Aug 24, 2016

Ramblings




  • It's been a fairly quiet week except for our potluck.  We didn't end up with the usual group as one of my best friends and her husband were rear-ended on Friday.  Everyone's okay but they didn't feel like going out.  Makes perfect sense.
  •  I just love fresh flowers and if I had my way, I would also have a few bouquets around the house.  Too bad they are so expensive.  Ah well.  I indulge myself on our potluck days though.

  • I also have found that I really enjoy the Prisma app.  It's great for modifying my pics.
  • Arg. I think that it's time that I start investigating a dentist. I have another tooth in trouble & apparently this one has a root because it hurts. Just hoping to put it off until September because that is when my sick leave bank is refilled. Oh and because of my fear of dentists. 
  • I have always wondered why someone would choose to become a dentist. I know that I wouldn't want to part of one of the most feared professions and always be working in troubled mouths. 
Aug 23, 2016

Book Review: The Love Killings





For the past six weeks, LAPD detective Matt Jones has been recovering from the wrong end of a hit man’s bullet. Before he can look for payback, Jones finds himself enlisted in the manhunt for an old foe. Dr. George Baylor, the serial killer who escaped after murdering three coeds in LA, resurfaces on the East Coast. This time, an entire family has been slaughtered in their home outside Philadelphia, and the doctor’s fingerprints are all over the crime scene.

With panic rising, the FBI seeks Jones’s help, and the hunt for this brutal mass killer is on. But so is the hunt for the man who paid to have Jones shot. When a second family is found murdered, the search for the killer becomes frantic, and Jones’s shocking personal history explodes before his eyes. With his two missions welded together as one, Jones enters the madman’s world—a place of unimaginable terror—and hopes that if he survives, he can find his way out.

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One of my favorite things about reviewing books is how I am able to stumble into great series.  THE LOVE KILLINGS is one of those.  It's actually the second book in a series but it does such a wonderful job of standing on its own that I feel confident enough to go onto book three when it comes out without worrying about feeling lost.  Mr. Ellis deserves huge kudos for that as all too often when I jump in the middle of a series I feel like I need a cane to find my way around.

Matt Jones is one heck of a detective who although he is a rookie still, knows enough to trust his instincts when he is involved in an investigation.  And those instincts are telling him that the FBI are looking for the wrong killer. 

This is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mr. Ellis but I can tell you that it won't be the last.  I do recommend THE LOVE KILLINGS to any of my readers who enjoy police procedurals or thrillers.    To check out other books by this author, just click here.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Aug 22, 2016

Art Bead Scene's August Monthly Challenge


"Park Near Lu"
By Paul Klee, 1938
Oil and coloured paste on paper on jute; original frame strips
100 x 70 cm


I really enjoy challenges especially the ones put on by Art Bead Scene as they force me out of my comfort zone so that I work with new colors or techniques.  Some of the inspiration art work that they put up really resounds with me and others not to so much.  This painting by Paul Klee really rang my bells.  I loved all the black lines surrounded by color so that is what I decided to play with.



I found this gorgeous lampwork focal Patricia O'Brien.  I don't see where she sells online except on Facebook.  This focal as the black lines I was looking for which I then highlighted by hanging it from a bail with black waxed linen.



The necklace itself consists of two strands of onyx beads and Indonesian lampwork beads made of recycled glass for those pops of color.  I had a lot of fun designing this necklace and I want to thank Art Bead Scene for hosting these monthly challenges.