Sunday, February 04, 2018

Amish Sweethearts Four Amish Novellas By Amy Clipston Review

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Love is in the air in these four sweet romances!

Love and Buggy Rides  (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds  (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Sweet and filled with clean love this book is a group of stories that contain a bright and promising future reading time for the reader. It is written so that you can easily combine your stories in one sitting or branch off into different days.  The author's style is easily recognizable in the way the stories flow and this book is sure to please the older readers. 

Big art lessons in little books new from Walter Foster Review

The Little Book of Manga Drawing
The Little Book of Manga Drawing
More than 50 tips and techniques for learning the art of manga and anime  by Jeannie Lee and Samantha Whitten

Paperback | 128 Pages
$14.99 US, $19.99, CAN
9781633224735 | March 6, 2018

In this new series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike will delight in learning a variety of fun and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary design. Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and art prompts, The Little Book of Manga Drawing encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching beginners the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.

In The Little Book of Manga Drawing, beginning manga artists and aspiring illustrators will discover a variety of basic manga drawing techniques through step-by-step projects, creative prompts, and engaging ideas to ignite creativity.

From learning how to master the proportions and shape of heads and bodies, to understanding how to create personally relevant manga characters, this fun guidebook covers all the basics.

After an introduction to the tools you'll use when creating manga, you'll dive into how to draw and colorize your own manga artwork with the help of dozens of techniques and helpful instructions. You'll also learn to draw props, costumes, and color, as well as how to draw manga chibis, to round out this comprehensive book

 The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design
The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design
More than 50 tips and techniques for mastering a variety of stylish, elegant, and contemporary handwritten alphabets by Cari Ferraro and John Stevens

Paperback | 128 pages
$14.99 US, $19.99 CAN
9781633224711 | March 6, 2018
In this new series from Walter Foster Publishing, artists and art hobbyists alike will delight in learning a variety of fun and interesting art topics in a portable format boasting a fresh, contemporary design. Filled with open practice pages, creative exercises, and art prompts, The Little Book of Lettering & World Design encourages interactivity for immediate results, while also teaching beginners the fundamentals of the featured medium in an engaging and fun way.

In The Little Book of Lettering & Word Design aspiring artists will discover how to create a range of classic and contemporary calligraphy and hand-lettered fonts. Internationally acclaimed calligrapher John Stevens and other renowned hand-lettering artists lead the way with tips and techniques. 

Following an introduction to inks, nibs, pens, and papers, as well as an overview of basic techniques, readers will learn dozens of original alphabets and lettering designs ranging from funky and fun, to elegant and embellished. Tips for adding personal touches to letters and designing personalized alphabets are also included!

With an alphabet and lettering design for every occasion and easy-to-follow instructions, this book is perfect for everyone who wants to create stunning handwriting and calligraphy.


The Little Book of Sketching
The Little Book of Sketching
More than 100 quirky and clever ideas for sketching your way through daily life
by Matt Andrews

Paperback | 128 pages
$14.99 US, $19.99 CAN
9781633223936 | November 21, 2017

Everyone suffers from a little boredom sometimes; The Little Book of Sketching is the remedy to these dull moments! This guide will have you flipping the day's doldrums into artistic inspiration!

If you've ever been held captive in a long meeting, sat for hours in a doctor's waiting room, or been stranded at the airport, there is help to be found! And you'll find it in The Little Book of Sketching.

A journey that both inspires and entertains, The Little Book of Sketching shows you how to pass the time through life's daily events using nothing more than a pencil, a sketchpad, and your imagination. Filled with quirky, witty sketches and plenty of fun, aspiring sketchers will discover how to turn life's boring events into inspired artistic moments.

Simple drawing ideas and minimal tools make off-the-cuff sketching accessible to anyone, anywhere. Beginning with a brief introduction to the artist’s process, readers will then be treated to a plethora of scenarios and situations from which to draw inspiration for their own doodled artwork; moreover, the illustrations and prompts are sure to induce a smile, reduce stress, and deliver creative inspiration throughout your daily life.

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review- I think that this is a great little group of books that will help anyone no matter what skill level to be able to grow stronger in skill.  Each page helps to inform and direct the user in a way that is easy to understand while being fun to learn.