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Thanks for visiting ~ Bella x

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Cover Reveal! Fallen From Grace by K Anne Raines

I'm delighted to be participating in another fantastic

Cover Reveal! 

Fallen From Grace 


K Anne Raines


Seventeen year-old Grace grows up knowing she’s different, but she always attributed it to a mother who didn’t want her, a father who abandoned her, and a curse that sets her apart. Despite those struggles, her grandfather remained her rock and confidant. Her life irrevocably shatters the day her grandfather dies.

The day of his funeral sets off a chain of events, making Grace question everything she’s ever known to be true, and as a result, who she can truly trust. She inherits his house, part of his money, his Guardian and something that ties them together.

Just before Grace’s 18th birthday, she is thrust into a world she couldn’t fathom existed and does everything she can to thwart the destiny suddenly forced upon her. She’s been chosen for greatness, but at what cost? With eyes now open, she must choose to either be Chosen, or watch those around her suffer the consequences.

Torn between the man who’s come to protect her and the one sent to destroy her, she teeters on the edge of decision, trying to come to grips with who she is, what she wants and what all of that means for her, those she loves and the rest of mankind.

Author Links

(still under construction, but will be up soon)


So there you have it, another fabulous cover and soon to be released YA PNR novel!

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you'll be back at the weekend for The Saturday Showcase & The Sunday Spotlight with my guest author Uvi Poznansky and The December 1st Blog Blitz for the forthcoming novel ~ The Jealousy Glass by Gwen Perkins.

Until then

Bella x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Welcome to Witchy Wednesdays ~ Crystals

Welcome to   
Witchy Wednesdays


'Bella's Book of Shadows'

Well it's good to be back with my regular feature after the hectic Blog Tour for my YA PNR Novel Scarlett Phoenix and I must say that I enjoyed every single moment of it and my blog hosts were awesome!

You can visit their fabulous blogs here:

If you're an avid reader of YA PNR here's the links to find out more:

You've also got a few more days to enter the FREE Give-Away too!

There are 10 gorgeous Chakra Bracelets up for grabs

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Back to Witchy Wednesdays

The Give-Away is quite apt as this week I am going to share a little about healing crystals and in the next few posts we'll delve further into crystal healing, the Chakras and Kundalini.  I know the latter is not very witchy per se however, the knowledge is very useful nevertheless.

Below is a list of 'common' or readily available crystal stones. Obviously I can't put photo's in as the post would go on forever.  There are lots of very good online Crystal Stores and at the bottom of the post there are a few links for UK buyers only (as I live in the UK) 

There is a consensus that you need to touch and hold the crystal to know whether you are 'attuned' to it.  I think this is very valid if you have the opportunity to buy this way, but if not then the only other way is online.  I like to buy from sellers where the picture on the site is the actual crystal you're getting, you know instantly if you are drawn to a crystal even if it is just a photo, so this works too.

Crystal List

Gem lore and legend of many readily available crystals

(This is not a substitute for medical treatment, should you happen to need it)

Letter Code: The  letters in brackets after the text relate to the matching chakra for each stone, see chakra diagram below for correct placement.

(a) = Root Chakra 1   (b) = Sacral Chakra 2   (c) = Solar Plexus Chakra 3   (d) = Heart Chakra 4  (e) = Throat Chakra 5 (f) = Third Eye Chakra 6  (g) = Crown Chakra 7   (0) = Can be applied to any Chakra    (X) = Chakra Application depends upon unique colour of the stone 

Agate - distinguishes the truth, acceptance of circumstances, a powerful emotional healer (e,X)

Amazonite - aligns astral bodies, unity with life, enhances creative expressions and thoughts (e)

Amber - calming for hyperactivity, stressed nerves, helps to find joy & humour (b)

Amethyst - encourages inner peace, aids addictive behaviour, transforms energies (f,g)

Ametrine - dispels negativity, helps with decision making, good meditative aid, stress reliever (c,f,g)

Angelite - protects, strengthens weakened organs, excellent stone for creativity (e)

Apache Tear - grants forgiveness, assists with understanding of distress, grounding (a)

Apatite - good for communication, highly psychic, controls weight gain (X)

Apophyllite - loving attunement to body & spirit, stimulates intuition, enhances third eye  (f,g)

Aquamarine - banishes fears, calms nerves, and imparts strength and control (e)

Aventurine - liberation, strong legs and joints, helps in career change (d)

Blue Lace Agate - expands consciousness, soothing, wise, self-expression (e)

Bloodstone - prevents high blood pressure, cleanser of body, supports decision making (a)

Calcite - assists memory, balances mental & emotional, yin & yang (X)

Carnelian - releases sorrowfulness, envy, fear, apathy & anger (b)

Celestite - clears speech, personal expression, highly spiritual, high vibrational energy (e)

Chalcedony - expression of emotional needs, honesty, eases regret (b)

Chrysocolla - communication, female energy, creativity (d,e,f)

Chrysophrase - inhibits depression, increases grace and equilibrium, restores balance (d)

Citrine - cleanses auras, detoxifies the body, helps tissue regeneration, wealth stone (b)

Diamond - brings forth purity, harmony, and love, also brings abundance (g,X)

Diopside - brings needed tears, heals trauma, aids regression  (d)

Fluorite - aids comprehension, strengthens teeth and bones, stabilizing and calming (X)

Garnet - increases health, fidelity, imagination, balances energy flow (a,d)

Gold - purifying, healing, balancing, draws honours, male energy (c)

Hematite - grounding, encourages common sense & level headedness (a)

Howlite - combines reasoning, observation & patience, providing for discernment (f,g)

Iolite - gives accurate visions, releases discord, fortifies liver, soul connector (g)

Jade - reduces eyestrain, negativity, helps longevity, dreams, lucky (d)

Jasper - powerful all round healer, protects against negativity (X)

Jet - dispels migraines, illness, violence, deep depression, protects finances (a)

Labradorite - brings recognition of destiny, connects spirit with the natural elements (f,g)

Lapis Lazuli - strengthens total awareness, ESP, skeleton, thyroid, creativity, wealth (f)

Malachite - lucky money stone, aids sleep, asthma, labour (d) 

Moonstone - lucky love stone, calming, introspective, assists with emotional release (b)

Obsidian - abolishes gullibility, offers objectivity, protective, grounding (a)

Onyx - relieves tension & grief, strengthens self-control & ethics (a)

Opal - recalls past lives, aids inner beauty, faithfulness, eyesight (g)

Peridot - opens new doors, removes stress, fear, guilt, triggers personal growth (d)

Prehnite - balances chakras, enhances personal relationships (c,d)

Pyrite - increases memory, concentration, spiritual and psychic ability, awareness, (a)

Quartz – a programmable stone, breaks bad habits, headaches, channelling stone (0,X)

Rhodochrosite - strengthens mental power, finds new love (d)

Rose Quartz – love, reduces weight, wrinkles, increases self-assurance, (d)

Ruby - mental clarity, improves circulation, protective (a,d)

Sapphire - motivator, strengthens loyalty, highly evolved spiritual stone (f,g,X)

Selenite - flexibility, decision-making, clarity, strengthens spinal column (g)

Silver - energy conductor, eases stress & improves speech, female energy (0)

Smokey Quartz - relieves depression, tension, balances sexual energies (a)

Sodalite - prophetic dreaming, endocrine system, eliminates confusion (f)

Sunstone - dissipates fearfulness, increases vitality, spiritual growth, positive outlook (c)

Tigers Eye - psychic protector, excellent for business, helps achieve clarity (X)

Topaz - tissue regeneration, kidneys and bladder, enhances understanding (a,X)

Turquoise - friendship, mental relaxation, respiratory system, calming (e)

Tourmaline - relieves fatigue, anemia, increases success & love (X)

Unakite - boosts sense of personal power, converts the negative into the positive (d)

Zincite - removal of energy blockages, cleansing, brings together liked-minded souls (b,c)

Chakra Placements on the Body

As you can see from the above diagram, the 7 main Chakras placements are very easy to locate, but more about that next week (I'll add a link so you'll be able to navigate the pages).

As for use of crystals in spells, this is the fun part.

Uses for Crystals in Spells

Firstly and foremost crystals can be used in mojo bags as we saw in an earlier post

Above is a classic example.

Also you can make gem elixirs and room sprays (more about that in another post).

Crystals are also used in 

and for

So as you can see there are many many uses for mother natures gems and as we progress I'll share more information, as the subject is as broad as it is long!

There you have a brief introduction, and I say brief because we are only scratching the surface today however I think there is more than enough information to keep you going for a week.

If you have any thoughts or information you'd like to share, please leave a comment or if there is anything in particular you'd like know, just ask and I'll do my best to answer any queries.

I hope you've enjoyed this weeks post and I'll be back next week with another installment of Witchy Wednesday.

Until then, be good and if you can't be good be careful! 

Blessed Be


Bella x

Links to UK Online Crystal Retailers:

(I am in NO way affiliated with any of the shops below)

  Copyright Bella Harte 2012 -  Bella’s Book of Shadows 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

‘Scarlett Phoenix’ Character Interview ~ 19 Questions with Scarlett Paige

Scarlett Phoenix Blog Tour

‘Scarlett Phoenix’ Character Interview

19 Questions with Scarlett Paige


1.       Hi Scarlett, could you tell us when and where you were born?
I originally come from England and my birthday is on 31st October ~ Halloween ~ one of the best days to have a birthday because you can dress up and no-one cares!

2.     Who do you look like? Your mother, father, or someone else?
I look like me! LOL My father is the tall, dark and handsome type and my mother is a willowy blonde with fine features, I suppose I look more like my mother than anyone.

3.     Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I’m an only child. However, I would’ve liked to have had some siblings.  It can get pretty lonely being an only child with dedicated career parents.  I envy my friends Alex and Clover, they have big families and are always complaining about the noise, who ate the last muffin, finding lost homework, they hate it, but I think it sounds like fun. You know the drill. You always want what you don’t have.

4.     Did you or do you know your grandparents?
No, I never met my grandparents, but by all accounts they were a colourful bunch. My father’s parents were from Switzerland and they emigrated to the States before my father was born.  Sadly they were killed in a car crash when he was at college.  My mother’s parents were from New York, they had a little milliner’s shop that sold accessories too and that’s why my mother became a fashion designer. They were quite old when they had her and passed over when I was very small, so unfortunately I don’t remember them at all.  I do love looking at all the old photo’s though, as family history is very interesting and really very entertaining at times!

5.     Is anyone in your family famous?
Not at the moment, though my mother is a pretty cool fashion designer, not a famous one but she does have some VIP clients that I’m not at liberty to talk about, however I can say this, there are lots of music video’s which my mother has styled/dressed the singers and dancers, which is uber cool. 

6.     What do you like to drink?
I’m too young for alcohol but I love hot chocolate with those little fluffy marshmallows… mmmmm… delicious! I can drink that morning, noon and night. But for first thing in the morning I like to have a caffeine fix, so coffee is my choice to start the day.
7.     Are you a morning person?
I like to read at night so I often get caught up in some book or another and can’t put it down until the last page is devoured.  So no not really, I like my bed, however I don’t linger too long otherwise the pain of leaving that luscious warm cocoon would be too much.

8.     What are your hobbies or interests?
I really enjoy reading, and I used to horse ride when I lived in England, but since moving to the States I haven’t had the time with settling into my new school and the big move. When I was younger I spent a lot of time in my mother’s design studio so I picked up some useful hobbies such as knitting, I can make a pretty mean scarf!  My mother taught me when I was younger so I had something to occupy myself with while she worked. I can sew and make clothes too which comes in pretty handy for clothes customization.

9.     What's your favourite food?
I’ve always loved Mexican food, hot and spicy full of flavour! LOL

10.  Nervous or calm?
Nervous underneath, externally slightly more poised.  There’s a saying ‘Remain calm and unruffled on the surface and paddle like the devil underneath.’  I suppose that fits me perfectly.

11.  Teacher or student?
Both. I think that you can learn something from everyone you meet, so it would be rather presumptuous to say teacher. However, if I’m asked and can help, then I put my teachers hat on.

12.  Leader or follower?
I don’t have herd mentality if that’s what you mean, LOL, I like to do my own thing. Though in some circumstances, that I won’t go into right now (there’s not enough paper) you have no choice but to follow and let someone else take the lead and trust in their judgement.

13.  Brave or fearful?
I’m not the ‘front row’ brave, but if it’s something I’m passionate about then I’ll step up to the plate and do my thing. I will stand my ground to the best of my abilities as the occasion dictates.

14.  Religious or superstitious?
Right now ~ Neither, I think there’s an explanation for everything.  That could be subject to change though in the near future.

15.  Tall or short?
5ft 7” so I’m about average with a slim build

16.  Long hair or short?
Long long blonde hair, I like to plait it or wear it up in a ponytail.  Long hair is great fun and you can have so many different looks.  I thought about chopping it all off once, but my mother stopped me, I’m really she did.

17.  Introvert or extrovert?
I don’t like to be the centre of attention, even though that sometimes happens.  My 18th birthday party was one of those moments.  My mother had very kindly made my outfit for the Halloween Birthday Party. All I could say when I saw it was ‘OMG!’ followed by ‘You can’t be serious?’ followed by ‘No way!’  I’m not saying anymore as I still blush crimson when I think about that outfit!

18.  Grunge or Glam?
I suppose you could say casual glam, not glam glam, with moderate grunge on occasion just to liven up the mix a bit. Life’s too short to just have one style, plus just look at all the uber cool clothes you can buy. It’s a shopper paradise out there in the big wide world.

19.  Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment, I would really like a Siamese cat at some point but after the Hamster Surprise Incident I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon. When I was much younger I had a hamster called Horace and I used to let him run around the house, until one day Horace got in mums handbag (Don’t ask me how that happened, Ok, I thought she’d like some company at work, and Horace was the obvious choice as he fitted perfectly in her bag).  I’ll never forget the look on her face, total shock, that frozone moment where time stands still, followed by sheer horror and then the ear-splitting scream when she put her hand in the bag and felt something soft warm and furry!

Thank you so much for the interview and I do hope that you enjoy reading my story in ‘Scarlett Phoenix’ Book I of The Seraphoenix Trilogy

Scarlett Paige


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Sunday, 25 November 2012

A HUGE Thank You to All my Awesome Hosts of The Scarlett Phoenix Blog Tour!

I would like to say a HUGE MASSIVE THANK-YOU to all the exceptional bloggers who so very kindly agreed to assist and host me on my very first book blog tour.
Without you the tour wouldn't have happened, without you my YA PNR novel Scarlett Phoenix would be unknown.
I send much gratitude to each and everyone of you!
Thank you so much for being a part of it all.
Bella x


Here's a Re-Cap of all the amazing blogs that took part!

The Seraphoenix Saga

Scarlett Phoenix Blog Tour November 2012

1st November ~ www.selfpublishordie.com

9th November ~ www.thoughtsonhigh.com

11th November ~ www.sweetesttaboobook.com


21st November ~ www.louisewise.com

23rd November ~ www.sarazaske.wordpress.com


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