My Bookshelf

It is time for a brief tour of my bookshelf! Specifically, what I like to call the ‘reference’ section – all the books which I grab out when I’m not sure of something, or when I want some more information on a particular topic. I like to base my fiction on legends, ideas and facts, (as much as one can when writing paranormal fiction) so these help to build up the world in which my stories take place. So, let’s have a look!

The Crystal Bible (Judy Hall)

I use this mainly as a reference book for when we’re bringing crystals into the mix of magic and spells. It’s basically a bunch of crystals with their meanings and uses.

Divine Magic: The World of the Supernatural (Andre & Lynette Singer)

This one is an investigation into different areas of the mystical. Everything from angels to demonology to horoscopes. It’s most useful when I get writers block or run out of ideas.

A Field Guide to Demons, Vampires, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits (Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack)

I’m going to be completely honest – I haven’t read this yet. I can’t tell what it’s useful for – I don’t even know if it will be useful. But it cost me $3, so I figured I may as well add it to my collection. Hopefully it will be useful once I’ve read it.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Psychic Awareness (Lynn A. Robertson, Katherine A. Gleason)

I think it’s pretty clear what this book is – a discussion on how to wake your latent psychic abilities. This is used the most when I have a character with psychic abilities. It gives a good run down on how different techniques work, which is really important when writing those scenes. Even if it’s not explicit in the novel, I need to know exactly what each character is going through. This helps.

Into the Unknown (Reader’s Digest)

This one is similar to Divine Magic, but I find this has a slightly more scientific approach to its investigations. This is another one I use for background ideas more than specific details.

The Reiki Bible: The Definitive Guide to Healing With Energy (Eleanor McKenzie)

This is a perfect little book for when I need the basics of reiki. It has a lot of information on how the practice works – useful for when characters are using it.

The Signs and Symbols Bible: The Definitive Guide to Mysterious Markings (Madonna Gauding)

This one is pretty much exactly how it sounds. It’s a huge list of different symbols and their meanings. It hasn’t proved too useful in my work yet, but I am hoping to bring a few more symbols into the mix, so this will definitely help.

Wiccapedia: A Modern White Witch’s Guide (Shawn Robbins, Leanna Greenaway)

Whenever you can spot witchcraft in one of my books, this book has usually had something to do with it. This is a basic guide to witchcraft, which has been very useful in creating rituals, spells and just general magic.

A Witch’s Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural (Gerina Dunwich)

When you’ve got a couple of characters who are demon hunting witches, a book which teaches witches to hunt demons can be quite useful. I also based a lot of my demonology on the information in this book.

Of course, my bookshelf is a lot larger than these books – these are just the ones that tend to come out when I’m writing, or have inspired something in my books. Who knows, maybe soon I’ll have a whole other stack of books for research purposes. But for now, these are great!

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