Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book 2 in the Guardian Series

Darshun Luthais, a young but powerful Nasharin Warrior learns he’s the fulfillment of the two thousand year old Prophecy of the Guardian. The Wizard Olchemy informs him that he’s the protector and guardian the earth has been waiting for.

After Darshun experiences betrayal by Aurora, the woman he loves, he is imprisoned by the Dark Queen. Inside the bowels of the Dark Castle Asgoth, Darshun then meets a powerful Elf and is healed by her light.

Against better judgment, he arrogantly fights Abaddon the Demon Lord. He is nearly killed and the powers of the Dark believe he is dead. All of the crystals indeed end up in the clutches of the Demon Lord.

After falling into the river of death, he is pulled out. He receives some healing and again, sets out to join his companions to finish the battle against the Demon’s armies.

Can Darshun stop the dark from destroying all Light on the earth?

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A great review by an Amazon Customer!  :)

"The adventure continues in Crossing Forbidden Lines, the second book of the Guardian series and what an excellent continuation it is, it took off perfectly from the last book in the series!

Darshun is now back after visiting a sacred island to help bring forth his powers to a stronger level so he can defeat the Dark. Not much has changed since he left, but war is upon them and he feels as ready as ready can be for any and all that comes his way. But what can he possible do if his mind is elsewhere? Once again our dear Darshun gets side tracked and some perish due to his absence of both physical and mental presence for the fight. He know finds himself in a place he does not want to be and feels as if he is destined to fail all.

This book had me laughing as well as crying quite a few times for many of the characters and their dealings. It also had me holding onto my seat in suspense as to what would happen next. J.W, Baccaro kept it going strong and I CANNOT wait to see what happens next with Darshun and his comrades!"

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pumpkin Orgasim Anyone?

Which Pumpkin Ale would you like?  :)
 August through October is my favorite time of the year to indulge in beer.  It’s all those pumpkin ales that hit the market.  I’m an addict to pumpkin ales! (not really, but I do get overly excited about them).

I remember the first pumpkin ale I ever saw in the store.  It was a decade ago and the brand was Saranac Pumpkin Ale.  The first time I tried it I thought, "eh, it’s all right, kind of bitter, but all right.”  My palate has since evolved and I have tried almost every pumpkin beer that’s available in the Hudson Valley Region.

In case you’re wondering…”pumpkin in beer?!”  It’s actually a three hundred year old recipe, though I doubt there were loads of spices in the them like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla.  Nevertheless, the colonists of that era would use pumpkins and squash for the malt of their brew.

"According to beer expert Lew Bryson, “American colonists used pumpkins, corn, spruce tips, and persimmons before they managed to import, and later grow barley.” Pumpkin was a readily available ingredient and a fermentable sugar, filling in for the malt needed to make beer. For colonialists, brewing ales with a local ingredient such as pumpkin was just more proof of their hardiness and innovative spirit. By the nineteenth century, as traditional beer ingredients became more accessible, ales made from pumpkins lost their caché. Pumpkin beers made a semi-comeback in the mid-1800s, but as beers flavored with the gourd rather than directly made from it. 

“If our colonial forebears could see how popular pumpkin beer is today they’d be stunned.

“But you have barley, hops and malt,” they’d say. “You can drink real ale!”

Perhaps if our forebears tasted something like the Pumking they’d think, “how do you ferment pumpkin pie?”

Now lets look at my five favorite pumpkin ales:

#5 Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale. 

This beer is sharply crisp with a kick in the face of ginger and allspice.  The pumpkin flavor hides in the background, but overall it’s probably the best sessional pumpkin beer to drink.

#4:  Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin

This beer is half ale and half stout, and has a wonderful blend of pumpkin and molasses.  The abv is 10.5% Therefore, it’s a sipper (I admit every time I have this I hardly sip ).

#3: Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin


Very nice ale, very beautiful burnt orange color. This beer is probably the best balanced pumpkin ale on the market.  You get all the flavors of the pumpkin pie spices, in addition to pumpkin and none of them are overwhelming. It also taste like a beer, rather than a desert.

#2: Southern Tier Pumking

Almost every pumpkin ale fan I know claims this is the best one available—and will always be!  They might be right.  I had a really hard time choosing between this beer and the one I picked for first place.  Although I have to disagree with what the majority of people say about this ale.  I in NO WAY find it like a pumpkin pie in a glass.  I think the only reason people say that is because of this beer’s unique smell and aftertaste of a rich graham cracker crust.  What you get with this baby is a nice refreshing taste of pumpkin, vanilla and graham cracker.  I don’t know how they do that!  And it works.  It’s like a pumpkin orgasm in the mouth!  But the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are almost hiding in the background.  I’m glad for that because too many pumpkin beers like to throw those spices in your face immediately.

#1: Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

It seems I’m about to contradict my words above. This beer is mega-spice in your face!  It’s like the Mistress of Fall has tied you up, is holding your mouth open with one hand while holding the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in her other, then blows the mixture right down your throat! (Did that make sense?) However, it works!  Yes, this is my personal favorite pumpkin ale baby!  You get ALL the spices of pumpkin pie—overwhelmingly, a nice smooth taste of pumpkin, and also that alcohol burn of a rich beer.  That’s why I think it works. You know it’s a beer!


I hope you enjoyed my ramblings here.  If you like pumpkin beer, please comment and tell me your favorite!
Happy Drinking  J