Saturday, July 15, 2017

DIY Mirror Frame

I enjoy looking through Pinterest for crafting and home DIY ideas as much as the next guy.  I saw this project there initially.  What can be frustrating though is that you get the simple idea in your head and the next time you're at Home Depot or Lowes you raid the proper section for the wood pieces you think you'll need to accomplish this.  And great, it's less then $30 that you've spent on materials.  But what you don't think of when you're out getting the pieces needed is the logistics behind actually accomplishing this.  So you get home and cut your wood to the proper size (if necessary) and  you're ready to go.  Only, now what?  All you did in Pinterest was look at the pretty picture for the idea.  You have absolutely no idea how to actually attach your materials to a mirror. 

Turns out, after reading a couple of blogs thoroughly, this is much easier than you would think.  With some Loctite and glue gun you can attach your 'frame' to the mirror without having to stand there for an hour holding everything in place while you're waiting for glue to dry.

Materials Needed:
  1. Loctite
  2. Glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Window/door trim of your choice
  4. Paint of your choice
 Tips that make this easier.
  • Have patience while painting your wood the proper color and remember that you need to paint the back of the trim also because it will be reflected in the mirror.  
  • Make sure the glue gun is really hot and glue melted well, it'll dry to fast and not stick well to the mirror if it's not hot enough.  
  • Apply the Loctite glue to your piece first as this has a 30 minute dry period. Then apply the glue gun and immediately stick in place on the mirror.  The glue from the glue gun will dry quickly and hold your trim in place while the Loctite is drying.  
    • The glue gun is a temporary glue giving the Loctite time to dry without having to hold it in place.
It's all fairly easy you just have to take your time and do it right.  Here's my finished mirror project.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Warrior's Heart by Bianca D'Arc

Warrior's Heart Warrior's Heart by Bianca D'Arc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been a fan of Bianca D'Arc for a long time. She is very good at character development and story building. This is a short story that is the beginning of a new series for her. Childhood friends have finally grown up and gotten to the point in their lives that they're ready to admit how they feel about each other. Casey has been secretly in love with her brother's best friend since she was a teenager, but he joined the military and is never around. Plus, he's never looked at her as anything but a pseudo-little sister. Now, Hal is back in town and he's decided to change the nature of their relationship.

Hal is back from a mission gone crazy and after having to confront some crazy things while on tour he's not willing to pretend he's not crazy about Casey anymore. But can Casey deal with the consequences of his last mission? The results of which have changed him and his team forever.

I really loved the concept of this series. What could be mythological gods make an appearance in the modern world and decide to mess with Hal's team. I love mythology so this was super intriguing to me. Plus, Casey and Hal's long time friendship makes the step into a romantic relationship fun and believable. I was sad at how short this novel was and am looking forward to more of this series!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Favorite Read & Review

I have been writing this blog for over a year now.  In that time I have shared a lot of my favorite authors and series, many of which I have been loyal to for many years.  And many authors that titles that I have sought just to be able to review for this blog and for my library job.  I wanted to take the time this summer to share my favorite book out of all of them.  This post has previously been on my blog and I stand behind it and will include the 2nd book in the series, Breath of Fire, as an EXCELLENT read as well (although not as good as the first).  I have re-read this book many times in the last year and hope you will like it too.  It was nominated for many new author awards in this genre as well.


My Original Review
 

As a librarian I sometimes receive advanced readers copies of books, to write reviews on and with the hope that I'll purchase copies for my library.  One of the more recent books I received was A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet.  Since I get a lot of ARCs, I don't also approach reading them with the best attitude.  They're often short, simple and not much to dwell on, this one COMPLETELY surprised me!  I loved it so much!

Cat is a mysterious figure that is protecting herself, her secret and everyone else that she lets into her life.  She is discovered by Griffin, the strong and powerful leader that has recently overthrown the royal family that's been in power for ever.  In a world were those with magic and power have ruled for as long as can be remembered, Griffin thinks he's discovered in Cat the secret to keeping his family in power during this time of turmoil.  But there's a lot more than meets the eye with her.  Kidnapping her may prove to help the realm but also may bring war to them all.

I loved reading this book and seriously hope that there will be more to the series.  I believe that there has to be at this point because although some things were resolved and there was a happy ending, there's still so much more that has to be dealt with.  Looking forward to them all, but dreading what will probably be a long wait for them to be published!

Breath of Fire is now available and Heart on Fire will be available in January 2018.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: His Sapphire by Maggie Chase

His Sapphire His Sapphire by Maggie Chase
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting perspective for a BDSM romance. Not often do you see historical fiction BDSM novels, let allow novels of this genre where the female submissive is the knowledgeable one and the dominant is still a novice. It was an interesting combination and ended working really well. I received this novel as an ARC and was impressed with it's well developed characters and subject matter. As far as I could tell it was historically accurate and interesting.

I looked through the other books in this series and surprised to see the wide variety of relationships Maggie Chase presents. Well done, Ms. Chase!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

June Re-Readathon


I have a favorite  historical fiction romance novel that I end up going back to read over and over again.   Moonlight Mistress by Patricia Rice was published in 1999.  I came across it at a used bookstore and have now read it more times than I can count.  Set in the time of Henry II of England when England is still recovering from King Stephen and the chaos of the Robber Barons under his rule. 
Image result for moonlight mistress by patricia riceAelvina Fairfax is a peasant who has been thrust into a desperate situation that has forced her to seek assistance from Lady Ravenna, a reclusive widow.  Taking matters into her own hands Aelvina approached Sir Philippe St. Aubyn for protection against becoming indebted to Lady Ravenna.  Bargaining her maidenhead and loyalty to one man is better than being offered to many under Lady Ravenna's rule.

A soldier under King Henry II's command, Sir Philippe has been sent to take possession in the name of the king the widowed Lady Ravenna's holdings.  When he is approached by a fair-haired beauty for protection, he can't help but be tempted by her bargain.  Little did either of them know that the Lady Ravenna had her own plans for them.  Philippe and Aelvina must navigate lies, secrets, hatred, the dark arts, and King Henry II to find their happy ending. 

I really love this novel.  It's the only one of Patricia Rice's novels that I've read, but it's wonderful.  The turmoil between this couple is amazing.  I love the details of each person and their EXTREMELY rocky relationship just keeps drawing me back.  I wish it was available as a downloadable book, but not so far.  I did email the author a couple of years ago to ask about that possibility and she said there was some hope, her materials were being purchased by a new publisher and were starting to be moved to digital.  Here's hoping!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: Back Of Beyond

Back Of Beyond Back Of Beyond by C.J. Box
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have started listening to audiobooks in the car since my job involves a lot more driving then it used too. Since then I've been able to seriously cut down my reading list, but there are some draw backs to listening to books. The readers have to have a good voice and be able to portray the different characters well. This can sometimes be hard to find, for instance I can't listen to the readers of the Game of Thrones novels AT ALL. Also, stopping and starting a book so often when you are in and out of the car a lot can be disconcerting as well.

Back of Beyond was an excellent listen. C.J. Box gives readers enough intrigue into situations that you leave each time with skeptical indecision as to whether you liked what just happened or not but just enough to interest you as soon as you return to it. Cody Hoyt is such a love/hate kind of character. He has some strong character flaws that could easily become annoying but enough is happening around him that it doesn't impact reader interest. When a friend of his is killed, whether by accident or murder, he reacts badly to say the least. Then when very slim chances evidence point in the direction to where his son is spending part of his summer, Hoyt overreacts and dramatically, illegally leaves town and throws around his 'cop' status to get people to help him even though he's been suspended and no longer has a badge.

Justin Hoyt and sisters Danielle and Gracie, who are on another part of this story are a wonderful addition to this story. What's happening on their adventure meshes with what's happening to Cody in a great way that is unexpected to all characters. I really loved how everything came together, but some of it was sort of the expected, convenience that would get Cody Hoyt out of as much trouble as he should have been in.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz



Have you ever picked up a book to read because you really liked the movie?  It’s become common for books to be made into movies and in many cases no one bothers to read the book before they see the movie.  What people forget is that the book has so many more details, descriptions, and activity than can be fit into an hour and a half long movie.  Often the movies are really well done interpretations of the books, but that doesn’t mean that the book isn’t still much better.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz was turned into a movie in 2013.  It was a pretty good movie starring Anton Yelchin and William Defoe.  Odd Thomas is a young man from a small town in California named Pico Mundo.  Yes, his name is actually Odd, that’s not a typo.  He is rightly named because he was born with supernatural abilities, one of which is seeing ghosts.  Although ghosts don’t talk, Odd can see them and many times they seek him out for justice.  When they touch him they feel like normal people and can sometimes show him the tragedy that ended their lives.  Conveniently, Odd has a great relationship with the local sheriff, who knows his secret, and with whom he helps seek justice for the ghosts he sees.  

Beyond seeing ghosts, Odd has a few other abilities that are harder to describe but involve being able to ‘psychically’ find people he’s looking for as well as sometimes having prophetic dreams.  Other than this, he’s a normal twenty-year old fry cook at the Pico Mundo Grill.  Although he tries to live a simple life by working, helping out when necessary and enjoying his life, he is continually drawn into situations, some of which readers hear about and some we see.  Today, Odd wakes from a disturbing dream that he tries to brush off only to find himself faced with a supernatural situation.  Nothing about what he’s experiencing makes any sense but he can ‘feel’ it leading to some terrible, disastrous end.  He is forced to follow clues and puzzle together what is happening in his small town and, hopefully, save the day. Odd Thomas is the beginning of a series of books that follow the life of, obviously, Odd Thomas.  He finds himself drawn into new situations as each book progresses, until he comes full circle.

If you enjoy mysteries, paranormal reads or are just a Dean Koontz fan you will really like this series.  Following Odd Thomas through the twists and turns of his life and experiencing this mysterious web of sinister plots was really fun.  Although seeing the movie first does take away from some of the ‘who-dun-it’ mystery, there is so much not included in the movie that it was still really worth it.  Continuing to read the rest of the series was enthralling as Odd meets some great characters and gets himself enmeshed in some really interesting situations.