Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - From Here to Fourteenth Street by Diana Rubino

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Book One - From Here to Fourteenth Street
Author: Diana Rubino
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
Vita's miserable circumstances are so well portrayed on the first page of this story that I felt she could never remove the stench from her life. Even when she tried to do a good deed, everything went bad. Her thoughts were that poverty turned everybody against one another. Then she meets a cop who's different than her in every way. The meeting costs her her job and worsens her plight. But then a ray of hope breaks through the gloom and doom. Nice beginning...but can she really trust him or the chance he's offering?

Quote from Book:
“Since your visit cost me my job, the only place I can go is looking for another one so I can eat tonight.” Why not sling some guilt his way? Maybe, if he was half human, he’d appreciate what she’d just gone through.




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Greenery Giveaway

15 WINNERS!
I don't know about where you live, but here in Northeast Texas, it's heating up big time. So a little Greenery should be a fun way to cool down...

What am I giving away this time? 

Prize #1: 
(1 available prize)
BoHo and Gypsy Chic - An assemblage of fashion/decor fabrics make this clutch purse a trendsetting addition to your accessories.

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Measurements:
Length: 13 inches
Width: 7 inches














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(9 available prizes)
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PDF copy of Crossing The Chasm


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - The Accidental Wife by Cj Fosdick

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: The Accidental Wife
Author: Cj Fosdick
Genre: Time Travel Mainstream Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: ***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
Cj Fosdick really knows how to pull me into her story in the first few pages. She quickly introduces elements that pick at my curiosity. On the first page of this tale, I'm taken to a basement with a dark stairwell where I'll find an antique desk with a locked drawer. Okay, we all know that anything locked has to be opened before we can put down the book and get some sleep. Whew! I'm fortunate, it does open, but only to find a locked box inside.

The next pages are filled with more mystery: The family journals, the mysterious ancestral Calling Stone, and the tea cup with the name Mitawin on the bottom. If all this deliciousness wasn't enough to keep me reading, the genre's promise of Time Travel and Romance sealed the deal.

Wonderful first ten pages!

Quote from Book:
“Mitawin sounds like a foreign word. It almost looks like a hand painted addition, not a stamp. If your grandmother added this, it would certainly devalue the worth of the cup.”





Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Song of the Yukon by Trisha Sugarek

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Song of the Yukon
Author: Trisha Sugarek
Genre: Historical Adventure/Romance
Publisher: Tess Publishing, LLC

Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
Prologue: The story opens with a cabin building scene. Neighbors have gathered to help LaVerne dry in her cabin in the Alaskan forest by adding the roof. I could picture the activity and smell the sodbuster biscuits. Immediately, my interest is growing in this single young woman who has staked her claim to eighty acres under the Homestead Act. How LaVerne gets to Alaska makes for a wonderful reading experience and sets up what promises to be a truly fun adventure.

Quote from Book:
     “I’m not going as a girl, Ivah. I’m going to hide my hair under a cap and wear Eddie’s old clothes. This way I can sign on as a kitchen helper or a steward...I think that’s what they call them. By the time they find out I’m a girl, either they won’t care or it will be too late to turn back. They can’t very well throw me overboard.”




Book Review - First Ten Pages - Video of Murder by Trisha Sugarek

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Video of Murder
Author: Trisha Sugarek
Genre: True Crime
Publisher: TESS Publishig, llc

Review Rating: ** My Heart Fluttered A Little - Might Read Later

Review Comments: 
Stella Garcia is a thirty-something homicide detective who's just been handed a murder case in a back alley of Chinatown. Lots of police procedure going on in the first pages along with evidence gathering. I got to know a little about Stella and her partner O'Roarke mostly through the dialog that bantered back and forth, as I would expect it to do in this situation. While the opening pages were detailed and fit the genre, nothing really happened that made me care about the victim or the detectives. But I'm a sucker for problem-solving so I might try this again later.

Quote from Book:
“Hey, Detectives! Look what we found.” A patrol officer waved what looked like a bat in the air, “Found it in the last dumpster down there,” he pointed the bat at the far end of the alley."




Friday, June 30, 2017

SUMMER SALE - It's Got To Go! Icky Chic Designs and Craft Supplies


For great deals all summer, check the ON SALE section of my Etsy Shop. You'll find craft, quilting, and sewing supplies - Gifts for women, handbags, etc. I will be adding lots of new items to this section throughout the days ahead. These special sale prices will end July 31st.



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

3 Things You Should Know Before You Book A Hotel Room

If you love to travel, you can never have too much experience, information, and valuable tips. Check out this great article at Little Feet Big Adventures.

3 Things You Should Know Before You Book A Hotel Room