Thursday, April 13, 2017

Steampunk Granny interviews Anna Brandimarte of Beyond Belief


I meet a lot of talented people with both my book signings and my psychic events. I met Anna Brandimarte several years ago when we were part of the same ghost investigation team. I was recently at a Spiritual Awakening Expo and discovered that Anna was making her own products. It was time for an interview.
Marie Gilbert:  How did you get interested in making the scented candles?

Anna Brandimarte: It just came across me one day and ever since then I just started making candles.

Marie Gilbert: How are your candles different than store bought candles?

Anna Brandimarte: They are like no other ones you buy in a store and the reason why is because I put my own energy and herbs into them along with the power inside the candle.

Marie Gilbert: What else do you make besides the candles?

Anna Brandimarte: I also make bath bombs to help with relaxation when taking a bath! 

Marie Gilbert: Can clients request a certain scent for you to create?

Anna Brandimarte: Yes they can. I can make whatever their wish is for the candle 

Marie Gilbert: Can clients use your candles as protection from negative energy? What candles would you suggest for this?

Anna Brandimarte: My candles are very good for protection because I use herbs to help fight the negative energy.  Lavender is a very good protection for happiness and peace. To keep negativity out of your house, I would suggest Bloodroot herb to be placed in the doorways and windows of the home. These are just a few examples of the herbs that I use in candles, but there's so much more that I haven’t mentioned.

Marie Gilbert: I know that you also do ghost investigations. Can you tell us how you got started?

Anna Brandimarte: I got started with investigations after I got out of high school.  I found the Paranormal fascinating, plus I had some weird things happen and I wanted to find answers. After my family passed away, I was getting signs from them and I decided to become an investigator.

Marie Gilbert: Can clients contact you if they suspect their house is haunted?

Anna Brandimarte: Yes they can contact me. The investigation is free; no charge. I will walk through the entire home, room by room, and tell the clients what I can pick up. 

Marie Gilbert: Can we look forward to new creations from Beyond Belief? 

Anna Brandimarte: Yes. I am always doing something new that's why it's called “Beyond Belief.” 

Marie Gilbert: How can people contact you for an order?

Anna Brandimarte: By cell and email cell 2014783544 Email 

Thank you Anna, for doing this interview and I hope to see you at a few Psychic Expos.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Author Leonardo Ramirez's Buy a Book. Feed a Family Campaign



When Friends ask me to help them with a worthy cause, I always say yes!!! What my fellow author and friend, Leonardo Ramirez, is doing for young readers and their family is worth shouting from the roof. Check it out and I will share updates as they happen. Thank you, Leonardo!


Buy a Book. Feed a Family.

Author Leonardo Ramirez to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Benefit Young Readers and Families
‘Buy a Book, Feed a Family' campaign to launch in 2017
MARCH 15, 2017 - Author Leonardo Ramirez has announced that he will be launching a brand new crowdfunding campaign that will benefit both young readers and families.
The “Buy a Book, Feed a Family” campaign will launch on March 20 and will offer backers the ability to support a cause that will offer multi-faceted benefits.
Leonardo’s newest book, The Orb of Terra, will be available via the crowdfunding campaign. The book offers thought-provoking concepts and memorable characters that tell a deep story about a character whose father left him at an early age.
According to Leonardo, the book will provide hope and inspiration to children everywhere, and a portion of money raised will be donated to a Nashville area Food Pantry to help feed families.
Details can be found at where you can sign up for updates.
About Leonardo Ramirez
Leonardo Ramirez is an author, husband, father, and 4th Degree Black Belt instructor. He lives with his wife Kristen and their daughter Mackenzy in Nolensville, Tennessee.

His first graphic novel, Haven of Dante, is a supernatural Young Adult story centered on an ancient war between the Dante Family and the nine circles of hell. Haven of Dante: The Staff of Moshe takes readers much deeper into the world of the family line with a prologue that begins with the plight of Dante Alighieri himself.

His follow up is a Children's Steampunk book called The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot. It follows the adventure of two children as they are transported to the steam-powered cities of Jupiter, find their long-lost father, stop an attack from Mars and witness the birth of Steampunk.


Download a copy of the press release by clicking here.
To watch the campaign video, click here.
Copyright © 2017 leonardoverse, All rights reserved.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Steampunk Granny’s Day of Writers and Frighters


Congratulations! You’re a writer, and you’ve published your first book, but the really hard part is just beginning. You have to get your little tush out there and sell yourself and your book. It’s not easy to wear different hats: author; marketing; vendor, and if you’re an introvert, then the marketing part can be physically and emotionally daunting.

I’m working on the fourth book of my Roof Oasis Series so I speak from experience. Yesterday was spent with two writer friends selling their debut novels followed by a trip to Cherry Hill’s Monster Mania. Did I have fun? You better believe it.

Author Fair at Deptford

Deptford Mall in Deptford NJ was hosting a Book Expo and I wanted to drop by and support two of the authors: William Howard and Tom Minder. William is a science fiction writer like me, and this is the first book of his series called The Eye of Hermes. I did an interview with William Howard about his book and you can check it out here. The Eye of Hermes is a dystopian tale about two criminals on a prison asteroid who must join forces against a powerful enemy. You can buy the book on Amazon, or you can come out and see the author in person on March 25 at the Treehouse Coffee Shop in Audubon NJ.

Tom Minder’s book is a suspense thriller called The Long Harbor Testament. The story is about an unholy alliance between a priest, a detective and a mob boss who join forces to solve a murder. You can purchase the book on Amazon or meet the author in person on April 8th at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Delaware.

Monster Mania

The last time I was at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill NJ, I have the pleasure to meet several cast members from “The Walking Dead” I wrote a post about my experience of meeting, Tyreese, Carl, Beth and Hershel on Biff Bam Pop and you can read about it here.
I wanted to say hello to a few of my friends who were vendors at this big event. One of the vendors was Dave Nagy of Dave’s Dark Realm and besides wearing his products, he sells them to film companies and special effects crews.
I also met with friends from Jersey Paranormal Investigations. They are having a big event “Peg Leg’s Paracon on September 16, 2017 that will benefit the Red Mill in Clinton NJ. The event will be held at 56 Main Street in Clinton. Here is the Facebook page for the event.
Monster Mania featured well known stars like John Cusack, Louise Fletcher, Nick Castle, Ashley Bell and a few cast members from Stranger Things. My favorite was Louise aka Nurse Ratched from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. What a beautiful and classy lady!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Heads Up for a Psychic Dinner Event


On March 14th, come to a Psychic Dinner at Bahama Breese Island Grille in Cherry Hill. The featured gifted Psychic Medium will be Judy Dingler. The event begins at 5:30 pm

Are you open to gaining valuable insight about your past, present or future? Would you like to hear from a loved one who has crossed over into the spirit world? Do you want to have an enjoyable dining experience with stimulating conversation? If so, then come to this fun and enlightening event. The event will be held in a private dining room where Psychic Medium Judy Dingler will give messages to the attendees after they have dined. Judy Dingler has been a Psychic Medium for the past twenty-four years. She is able to help people connect with their loved ones, guides and teachers during gallery readings. Judy also shares messages that assist attendees in all the important aspects of their lives.

In addition to being a Psychic Medium, Judy is a meditation facilitator, Reiki teacher and the Founder of “Gathering Together,” a bi-weekly get-together for spiritual seekers held in Blackwood, NJ. She also teaches intuitive development classes. Her warm, down-to-earth personality combined with Judy’s unique blend of knowledge and experience, make her highly sought after by a wide range of clients.


This even is for women and men, friends, couples, families and anyone over the age of 18. If you come with friends, we will seat you together. Dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 with the gallery readings starting from 7:30 to 9:00

For more information, and to buy a ticket, visit this site. Steampunk Granny will be there to help Host Stacy Joyce with the seating arrangements
Your host for the Psychic Dinners is Stacy Joyce who is a Psychic herself, and the Producer of thePsychic & Healing Expo held every March and September at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Osmosis of Malicious Nature


I waited a while before posting this article because I wanted to see where we are going as a nation. I should have titled this blog “Birds of a Feather” because this has to do with how we see ourselves and how others see us by the company we keep.

Osmosis: is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a semi-permeable membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides. ... Osmosis is a vital process in biological systems, as biological membranes are semipermeable...

Birds: Why do birds flock together? Scientists believe that birds tend to fly and hang out together in flocks because there’s safety in numbers and flocking together helps birds stay safe from predators.

People behave the same way. People with same tastes and similar ideologies tend to spend lots of time together. This flocking of people in designated groups helps insulate them from criticism from other groups. For example, I am very into ghost investigations. There are many people who don’t believe in ghosts and I would find myself up for ridicule if I did not have a safety net of people with the same belief in the theory of an active afterlife.
Sometimes the process of osmosis and flocking is beneficial for people as it is with married couples and families in general. When people are first married, they bring along their own individual ideals and dreams. But over time, those married couples evolve into a new creature; one that shares values.

The disturbance to osmosis and flocking usually appears when the offspring of said married couples develop their own ideologies that are in sharp contrast to their parents. It’s called life and that’s okay. It’s better to be a civilization of free thinkers than blind followers. The majority of the time, these young dissenters will point out the antiquated osmosis (ideologies) that kept their parents insulated from the world around them. The flock then has the opportunity to change direction and begin to include other species at their waterhole. Inclusion and acceptance is always good for everyone.

Osmosis of Politics

The threat to all ideologies is eminent when a mutation happens to certain birds nesting at a particular waterhole. This mutative thinking or bigotry begins to spread because all the birds of let’s say the Cuckoo species looks upon the other birds as intruders...or worse...less worthy than them.

The Cuckoos will then begin a slow, manipulative method of destroying all birds at that waterhole that do not assimilate into the new world order. With the constant use of conspiracy theories and the constant shaming of those birds that resist joining the flock, the Cuckoos slowly destroy the ecology of the waterhole forever.


Can this happen in real life? Yes! We see it happening with Trump and his cabinet that consists mostly of people who have shown in the past that they are intent on destroying anything that protects the environment, education and the survival of the American middle class. They hate the poor and dehumanize anyone who thinks or looks differently than them. Maybe Trump isn’t a person of bigotry, but if the flock he’s getting his advice from is tolerant of bigotry then Trump by association will be held responsible. Is Trump a subscriber to the Alt-right ideology? What exactly is Alt-right?

Alt-right: Bannon once described Breitbart News in an interview with the Investigative Fund as the “platform for the alt-right”. Alt-right is far-right conservatism that embraces and promotes white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. The article, which I’ll include here, goes on to say that Breitbart does concede in that article that neo-Nazis or “1488ers” make up part of the alt-right. Like I’ve stated above...the Cuckoos are slowly destroying the waterhole forever.


This is the description that I found explaining this group. It is the term given to the hardcore racists who populate the movement, though in smaller numbers. They believe in the radical and violent eradication of minority groups from the USA. The first part of the term is a reference to a 14 word, new Nazi slogan, while the second part of the number -88- refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet “H” which put together stands for “Heil Hitler  

Is Trump a follower of Alt-right ideology? If not, then Trump will need to explain in clear and concise language to the entire nation why he picked Bannon for his cabinet. And it better make sense to us on why our president is hanging with haters. If it walks, talks, and flocks like a Cuckoo, then it’s a flocking Cuckoo! End of discussion!
How do we fight this mindset of entitlement, hate and bigotry? The other birds (Republicans and Democrats alike) need to stand together and protest against any signs of hatred coming from this administration. The Free Press must be diligent in reporting only the truth and holding themselves to a higher level of journalism. We Americans must hold our representatives in Congress to the fire and demand that they explain the policies coming from the White House. And, if these policies are harmful to us as a nation, then these representatives in Congress are duty bound to protect all the other birds at the waterhole.
Because in the will be where Congress places its loyalty that will give proof to what flock they’d prefer to associate themselves with. Will they stand or the Cuckoos? The ball is in your court Messieurs Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Side note: I wish to offer my sincerest apology to the cuckoo bird species for using them as an example for this story.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Foils of Nature on the Family Car

I love nature and so does my husband, Dan. After growing up and living in Philly most of our lives, my husband and I were ready to live alongside the plentiful Jersey flora and fauna. We even built a beautiful pond in our back yard to encourage the visit of woodland creatures. Life was good as we added all types of beautiful trees and plants that attracted humming birds, bees and butterflies.

Then it happened!

My husband’s pride and joy...his GMC Terrain had been invaded...but Dan found out the hard way that this invasion had even taken place the day his car began to act up. You can imagine my husband’s surprise after taking his car to Jim Reid’s Auto Repair Shop. A few important engine wires had been chewed in half.

After the car was fixed, my husband was told to put some moth balls around the engine to keep all furry critters away from the engine and wires. The moth balls had no effect on the critters, but I began to smell like a dry cleaning service every time I used the car.

Killer Squirrel

After several trips to the Reid Auto Repair shop to repair more chewed up wires, my husband bought an animal trap. Dan’s mission was to catch the little bugger and drop him off in a park far, far away. He put the cage inside the engine, and inside the cage he placed a few crackers with peanut butter.
Then he waited. The next day, the cage was empty, but the crackers were gone. There was a note from the squirrel. It was a menu for its next meal. Jersey squirrels are known for their sense of humor, but my husband wasn’t laughing.
It took two days of empty traps and continuous damage to the engine wires before my husband finally caught the squirrel. It was huge. When caught, the squirrel was wearing a tee shirt that said, “Make my day!”


My husband took the squirrel for a long ride. He didn’t want the squirrel to easily find its way home. Killer Squirrel is now living at a nice park, and hopefully, Killer Squirrel has forgotten where we live. Just to play it safe, hubby is leaving the trap under the hood for a few more days.
I didn’t have the heart to tell my husband that I’ve recently noticed a few chipmunks surveying the car. I better get that box of moth balls from the garage. We might be very busy with potential squatters.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Message of Love to President Obama and President Trump


Thank you for 8 years of service to the American people, President Obama. I'm wishing you the best of everything for you and your beautiful family as you start out on your new journey.
I will ask GOD to guide President Trump in his duties and for GOD's nonjudgmental love for all his children to be a gentle reminder for President Trump that the American people come before all corporations, all churches and all banks.
President Trump may you have only love and compassion for every single person in America. May you do all in your power to stop the hatred that is dividing this country by remembering that you are a servant to the American people and that we will rally around you if you do right for all of us.
When no child goes to bed hungry, when no American is denied medical treatment and when the elderly are not forgotten or treated as disposables. When we are valued as children of the Universe regardless of race, sex, sexual identity, nationality or economic status, America will become a true beacon of Love and Tolerance to the entire world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Identifying GOD

Do I believe in GOD? Yes, with my whole heart and soul. But, do I believe that GOD is this old man living up in the clouds? That is what I was taught as a child, but as I grew older and witnessed the horrors that men commit against each other, I’ve become cynical of the teachings of religion.
How I ask, can a Creator that not only made us, but all life throughout the Universe be okay with us hating another one of his creatures? Why would a powerful Creator subscribe to one religion using murder and terrorism to attack others? Why would this Creator subscribe to the speeches of hate that have been in the news lately?
The answer is simple: The Creator does not endorse negativity of any type, shape or form. The Creator is the ultimate life force and as a life force, His mission and motto is “BE and let BE.”  And yet, here we are ready to kill in his name.

Who is GOD?
GOD is certainly not the myth of religions. God is pure energy and pure love. His energy is what created the universe and all the life forms that are evolving on all the planets that are scattered through the universes and, through the different dimensions.
Early man had no way of understanding the depth or range of the universe and mankind certainly had no way of understanding that everything, including themselves, was made up of the Creator’s life-force-energy and because he didn’t, he made up stories to explain this power. He gave GOD a name; many names to be exact. Mankind went about building temples of gold where daily sacrifices were offered to the GOD of many names. When the temples weren’t enough, Man began a methodical indoctrination of the masses.
It was all about power and control, but with the threat of an eternity spent in hell, lay people were coerced into following the laws of the many religions. For the lay people, the laws were hard to bear upon their shoulders, but for the leaders of religion, they had found Nirvana: willing slaves that followed their every instruction. Any dispute was treated as heresy and, the solution was often a painful public death. All the while, wars continued to be fought in the name of God, while the poor and the vulnerable were mowed under the wheels of the war machine.
Here we are in the year 2017 and the people of Earth are no closer to peace and harmony than they were since they crawled out of that primordial soup of evolution. Do we place the blame at God’s door? Because, after all, he is all powerful and we were promised by our religious leaders that if we followed the “True” religion, we would be saved.
Maybe...the problem is with us...maybe we are looking for God in all the wrong places...maybe science can help us understand just how powerful God has made each and every one of us.

May the Force Be With You
He is the Force...okay, I’m going Star Wars here a bit, but it will help you understand where I’m headed. We are made up of atoms, we are light, and we are truly the dust of stars long gone: We are energy with no ending. We are GOD’s energy that is vibrating at a lower level than his. Everything has his energy! Think about this...every planet, every sun, every moon, every leaf, tree, rock, animal, bird, fish, insect, bacteria and virus...we are the sum total of GOD.
There are many scientific explanations for energy and many types of energy, but the one I’ll use is this: energy is the ability to move forward. Living entities are always moving forward from one life to another. Our soul’s energy doesn’t die when we shed our bodies. Our souls go on and on and on. GOD is E=Mc2

We have been reborn over and over since the beginning of time...for God is time and space. We have lived on every planet and in every dimension and we are doing this simultaneously at most points in our existence. There is no set place to hold the energy of life except in the Soul, which is the mirror of God. We reflect his energy in our soul...and the soul craves life and knowledge. The soul wants to be like be GOD.

Become the Force
Again, I ask for your forgiveness in using a Star War phrase, but to become close to God, we need to look only within ourselves. GOD lives in each of us. He doesn’t need temples and there is only one law. “BE and let BE.”  Once we start to look at other life forms on this Earth as fellow mini gods in training, we will understand that we are all equal parts of the whole...every person, every animal, and every plant on every world and every dimension.

If we are to move forward and evolve as an energy being, we need to take religion out of the equation. We need to connect with the collective universal mind and follow the law of the Ultimate Life Force...Do no harm...create not destroy...BE and let BE.
GOD is waiting for us to make the first move.