Sep 28, 2015

Book Review: All the Beautiful Brides

A young woman lies dead at the bottom of a waterfall, dressed in a wedding gown with a rose stem jammed down her throat. And in the small town of Graveyard Falls, the horrifying vision stirs a long-ago nightmare back to life…

FBI Special Agent Cal Coulter gets called in to investigate the murder, which bears a terrifying resemblance to a series of killings committed thirty years ago: three teenage girls were found dead at the waterfall’s base, all bearing rose stems in their throats. But the high school football star was convicted and imprisoned for those murders, leading Cal to suspect that the killer is still out there.

Now, the body count is rising again. The monster’s sights are set on counselor Mona Monroe, Cal’s best friend’s widow…and the woman he’s always loved. Can Cal stop the killer before Mona becomes the next victim?

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I do have to admit that romantic suspense is one of the genres that I can become engrossed in.  A good one will keep me on the edge of my seat as I start to care more and more about what happens to the character.  It will keep me guessing about just who the villain really is while I start to understand his or her motivations.  

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDES does this and more.  By the end of the book while I was happy that the villain had been stopped, I actually felt sorry for the him because of the circumstances that formed him. I also really related to both Mona and Cal and the circumstances that formed them.  Ms. Herron does a wonderful job of filling us in on their backgrounds without their pasts intruding on the current storyline.  

Graveyard Falls is also an interesting town that reminds me of places I have lived in the past.  It is a place where its past has really formed its future.  While we aren't given the chance to really get to know its inhabitants very well in this book, I have hopes that the next book which is set in the same location will change that.  

I feel that  ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDES is a great start to a series that I will be keeping an eye out for.  I feel that any of my readers that enjoy Romantic Suspense will enjoy this series by such a seasoned author. 
Sep 26, 2015

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

I don't tend to do a lot of public awareness announcements on this blog which is wrong of me.  There is so much that we really need to be aware of and I am happy to spread the word about Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Just what is Mesothelioma you ask?  It is a cancer that is caused by asbestos.  And it doesn't even have to be a lot of asbestos.  I used to live in a house that had asbestos shingles so  I myself was happy to get more info about this rather unknown cancer.

This really is a scary form of cancer and one that I wasn't aware of.  To learn more about this killer, be sure to read Heather Von St. James' story of how she survived.

Sep 25, 2015


  • Not sure why I torture myself with video games.  Occasionally I get in the mood to leave reality behind and play a video game.  Now the ones that I enjoy are the ones that let you develop a relationship with the characters so once I finish the game, I always feel as though I have severed that relationship.  

  • I have a new collection of jewelry that went live on Tuesday at Jewelry Because.  This collection centers around the melding of artisan focals with semi-precious gemstones.  The pics in this post are some of the pieces.  

  • Our weather is being absolutely wacky and it sent me into a fibro flare up that just didn't want to go away.  I finally feel alive again and ready to start living again.

  • I found a new feature in the app I use for taking pics.  It's supposed to be a stabilizer so I used it to take a bunch of pics for another collection I have to work on so they can go up online.  I found that using that feature sure turned out some blurry pics.

  • I was really lucky and managed to win a bunch of Czech beads.  I can't wait until it arrives but the pic above shows some of what will be in the box.  It's going to be like opening a treasure chest.

Sep 22, 2015

Review: Claimed by Mate Volume 1

THE ALPHA'S WOMAN (A Wolf Mates Novel) by A.C. Arthur
Kira Radney is all delicious curves and strong will and has no desire to be a subservient mate. When a member of her father's pack attempts to make her his mate by force, Kira has no choice but to flee. The last thing she wants is to submit to any male and their pack. But when her escape attempt leads her straight into the arms of an alpha wolf-a sexy, dangerous, protective alpha-Kira must fight against her need to be free, and her secret desire to be controlled...

FERAL PASSIONS (A Feral Passions Novel) by Kate Douglas
Welcome to Feral Passions, a luxurious private resort nestled in a preserve and staffed by dangerously sexy men, making it a haven for women who want to get away from it all. But Feral Passions is a front for a deeper, sexier secret-it's a hunting ground for these men. Men focused on meeting each woman's every need. Men who are also the beautiful wolves running wild...and who are looking for mates.

Chereza Dubios is more comfortable solving math equations than she is with her voluptuous body and meeting men. But when her younger sister and best friend trick her into vacationing at Feral Passions, Cherry finds herself attracted and torn between two men who find her curvy body and intelligent mind irresistible. Two men who share a secret-they want to share her.

But that takes trust-can Cherry open herself to love with two sensual and powerful werewolves?

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Occasionally I do enjoy reading anthologies as it gives me the opportunity to 'meet' new authors without being tied to a whole book if I don't enjoy their writing styles.  This has worked out well for me in the past and I have definitely found some new favorites.

This particular anthology and I have a love/hate relationship.  I fell absolutely in love with the first novella,  FERAL PASSIONS and devoured the book.  Great characters that are easy to emphasize with.  And I have to admit being jealous that I haven't been able to stumble across a couple of men like these just looking for a woman to complete their triad.

Now the second novella, THE ALPHA'S WOMAN, is the one that I had trouble reading.  This author's writing style had me rereading about every third line trying to figure out just what she was trying to say.  This made it rather difficult for me to enjoy the story.  The story itself is well written but definitely not my cup of tea.  

I do recommend picking up this anthology to any of my readers who enjoy hot paranormal reads.  If you do, I would be interested in hearing your take on the stories.

Sep 18, 2015


  • Whew.  It's been a hard week.  My body absolutely hates weather changes especially when we are heading into colder, wetter weather.

  • I did have a bright spot however as I received my design kit from Artisan Component Marketplace.  I just love the wooden focal that Kari included.  It is from Dobzie Wood and the ceramic beads are from Okawa African Beads.
  • I had to chuckle when it arrived and I saw that it contained beads from Okawa.  I have spent the last week or so immersed in Okawa beads as they are the foundation to my new collection.
  • Occasionally I enjoy reading anthologies as I find authors that are new to me.  I have found that I will usually love some of the stories and others are so-so.  I am reading one right now where I loved the first story and the second...well it's hard to read because of how the author strings her words together.  It will make for an interesting review.

  • Went to the Tacoma Art Museum last Saturday with the Red Hatters.  I had lots of fun and saw some gorgeous paintings and jewelry.  Yep I wasn't even aware that they were having a jewelry exhibition.  Kinda lucked into that.

Sep 15, 2015

Review: The Ciphers of Muirwood

From the moment she was banished by her father, the king, Princess Maia journeyed to seek sanctuary at Muirwood Abbey, the epicenter of magic and good in the land. Now safe for the first time since her cruel abandonment, Maia must foster uneasy friendships with other girls training to be Ciphers: women who learn to read and engrave tomes of ancient power, despite the laws forbidding them to do so.

As Maia tries to judge whom to trust, she makes a shocking discovery: her destiny is to open the Apse Veil and release trapped spirits from her world. Then she learns that her father is coming to Muirwood Abbey to celebrate the Whitsunday festival—and Maia’s estranged husband, whom she was forced to abandon, will join him. Torn between deadly political machinations and unstoppable spiritual forces, Maia must channel unknown powers within herself to save her friends, the abbey, and the entire kingdom of Muirwood.

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I have gotten to where I almost expect a slump in the storyline with the second book.  Well I am happy to say that THE CIPHERS OF MUIRWOOD goes against the curve.  While there isn't as much running from place to place, this book delves deeper into the characters themselves as Maia studies to pass her Maston test.  She learns more about herself and the others around her.  

There is joy in the friendship of Suzenne in this book as well as terror of what Maia's father and her abandoned  husband are planning.  There is a time of learning to trust in the Medium's plans.  There is love in this book as well as loss.  There is even a surprise appearance of a couple of  beloved characters from an earlier trilogy.

I have to say that I am becoming more and more impressed by Jeff Wheeler and his world.  His characters are first rate and while you won't like all of the characters, it is easy to understand why they behave as they do .  I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.  If you would like to keep up on his works, head over to Idumea:  The Worlds of Jeff Wheeler.

I highly recommend this series and hope that all of my readers who enjoy fantasy will give this series a try.  Personally, I am waiting impatiently for the next book to come out. 
Sep 12, 2015

Favorite Things Blog Hop

Sometimes I swear that it is my blog hops that keep me on track.  Otherwise, I have found that I tend to lose all sense of time.  And Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures hosts some of the best blog hops.  So thank you Lisa for helping to keep me squared away.

Lisa sent us participants in this hop a large selection of glass pearls, crystal, some polymer beads as well as tourmaline and amethyst stones and czech glass.  I have to admit that I saw the beautiful pale green of the pearls and never made it any farther.  I did end up making two necklaces with them though so hopefully that counts.

This first necklace has those gorgeous pearls, some of the prettiest snake stone jasper I have ever seen and a stone focal of Cali Lillies.  It has such a feeling of freshness, spring and new beginnings.  Those are some of my favorite things. 

Next up is this lovely necklace featuring a dragonfly which is one of my totems.  They are a beautiful insect that symbolizes changes.  I also used some more of the glass pearls as well as some Tiaria crystal from ZNetShows which changes from green to purple and back again. 

I hope that you enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite things.  Now check out and see what everyone else has come up with.  Just click here to be taken to the list of participants.
Sep 11, 2015


English: Cross-sectioned and whole Hardy Kiwif...
English: Cross-sectioned and whole Hardy Kiwifruit ( Actinidia arguta ), commonly called "Baby Kiwis" or "Kiwi Berries". These particular Hardy Kiwis were grown in New Zealand during the February 2010 season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Wow!  It has been a couple weeks since I posted so I figured that I had better let everyone know that I am still alive.  Just been immersing myself in Dragon Age and making jewelry.  Didn't realize that it had been so long since I had posted though.  Sorry about that.
  •  Got set up again with one of the local CSAs to get organic fruits and vegetables.  Got my first box on Wednesday and it all looks beautiful.  It included beets though which I am not that fond off since they dye everything pink.  It also had Kiwi Berries.  I had never even heard of them but they are pretty good.  Has anyone else tried them before? 
  • Been working on a new jewelry collection based around some ceramics from Africa.   I am finding that I really like these beads because they tend to be lighter then the norm.  Some gorgeous designs too.
  • We finally got some cooler, wetter weather for a week but it looks like we are back to hot.  It is supposed to be back up in the 80s this weekend.  I love the heat but it is killing my green Northwest scenery and the fires are enough to make my cry.
  • Get to meet up with my Red Hat friends on Saturday to explore the Tacoma Art Museum.  I am looking forward to it and I can't wait to see what kind of jewelry designs come out of it.  I will be sure to get some pics up next week.