Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Reviews - First Ten Pages - Sacrificial Lam by Gary Guinn



 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. So, in my reviews, 
I want to put the spotlight on these crucial pages.



Title: Sacrificial Lam
Author: Gary Guinn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller 
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Review Rating: **** Intrigued

Review Comments: The story starts at a relaxing pace but enough red flags are dropped to give the reader a good indication of the dark menace that lurks just beyond Lam's perception. Lam's character was easy to like. He's a little bit of a troublemaker with an innocent indifference. I have to say that Lam's character, more than the plot, is what intrigued me and would keep me reading.

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages:  Lambert Corso, an English professor, labeled as a "liberal's liberal", works at a university with deep conservative religious roots. He receives a letter under his office door that is scathing and threatening. 

Quote from Book:
   ~ What if the note wasn’t a joke? What were the chances? A little rush of panic ran through him. He shook his head. Impossible. Then again, in a world where teenagers walked into a school and started shooting, how impossible was it, really? ~






Book Review of the First Ten Pages - Escape from Behruz by Judy Meadows




 As a readerif 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. So, in my reviews, 
I want to put the spotlight on these crucial pages.

Title: Escape from Behruz
Author: Judy Meadows
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Review Rating: ***** Totally Hooked

Review Comments: 
Everything was here! Who isn't invested in a mother with a small child who has to resort to intrigue in order to escape her palace home. And of course, the man she seeks has a questionable position in her life - is he friend or foe? Danger is in the air, I could feel Olivia's desperation to reach Rashid, but why? I will definitely keep reading this story to find the answer.

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: 
Takes place in the Middle East, A palace with soldiers everywhere, A distressed mother and small child, An escape from the palace, American woman in search of a man from the Middle East - the man is the nephew of the Sultan, a sick puppy causes public chaos.

Quote from Book:
Olivia knew those eyes. She’d seen them spark green with amusement, she’d seen them darken in anger, and she’d seen them glow liquid brown with passion. 

Rashid was back. ~ 






Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BLINK AND YOU LOSE 6th Shopping Event

IT JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT BETTER
Starting on May 31st (Our 7th Event)- We will have 
two All Day events each week 
on Wednesdays and Sundays


OUR 6th EVENT IS - Sunday, May 28th
Join Us On Sunday for Some Shopping Fun! 

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHEN IS THE EVENT?
Every Wednesday and Sunday 
Until - 7 PM Central Standard Time
WEDNESDAY'S Event will be at Markets of Sunshine
 (Starting 5/31)
SUNDAY'S Event will be here on this blog 

HOW THIS WORKS: 
(Featured Items Are Different For Each Day's Event)
All featured item's listed for Wednesday and Sunday's Shopping Event will be ridiculously lowered in price until 7 PM CST. You only have one day to secure these awesome deals! So you see...if you BLINK, YOU REALLY WILL LOSE...  
NOTICE: Items are listed on Etsy. You can use the Etsy Guest feature to purchase items on Etsy without an account.

THIS WEEK'S EVENT ITEMS: (Sunday, May 28th)
*Featured items are subject to change in the case that they should sell before the scheduled shopping event.



(1) (Icky Chic Designs)  Small Clutch or Phone Case
Original Price$27.00 
Event Price: $7.95
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(2)  (Icky Chic Designs) 
5 Yards Glamorous Apparel Fabric
Original Price: $18.00
Event Price: $7.20
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(3) (Markets of Sunshine) Hollow Book Safe
Original Price: $22  
Event Price: $15
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(4) (Markets of Sunshine) 
Book Lover Gift for Girls, Hollow Book Box
Original Price: $20
Event Price: $15
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Remember: 
  • All transactions will take place through the Etsy shop featuring the item you choose to buy. 
  • Items are subject to change should they sell before the event starts.

WHO will walk away with these fantastic deals? It could be YOU!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Dangerous Ladies Affair



 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. So, in my reviews, 
I want to put the spotlight on these crucial pages!




Title: Dangerous Ladies Affair 
Author: Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
Genre: Mystery
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Review Rating: *** Hum...Has Possibilities

Review Comments: I would have rated this a little higher if the setting description hadn't been so long in the beginning. It was well done and did slide nicely into the character introductions, but if it had been sparsely scattered throughout the following dialogue, it would have kept my attention better. There is enough mystery introduced along with a troublesome character or two that boded well for future excitement.

A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: Historical, San Francisco, Cyclists, Female Detective, Women's Suffrage, Threatening notes using Bible quotes.

Quote from Book:
  ~ "Oh, Lord, no. Policemen in general hold our cause in low regard; you know that. They would merely dismiss me as a hysterical female and do nothing." ~





Monday, May 22, 2017

5 Amazing Facts About Gift Cards


Take gifting to the next level with a
one-of-a-kind gift card presentation holder

We like to give them and we love to get them. They're convenient, suitable, and fit almost every gifting occasion. Here are 5 amazing facts about these little treasures:

Take gifting to the next level with a
(1) "With the gift card industry as a whole expected to reach $160 billion by the year 2018, gift cards are only going to become even more popular."  Source

(2) 93s% of U.S. consumers purchase or receive a gift card annually. Source

(3) Restaurant cards are the most popular gifting option

(4) Over 50% of consumers spend more than the card's value




(5) Men seem to spend more on gift cards than women


There are, of course, many more amazing facts about this consumer product. But one thing is for sure...they are here to stay. 

What type of gift card do you favor giving? And what type of gift card do you like receiving the most?

Want to take your gifting to the next level? 

Check out Icky Chic Designs' newest product line 
Gift Card Presentation Holders - ON SALE THROUGH JUNE 




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blink and You Lose Shopping Event - May 21st


OUR 5th EVENT IS - Sunday, May 21st 
Join Us On Sunday Evenings for Some 
Shopping Fun! 

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHERE IS THE EVENT? At these sponsoring Etsy Shops 
Icky Chic Design 

WHEN IS THE EVENT?
Every Sunday Evening from 
6 - 6:30 PM Pacific Time Zone (US West Coast)
8 - 8:30 CST Central Standard Time
9 - 9:30 EST (US East Coast)
(Event will close on individual items sold before 8:30)

HOW THIS WORKS: 
At 8 - 8:05 PM CST all item's listed for Sunday's Shopping Event will be ridiculously lowered in price. At 8:30 PM CST the item will be returned to it's original price. You only have a window of 30 minutes to secure these awesome deals! So you see...if you BLINK, YOU REALLY WILL LOSE...  You don't need an Etsy account to purchase these items. You can use the Etsy Guest feature to purchase items on Etsy without an account.

THIS WEEK'S EVENT ITEMS: (Sunday, May 21st)

Item 



(1) (Icky Chic Designs)  Gypsy Fun Summer Tote   
Original Price$69.00 
Shipping: FREE on Sunday night's event
Event Price: $39.00
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Item (2)





(2)  (Icky Chic Designs) 
Eyeglass Case with Key Pouch Organizer
Original Price: $22.00
Shipping: FREE on Sunday night's event
Event Price: $9.90

Item (3)



(3) (Markets of Sunshine) 2nd Year Anniversary Gift For Her
Original Price: $10  
Event Price: $3





Item (4)





(4) (Markets of Sunshine) 
Cash System Bookmark, Personalized Bookmark
Original Price: $15 
Event Price: $8




Item (5)

(5) (Icky Chic Designs) Women's Sleep Mask, Travel Mask - Red Gingham, Sequins
Original Price: $12.00
Event Price: $3.75
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Item (6)

( 6) (Icky Chic Designs) Fabric Eyeglass Case with Matching Mug Mat - African Theme
Original Price: $13.50
Event Price: $3.75
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Remember: 
  • All transactions will take place through the Etsy shop featuring the item you choose to buy. 
  • Items are subject to change should they sell before the event starts.

WHO will walk away with these fantastic deals? It could be YOU!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

JW Convention Gifts - Don't Lose Touch!



Note/Gift Tags
It's that time of year again and aren't we all excited? This year's convention theme,  “Don’t Give Up," will be enlightening and faith strengtheningThe convention this year will benefit everyone because it promises to empower individuals not only to keep enduring but also to cope with challenges productively. Locations, times, and the program schedule can be viewed here.

If you're like me, you love making new friends and visiting with old friends you haven't seen in a while. Many of us also like to give small tokens of our love and appreciation to those we meet. I've received many of these over the years and I so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the giver. 

This year I've prepared some Note/Gift Tags that I'm going to be giving as convention gifts. These have a heavy card stock backing just perfect for labeling or adding a handwritten note. I like to put a label on the back of some of these that contains my contact/address information. These I give to those I've become newly acquainted with. It's a great way to insure that we can keep in touch.

Some of the Tags I will give away will have an inspirational note or label on the back. I especially like these thoughts: Keep-on-keeping-on, Don't slow down, Best life ever, and Always look up!

Have you received or given convention gifts? If so, what did you receive or give. Did you make or purchase your gift items? Do you have a recommended gifting item for those who are wanting to join in this giving activity?