Sacred Smoke Book Launch with Amy Blackthorn

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About the book:

Learn how to create a sacred space free of negativity

This clear and contemporary guide explores the ritual use of smoke and scents to cleanse the energies of mind, body, and home. Here, aromatherapist and long-time herbalist Amy Blackthorn offers the essential tools for creating sacred space—a safe space free of negative energies—using herbs, incense, smoke, and other practices.

Written in an accessible style, free of jargon, Sacred Smoke has everything you need to know to get started on your practice of purification and cleansing, including:

  • The importance of self-care
  • How to keep your home and family safe
  • How to protect your home while you are away
  • Adding crystals to your cleansing practice
  • Using essential herbs and recipes for creating cleansing smoke.

Sacred Smoke is an essential guide for anyone seeking to practice the ritual use of cleansing and clearing to protect and heal themselves, their home, and their family.

Amy Blackthorn is a long-time student of horticulture and herbalism as well as a certified aromatherapist. She incorporates her knowledge of “green witchcraft” in the creation of tea recipes and essential oils for her company, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends. She lives in Delaware.

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Camp Lenape Reading and Signing with Timothy R. Baldwin

Books are currently available for purchase at Caprichos Books.

Join Author Timothy R. Baldwin as he reads from his YA book, Camp Lenape.

Marcus Kahale and Alissa Claude thought they knew what to expect as first-year junior counselors at Camp Lenape. Since second grade, they have spent every summer there, but this time would be different. A young camper, Bri, confides in Alissa that a stranger approached her at night. Then, in the middle of the night, Marcus witnesses two men exiting the cabin area and entering the woods. One of the men has something heavy slung over his shoulder. The next day Marcus realizes his little sister Bri is gone.

Alissa is the last person to see Bri. Marcus doesn’t believe it when staff says Bri is sent home for a spider bite. He’s determined to find out what happened to his sister and he needs Alissa’s help. With their friends, Marcus and Alissa decide to investigate. They set off, looking for Bri, but they may soon discover she’s not the only one that’s in danger.
There’s a big secret at Camp Lenape. None of the adults are as they seem. The teens need to find Bri before other campers go missing.

About Timothy R. Baldwin

Timothy R. Baldwin grew up in Central New York where he spent many fond summers as a camper and counselor at day and overnight camps. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Towson University, a Master’s degree in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Currently, he teaches English Literature and Composition, and Drama and Film on the middle school level. He spends his free time directing the drama program at his school, reading, writing, watching films, and periodically throwing himself into the community theatre scene as an actor or director. When he’s not doing any of these, he enjoys attending outdoor music festivals or live music concerts. He has a particular fondness for Blues Music.

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Author Event: An Unexplained Death with Mikita Brottman

 

Author Mikita Brottman will join us to talk about her book, An Unexplained Death, The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere. You can purchase a book ahead of time at the shop or when you come in to the event and she will sign after the discussion.

An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere—a once-grand hotel—and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism

“The poster is new. I notice it right away, taped to a utility pole. Beneath the word ‘Missing,’ printed in a bold, high-impact font, are two sepia-toned photographs of a man dressed in a bow tie and tux.”

Most people would keep walking. Maybe they’d pay a bit closer attention to the local news that evening. Mikita Brottman spent ten years sifting through the details of the missing man’s life and disappearance, and his purported suicide by jumping from the roof of her own apartment building, the Belvedere.

As Brottman delves into the murky circumstances surrounding Rey Rivera’s death—which begins to look more and more like a murder—she contemplates the nature of and motives behind suicide, and uncovers a haunting pattern of guests at the Belvedere, when it was still a historic hotel, taking their own lives on the premises. Finally, she fearlessly takes us to the edge of her own morbid curiosity and asks us to consider our own darker impulses and obsessions

 

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Princess Tea Party with Author E.D. Baker

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This is a tea party for kiddos ages 7 and up! Here’s a chance to dress up and hang out with the amazing author, E.D. Baker as she reads from her book, More Than A Princess. You can purchase a copy of her book and have it signed. She may also share with us some of the sequel which comes out November 2019!

 

Aislin of Eliasind is more than just a princess — she’s half-fairy and half-pedrasi, with magical gifts from each side of her heritage!

One day, as Aislin is venturing through the woods, she is alarmed to hear a band of humans coming through. How did they get past the guarded magical passageway that leads to her hidden kingdom? Mistaken for a human herself, Aislin is captured, and soon realizes she’s in even bigger trouble–she’s being used as a pawn to help the king of this nearby kingdom, Morrain, find a secret passageway to the warring land of Scarmander, so he can capture his enemies by surprise. Aislin must find a way to break free, while also minding the beautiful human princess and ladies-in-waiting she now shares a castle with, who are all too ready to point out her differences. Thankfully, Aislin’s inner strength goes beyond her magical qualities. And with a few loyal friends by her side, she’s ready to stand up for herself and her kingdom once and for all.

A classic and original fairy-tale that celebrates beauty and goodness in all its shapes and sizes, More than a Princess will resonate with readers who love magic, suspense, girl power, and adventure.

 

About the Author

E.D. Baker is the author of the Tales of the Frog Princess seriesthe Wide-Awake Princess series, the Fairy-Tale Matchmaker series, the Magic Animal Rescue series, and many other delightful books for young readers, including A Question of Magic, Fairy Wings, and Fairy Lies. Her first novel, The Frog Princess, was the inspiration for Disney’s hit movie “The Princess and the Frog.” She lives with her family and their many animals in Maryland.

Visit talesofedbaker.com for special giveaways and to learn more about all of E.D. Baker’s books!
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Independent Bookstore Day

 

Join us in celebrating Independent Bookstore Day! We are spreading out around the Armory Marketplace and taking over the Armory park to bring you vendors, authors, and artists who have supported us in our first year in Bel Air. This event will be huge! We have exclusive items for this event. I’ll share a list and s video as soon as they arrive.

We will have an authors table with different authors every hour.

Some of the tables and crafters include She’s Got Moxie, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, Aqua Art and Camp Hidden Valley

If you’re interested in having a table or participating in the event let me know and we will see what we can do.

10 am- Vagrant Coffee,

11am – Brad Cox, author, Children of the Program 

11am- Children’s Author/Illustrator Stephanie Guzman with The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish

1pm- Poet Edward Doyle-Gillespie

2pm – Author Columbkill Noonan

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Peace Pom Childrens Yoga and Author Event

 

Join Author Mark Gruber- Lebowitz and Illustrator Sheldon Gruber-Lebowitz as they present Peace Pom, Ronan Makes a Difference. 

To prepare our minds and bodies for this event Ms. Erin will be leading a half hour yoga session. We have limited space for this special free session so registration is required. Please see the ticketing link below.

Then Mr.Mark and Mr.Sheldon will do a reading of their book followed by a mindfulness exercise. To bring things to a close we will do a craft and the pair will sign copies of their book over at Caprichos Books!

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Author Event: Mikita Brottman, An Unexplained Death

Join Author Mikita Brottman as she presents her book, An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Bevedere which came out in November 2018.

An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere—a once-grand hotel—and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism.

“The poster is new. I notice it right away, taped to a utility pole. Beneath the word ‘Missing,’ printed in a bold, high-impact font, are two sepia-toned photographs of a man dressed in a bow tie and tux.”

Most people would keep walking. Maybe they’d pay a bit closer attention to the local news that evening. Mikita Brottman spent ten years sifting through the details of the missing man’s life and disappearance, and his purported suicide by jumping from the roof of her own apartment building, the Belvedere.

As Brottman delves into the murky circumstances surrounding Rey Rivera’s death—which begins to look more and more like a murder—she contemplates the nature of and motives behind suicide, and uncovers a haunting pattern of guests at the Belvedere, when it was still a historic hotel, taking their own lives on the premises. Finally, she fearlessly takes us to the edge of her own morbid curiosity and asks us to consider our own darker impulses and obsessions.

Ms. Brottman is a non-fiction writer, typically focusing on true crime. She is also currently a professor at MICA where she teaches courses in literature, critical studies, and myth.

She is also a psychoanalyst certified since 2012 through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NCPsycA). She does volunteer work in the Maryland prison system and in forensic psychiatric facilities. Her articles and case studies have appeared in The American Journal of PsychoanalysisNew Literary HistoryAmerican Imago, and other journals.

She live in the old Belvedere Hotel in beautiful Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with her partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver. 

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Children’s Author Event! Reading and Signing

We are celebrating Children’s Author and Illustrator week with a special guest! This children’s book written and illustrated by Andrea (Andi) Rowinski is a about a boy who wishes for things like candy, toys, and video games but when received, they have unfortunate results. During these mishaps his interactions with his family teach him that friends and family are more important than “things”.

Copies of this book will be available for purchase during the event.

About the Author: Andrea Rowinski has always loved reading, writing, and drawing.  She received her BFA in Painting from Kutztown University along with a degree in Art Education.  She went on to earn her Masters of Art Education from Towson University.   Andrea currently teaches high school art and owns her own glass painting business.  She decided to combine her passions into writing and illustrating a children’s book.  Her debut children’s story, “Wishes”, was released in November 2018.   Andrea resides in Carroll County, Maryland with her husband, ten-year-old son, two crazy cats, and a tank of fish.  Her stories are often inspired by her son’s adventurous antics.

 

 

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