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August 1, 2012

A Lady Never Lies – Julianna Grey

A Lady Never Lies – Julianna Grey

I really enjoyed this book. Three women and three men set out for a vacation and an escape from their lives. The men are taking a break from the sins of the world especially women. The women are choosing for intellectual pursuits and one to escape a husband. Somehow they both end up in the same residence and Mr. Burke and Alexandra have a connection and a shared interest of horseless carriages. Well written and funny with lovable characters. I am taking a guess but her next two books A Gentleman Never Tells and Duke Never Yields are also about this same event but from the point of two other couples. I am waiting eagerly for A Duke Never Yields as there were some very funny scenes of the duke, one for example covered in chicken feathers that I dearly wish to be explained. A fun read and a wonderful first novel.

July 27, 2012

Winter Sea – Please Read

Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story is gripping and pulls at you with its haunting allure. It starts out with an author named Carrie taking a detour road along the coast of Scotland on her way to meet her agent. Something about an old castle by the sea seems familiar, it draws her in and a story begins to form of a young woman who travels to stay with relatives after the death of her family. Carrie rents a cottage nearby so that she can continue to be inspired by the castle and the ocean. She meets a man, the son of the owner of the cottage who in his own right can play the hero.  As she writes and checks her facts she begins to notice that nothing is wrong. Dates, times, people’s names it’s all the same almost as if the soul of the young woman is telling her the story.  So beautifully written and all the little details all wind together to tell a story of love so hauntingly beautiful it holds you until the very end. 

July 3, 2012

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court – Michelle Moran

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court – Michelle Moran

I received an advanced reading copy of this book from

A story about Marie-Louise who after Emperor Napoleon divorces Josephine becomes his second wife. This novel follows the time that Marie-Louise is married off to Napoleon until his final exile to Elba. This is a well written story from three separate viewpoints one from Marie- Louise, Pauline (Napoleon’s Sister) and Paul (a favored servant to Pauline). It was a fun and interesting read and I was not able to put it down. It was interesting to see the dynamic portrayed between Napoleon, his sister, and Paul. Though i do prefer her other books to this one not in content but in its smoothness. It was over all a good read and I recommend it to anyone who likes books about Napoleon or Michelle Moran’s other books.

November 1, 2010

The Orchid Affair Review

Well i reread both The Betrayal of the Blood Lily and The Orchid Affair today

The Orchid Affair was a deeper novel of spies as we follow Laura Grey as an undercover spy/governess. It is more involved than the other books where the story is more about the relationships and someone working on their own as a spy. This book is about someone trained at the Selwick Spy School going on a mission, her first mission to be exact. I really enjoyed the fact that she reported to others and was living the spy life rather than the clumsy bumbling of Charlotte or Amy. Not to detract brilliance from them but this book was more intriguing in the spy aspect and well plotted. I enjoyed it thoroughly and the Eloise side of the story was good as it always is. Eloise is in Paris and has an obsession with marzipan pigs. Clever and witty with lots of laugh out loud moments and others where you’re reading as quickly as you can to find out what is happening next.

October 15, 2010

Interior Design Overload

I have started working for Blackledge Furniture and I love it. The training is very intense; it will be 6 weeks from the date of starting to the time when I can even think of being on the floor and selling. I am learning about the construction of furniture from the frames, cushions, springs, padding, mattress types, and woods and how to recognize them by sight, and fabrics. It is all very detailed and it’s nice to see that when I walk out on the floor to explore and use what I have learned that I see it and can understand it. I am still having a hard time distinguishing mahogany and cherry woods. I am getting along well with the other employees and have gone from lecture to now a self regulated study. We are still training with an online system and videos but we can choose what we do first.
The next big step will be learning details about the different furniture product lines and I thought it was going to be a horrible task but it is not bad at all. It is more about getting a good idea about what each vendor offers and how to find what you are looking for in catalogs and pricing them out. So far I have gone over Flexsteel, and started one book of Ashley upholstered furniture.
One thing I have learned is that most fabrics though pretty are super easy to damage and the ones that are not are either so rough or not attractive. The company offers a protection which coats the fabric in a protective layer without compromising the fabric and it helps repel stains and keep pet’s kids and life from snagging bits of thread. Thought that was a great idea.
I have also looked at all my furniture and so far I have a polyester twill Flexsteel couch and is a typical Lawson style. It has two basic recliners and wood accents that are not solid pieces and I want to say it is a dark stained oak. Anyways time to do something other than furniture for an hour.

I have been rereading
The Secret History of The Pink Carnation
The Country Gentleman
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
The Deception of the Emerald Ring
Currently: Only to Deceive

Lots of good books coming soon!!

September 29, 2010

Pink Carnation Graphic Novel

From Lauren Willig, author of the Pink Carnation Series, with the combined efforts of Illustrator Joanne Renaud, we have a Pink Carnation Graphic Novel!!! We have been given permission to post their art on our own sites so for the enjoyment of everyone. Here are the first few images of the Pink Carnation Graphic Novel. We will also get a chance to win one here in a week or so. That would be so amazing.
My personal favorite part is when Miss Gwen gives Bonaparte a lecture on his bad manners when invading countries.

September 28, 2010

Interview #2

Well I interviewed with a furniture store the other day. I applied for a sales position that would be commission plus salary. I know the owners through my family connections and I think they would be wonderful people to work for. Anyways the first interview was an hour and a half and included some tests on communications and sales approach as well as some personality and written tests. A very thorough evaluation so as of Monday morning when I had not heard from them I figured I did not do well on something. I felt great when I left the interview except the tests. I was not sure how I would score on them. All turned out well I got an e-mail today inviting me back to a 2nd interview and hopefully this will be a good place for me. I have never even made it to round 2 before so it makes me nervous. I think I will be more disappointed if I do not get the job. I am just trying to think positive and relaxed because my communication skills I think are what my biggest asset is for that position. Anyways that was just an update on the job hunting front.
I did not get a prize in Lauren Willig’s Contest, hard to compete with graphic designers on top of not being all that artsy myself. . Hopefully I will get this job and then I can just buy the book. I can dream right…

September 16, 2010

More Tee Shirt Fun!

Here are my last three tee shirts. LOL I promise! I did design a tote though…

Update: The Orchid Affair has a new cover, our protests against mainstreaming it worked! The lovely new cover can be seen below as well as in my updated tee shirt. 🙂 Yea!!!

September 15, 2010

Tee Shirt Contest Fun

Lauren Willig is having another contest. This time we get to design tee shirts for her books. Though her book The Secret History Of The Pink Carnation is the main focus. Here are some of the fun ideas i have come up with.

September 7, 2010

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale- Diane Setterfield

This is a book I opened read the first chapter put down and forgot about. I was going through my books to sell and I stumbled a crossed it. I had heard good recommendations and so I sat down and pushed through that first chapter. I got so lost in this tale I read it strait threw and did not put it down. Slightly reminiscent of Rebecca by Du Maurier, this book starts with a biographer being invited to a famous author’s house to take her true biography as a death bed confession. The tales she has written in the past are very popular but one book was published the thirteenth tale and only had twelve stories. So they reprinted it. When the biographer listens to this story she begins to understand it’s not just a tale of twin sisters but a tale of murder and mystery. It was full of twists and interesting conclusions that it was an amazing read. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am not going to say any more about the ending because like Rebecca once you know how it ends it’s not the same rereading.