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    My rating3 of 5 stars
    I was given this book in exchange
     for an honest review from the author.

    Home Blooms is Tammy L. Grace's second installment of her Hometown Harbor series.  You can see my review of her first book, Finding Home: A Hometown Harbor Novel (Volume 1) HERE.

    The story continues with Sam and Jeff planning their wedding, getting married and trying to play matchmaker to Sam's friend Max and Friday Harbor's florist, Linda.  About a quarter into the book Ms. Grace transitions nicely from focusing on Sam and Jeff's relationship to the blossoming friendship of Max and Linda.

    The newlyweds endure a tragedy and rely on Max and Linda to help them through tough times ahead.  Linda also uncovers a family secret and begins opening up to Max as their relationship and trust in one another grows. 

    I enjoyed the storyline of the book, but felt it could've moved along a bit quicker.  Also, I don't think I've ever read a book with so much eating involved that it actually made me hungry when I'd read the book!  It seemed like they were either getting pies from the coffee shop, pastries from Sweet Treats, pizza from The Big Cheese, eating at restaurants, ordering in or preparing meals at home.  Maybe next time the reader would enjoy some recipes thrown in the mix so they could try their hand at some of the coffee shop's famous pies or some of the other recurring meals in the story.  

    (Tammy does offer a FREE pie recipe for readers who wish to subscribe to her e-mail list and receive her updates here.) 


    The next installment in this series is A Promise Of Home
    which I will be reading around Christmas time this year.
     This series is a very enjoyable, laid back, light read and I recommend it to anyone looking to escape to the small town of Friday Harbor.



    Book Review: Home Blooms by Tammy L. Grace


    My rating3 of 5 stars
    I was given this book in exchange
     for an honest review from the author.

    Home Blooms is Tammy L. Grace's second installment of her Hometown Harbor series.  You can see my review of her first book, Finding Home: A Hometown Harbor Novel (Volume 1) HERE.

    The story continues with Sam and Jeff planning their wedding, getting married and trying to play matchmaker to Sam's friend Max and Friday Harbor's florist, Linda.  About a quarter into the book Ms. Grace transitions nicely from focusing on Sam and Jeff's relationship to the blossoming friendship of Max and Linda.

    The newlyweds endure a tragedy and rely on Max and Linda to help them through tough times ahead.  Linda also uncovers a family secret and begins opening up to Max as their relationship and trust in one another grows. 

    I enjoyed the storyline of the book, but felt it could've moved along a bit quicker.  Also, I don't think I've ever read a book with so much eating involved that it actually made me hungry when I'd read the book!  It seemed like they were either getting pies from the coffee shop, pastries from Sweet Treats, pizza from The Big Cheese, eating at restaurants, ordering in or preparing meals at home.  Maybe next time the reader would enjoy some recipes thrown in the mix so they could try their hand at some of the coffee shop's famous pies or some of the other recurring meals in the story.  

    (Tammy does offer a FREE pie recipe for readers who wish to subscribe to her e-mail list and receive her updates here.) 


    The next installment in this series is A Promise Of Home
    which I will be reading around Christmas time this year.
     This series is a very enjoyable, laid back, light read and I recommend it to anyone looking to escape to the small town of Friday Harbor.



    Posted at 6:57 PM  |  by Elle
    When the Jonas Brothers became a sensation back in 2007 
    my daughters were ages 5 and 1.  We weren't
    watching Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, High School Musical or Camp Rock.  
    Disney Junior was the channel of choice in our house, so it wasn't until my oldest daughter was around 8 years old when I really knew who the Jonas Brothers were.  Eventually we watched Camp Rock and all the other 'tween' movies.  I remember my husband commenting that the brothers all played instruments and he was very impressed with that since we're in an age where most of the teen boy bands don't play any instruments and get by on their good looks and sometimes little talent.
      The youngest Jonas Brother, Nick, is now 22 years old and has shed the squeaky clean Disney image and is doing very well on the Billboard charts.  I've shared Nick's recent videos below, some interviews and a few Jonas Brothers videos.  
    As Wendy Williams states in her interview with him below, he
    may very well be the next Justin Timberlake.
    Keep an eye on him!

















    Musical Monday #22 ~ Nick Jonas & The Jonas Brothers

    When the Jonas Brothers became a sensation back in 2007 
    my daughters were ages 5 and 1.  We weren't
    watching Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, High School Musical or Camp Rock.  
    Disney Junior was the channel of choice in our house, so it wasn't until my oldest daughter was around 8 years old when I really knew who the Jonas Brothers were.  Eventually we watched Camp Rock and all the other 'tween' movies.  I remember my husband commenting that the brothers all played instruments and he was very impressed with that since we're in an age where most of the teen boy bands don't play any instruments and get by on their good looks and sometimes little talent.
      The youngest Jonas Brother, Nick, is now 22 years old and has shed the squeaky clean Disney image and is doing very well on the Billboard charts.  I've shared Nick's recent videos below, some interviews and a few Jonas Brothers videos.  
    As Wendy Williams states in her interview with him below, he
    may very well be the next Justin Timberlake.
    Keep an eye on him!

















    Posted at 10:01 AM  |  by Elle
    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.
    Easy Origami Animals by John Montroll is a compilation of twenty-three easy animal origami projects for beginners.  Most of the origami animals that can be made from this book can be done in sixteen steps or less! 

    There are pages in the beginning of the book showing you what the symbols used in the book mean, as well as a guide to the basic folding techniques used in origami.

    You should also know that origami paper is white on one side and colored on the opposite side and can be found at arts and crafts stores or online.  Shadings in the book refer to the colored side of the origami paper.

    Some of the cool origami animals you can make using this book are a dog, parrot, hippopotamus, squirrel, rabbit and pig to name a few.  All of the directions are shown in colorful diagrams and there are some scenes depicted with several of the origami animals which is a very nice touch for teachers who would like to make a scene with the animals once the students complete their origami projects.

    This book can aid teachers in the classroom at school, community centers providing before or after school care, day camps or for the parent looking for something to keep their child occupied on that rainy or snowy day.
    Available on Amazon.


    Book Review: Easy Origami Animals by John Montroll

    I received this book in exchange for 
    an honest review from NetGalley.
    Easy Origami Animals by John Montroll is a compilation of twenty-three easy animal origami projects for beginners.  Most of the origami animals that can be made from this book can be done in sixteen steps or less! 

    There are pages in the beginning of the book showing you what the symbols used in the book mean, as well as a guide to the basic folding techniques used in origami.

    You should also know that origami paper is white on one side and colored on the opposite side and can be found at arts and crafts stores or online.  Shadings in the book refer to the colored side of the origami paper.

    Some of the cool origami animals you can make using this book are a dog, parrot, hippopotamus, squirrel, rabbit and pig to name a few.  All of the directions are shown in colorful diagrams and there are some scenes depicted with several of the origami animals which is a very nice touch for teachers who would like to make a scene with the animals once the students complete their origami projects.

    This book can aid teachers in the classroom at school, community centers providing before or after school care, day camps or for the parent looking for something to keep their child occupied on that rainy or snowy day.
    Available on Amazon.


    Posted at 2:48 PM  |  by Elle

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from
    NetGalley.
    If you want to get started in making beaded jewelry, Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, Kate Feld is the book for you!

    The first chapter goes through wire types and how to choose the correct wire for your specific project.
    The kinds covered are flexible, hard, base metal, German wire, raw wire, craft wires and memory wires.

    The second chapter gets into chain techniques. Materials, treatments and styles involved in using chainwork.

    Chapter three is about findings: earrings, clasps and others.

    Continuing onto chapter four where the tools of jewelry making are explored. From the different kinds of pliers (I had no clue there were various types of pliers) to cutters, wire shaping tools, measuring and polishing toold and storage containers to use for your beading materials.

    The fifth chapter covers all of the different wire work techniques. Simple loop, Wire-Wrapped Loop, Wire-Wrapped-Bead Cap, Wire-Wrapped Link With Beads, Wire-Wrapped Link-Chain, Briolette Wrap, Covering A Briolette, Making Basic Ear Wires, Making Head Pins and Eye Pins, Making Hoop Earrings, Working With Cones, Memory Wire Methods, Opening & Closing Jump Rings, Using Split Ring Pliers and Wire Cutter Usage.  Wow!  That's a lot of techniques!  Who knew?

    There is a glossary of terms used throughout the book as well as an appendix listing types of metals.
    The book is 84 pages packed with all the information you need to get started with techniques using wire for your beaded jewelry projects.

    I would recommend this book to any adult looking for information on learning to do beaded jewelry with wirework techniques. There's a lot of information that younger readers may not be able to follow along to, so the age group I would recommend is ages 16 and up.



    Available now on Amazon!

    Book Review: Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques


    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from
    NetGalley.
    If you want to get started in making beaded jewelry, Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, Kate Feld is the book for you!

    The first chapter goes through wire types and how to choose the correct wire for your specific project.
    The kinds covered are flexible, hard, base metal, German wire, raw wire, craft wires and memory wires.

    The second chapter gets into chain techniques. Materials, treatments and styles involved in using chainwork.

    Chapter three is about findings: earrings, clasps and others.

    Continuing onto chapter four where the tools of jewelry making are explored. From the different kinds of pliers (I had no clue there were various types of pliers) to cutters, wire shaping tools, measuring and polishing toold and storage containers to use for your beading materials.

    The fifth chapter covers all of the different wire work techniques. Simple loop, Wire-Wrapped Loop, Wire-Wrapped-Bead Cap, Wire-Wrapped Link With Beads, Wire-Wrapped Link-Chain, Briolette Wrap, Covering A Briolette, Making Basic Ear Wires, Making Head Pins and Eye Pins, Making Hoop Earrings, Working With Cones, Memory Wire Methods, Opening & Closing Jump Rings, Using Split Ring Pliers and Wire Cutter Usage.  Wow!  That's a lot of techniques!  Who knew?

    There is a glossary of terms used throughout the book as well as an appendix listing types of metals.
    The book is 84 pages packed with all the information you need to get started with techniques using wire for your beaded jewelry projects.

    I would recommend this book to any adult looking for information on learning to do beaded jewelry with wirework techniques. There's a lot of information that younger readers may not be able to follow along to, so the age group I would recommend is ages 16 and up.



    Available now on Amazon!

    Posted at 12:48 PM  |  by Elle
    The very 1st American Idol winner and one of my favorites, Kelly Clarkson!
    Here's a compilation of her performances on the 1st season of American Idol:


    When I first heard 'HeartBeat Song' on the radio I didn;t know who was singing the song.  There's a part of the song where she sounded exactly like Belinda Carlisle from the Gog-Go's to me and when I found out it was Kelly Clarkson I was thrilled!

    Another one of my favorites by Kelly and a GREAT motivational song!

    And of course this one is fun to sing along to!

    Another fun one!

    And here's a 'bathroom' rendition of 'Since You've Been Gone' with Elle DeGeneres

    Musical Monday #21 ~ Kelly Clarkson

    The very 1st American Idol winner and one of my favorites, Kelly Clarkson!
    Here's a compilation of her performances on the 1st season of American Idol:


    When I first heard 'HeartBeat Song' on the radio I didn;t know who was singing the song.  There's a part of the song where she sounded exactly like Belinda Carlisle from the Gog-Go's to me and when I found out it was Kelly Clarkson I was thrilled!

    Another one of my favorites by Kelly and a GREAT motivational song!

    And of course this one is fun to sing along to!

    Another fun one!

    And here's a 'bathroom' rendition of 'Since You've Been Gone' with Elle DeGeneres

    Posted at 9:51 PM  |  by Elle
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

         Killer Music is not the usual genre that I read, although I've been trying to get more into mysteries lately instead of the normal women's fiction I tend to gravitate towards.

         At the beginning of this novel Grayson Taylor is introduced to the reader and I really was intrigued by all the entanglements going on in his life.  I hadn't read the book description so little did I know that the story would be centered around this man's death!

         Grayson Taylor is an executive who runs the Los Angeles office of Global Records, a recording company.  He travels to Global's Nashville office every six weeks and is planning on starting his own independent label;  he just needs to work up the nerve to tell Mel Lewis, the CEO of Global.  Grayson is staying at a hotel in Nashville and receives an unexpected visit from his high school sweetheart's brother Andy, who informs Grayson he has a seventeen year old son named Taylor.  Andy wants Gray to contribute to Taylor's expenses for college, although his sister has been against telling Gray he had a son for all these years.  Andy informs Gray that Taylor works at Silverwood, which is where a record industry party is taking place that evening.

         Cooper Harrington is a local private detective who works closely with Nashville's Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason and his office manager Annabelle, who is also a friend from college.  Cooper has been invited by the woman he is dating to a country music party taking place at Silverwood.  Coop is briefly introduced to Grayson Taylor at the event  along with many legislators looking to gain supporters for their upcoming campaigns. Coop is a natural observer and watches many interactions between people while his date Shelby goes off to meet some of the well-known country stars.

         Detective Harrington is called the day after the party to begin the investigation into Grayson Taylor's death which took place during the party at Silverwood.  Coop works closely with Ben's department and his assistant Annabelle in interviewing guests from the party as they try to piece together who would've killed Mr. Taylor and why.

         There are many characters in this story and I honestly had no idea who was the killer.  The story is very enjoyable and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Ms. Grace definitely keeps you guessing throughout the book!


    Killer Music is Tammy L. Grace's first book in the Cooper Harrington Detective series and is her first mystery novel.  She has also written three books in the Hometown Harbor series in the women's fiction genre.




    Book Review: Killer Music by Tammy L. Grace

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

         Killer Music is not the usual genre that I read, although I've been trying to get more into mysteries lately instead of the normal women's fiction I tend to gravitate towards.

         At the beginning of this novel Grayson Taylor is introduced to the reader and I really was intrigued by all the entanglements going on in his life.  I hadn't read the book description so little did I know that the story would be centered around this man's death!

         Grayson Taylor is an executive who runs the Los Angeles office of Global Records, a recording company.  He travels to Global's Nashville office every six weeks and is planning on starting his own independent label;  he just needs to work up the nerve to tell Mel Lewis, the CEO of Global.  Grayson is staying at a hotel in Nashville and receives an unexpected visit from his high school sweetheart's brother Andy, who informs Grayson he has a seventeen year old son named Taylor.  Andy wants Gray to contribute to Taylor's expenses for college, although his sister has been against telling Gray he had a son for all these years.  Andy informs Gray that Taylor works at Silverwood, which is where a record industry party is taking place that evening.

         Cooper Harrington is a local private detective who works closely with Nashville's Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason and his office manager Annabelle, who is also a friend from college.  Cooper has been invited by the woman he is dating to a country music party taking place at Silverwood.  Coop is briefly introduced to Grayson Taylor at the event  along with many legislators looking to gain supporters for their upcoming campaigns. Coop is a natural observer and watches many interactions between people while his date Shelby goes off to meet some of the well-known country stars.

         Detective Harrington is called the day after the party to begin the investigation into Grayson Taylor's death which took place during the party at Silverwood.  Coop works closely with Ben's department and his assistant Annabelle in interviewing guests from the party as they try to piece together who would've killed Mr. Taylor and why.

         There are many characters in this story and I honestly had no idea who was the killer.  The story is very enjoyable and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Ms. Grace definitely keeps you guessing throughout the book!


    Killer Music is Tammy L. Grace's first book in the Cooper Harrington Detective series and is her first mystery novel.  She has also written three books in the Hometown Harbor series in the women's fiction genre.




    Posted at 7:26 PM  |  by Elle

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