Apr 27, 2017

Art Bead Scene's April Challenge

Matamoe or Landscape with Peacocks
Paul Gauguin
1892
Oil On Canvas

One of my goals for this year has been to complete and post every one of Art Bead Scene's monthly challenges.  I have been finishing these up later then I would like but so far I am on track with this goal.

This month's inspiration really spoke to me with all the glorious colors and well the peacocks.  I know that real peacocks can be obnoxious birds but they are so regal and gorgeous.  So I am sure that it is no surprise that I decided to concentrate on them for my piece.



I have been hoarding this glorious peacock bead from Sandra Walton of Painted By Hand.  Sandra takes wooden beads and paints them to come up with beautiful mini works of art.   They are lightweight and every bead is so unique.



I am still on a tassel kick so I added a tassel to the bottom of my peacock focal which made for a rather long focal indeed.  To support this length, I wirewrapped some druzy beads & gunmetal chain to add some pizazz.



To find out more about these monthly challenges be sure to check out Art Bead Scene!  They not only have some fun challenges but a lot of great posts ranging from techniques to new styles.
Apr 25, 2017

Book Review: Guarding Mr. Fine




As an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.

Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.


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GUARDING MR. FINE has it all.  Hot men, danger, intrigue, a well written story line and even hotter sex.   Those are enough for an enjoyable book but this book goes beyond by trying to correct some misconceptions that heterosexual people have about bisexuals such as they are unable to commit to a monogamous relationship or that dating a person of the opposite sex will suddenly cause them to become 'straight'.  Kudos to Ms. Dimon for bringing those up.

I really enjoyed the book.  Both Seth and Rick are men that I would be happy to call friends and I cheered them on as their relationship developed.  I think that my readers who enjoy romances about gay and bisexual men will really enjoy this book.  I do want to put out a gentle warning that there are some extremely hot sex scenes between two men so avoid this book if that makes you uncomfortable.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Apr 19, 2017

Book Review: Sin For Me






For Dante Bishop, music died the night he found his father’s body next to a syringe of lithium. Ditching Atlanta, Dante jumped on his Harley and left the family business to his sister. She became the heart and soul of Devil’s Music—until the board, including Dante’s ex, masterminded a takeover. Years later, Dante’s doing something he never thought he’d do: returning to Georgia to put his songwriting skills to good use. Reuniting with Chelsea Coin only sweetens the deal.

As the perfectionist COO of Devil’s Music, Chelsea doesn’t dwell on the past. If she did, she’d never forgive herself for betraying the Bishops in a corporate power grab. Now Chelsea needs help to save the company, and Dante’s a nonnegotiable part of the arrangement. Still brooding and hot as hell, Dante wastes no time stirring up unfinished business—and carnal memories Chelsea would rather keep buried. She’s come too far to risk everything on a man. But for desire this intense, she might just enjoy the sexiest mistake of her life.


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SIN FOR ME is well written with some seriously hot sex scenes.  However it wasn't a book that I enjoyed.  There wasn't a single character that I liked and I kept thinking that if there was a huge fire and they all died, it wouldn't be a loss.  With the exception of Dante's love for his sister, there wasn't a redeeming quality in the lot of them.

I do think that people that enjoy the hip hop or rap scene would enjoy this book.  It just wasn't for me. But your mileage may vary.    

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.