Witch’s Curse by Jenna Wolfhart

Witch’s Curse is an urban Magic fantasy novel and is book one in the Bone Coven Chronicles by Jenna Wolfhart. This urban fantasy novel features a twenty-one year old orphan named Zoe Bennett whose parents were tragically killed in a demon War. Since then Zoe has been using her magical gifts to do whatever has been necessary to raise the resources for her to get by. This has mostly seen her following in the con artist footsteps left by her father. The demon war has whittled down the ranks of people with magical power until only several hundred are all that remain. Zoe can be said to have a dry ascorbic sense of humour, especially if the situation sees a bit of magical manipulation and the lion’s share of little white lies. After all, a con artist’s imagination and rational objectification are among the crucial skills needed to keep coming up with new and improved ways.

Practicing witchcraft to screw people out of their hard earned money isn’t the life of the Zoe still living at home with both parents still taking care of her and grandma; the alternate world that’s only a pipe dream. Ideally, had the boat not already sailed away five years ago, then she’d be currently finishing up her final college year in readiness for the well paid networked job. But, as in the case of her latest mark, it’s hard to feel any remorse when you’re swindling pathologists selling hospital drugs to kids on the side. The blood bag pimping out his neck to daywalkers for a quick but expensive thrill, that is if the vamps are responsible for the current spate of murders being made to look like demon feedings.

Zoe’s two-hundred dollar fake banishment of demons absent from the places she ‘cleanses’ are indicative of good acting, legitimate choreography, and artistic charades. No real harm is permitted to occur, and taking money of the likes of the drug dealer she last swindled hardly constitutes anything resembling a murder scene. Cold showers, empty plates, and overdue rent can motivate you to blur a few moral and legal lines in the sand. That’s even more so if the roof, warm water, and food are crucial to keeping your grandma in the most basic needs required by her aging body and crippled mind, another gift courtesy of the demon war. And yet, places she’s recently visited begin turning into murder scenes within moments of her arrival, or departure.

Then her latest con leaves her in the middle of a murder scene. When coven enforcers offer her a chance to assist finding the real murderer, to both prevent being their only suspect and to attempt to keep it from the scrutiny of human law enforcement agencies, she is reluctantly forced to work with the sexy warlock, Dorian, who she’d met when metaphorically getting caught holding the bag. It was him who negotiated her only chance of proving her innocence, shortly after admitting to a recent history of semi-stalker’ish behaviour: irrespective of whether he describes it as two months of ‘monitoring’ the cons she pulled in that time because it risked exposing the wrong sorts of people to the craft. Dorian also bares the same mark as her, their tattooed rune denoting them as beholding to the Bone Coven; a sore and sorry topic that riles her anger over things to personal to discuss with someone basically a stranger. Mages (witches and warlocks) only earn the spontaneous tattoo when they cast a spell strong enough to designate them as worthy of addition to the ranks.

Now Zoe needs to use her skills, both the inherited and the learned, to first determine the killer’s motives if they’re to solve the sinister mystery behind the murders. Unfortunately she’s essentially a novice in craft knowledge about runes and spells, partly because of her family’s missing grimoire, and by virtue of their deaths. That she keeps getting distracted by an inexplicable and mounting attraction to tall, dark, chiseled, and deadly, isn’t helping her resolve. Zoe also detects a dark depth in his magical aura, and she doesn’t trust him. Then the killer suddenly curses her ailing grandma, seeking to force her into backing off and staying out of his plans. However this provokes Zoe even more And she decides to put an end to any risks and consequences aimed at family and including her best friend. Regardless of the risks to her safety or to the Supernatural denizens in the Boston general population. For Zoe
hunting down demons and magical criminals means following in her mother’s footsteps

World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day is observed annually on October 29 to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, and ensure better care and support for survivors. On this day, organizations around the world have facilitated events emphasizing education, testing, and initiatives to improve the damaging effects of stroke worldwide. The annual event was started in 2006 by the World Stroke Organization(WSO)and the WSO declared stroke a public health emergency in 2010. The WSO now has an ongoing campaign that serves as a year-round interface for advocacy, policy, and outreach to support strides and continue progress made on World Stroke Day. The World Stroke Campaign’s goodwill ambassadors include Indian actress Rani Mukerji, former Miss Egypt Dalia El Behery and cyclist Alberto Contador.

A Stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding. They result in part of the brain not functioning properly. Signs and symptoms of a stroke may include an inability to move or feel on one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, feeling like the world is spinning, or loss of vision to one side. Signs and symptoms often appear soon after the stroke has occurred.If symptoms last less than one or two hours it is known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke may also be associated with a severe headache.The symptoms of a stroke can be permanent. Long-term complications may include pneumonia or loss of bladder control.

The main risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure.Other risk factors include tobacco smoking, obesity, high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, previous TIA, and atrial fibrillation. An ischemic stroke is typically caused by blockage of a blood vessel, though there are also less common causes. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by either bleeding directly into the brain or into the space between the brain’s membranes. Bleeding may occur due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Diagnosis is typically with medical imaging such as a CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan along with a physical exam. Other tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood tests are done to determine risk factors and rule out other possible causes. Low blood sugar may cause similar symptoms.

Prevention includes decreasing risk factors, as well as possibly aspirin, statins, surgery to open up the arteries to the brain in those with problematic narrowing, and warfarin in those with atrial fibrillation. A stroke or TIA often requires emergency care. An ischemic stroke, if detected within three to four and half hours, may be treatable with a medication that can break down the clot.Aspirin should be used. Some hemorrhagic strokes can be treated with surgery. Treatment to try to recover lost function is called stroke rehabilitation and ideally takes place in a stroke unit; however, these are not available in much of the world.

In 2013 approximately 6.9 million people had an ischemic stroke and 3.4 million people had a hemorrhagic stroke. In 2015 there were about 42.4 million people who had previously had a stroke and were still alive. Between 1990 and 2010 the number of strokes which occurred each year decreased by approximately 10% in the developed world and increased by 10% in the developing world. In 2015, stroke was the second most frequent cause of death after coronary artery disease, accounting for 6.3 million deaths (11% of the total).About 3.0 million deaths resulted from ischemic stroke while 3.3 million deaths resulted from hemorrhagic stroke.About half of people who have had a stroke live less than one year. Overall, two thirds of strokes occurred in those over 65 years old.

Strokes continue to be a widespread problem worldwide, afflicting over 15 million people each year. Of those 15 million, almost six million die and a further five million are left permanently disabled. A new person suffers a stroke every six seconds. The idea to create a day of awareness began in the 1990s with the European Stroke Initiative. Due to financial limitations, however, the effort was limited only to Europe. The European Stroke Organization continued the project, and celebrates its awareness day on May 10. The WSO World Stroke Day began in 2004 at the World Stroke Congress in Vancouver, Canada. Under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, a working group was formed, which was incorporated into a World Stroke Proclamation in October 2006. Around the same time, the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation merged to form the World Stroke Organization, which took over the management of World Stroke Day.

In 2009, WSO leadership turned the day into a year-round campaign to sustain efforts at prevention and awareness raising. In 2010, the WSO launched the “1 in 6” campaign that became the overarching theme for the future campaigns. “Because I care…” was chosen in 2012 as the World Stroke Day slogan and carried on to this year’s campaign. It attempts to address prevailing misinformation about the disease.

Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

English singer-songwriter and guitarist Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green (Splinter Group, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) was born 29 october 1946. Fleetwood Mac were formed in 1966 in London and were originally named The Bluesbreakers Until Founder Peter Green renamed the group by combining the surnames of two bandmates (Mick Fleetwood and John McVie). Christine Mcvie also joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, Green asked drummer Mick Fleetwood to join. The band now consisted of Green, Fleetwood, John McVie and Mayall and made its debut in 1967 at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival. Feetwood Mac’s first album, Fleetwood Mac, was a no-frills blues album containing the singles “Black Magic Woman” (later a big hit for Santana) and “Need Your Love So Bad”. The band’s second album, Mr. Wonderful, was released in August 1968 and the next album was “Then Play on”. Sadly Peter Green left and In September 1970, Fleetwood Mac released the album Kiln House for which Christine drew the album cover. This was more rock with hints of country-tinged “Sun Sound” and contained the song “Dragonfly”.Christine McVie, made her first appearance with the band in 1969 and an album of previously unreleased material from the original Fleetwood Mac called The Original Fleetwood Mac was also released,

Then While on tour in 1971, guitarist Jeremy Spencer disappeared and joined a Religious group “The Children of God” so they hired Bob Welch as their new guitarist and released the albums Future Games & Bare Trees, which featured the songs “Sentimental Lady”, &“Spare Me a Little of Your Love” unfortunately While on tour Danny Kirwan became Alcoholic and was sacked and replaced by guitarist Bob Weston, alongside vocalist Dave Walker and Savoy Brown’s road manager, John Courage. In 1973 Mick, John, Christine, Welch, Weston, and Walker recorded Penguin, then after sacking Walker The remaining five recorded Mystery to Me six months later containing the song “Hypnotized” . However The success of the album led to relationship problems, The McVies’ marriage was under a lot of stress, aggravated working together, and alcohol abuse. Weston also had an affair with Fleetwood’s wife, Jenny Boyd Fleetwood, the sister of Pattie Boyd Harrison, predictably these events led to Weston being sacked by Fleetwood & who cancelled the tour.

Then bizarrely the band’s manager, Clifford Davis, claimed that he owned the name Fleetwood Mac and assembled a “fake Mac” with Fans being told that Bob Welch and John McVie had quit the group, and that Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie would join the band at a later date. Luckily Fleetwood Mac’s road manager, John Courage, hid the real Fleetwood Mac’s equipment, compromising the fake band. Eventually though, the ensuing Lawsuit over who owned the name Fleetwood Mac was settled and Fleetwood Mac decided to manage themselves releasing the album Heroes Are Hard to Find in September 1974 also adding keyboardist Doug Graves. Sadly Bob Welch left so and while Mick Fleetwood was searching for a possible replacement he heard a song titled “Frozen Love” by an American band, Buckingham Nicks and was introduced to the guitarist from the band, Lindsey Buckingham asking him to join. Buckingham agreed, on the condition that his musical partner and girlfriend, Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks, also joined. The new line-up released the highly successful album Fleetwood Mac which included the hit singles “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me”, “Rhiannon” and “Landslide” .

The success of this album combined with the pressure to release a successful follow up album led to even more stress and marital strife andJohn and Christine McVie’s marriage ended as well as Buckingham and Nicks’ long term romantic relationship and Fleetwood divorced wife, Jenny. These traumas combined with a high consumption of drugs and alcohol led to the release of the classic album Rumours, in which they laid bare the emotional turmoil experienced at that time. Critically acclaimed, it was the recipient of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for 1977. Hit singles included Buckingham’s “Go Your Own Way”, Nicks’s U.S. No.1 “Dreams”, and Christine McVie’s “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Loving Fun”. Buckingham’s “Second Hand News”, Nicks’ “Gold Dust Woman” and “The Chain”. After the success of Rumours Buckingham and Fleetwood made the next album more experimental and the result was the ambitious and quirky 20-track double album, Tusk, containing the songs “Tusk”, “Think About Me” and “Sara”. Then during the subsequent world tour the band recorded music for the Fleetwood Mac Live album, which was released in 1980. The next album, 1982′s Mirage, followed 1981 solo albums by Nicks (Bella Donna) and Lindsay Buckingham (Law and Order). Songs on Mirage include “Hold Me”,“Love In Store”,”Gypsy”,”Oh Diane”, “Eyes Of The World” and “Can’t Go Back”. Following Mirage, the band members went on to pursue solo careers. Stevie Nicks released two more solo albums – The Wild Heart and Rock a Little. Lindsey Buckingham issued Go Insane and Christine McVie released an eponymous lay titled album featuring the songs “Got A Hold On Me” and “Love Will Show Us How”).

Sadly though success took it’s toll and Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy, Nicks was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction problems, and John McVie had suffered an addiction-related seizure all due to their excessive lifestyles and It was rumoured that Fleetwood Mac had finally broken up. However Fleetwood Mac recorded Tango in the Night, in 1987 which became their best-selling release since Rumours and contained the songs “Little Lies”, “Everywhere”,”Seven Wonders”, “Big Love”. “Family Man”, “Isn’t It Midnight”. Lindsey Buckingham left and Following his departure, Fleetwood Mac added two new guitarists to the band,Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. Vito, was a Peter Green admirer, and had played with many artists including Bonnie Raitt and had also worked with John McVie on two Mayall albums. Capitalising on the success of Tango in the Night, the band continued with a Greatest Hits album in 1988, which featured singles from the 1975–88 era, and included two new compositions: “No Questions Asked” , and “As Long as You Follow” .

Then Following the Greatest Hits collection, Fleetwood Mac recorded the album Behind the Mask, which included “Save Me” and The subsequent “Behind the Mask” tour saw the band play sold out shows, Then in 1991, both Stevie Nicks and Rick Vito left Fleetwood Mac and in 1992, Fleetwood himself arranged a 4-disc box set spanning highlights from the band’s 25 year history, titled 25 Years – The Chain. The box set, which included four new songs Paper Doll, Heart of Stone, Love Shines and Make me a Mask. Mick Fleetwood also released a deluxe hardcover companion book to coincide with the release of the box set, titled My 25 Years in Fleetwood Mac, which features many rare photographs and notes (written by Fleetwood himself) detailing the band’s 25 year history. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie recorded another album as Fleetwood Mac, with Billy Burnette The band, minus Christine McVie, and toured in 1994 performing classic Fleetwood Mac songs from the initial 1967–1974 era, then in 1995, Fleetwood Mac released Time and disbanded.

Shortly after disbanding Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood began working with Lindsey Buckingham again. John McVie was soon added to the sessions, and later Christine McVie. Stevie Nicks also enlisted Lindsey Buckingham to produce a song for the Twister film soundtrack. This eventually led to a full Rumours line-up reunion when the band officially reformed in March 1997. The regrouped Mac performed a live concert which was released as the 1997 live album The Dance. They also released the 20th anniversary of their Rumours album and In 1998, Fleetwood Mac (Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also received the “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award at the BRIT Awards.In 1998, Christine McVie left the band permanently, Her departure left Buckingham and Nicks to sing all the lead vocals for the band’s 2003 album,Say You Will, containing the songs Peacekeeper” and “Say you Will”.”Fleetwood Mac toured in 2009. The tour was a ‘greatest hits’ show entitled Unleashed, and Stevie Nicks also wrote a song for the Hurricane Katrina relief album. The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac was re-released and an episode of Glee entitled “Rumours” featured six songs from Rumours and sparking renewed interest in the album. Stevie Nicks’ also released a new solo album In Your Dreams. Fleetwood Mac reunited for 2013 minus two of the original members: Bob Weston and Bob Welch, both of whom are sadly no longer with us, and embarked on an extensive World Tour.

Denny Laine (Moody Blues)

Moody Blues-On the Threshold of a Dream

Denny Laine, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and Wings) Was born 29 october 1944. The Moody Blues formed on 4 May 1964, in Erdington, Birmingham, England containing Ray Thomas, John Lodge, Graeme Edge and Michael Pinder The name was a a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, “Mood Indigo. They released a single, “Steal Your Heart Away” in 1964 and appeared on the cult UK series “Ready Steady Go!” singing the uptempo “Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose your Mind)”. But it was their second single, “Go Now” which launched their career & became a hit in the United Kingdom. Their debut album The Magnificent Moodies contained the hit singles “Go Now” and “Bye Bye Bird” together with one side of classic R&B covers. including a cover of “I Don’t Want To Go On Without You”,”From The Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)”, “Everyday”,”This is My House (But Nobody Calls)” and and “Boulevard de la Madeleine”. The group released the singles “Fly Me High” and “Really Haven’t Got the Time” followed by “Love And Beauty” & “Leave This Man Alone”.The Moody Blues were then offered a deal to make a rock and roll version of Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and although executives were initially skeptical about the hybrid style of the resulting concept album. Days of Future Past became one of the most successful pop/rock releases of the period, earning a gold record award. It takes place over the course of a single day & drew inspiration from the pioneering use of the classical instrumentation by The Beatles. It includes the songs “Nights in White Satin” & “The Sun Set” “Another Morning”, “Twilight Time”,”Peak Hour” and “Evening (Time To Get Away)”. The 1968 follow-up LP, In Search of the Lost Chord included the songs “Legend of a Mind”,”House of Four Doors”,”Voices in the Sky”, “Ride My See-Saw” and “The Best Way To Travel”.

The 1969 album On the Threshold of a Dream contained the songs “In The Beginning”,”Lovely To See You”,”Never Comes The Day”,”Dear Diary” and “Lazy Day”,”So Deep Within You”,”The Dream”&”Have You Heard”.The band’s music continued to become more complex and symphonic,resulting in 1969′s To Our Children’s Children’s Children which was inspired by the first moon landing.and contained the songs “Higher And Higher” “Floating” and “Eternity Road” “Gypsy”,”Out And In” the two part “Eyes of A Child” and “Candle of Life””Sun is Still Shining”. and “Watching and Waiting”.The Moodies had a somewhat psychedelic style and progressive rock sound, the group next album was A Question of Balance (1970) & contained the songs “Question” and “Melancholy Man”. For their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971) and “Seventh Sojourn”the band returned to their signature orchestral sound.These contained the songs “Procession”, “Story in Your Eyes” “Our Guessing Game”,”You Can Never Go Home”, “One More Time To Live”, “My Song” and “Nice To Be Here”. The Album “After You Came” (1971) featured “Isn’t Life Strange ?” “I’m Just A Singer (in A Rock ‘n’ Roll Band)”,”Sojourn”,”Lost in A Lost World” “When You’re A Free Man”, “For My Lady”, and “New Horizons”. In late 1972, a re-issue of the five-year-old Nights in White Satin became the Moody Blues’ biggest US hit.T

The Moodies were also among the pioneers of the idea that a successful rock band could promote itself through their own label, so following the Beatles’ creation of Apple Records, they created Threshold Records. However it proved unsuccessful although They did lay the groundwork for other major acts to set up similar personal labels and distribution deals including The Rolling Stones’ own label and Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Record label.In the spring of 1974, after completing a vast world tour that culminated with a tour of Asia, the group took an extended break and released a compilation album This Is The Moody Blues. Justin Hayward and John Lodge then released the album, Blue Jays, and a single, “Blue Guitar”. Mike Pinder released a album The Promise.” Edge produced two albums with guitarist Adrian Gurvitz, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots and Paradise Ballroom; Hayward composed the albums Songwriter, followed by Night Flight, Moving Mountains, Classic Blue, The View From The Hill and Live In San Juan Capistrano; Lodge released Natural Avenue; Pinder produced The Promise; and Thomas produced From Mighty Oaks and Hopes, Wishes and Dreams. In 1977, the group reunited and despite many problems The album Octave was released in 1978 contining “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone” & “Driftwood”. Around this time Justin Hayward enjoyed a solo hit with the song “Forever Autumn” from Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. The next album ,Long Distance Voyager,was released in 1981 and yielded two hits, “The Voice” &”Gemini Dream”. and the band embraced a more modern, less symphonic approach, while still retaining a lush keyboard-led sound. The next album The Present yeilded the singles “Blue World” and”Sitting at the Wheel”. In 1986 they released the album The Other Side of Life, containing “Your Wildest Dreams”which garnered a Billboard Video of the Year award,as well as the songs “House of Four Doors”, “Candle of Life” and “One More Time To Live” “Here Comes The Weekend”, “Rock and Roll Over You”, “Love is On The Run (From Me)”, “The Actor”, “Dawning is the Day”, “You Can Never Go Home”& “The Land of Make Believe”.

The Moody Blues also performed live at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986 which raised money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospitals, and also provided backup with the Electric Light Orchestra for George Harrison.The Moodies released Sur La Mer in 1988 containing the single, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”.In 1991 they released the album Keys of the Kingdom contained the songs “Say It With Love”, “Never Blame The Rainbows For The Rain”,”Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)”,”Magic” “Shadows On the Wall” “Lean On Me (Tonight)”and “Say What You Mean.”They also played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and remained. a steady concert draw, They also made a series of recordings of their Night at Red Rocks concert.The next album Strange Times, was released in 1999 with the songs”English Sunset”,”Nothing Changes” and”This is The Moment”.The Moody Blues also appeared in one episode of “The Simpsons” called “Viva Ned Flanders”.In 2000, the band released “Hall of Fame”, a new live concert from Royal Albert Hall. In 2001, an IMAX film was released, entitled Journey into Amazing Caves. In 2006, the first five of the band’s ‘Core Seven’ albums ( Days of Future Passed to Seventh Sojourn) were re-released featuring bonus songs and previously unreleased tracks.Remastered versions of Octave, Long Distance Voyager and The Present soon followed. The Moodies also released a compilation of sessions recorded at BBC Studios, rarities & various TV appearances, entitled Live at the BBC: 1967-1970. The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. As of 2012 they remain active and continue to tour.