Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2015's "Reading Through Time" Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Link-up Post



Like with the Cloak & Dagger Link-up I thought I had more time so I will try and update later but here are the link-ups awhile.

Amy


March 2015's Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge Link-up Post


So my brain has been fried lately and I thought, "oh it is only the 28th of the month I still have a few days to put together the link-up posts for the reading challenges", well you all know that that is not right so I am here rushing and putting up the link-up as fast as possible so it will not be a nice long thought out post this month. I am so sorry but will try and update this post later I just want to try and get the link-ups up as fast as possible!

Amy


Monday, February 16, 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

The Divorce Papers
by Susan Rieger
Genre: Women's Fiction/Chick Lit
Published by: Broadway Books
Publication date: 10/28/2014
ISBN: 9780804137461
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books





My Thoughts

Of course the one thing that really stood out in this book was how Rieger laid out her prose in the book in the form of memos, emails, legal documents and such, every word is in some type of form for communication. So not being laid out like a regular book ups this book in my opinion I think the way that Rieger decided to present this story is nothing short of genius! I am actually in the middle of a divorce so I found some of the things in this book frightening and others humorous but overall it was an entertaining, solid read. Life changing, no, but it definitely put certain things into perspective for this reader! If you love a good entertaining chick-lit read than you need look no farther than The Divorce Papers.

I Give It:





I am also hosting a giveaway for a brand new paperback copy of The Divorce Papers, so if you would like a chance to win please use the inlinkz tool at the end of this post. You can only enter once and the giveaway ends March the 1st 2015 at 11:55 p.m. EST. Open only to U.S. Residents. No International entries allowed for this giveaway. I will announce the winner on this post in an update on March the 2nd or 3rd, I will also email the winner so if you see that you won but don't see an email please check your spam folder.


Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been reading!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spotlight: Of Love & Magic {Five intriguing romances wrapped in love and magic}




Five intriguing romances wrapped in love and magic
  • Angel in a Black Fedora, by Sherry Gammon
    Ciel Björk died a tragic death...but she got over it. Now she works as an undercover angel, answering people's prayers. She's sent to the sleepy little town of Port Fare, New York to help turn Chloe's dreams into a reality. As secrets are revealed, Ciel soon learns that things are not as simple as they seem.
  • A Wish in Her Hand, by Amberlee Day
    Professor Miri Keeler's life is perfect, and she knows just the sort of man she wants to share it with. When she meets a genie who's willing to grant her a favor, she uses her wish to get the attention of her crush, poet Jamison Arbor. But has the genie's magic missed its target? Miri suddenly has the attention of not only Jamison, but also of Alex, an attractive maintenance man. How will she know which is the right match for her, or what's real and what's magic?
  • Reality Ever After, by Cami Checketts
    Pregnant at eighteen, Sydney Richland's happily ever after is in serious peril. Her grandmother's ghost can work miracles, but she also might ruin Sydney's chances with the man of her dreams.
  • Prom Diaries, by Taylor Hart
    Sixteen-year-old Lacy O'Donnell discovers her best friend has cast a spell, putting everyone in a time loop, forcing them to relive the same four days before prom over and over. The good thing--Lacy doesn't remember the loop. The bad thing--Drake Davis, the guy she's been stalking, does. Only true love's kiss can break the spell, but true love's kiss has to happen at a precise moment. It's not exact science...it's exact magic.
  • What If Wish, by Lucy McConnell
    Morana is doomed to a life cataloging spells deep below the palace unless she can make her magic bloom. If her deepest wish comes true, it would open up all sorts of possibilities. The whispers that she was a fluke of nature would hush. The King would stop stalking her. Her parents would no longer live under a cloud of shame. And, Adam could look at her as more than a friend. Despite the promises magic holds, Morana will quickly learn that the thing she wishes for most, could quickly be her undoing.

In honor of the angels in Of Love & Magic, Christina Dymock with Hungry Family has created an amazing chocolate angel cake recipe. I can't wait to try it out.


Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup egg whites (10-12 large eggs)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces milk chocolate, shredded
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a metal mixing bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form and the whites are glossy. Add the vanilla and beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, powdered sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and shredded chocolate. Fold 1/2 cup of the powdered mixture into the egg whites. Repeat until all the flour mixture is incorporated into the eggs.
Pour batter into a non-stick angel food cake or bunt cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 -35 minutes or until cake springs back. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert the pan onto a funnel or cup and allow to cool for 2 hours. Remove the cake from the pan and serve with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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Thanks for Stopping In,
Amy

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Published by: Riverhead Books
Publication date: 1/13/2015
ISBN: 9780698185395
Pages: 269
Format: e-book
Source: library





My Thoughts

Wow so this one is a hard one to review because everyone seemed to love it so much but for me it just wasn't as good as Gone Girl was and personally I wasn't all that "psychologically thrilled" with it! I mean don't get me wrong it was okay but it was all over the place and just not as calculating as I thought it would be, but I guess that is what we all get when we compare books to other books, Unrealistic Expectations. Gone Girl was such a huge hit and I am not surprised that more authors are trying to take advantage of the psychological thriller market right now but credit should not be given where it is not earned and in the case I shouldn't have listened to all the hype. Character wise it was okay at least the female characters which were all quite developed but the male characters lacked so much even Tom that I just had a hard time developing any type of emotional connections with the male characters at all even sad, tormented Scott. It did hold my interest because I wanted to see how it ended but I could still put it aside to do other things it just wasn't one of those "I can't put this down" kind of book. So my final say is that for me it was just an okay book and that pretty much sums up the mediocrity of this book.

I Give It:



Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been reading!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Credits: Tumble Fish Studios & Tangie Baxter

Here are some postcards that I made digitally on Photoshop using various elements to send out to IUOMA members and I am sticking to my mail art goal for this month which is hearts so check them out! Also over at Tangie Baxter's Art Journal Emporium group, Tangie put up a 10 of 10 Art Challenge there were different themes to pick from but the objective is to make 10 works of art around the same theme luckily for me one of the themes to pick from was hearts so it worked out perfectly for me!

Credits: Tangie Baxter

Credits: Tangie Baxter

Credits: Tangie Baxter

Creatively Wandering,
Amy

Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years, Japan by Vasudev Murthy



Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan
by Vasudev Murthy
Genre: Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: Expected 3/3/15
ISBN: 9781464203633
Pages: 284
Format: Paperback Review Copy
Source: Shelf Awareness



My Thoughts

A wonderfully written account of another Holmes/Watson adventure and even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not pen this particular account the author Vasudev Murthy did an absolutely amazing job with his prose so that it sounded like Sir Conan Doyle was at it again, regaling us with the adventures of Holmes and Watson! I am gushing quite a bit and even though I didn't give it five stars I have very good reason for it, this particular tale was  much longer than other Sherlock Holmes story so there was of course some rather dry parts that is not often seen in the shorter adventures written by Sir Conan Doyle and also the length has given the author more time to elaborate on not so important details and happenings which slowed the story from moving along at the normal more direct retelling that is more characteristic of Sir Conan Doyle's Watson. Though these things stood out they were just minor things I noticed and for them I did take away one star but as an over all read I would say the book was fantastic and any fan of Sherlock Holmes and Watson better be ready to get to the bookshop on the 3rd of March 2015 to scoop up their copy fast!!!

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Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been reading!
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Themes for February: Hearts & Love

I don't do unplanned well so I have found that if I just make a loose plan that I stick to my goals much easier than having no plan at all.

So from now on each month I will share with all of you two themes or plans for the month, the first will be a mail art theme that I can focus on while making mail art and then I will also have a digital art theme and this one is for me to focus my digital art on. They may only differ slightly from one another and maybe sometimes be the same it just depends on what I decide for that month!


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So you will notice a lot of my art, both digital and mail art, revolving around these themes this month. I know the themes are a bit traditional, I mean it is February, but I felt that since I am just starting this that it would be easier to accomplish with traditional themes until it becomes more of a habit and then I can start to bring in some non-traditional themes.

Creatively Wandering,
Amy

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Black & White Postcard Series (Postcard #2)


Postcard #2 in my Black & White Postcard Series is the opposite of Postcard #1, with a white back I then used a piece of decorative paper with white wording on a black background, and of course a ghostly looking Teen Vogue girl.

Even though this one didn't make a dent in the pile of black postcard backs I think it turned out well this way and I will probably be alternating back and forth between the pre-cut black postcards and the pre-cut white postcards that I have.

Creatively Wandering,
Amy

Black & White Postcard Series (Postcard #1)




I have had a huge pile of 4" x 6" black cardstock sitting on my art table forever and finally I think I found a way to use some of it up, introducing the Black & White Postcard Series!

I used the black cardstock along with a piece of decorative paper and a black and white photo cut out of Teen Vogue to make Postcard #1 in this new series.

This was going to be another postcard for mail out but I think I'm going to hold on to the ones I make for the series and then mail them all out when I feel that I have finished the series.

Creatively Wandering,
Amy