Great on Kindle Status Earned!!!

In other herb news, my book, Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico: An Introduction to Natural Healing was inducted into the Great On Kindle Program. It’s by Amazon invitation only and quite an honor for little ol’ me.

What it means is that when you buy the kindle version of this book, you get credit towards another book purchase from the Great On Kindle Program, which are all high-quality non-fiction.

Don’t forget to check out The Mexican Apothecary: Traditional Cold and Flu Herbal Remedies as you hunt for great holiday gifts. Either of these herb books would make great gifts, for yourself or another health-minded loved one!

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

If you are looking for a sweet, holiday read, then you can’t go wrong with Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

Imagine if you will, a prominent writer of his day, recovering from a ill-received work, newly minted father of 6, hounded by charities, publishers, and children dealing with the newfangled idea of a Christmas tree and the resurgence of carols at every corner. Being commissioned to write a Christmas story just weeks before the blessed day is the final straw. He bah humbugs himself back to his bachelor’s quarters, donns a disguise and fails miserably at evoking any sense of Christmas in the story he’s written.

Faithful readers, friends, a crew of ragamuffins headed by David Copperfield, and a mysterious theater seamstress in a purple cloak haunt his every step. Walk along with Mr. Dickens as he rediscovers the joys of Christmas and finally gets that blasted Christmas story written. A prickly writer with an eye for the ladies, laboriously described scenes and characters, and the interweaving of other works by Dickens make this a worthy read this holiday season. In fact, it’s so rich you may need to read it twice just to savor the decadent details.

The Mexican Apothecary Book Release

Recently, I chatted with Roxana Bangura from the Bangura Chronicles about the validity of herb use for wellness. You can check out that conversation here:

Mexican Traditional Herbal Remedies with Author C.E. Flores

If you are interested in downloading the Bugambilia Cough Remedy information I talk about with Roxana, you can do that here.

And finally, I’m delighted to announce the publication of The Mexican Apothecary: Traditional Cold and Flu Herbal Remedies, now available on Amazon. In this beautifully illustrated book (with drawings by Claudia Guzes), you’ll discover information about more than 70 cold and flu remedies commonly used in Mexico including traditional treatments for:

  • Cough
  • Stuffy noses and congestion 
  • Headaches 
  • Sore eyes and earaches
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Sore throat and cold sores

There are also 44 plant studies with well-researched scientific support for each herb’s specific use as traditional alternative medicine.

It’s the perfect gift to yourself for cold and flu season!

Freebies for Readers, Authors, and Teachers for Buy Nothing Day

Today is Buy Nothing Day! And why should you when these items are FREE!

Melissa Storm’s Author Engine Quick Tips mini-bundle is FREE and a great resource for authors. There are tips on lead magnets, keywords, categories, Facebook ads, targeting international markets, and more!

If you like bright and shiny things, Leonie Dawson’s Freebie Page might appeal to you. Leonie is quirky and real and has pretty pictures on her downloads.

If you are an author and struggling with getting that manuscript in tip-top shape, then Stacy Juba’s FREE Editing Course–Line Editing Made Simple: 5 Days to More Polished Pages, might be just what you need. I took the course and felt it really made a difference. You can read my review of the course here. Stacy also has other freebies including a FREE toolkit 7 Simple Steps To Nailing Your Book Blurb and a FREE Character-Naming Guide for you to check out.

Herbal Academy is one of my favorite online herb resources. The Herbal Support for Winter Wellness ebook is FREE to download. It has 10 essential herbal recipes for winter health, just what the doctor ordered! You can get the FREE Herbal Support for Cold and Flu Season Ebook and 10 Wintertime Tea Recipes by Friends of the Herbal Academy too!

I am also offering some FREE Black Friday stuff. This weekend the ebook version of Book Weaving: How to Create a Story Tapestry From Your Blog Threads is FREE on Amazon.

And since finances and contagion deem I will be staying put this holiday season, how about some FREE virtual ebook travel with Playing Tourist in Mexico: A Collection of Adventures from Women Traveling in Mexico.

How about some Zoom games to while away the time? I have THREE FREE for you in Spanish and English. My talented friend Claudia did the drawings for these fun and interactive games.

Who Was I? Women of the Old Testament Guessing Game

Who Was I? Women of the Old Testament Guessing Game for Zoom is a fun way to review your Bible studies. The scriptural notations allow you to look up more information about each woman if you are stumped. Available in English and Spanish.

Women of the Old Testament Trivia Game

Review your knowledge of 37 different women mentioned in the Old Testament via Zoom! Play as individuals or in family groups. Available in English and Spanish.

Women of the Bible Bingo

Women of the Bible Bingo is a fun and educational aid to Sunday school lessons or homeschooling curriculum. This set includes three different bingo boards and calling cards. Available in English and Spanish.

I hope you enjoy all these FREEBIES on Buy Nothing Day!

New Release: Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico: Learning About Culture Through Plant Use

Click on the cover for a preview!

Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico: Learning About Culture Through Plant Use is now available for purchase on Amazon! How exciting!

Mexican herbalism has often been overlooked by North American herbalists because most remedies have not been written down. Furthermore, many native plants are misidentified even by botanists. This volume of Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico: Learning About Culture Through Plant Use looks at some commonly miscategorized native plants and their traditional uses.

In this book you’ll discover:

◆30 Mexican plants used in traditional remedies

◆Dozens of herbal treatments for common ailments

◆Accurate botanical identification of native Mexican plants

Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir by Michael Anthony

I found Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir by Michael Anthony to be a sad commentary on the reality that confronts returning vets in the United States. Without appropriate support systems, suffering from trauma, many discharged soldiers struggle to find meaning and purpose. Unfortunately, Michael’s story is far from unique. 

This memoir chronicles Michael’s life from shortly after his return to “civilization” from an active war zone in Iraq until the point when he takes up the pen in the name of justice. His experiences are pretty standard, drugs, alcohol, thoughts of suicide, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, and aimlessness. 

The writing is coherent with excellent attention to detail, although the subject at times, I’m sure was difficult for Michael to record. It’s not a feel-good book but rather grounded in a reality that shows what a disservice is done to veterans in their home country, no matter which war they were involved in. 

The topic of a returning soldier’s life may be too tough for many readers. However, if your life has been touched by a vet, Michael Anthony’s memoir Civilianized will resonate with you. 

I received an ARC from the author.

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman

If you are looking for an inspirational mid-life adventure, you can’t go wrong with Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman. She begins her narration with time she spent living alone in a Zapotec village in Mexico recently divorced and wondering what to do with the rest of her life. Then we travel with her to Nicaragua, Israel, the Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, Canada, New Zealand, and Thailand.

Her experiences in each location, and the life lessons she picked up along the way, are well-described. She had experiences most backpackers will only dream about, such as living with a prince’s family in Bali. Most of her travels were done with no more than a wing and a prayer planning, but seemed to work out in the end. 

Although this book was published in 1999, the author did stop traveling. You can read more about her continued adventures on her blog. The last post was dated 2019 when Ms. Gelman was 83 years old, recently returned from Rwanda, and took a spill in her home resulting in a hospital stay. What an inspiration for all women to live life to its fullest as long as possible! 

The last two travel books I’ve read and reviewed didn’t appeal to me as much as Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman did. Perhaps I couldn’t see myself in the innocence of An Inkling, A Backpack and All the Time in the World–Traveling on a Whim by Tamara K. Bryant or the jaded world-view found in Plan SEA: A Guide to a Work-Travel Life, Amazing Adventures Around the World, and Preparing for Your Own Sea Change by S.E. Ansley

I will say that I felt like Ms. Gelman’s narrative only just scratched the surface of her actual experiences. I expect, though, had she gone into more details the book would have been thousands of pages long. So I made do with surface skimming and puddle jumping and enjoyed it just the same.

Free Herb Ebook

Volume 1 of the 2 book series, Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico: An Introduction to Natural Healing, is FREE for the next few days.

Powerful You! Little memoirs of inspirational women by Anna Burgess

Powerful You! Little memoirs of inspirational women by Anna Burgess tells the abbreviated stories of five women and the author. It also includes a memorial to an elderly friend of the author, Raymond Farrell. Encouraging commentary is interspersed throughout the book, designed to inspire women confronting life’s obstacles.

It’s not a long or difficult read. The women’s stories are moving. These women overcame challenges that included homelessness, divorce, illness and death of a parent, thriving as a single mother, surviving cancer, and starting a nonprofit.

Although the author repeatedly reiterates that this book is for every woman, it seems as if the target audience was actually the author’s friends and family, rather than for public consumption. For this to be a coaching book, which I’m not convinced it was meant to be, questions after each story to help the reader reflect on her own life would have been good. As it was, the message was, “See these women! They overcame adversity, and so can you!” but without any clear direction on how someone could do that.

Several times, the author states that if just one woman is inspired, then her book will have been a success. I think she sells herself short. The book has the potential of helping thousands of women find direction, with a bit of work.

Each woman’s excerpt was interesting but no more than a few paragraphs except for the author. The author’s own story, while moving, needed some content editing. It seemed that she wrote in a stream of consciousness and then couldn’t bear to go back and edit out redundancies or irrelevant information. The final chapter dedicated to Raymond, the elderly gentleman, seemed out of place in this book geared toward women.

I noticed no grammar or spelling issues in the text, which made it a nice read. Anyone who enjoys reading about others’ life stories would enjoy this book. Those that are looking for help with their in-depth soul-searching processes will need to look elsewhere.

I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery. You can find my review here.