too ill.”

He scowled, pretending, as usual, that he was angry with her. All he really wanted to do, even in this miserably afflicted condition, was take her in his arms and kiss her.

“I know you may find it hard to believe, Colonel, but I have read every volume of the military code of conduct, and all the officer regulations handbooks.”

“Indeed, Lieutenant, very hard to believe.”

She searched in the box of medical supplies for a syringe and an anesthetic. “I just tend to ignore the really stupid rules, which leaves out ninety-five percent of everything written.”

“A soldier simply cannot pick and choose which rules to obey, Lieutenant, and which to ignore.”

“How boringly consistent, Colonel.”

She filled the syringe with the anesthetic. She did not want to risk putting him under; he might not wake up from it. She would have to numb the areas around the infected welts in order to work on them.

He saw the needle. “What are you doing, Lieutenant?”

“Taking full advantage of the situation, Colonel. After all, not every lowly lieutenant gets to stick it to her CO.”

Lord Justin guffawed. Orlando did not trust himself to speak.

Helen decided to go for the shoulder wounds first, until the slow-acting sedative that she had mixed in with the solution had a chance to take effect. After Orlando turned on his stomach and they arranged the drip stand, Helen studied the locations of the infected welts in order to know where to inject the anesthetic. She inserted the needle so skillfully he did not feel it. 

The wounds were essentially untended; she opened and cleaned most of them, even some of the uninfected ones that looked especially deep. She used the sealer she found in the medical bag to close them to minimize scarring.

She worked from the top of his back to the welt on his thigh. By the time she was finished, the sedative had put her patient to sleep. Lord Justin placed the colonel on his back, removing the rest of his outer clothing, dressing him in a nightshirt.

Before leaving, Helen sat next to the bed for a few minutes, holding Orlando’s hand in hers, feeling the anger and gratitude she had held in check in order to treat him. She was incensed over his unnecessary suffering and thankful he had refused to reveal anything.

She kissed his forehead. “Get better soon, Jackson. I don’t know who I’m going to torment until you do.”

Day of reckoning awaits the 1% and the Kindred

June 28th, 2014

The seventh novel in the Green Stone of Healing® speculative fiction series is now under way. Books Five and Six are complete as first drafts and await a big enough improvement in their authors finances to see the light of publication.

This forthcoming tome sees a changing of the guard. Outspoken heroine Helen Andros fades and her offspring assumes the spotlight. Think Helen was feisty? Wait until you meet her child.

I‘ll give you some idea of what the Kindred of Azgard are about to face. Billionaire Nick Hanauer wrote a lengthy piece in Politico about seeing the pitchforks coming for U.S. oligarchs if we as a nation do not do something to roll back raging income and opportunity inequality. It’s spot on and well worth reading. 

Helen’s descendant is that pitchfork, growing up to despise the indifference to suffering and outright cruelty she witnesses in those privileged, powerful, and wealthy few who have more than they could possibly use in multiple lifetimes and refuse to provide chances for others.

She also is the reincarnation of the very soul who founded the nation of Azgard, and thus has the karma to make a huge impact on everyone, Turanian and Toltec alike. Does she? You betcha!

She’s the embodiment of the ancient Chinese curse about living in interesting times…..

JFK after 50 years: We’re not ready for the truth

November 23rd, 2013

Have we had our bellyful of memorials to President John F. Kennedy?

In all of the ceremonies, however, there was no eulogy for the truth that died on Nov. 22, 1963. A truth about the who, what, how, and why of his death that we may never know because we are not ready, as a nation, to face this truth, whatever it is. Especially the who, since many of those involved are doubtless still among us, deeply embedded in the post 9/11 surveillance state, wielding undemocratic, unchecked, deeply invasive, unconstitutional power while we as a nation avert our gaze.

Critics of the 1964 Warren Commission Report skeptics always claim that well, of course we want to believe in conspiracies. We simply cannot bear the thought that one lone crazed gunman actually brought down the president of the United States.

The reality is the exact opposite. Most people want to believe that it was just a lone gunman, not members of their own government acting against the will of the electorate. They shrink from the prospect of a coup d’etat. Those messy power grabs (gasp!) are for banana republics, not the United States.

Well stare it in the face, folks. On that day, an unknown group for whatever reason took the life of the commander-in-chief. And in all of the discussions since, what is glaringly obvious about his death is also the least remarked upon. The evidence of some sort of plot to kill JFK has always been right in front of us.

One immediate sign of the plot is the lack of action on the part of the Secret Service agent driving the limousine in which were riding the president and Mrs. Kennedy along with Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife. Every existing film of the motorcade shows that when the first shot rang out, the vehicle unaccountably slows down and almost stops. Why? There was an obvious threat; mere seconds meant the difference between life and death.

Proper action to protect the president would have been to floor the accelerator and zoom toward the freeway entrance close by. Instead, the limousine strangely crawls along while more shots are fired. Then it finally accelerates, after it is too late. Why the deadly delay?

jfk_unspeakable.jpg“In Dallas, the Secret Service would step out of the way not just individually, but collectively,” James W. Douglass writes in JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Matters (Orbis Books, 2008).

A second piece of conspiracy evidence is how Kennedy reacted to being hit. The unique film shot by Abraham Zapruder shows Kennedy initially jerking violently backward and to his left. This indicates that the bullets came from the front and the right of the limousine, not from behind as they would if he were truly shot from the school book depository. I have seen that film dozens of times, and there is no way the shots that hit him came from behind him. If that were the case, his body would have lurched forward from the initial impact. But it didn’t.

A third piece of conspiracy evidence is the absurdly short amount of time it took for the authorities to detain a suspect. After a mere 21 minutes, they put out an alert for a man named Lee Harvey Oswald, who was under arrest a grand total of 88 minutes after the shooting. Fast forward 32 years to the deadly bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Despite three decades of advances in communications, surveillance, and other law enforcement technologies, it took the FBI’s entire field force 48 hours to determine the identity of a suspect, let alone bring him in.

How then did Dallas police and the FBI have a suspect in hand in less than 1.5 hours unless one had already been predetermined? Mr. Oswald was indeed the patsy that he claimed to be, the fall guy. And since no trial was ever held to determine his guilt or innocence, Oswald’s role in the killing, if he had one at all, remains pure conjecture, despite all claims to the contrary.

The fourth piece of conspiracy evidence is the so-called killer’s behavior right after the shooting. He went home, took a shower, and went to a movie theater in Oak Cliff just across the Trinity River from downtown Dallas. Are these the actions of a guilty man? If Oswald had done it, he would have been trying to get as far away from Dallas as fast as possible. His behavior is utterly inexplicable if he were truly JFK’s murderer, but not if he had just put in an ordinary day’s work at the school book depository.

There is no room in this column to enumerate all of the findings that scream out conspiracy. Indeed, it would take multiple libraries to house all of the books and films devoted to Kennedy’s murder. Probably the most accessible review is the BBC documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy. The final part of the series theorizes that the fatal shot came from the storm drain in Elm Street below the grassy knoll, in front of and to the right of the limousine’s location at the time of the shooting. The killer(s) escaped unnoticed through the drain system to the nearby Trinity River bottom.

Now there is word of a previously unseen film of the shooting that may show a man in the bushes of the grassy knoll holding a gun. Let’s hope it sees the light of day instead of quietly disappearing into some sealed vault somewhere like so much of the evidence.

In 1979, after a three-year review of available evidence, the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations issued a report stating that there most likely was a conspiracy to kill JFK. The House never investigated the conspirators’ identities, probably for the reasons enumerated above.

Thus there are people alive today who conspired to murder the highest office holder in this country and have never been held accountable, and in all probability never will be called to justice. I’ve been hopping mad about it since I was nine years old and I will never get over it. How can I? And how can I believe anything the government says, regardless of which political party is in power? A pox on their moving, lying lips.

And as long as we as a nation live in denial, we will continue to pay with endless war and the end of freedom. When will the price become too high?

Feng Shui Tips for Luck All Year Long

March 19th, 2012

Tip 1

Ellen Whitehurst

Seed your day by getting lucky first thing in the morning!  Even if you’re traditionally not a morning person, there are some things that anyone can do to start the day off from a place of anticipation, expectation, gratitude, and joy.

The very first thing you see the very first time you open your eyes in the morning will influence and impact, not only that particular day, but potentially your entire life. If the first thing you spy opening your eyes is a desk full or unfinished business or exercise equipment (a ‘no – no’ in the bedroom anyway!) with the dry cleaning hanging on it or an open bottle of Vick’s NyQuil from the cold you had a week ago, well, imagine how these images impact your experience.

On the other hand, imagine a clean and clutter free sleeping space with a beautiful comforter keeping you cozy and warm and some images or artwork of beauty, and possibly even some soft music playing in the background. You might feel fully present as you express,“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

Tip 2

Beginning your day in a state of present of gratitude also begins your day with grace. And don’t forget that ages-old legend and lore says that if you get out of bed by climbing over the foot of it, you’ll have outstanding luck all the day long.

Tip 3

Recent scientific research done on the difference between lucky and unlucky people shows that lucky people’s expectations, their dreams, goals, hopes and ambitions often become a reality because of one fundamental difference in how lucky people think.

Simply put, lucky people have positive expectations that motivate them to take control of their lives. They will actually attempt to achieve whatever they want from life no matter the likelihood of being successful. This internal motivation prompts lucky people to persist even in the face of challenge, obstacle, or adversity.

Lucky people define at least five goals for themselves on a regular basis by writing them down and looking at them often. And, then, they take at least one proactive step each day towards reaching those same goals. They reach out or join in or even simply do a positive meditative visualization of what they will feel when their goal is reached. Lucky people expect success and so they often achieve it.

Tip 4

Lucky people follow their instincts, intuition and plain old gut hunches much, much more than those who consider themselves to be unlucky. The lucky bunch do different things in order to enhance their intuition and hone their instincts such as investing time and energy in some formal form of meditation, or simply sitting quietly and clearing their mind and focusing on the first thoughts that come to that same place after asking an appropriate question.

Creating a sense of stillness in order to get in touch with intuitive inspiration is a hallmark of lucky people and can add immeasurably to a state of clarity and calm as well.  Go ahead, ask any harried mom how lucky they she is when she finds personal peace and some clarity and calm.  See?  Lucky!

These tips apply to anyone (even you) at any time and in any place. Exercised with regularity and belief, these tips can help you or anyone to create a luckier life filled with health, happiness, love, and prosperity.


These tips are courtesy of Ellen Whitehurst, Ellen is a better living expert and the author of the bestselling Make This Your Lucky Day (Ballantine). She is among the premier U.S. experts in Feng Shui and other empowering modalities such as holistic medicine, aromatherapy, and astrology. Ellen pens a daily inspirational tip for  and is an ultimate health and wellness expert contributing to

‘Emotional Education’ Author Answers Questions

October 3rd, 2010

luisaiaz.JPGStoneScribe today hosts the final stop of the virtual blog tour for Memory in the Cells by author Luis Angel Diaz. Newly translated from the Spanish edition, Memory in the Cells, according to its author, is “where Eckhart Tolle meets What the Bleep Do We Know, but taking you on a much more practical journey.” The author also says the book teaches “emotional education” and shows readers how to transform the “pain body” into the “joy body,” helping to heal all aspects of their lives. (StoneScribe’s review of the book is on  Yesterday, Luis visited Callie Carling at For today’s tour stop, StoneScribe asks Luis the questions below.


StoneScribe: Do you believe in past lives? By that, I mean that the energy of the soul is reborn into more than one physical body. Or is all the pain you discuss simply the result of cellular memories from past generations handed down through DNA?

Luis: Following my education in Hindu philosophy, I took several trainings in past-life therapy and practiced them professionally for several years. I wanted to believe that they were the cause of everything we were suffering.

But after my experience with the cellular memory release work, the issue hardly ever came up and was unexpected for me! What surprised me was that the body frequently brings up information related to past generations or ancestral influences.  They come up all the time during the sessions and there is no doubt in me that they are conditioning us big time! We carry with us many physical, mental and emotional features that our ancestors used to have. Many of the talents and deficiencies we have, have been theirs as well.

StoneScribe: Won’t people in pain be too frightened of feeling their pain at even greater intensity to embrace and explore it, as you encourage readers to do? How do you help your clients into and through the pain body release (PBR) process? Can’t the re-experience of intense pain shut down this process?

Luis: Feeling is our birthright. Not feeling leads us to dysfunction, pain and suffering. So, encouraging people to feel is always a healthy beginning to the resolution of their problems. I agree with you that it can be frightening for many that are not used to do it. Still, it is not a reason not to do what our body is naturally designed to do to heal itself. Based on my experience, a gradual approach is advisable where the person connects with their body daily, allowing the feelings and sensations to arise. The process will take care of itself once we allow it. The method by which we teach people to release the pain body is described in my book. 

We are made out of pure energy. This has been scientifically proven for the past several decades now.  As energy-made beings, our nature is to flow and transform ourselves with the changes that happen to us and around us. When we don’t flow, we contract; therefore, expansion and growth are not possible. The pain body represents the energy in contraction that is no longer flowing and expanding. It creates contractions in our bodies and in our minds. The way to revert this process is to do the opposite. That is, we must finally allow the feelings and sensations in the body to let the energy flow freely.

StoneScribe: You state that the rational mind is the source of the beliefs that cause false pain. Yet readers must use their rational minds to go through the exercise you provide toward the end of the book. How can the rational mind help heal what the rational mind causes?

Luis: To clarify, our mind is an incredible device, designed to support us in our human experience. It is not the rational mind itself that is the problem, but rather its programming.

The “software” we have installed in our minds is what creates the unnecessary pain we suffer as civilized human beings. We have a lot of beliefs that are not true; therefore, we suffer.

So, the process of transformation I am talking about requires that we detect those deceitful beliefs (build awareness), deactivate them properly, and clean the toxic emotional residue created by their presence from our system. We need the support of that part of the mind that is programmed towards healing and self responsibility, leaving aside the part of it that is programmed to be a victim that blames and complains.

StoneScribe: What is the role of forgiveness in CMR? I did not find it mentioned directly in the book.

Luis: What we called forgiveness in our cultural system has become mandatory when actually it is a genuine human need. Holding resentment against or blaming another is like drinking poison expecting the other will to die!

Therefore, forgiveness is the result of the release of those negative feelings out of our bodies with the consequent investigation and deactivation of the beliefs that create those feelings in us.


Memory in the Cells will be available at on Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010.

Receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts by buying the book on the day of its launch. In addition, Luis hosted a telesummit entitled “Healing at a Cellular Level” on Sept. 27, 28, and 29 with a distinguished panel of inspiring authors and speakers on the topic of emotional healing and holistic wellbeing. Receive the audio for free when you buy Memory in the Cells on Oct. 5.

The link to find out how to buy Luis’s book and receive the gifts and tele-summit audio link:

Please share your comments and thoughts below. StoneScribe values your perspectives.

Herbal alternative to costly cancer treatments

September 1st, 2010

If cancer isn’t a death sentence, it’s nonetheless lethal to the pocketbook.

Radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, or some combination of the three set patients back tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Healthcare insurance typically pays 80 percent of the total costs after patients shell out a deductible that can be as high as $10,000.

From Natural Health Dossier then, is a recipe for an herbal tea that was developed by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, starting in the 1920s.

In 1922, Caisse noticed scarring on the breast of an elderly woman she was attending. The woman told her it was due to the breast cancer she’d been diagnosed with 30 years earlier.

The woman could not afford treatment but met a Native American medicine man who gave her a tea comprising eight herbs. The woman’s cancer went into remission for over 30 years.

Caisse studied the list of herbs in the tea. Months later she was chatting with a retired doctor who remarked that if people used sheep sorrel, there would be a lot less cancer in the world. She noticed that same herb was on the Native American healer’s list.

Caisse first tried the herb combination on her aunt and her mother. The former lived 21 years cancer free after being diagnosed with stomach cancer and given just six months to live. The latter lived 18 years after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer with weeks to live.

Caise opened a cancer clinic and treated thousands of cancer patients for free until 1938, when Canadian authorities compelled her to shut down the Bracebridge Cancer Clinic.

She then became a partner with Dr. Charles Brusch. They treated patients with the same eight-herb tea. Brusch even used it in his own fight against cancer.

Caisse eventually pared the Native American’s formula to four herbs: burdock root, Indian rhubarb root, sheep sorrel, and slippery elm. She named it Essiac, which is Caisse spelled backwards.

Two recent studies have shown that Essiac does combat cancer effectively. One in 2004 showed that Essiac inhibits tumor cell growth – and enhances immune response. The other in 2006 provided more evidence by showing that Essiac increases cytotoxicity towards prostate cancer cells and has huge antioxidant properties.

The tea formula:

  • 6.5 cups of burdock root
  • 1 lb. of sheep sorrel, powdered
  • 0.25 lb. of slippery elm bark, powdered
  • 1 oz. of Turkish rhubarb root, powdered

Mix the ingredients and store in a glass jar in a dark cupboard.

Use 1 oz. of herb mixture per 32 ozs. of water. Boil rapidly for 10 minutes (covered). Turn off heat and leave overnight (covered).

In the morning, heat until steaming hot and let settle for three minutes. Strain through a fine strainer into hot sterilized bottles and let cool. Store in a dark, cool cupboard.

Tea must be refrigerated after opening.

Those who do not have healthcare insurance, or do have it and don’t care for toxic Western treatments with delibitating side effects including secondary cancers, have nothing to lose by trying Essiac.

We all deserve the right to choose when our health and lives are on the line.

Sasquatch series begins….

August 22nd, 2010

Photo Credit; Thomas Hues

StoneScribe’s author writes about one man’s spiritual journey with the help of the Sasquatch.

Part 1 at

Credit for the photo above goes to Thomas Hues.

Author flees judgment, not Jesus

July 30th, 2010

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice has quit Christianity, according to her Facebook blog post.

“I quit being a Christian,” she writes. “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life…”

What Ms. Rice objects to are not the actual teachings of Jesus, but all the judgments others have attached to his message. Jesus told his followers that God is unconditional love.

Unconditional love  means love without judgments, standards, expectations, or hooks. Unconditional love is love without any limitations. It most emphatically is not the so-called love exhibited by Christian political conservatives. 

Most of those who heard Jesus did not understand him and do not truly comprehend his message even now. Hence they insist on judging and condemning, when Jesus did no such thing, and still claim to be his followers.

Just as radical conservatives hijack and pervert Islam in the Middle East for their theocratic ends, so radical conservatives twist and distort Christianity for similar political goals in this country.

Let us hope that many others become as fed up (and as vocal about it) as Ms. Rice with the unloving, uncharitable words and deeds of the militant Christian right. There is hope yet that this nation will avoid becoming a Christian theocracy, which is the goal of far-right Christian conservatives.