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Saturday, May 8, 2010

In Memory of Marcy Arbitman

Today I received the very sad news that one of our reviewers, Marcy Arbitman, passed away on the evening of May 6, 2010. I am in tears, though I never had the chance to meet her in person. Marcy was one of our most enthusiastic and dedicated reviewers. She truly loved to read, and she had a passion for erotic romance that never waned.

Marcy was diagnosed several months ago with thyroid cancer. Her health had not been good for starters, and at one point she even needed to take a long term break from JERR. I have to say that she came back to review with a vengeance and she broke her own personal record in the turning in of reviews for each issue of the newsletter. She was forced to stop reviewing about 3-4 months ago, and asked me if she could just hang out with us in our reviewer group. That's how much she liked to be part of JERR.

Though my personal story with Marcy was a bit shaky at one point, once she learned about the cancer and told me, we had a chance to interact a bit more at a personal level via Facebook. I learned that she and I shared very similar political views, and that she cared for the environment like I do.

I am truly saddened by these news, I am shocked as well, despite the fact that I knew what she had been facing and dealing with, and she is going to be missed by all of us at JERR.

Rest in Peace, dear Marcy. You will always be in our hearts.


Mireya and the JERR team

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

List of reviews published in our May 2, 2010 issue of the newsletter

Following is the list of reviews published in our May 2, 2010 issue of the JERR Newsletter:

An Invitation: Alayna's Training by Jennifer Cole
Colters' Woman: Colters' Legacy 1 by Maya Banks
Conquering India: Texas Temptations by Melissa Schroeder
Dangerous Lover: Take Me Lover 4 by Charlene Teglia
Darkest Desires: Darkest Book II by S. K. Yule
Darkest Hours: Darkest Book I by S. K. Yule
Delicious: Wicked Lovers 3 by Shayla Black
Dirty Deeds by Sheri Lewis Wohl
Embroidered Fantasies: Tapestries 5 by N.J. Walters
Engaging Evelyn: Blissful Bets by Jennifer Salaiz
French Tart: Naughty Ladies of Nice 1 by Sloane Taylor
Guardian's Realm 3: The Clash by Crystal Kauffman
His She-wolf by Amy Redwood
In The Cards by C.D. Yates
Inescapable by Saskia Walker
Lovin' The Cowboy Way by Kelly Wallace
Night Blooming Jasmine by Gemini Judson
One Weekend by Sasha White
Perfect Woman by Talya Bosco
Redline Lover: Take Me Lover by Charlene Teglia
Release by Beth Kery
Research Required by Amber Skyze
Secrets We Keep by Caitlyn Willows
Shadow Play by Jeri Duvall
Siren's Seduction: DragonKin by Mina Carter
Sunset Knight by Sami Lee
Tears of the Dragon by Cyndi Friberg
The Locker Room Diaries: Signing Bonus by Trixie Stilletto
Untamed by Crystal Jordan
What She Needs by Lacey Alexander

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Beltane erotic short story

by Heather Nestorick

Wednesday woke up before Vicrum, excitement coursing through her. It was Beltane, the day of spirituality and sexuality. Vicrum was still sleeping and she pressed a kiss to his shoulder before slipping from the bed. She pulled on a short white nighty but didn’t bother with panties, since Beltane was a celebration of passion. Wednesday began collecting her supplies for the ritual, several bundles of herbs that she would burn during the ritual and a silver cord holding two silver rings. The cord and rings had been her mothers and now she used it in every ritual she performed. She also went to the patio and grabbed a small planted fig tree, which she carried to the bed room and placed on the nightstand near Vicum. She also placed four candles around the bed, one for north, south, east and west.

As Wednesday moved around her apartment she opened all the windows, allowing moonlight and night air to fill the space.

Wednesday walked back into the kitchen and pulled the honey from the cabinet. She grabbed a small silver pitcher and filled it with milk. Wednesday carried all of the supplies into the bedroom and sat them out near the bed.

Looking around, she smiled; everything was perfect. She lit the candles she had set around in a clockwise motion, placing two packets of herbs among the candles; one at due north and the other at due south. Sniffing the last one, letting the Hawthorne, honeysuckle and St. Johnswort, fill her senses; before placing it down. All the supplies could be reached from the bed.

Throwing back the sheet, Wednesday took in Vicrum’s strong body bathed in moonlight and smiled again. She hoped he would enjoy the ritual. Wednesday climbed on the bed and straddled his body.

Wednesday relaxed her body around his and began to meditate about the meaning of the day, how important this ritual would be to their bond and ultimately their relationship.

With her arms raised toward the moon, Wednesday began to speak softly creating a circle dedicated to the Goddess.

“By the strength of the witch’s honor
Conjure the magic circle
Feminine steel, a powerful boon
I am safe within the Goddess’ womb.
A sacred space a world apart
Where enchantment births and magic starts
With air and fire, water and earth
I circle round the mother’s girth
The legions of life await my word.
The circle is cast.”

Reaching out Wednesday placed the cord containing the rings on a branch of the fig tree and softly said.

“From your mating shall spring forth life a new.
A profusion of living creatures shall cover the land
And the winds will blow pure and sweet.
O ancient ones, I celebrate with you.”

Wednesday picked up the lighter and lit the bundle of herbs sitting at the northern point of the circle. Then she picked up the milk she began to slowly spill it over her breasts while saying in hushed tones

“Oh Mother Goddess, Queen of the night and of the earth
I celebrate your union as nature rejoices in
A riotous blaze of color and life.
Accept my gift, mother goddess
In honor of your union.”

The milk soaked the front of her tiny nighty and dripped onto Vicrum’s chest and his eyes opened lazily looking at her. Without using words he asked what she was doing. “It’s Beltane.” She replied softly. “The Pagan celebration of spirituality and sex.” Vicrum nodded and wrapped his hands around her ass, pulling her body against him. “Would you like to watch?” she asked him softly. He nodded as his eyes moved over her face and body.

Placing the milk on the floor and she lit the bundle of herbs sitting at the southern point of the circle. She glanced at Vicrum and he looked intrigued. Wednesday reached down and pulled the nighty off exposing her body to him and then she grabbed the honey and let it slowly drip over her breasts while saying

“Oh Father God, King of the day and of the Forests,
I celebrate your union as nature rejoices in
A riotous blaze of color and life.
Accept my gift, mother goddess
In honor of your union.”

Wednesday placed the honey on the floor and put out the burning bundles of herbs and then the candles, this time in a counter clock wise motion. Raising her arms toward the sky once more, she said softly.

“Farewell, Mother Goddess
I give thanks for your presence here.
Go in power.”

It was obvious Vicrum had liked the ritual; his approval was running through their minds as his cock throbbed against her thigh. Wednesday watched Vicrum as he reached up and used a finger tip to swipe some honey from her left nipple, sucking it off his finger. The look on his face and the sound he made as he sucked caused her cunt to throb and drip juices onto him. Wednesday crushed herself against him not worried about the mess she was making of both of them and her lips sought his which he gave them willingly.



BELTANE LOVE SPELL

Beltane is the ancient Celtic holiday of the 1st of May, or Mayday that we still celebrate in many forms today throughout the British Isles. The word 'Beltane' it is thought, may be derived from the old solar god Belenos and the Beltane holiday is derived from his name, being the celebration of his return to our spring skies. Belenos could be compared to Apollo and has through the centuries been humanised and turned by writers and historians into Kings such as King Bellin who was said to have built a fort beside the Thames, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth. So with this Beltane love spell you would be invoking Belenos power by casting on his day. This love spell is perfect for those who wish to see renewal or blossoming of the love in their relationship.

On Beltane, light a candle outside (use a storm lantern in it is windy). Your candle represents Belenos, the sun, and then as you look into the candle flame, chant:

'On this Beltane day, now it is the first of May,
Belenos you have returned and now all reborn will be,
May my lover's love for me, alos be reborn as are the leaves of the tree,
May my lover love me more so that (insert their name) their heart for me does soar, May our love be twice born, on this perfect Beltane morn,
An it harm none, so mote it be.'

Now visualise your relationship being renewed and strengthened, your love for each other overflowing. Your Beltane Love Spell is cast!

Let's celebrate May Day!

Today is the first day of May, and it is celebrated by more people than you would know. It is a rather fascinating tradition, and our copy editor, Heather, kindly offered to write a couple of pieces about Beltane (including a very spicy short story) to include in our blog. Enjoy!

BELTANE

Many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Beltane. It is one of eight solar Sabbats. This holiday incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Beltane, such as the bonfire, but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). Some traditions celebrate this holiday on May 1 or May Day, whiles others begin their celebration the eve before or April 30th.

Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. The name means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times. Beltane is a joyous, open hearted celebration of life by balance counter placement in the wheel.

Beltane focuses on the principal of life as a generated though the energies of physical sexual union. It is a time to embrace your sexuality. Sexual energy represents the merging of individual consciousness into a collective consciousness. Sexuality should be uninhibited and spontaneous, a direct manifestation of ones sexual expression.

In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.

The May pole was a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate...just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.


DUMP CAKE RECIPE

1 large can of fruit (peaches are great for this)
1 package of cake mix
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Get coals glowing (white) and rub the outside of a dutch oven with soft soap for easier clean-up.

Pie filling and cake mix can be white cake with peaches, white with cherries (chocolate and cherry are great!!!!!)

Mix together pie filling, butter and cake mix.

Place in coals add a few coals to top of dutch oven.

It takes about 1/2 hour but cook until filling is bubbling threw cake mix.

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1 can of pie filling
1 box of cake mix White or yellow (made to directions)
1 stick of butter

Get coals glowing (white) and rub outside of a dutch oven with soft soap for easier clean-up.

Prepare a white or yellow box cake mix according to directions.

Pour in the pie filling.

Cut butter into small piece and dot on top.

Check for doneness after 30 min - usually will take longer - until filling is bubbling threw cake mix.

This one I do with cherries and apples.

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Bake the cakes in a oven at 350* for 30-45 minutes.

by: Heather Nestorick for Just Erotic Romance Reviews


Image: Beltane Dance by Jenny M. Heidewald (http://www.elfwood.com/)