Oct 22, 2017

The Great October Book Giveaway - It's All About The Love

The following folks are taking home books:

Embracing Willendorf: Rhi and Danni

Glamour Magic: James and Joe

Love Magic: Dre and John


I had some different words planned in order to introduce this next giveaway, but then a week ago the #metoo hashtag bloomed all over social media. It wasn't the way I had ever hoped to connect with other women. It's not the sort of thing I wish I had in common with anyone. For a great number of years I had a difficult time looking in the mirror. I didn't love myself. I didn't believe I deserved love. I wasn't entirely sure that I was worthy of much of anything. I was wrong. I had believed people that I shouldn't have trusted. I bought into a religious system that told me that I was fundamentally flawed. And I rated my value based on the size of my jeans and whether or not I looked like the girls in the magazines I was reading.

I'm happy to say that most days I don't struggle with my worth anymore. My scars still make me flinch from time to time, but they are a part of me - the maps of my life and experiences. I have such a soft-yet-fierce love for myself for making it this far when there were so many times I wasn't sure I could keep going. I learned to trust my own heart. My own desires. And the deep magic of this strange world - magic that I saw proof of, even in my darkest hours.

For me, it is all about where love lives. First, inside me and for me. Then, as it blossoms and flows out to those around me - friends, family, lovers - and then outward still, to my land base and communities and the world at large. These three books I picked for my October giveaways came to mind a few months ago, long before I was reminded this past week how important self-love is. I'm pleased how perfectly they fit, right at this time.

The first book is by a witch close to my heart. A field guide to cultivating health and well-being, told from a sassy, earth-centered perspective, H. Byron Ballard's Embracing Willendorf: A Witch's Way of Loving Your Body to Health & Fitness (published by Skyebridge Publishing) is a wonderful take on loving yourself and working toward being your most vibrant incarnation.

A heartwarming and giggle-worthy memoir, and a good helping of practical advice on living your own robust life, this book is a truly lovely read. You can find more about Byron (and her blog) at My Village Witch.

The second book up for grabs has just what you need to get your glow on and your confidence working for you (even if you aren't sure you have any). Deborah Castellano's Glamour Magic, published by Llewellyn, is a gorgeous take on the often under-looked magical arte of the glamour (both employing this work to achieve/attract what you want, and to bump up your own morale and spirit).

I've been subscribed to Deborah's fabulous blog, Charmed, I'm Sure, for some time now and I'm mad about her writing style and unapologetic honesty. This book serves up her bold ideas with a side of history and pop culture references that will be sure to make you grin and want to get to work!

Our third book is a charming tome brimming with magic. Lilith Dorsey's Love Magic, published by Weiser Books starts off its very first chapter with "Happiness and Self Love Spells," and though it does offer ideas to capture the attention and affection of a potential mate, I am delighted by the chapters that speak to the myriad ways love is expressed. There are fertility rites and spells to bless your marriage, as well as works that center on honoring your relationship with family, friends, animal companions, and the wider world. This is a spellbook for those who generally shy away from love magic!

You can find more of Lilith's writing on her blog, Voodoo Universe at Patheos.

I have two copies of each of these love-filled books to give away. Your comment counts as your entry. If you are of the shy sort (or Blogger comments are not playing nicely) please feel free to enter your name via the "contact me" button up top. If you want a second chance at the goods, you are welcome to share this post on your fave social media haunt or share some love for Deborah, Byron, or Lilith, and circle back to let me know. I'll add your name to the hat a second time. Please have all entries in by 8 pm on Friday, October 27th.

An email address with your entry is super-helpful (especially if your comment doesn't link back to a site or profile that gives me a way to contact you). You can let me know which book floats your boat if you like, and I'll try to match up books with wishes as much as possible. All prizes generally go out within a week of receiving the winner's addresses (if I don't get too far down the October rabbit hole).

PS - for those that aren't podcast fans and didn't catch the reference, "It's All About The Love" is a blatant rip-off/nod/blown-kiss to The Wigglian Way, a Canadian witchy podcast hosted by the wonderful duo, Mojo and Sparrow.

Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop


Sparkless said...

Oh another wonderful bunch of books! I'd like to read them all and now they are added to my to read list in case I don't win one.

Melisa Glassford said...

These all look great!

Cartermaryd said...

I have Byron's book. It's awesome. I'd love to put my hat in the ring for Glamour Magic! Thanks so much!!

petoskystone said...

Such a wonderful selection! Deb‘s book cover makes me hungry 😉 Food for the soul! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

James Graham said...

I'm in! -excitement wiggle-
— James Graham

Ms Smirk said...

Ooh, I would love Embracing Willendorf!! I have Glamour Magic and it's a great read.


Anonymous said...

Much love to you. Thank you for writing so beautifully about this. Nice that it fits in with the giveaway. All the books look lovely.

Carrie said...

I shared and I too share my love of self with other sisters who struggle with self worth

Rebecca Powell said...

I would love any of these books! Thank you so much for the opportunity :)


Brigid Lenehan said...

Yes please! Glamour magic, if I get the choice...

John Breen said...

Yes please! I have heard many good things about these authors and these books!

Danni said...

I'd love to toss my name in the hat for Embracing Willendorf and Glamor Magic. xox

Iesadora said...

I've never heard of any of these books but Embracing Willendorf really sounds up my alley =D

lmm.mills at gmail.com

Annette Lanniee said...

Ive not heard of these - they look fab! Annette at lanniee dot com

orion`s daughter said...

I used to hate myself, and most (not all) was because of my sexual assault. A few years ago, I lost a lot of weight, and I fell in love with myself again. But you know what? 95% of people who lose weight gain it back, and I have. But I've found that I still love myself. Even with most of the weight back, I can still look in the mirror and see someone who is beautiful (well, pretty) and worthy of love. So I give myself love. I have scars all over my body from where I used to punish myself. I was in so much emotional pain that physical pain was poreferable, so I gave myself that pain in order to take my mind of what was happening inside my head. I've come a long, long way, and I don't need to do that any more. Finally, at the age of 46, I can honestly say that I love myself.


Kristina said...

I love Byron! I shared tour post on Facebook and tagged her!

Spirit_Rover said...

They all three look interesting and I don't have anything by those authors in my library. Glamour magic looks especially intriguing. Thank you for the opportunity.

Liz Davenport said...

Hi, Jen! :-) Once again, you have such lovely books to give away. Any one of them would be wonderful to win. My email address is ledvenport@aol.com.

I am wishing you a blessed Samhain!!

Debra Nehring said...

Ooh! They all look like fabulous books to own and read! Love love!

Birgit said...

Dear Jen,

Your post is really touching. You are one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met online, so it's hard to believe that there hasn't always been (self) love in your life. Thanks for opening up like that. :)

Glamour Magic and Love Magic appeal most to me -- thanks for the chance to win one of these lovely books.

Love always,
your Bavarian friend

sherry amature said...

In life you can either choose your past to either define who you are or use that knowledge to empower others. I chose to empower .

Rue said...

Orion - I used to think it was all such a waste of time - like I'd squandered those years. But there is such a constant beauty in life for me now. I don't really mourn those years anymore. They were my jumping off point for something richer.

I'm glad you found your self - your love. Here's to all the amazing years to come!

Jennifer Kaufman said...

💋so much Power in loving ourselves. All of those books look awesome!

Petrichor La Fey said...

I read the paragraph for "Embracing Willendorf" and I almost thought you were talking about me. Please sign me up for the drawing in this book! I know I need this one in my life! <3


Eveline Maedel said...

Great selections!! emaedel@gmail.com

Raechel Henderson said...

All of these look wonderful. roach@idiorhythmic.net

Rhi said...

I'd love the Byron Ballard one! :D

lillie8302 said...

It would be amazing to win any of these books, they sound great, I love
Lilith Dorsey and Embracing Willendorf sounds awesome ;)
My email is: lilefal1102@hotmail.com

Joe said...

Oh nice! I've been wanting Glamour Magic.
Your story is so touching.

My email is josephc.meeks@gmail.com

Shannon Bullins said...

I would really love to win glamor magic. Theres something about this book. I'm extremely drawn to it for some reason. I feel it will explain some things I already know but haven't been able to put into words. If I don't win this giveaway I would love to know where I could find this book? I don't know why but I need this book. Please email me at shannonbullins1983@gmail.com. Thank you so much for a chance to win this.

Unknown said...

Wonderful. It is so important to remember that the magic needs to begin with-in.

V C. said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! Some of these are definitely in my wish list already! Sharing on Twitter!! (@Veydagray0708) Good luck to ALL!!

V C. said...

Sharing on Google as well!! (Vplummer13@yahoo.com) contact email

Jenny Rosa said...

Dearest Rue, you gorgeous one! Love this giveaway and I´m sending you love back. I already have Glamour Magic (fabulous book). The other two are amazing! Crossing my fingers! :) jenbr1992@yahoo.com

♥ eli mari said...

I'd love to give that copy of Glamour Magic a home!!! and also, #metoo. <3

Kelly M said...

Wow - all three of these books sound like great reads. Thanks so much for offering them.

Madame Moon said...

Who doesn't need a little glamour in her life?

sharonmaynard12 at gee mail dot com

roth phallyka said...

Here's to all the amazing years to come!