Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In the Shadow of Croft Towers By Abigail Wilson Review

In the Shadow of Croft Towers
By Abigail Wilson
From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a mysterious Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.

Orphaned Sybil Delafield jumps at the opportunity for a position at the mysterious Croft Towers. She believes she was hired to act as companion to a dying woman, but a highway robbery and a hostile welcome from the Chalcroft family cause her to wonder if she was actually hired to help someone spy for France.

An unsolved murder adds intrigue to this already secretive family, and Sybil recognizes Mrs. Chalcroft’s handsome grandson as one of the infamous highwaymen who robbed her. Sybil must determine if this man's charming smile and earnest eyes speak the truth or if he is simply using her like others in the house. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Sybil must decide who to trust while also coming to terms with the truth about her own past

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A good story to pass the time as the character build is very well written.  The storyline has a really nice flow and with the right cozy reading spot and a good beverage this book will create a cozy atmosphere filled with imagination for the older reader. 

Lisette the Vet by Ruth MacPete DVM Review

Lisette the Vet by Ruth MacPete DVM

Lisette loves animals: big or little, furry or feathery, even slimy or scaly. Well... almost all animals. When her class gets a new pet, she can’t wait to meet him. When she finally meets Fluffy, he is not what she expected. Then disaster strikes! Will Lisette the Vet save the day? Book includes an animal facts page.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  An easier to read children's book that includes nice pictures for your little one to enjoy.  It is simple and teaches some facts about tarantulas.

The New Color Mixing Companion By Josie Lewis .@QuartoCreates

The New Color Mixing Companion
Explore and Create Fresh and Vibrant Color Palettes with Paint, Collage, and Mixed Media--With Templates for Painting Your Own Color Patterns
The New Color Mixing Companion
$24.99 / £16.99
Author: Josie Lewis
The New Color Mixing Companion

The New Color Mixing Companion is a modern, hands-on guide to working with color featuring approachable projects that each explore a different aspect of color mixing.

In The New Color Mixing Companion, artist and popular Instagrammer Josie Lewis (@josielewisart) offers easy lessons and exercises on how to mix color and create exciting palettes.

This comprehensive guide starts with a crash course in essential terminology and visual vocabulary, then shows you how to go beyond the wheel and basic theory with hands-on projects that illustrate and illuminate a variety of color elements and techniques. The materials used—including watercolor and acrylic paints, and found or purchased collage papers—are accessible, inexpensive, and readily available. Plus, this art guide includes easy-to-use templates featured in many of the projects; their modern geometric layouts yield stunning color arrangements.

With The New Color Mixing Companion, artists, crafters, and designers of all skill levels will learn to take color in a whole new direction!

The author
Artist Josie Lewis, whose Instagram account @josielewisart has more than 200,000 followers, has taught college-level painting, drawing, art appreciation, and two-dimensional design, and also regularly teaches workshops, leads creative retreats, and hosts exhibitions in her Minneapolis studio. She has been featured on DesignSponge, Insider, High Times, and by many other social media influencers.

Josie’s work has also been exhibited widely throughout the US and can be found in the collections of many private and public institutions, including Target Corporation, General Mills, University of Arizona at Phoenix and Flagstaff, and University of Minnesota. Her current work, which explores the interaction of material, pattern, repetition, and color, spans many mediums, including sculpture, painting, mixed media, and film.

 A two-time grant recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Josie has a BA from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Originally from the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, she lives in the Twin Cities. See more of her work at josielewis.com.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   The book is filled with great tips and fun projects for you to practice. It will make a great gift and will be easier for older ages. 

GrandBox Review

GrandBox is curated for Grandparents & Seniors

Each month, the GrandBox team designs a new theme to build around. Whether it be Farmer's Market Fun or Movie Night at the Drive-In, each care package is developed specifically for your senior parents, grandparents, and loved ones.

 Included is at least FIVE full size items (no samples) along with your family photos and personalized note.

GrandBox, the subscription box for the ones who cared about you. Order yours now! http://www.mygrandbox.com/

I received complimentary product,

Cassandra's review-  For $33 a month you get a box with a few items in it.   The box I received had six products total, the crosswords book might not be super easy for elderly people depending on how they are doing mentally.

 While I would not eat the mints (xylitol) or the chocolate biscuit, nor would I want my loved one to eat the ingredients of them.  The hot chocolate stick and spice mat is more novelty and I am not sure why it was paired with christmas light tissue pack, I am also not sure all of the products combined would cost $33.

 Now this is not a negative review and in fact I think if you have some extra money and have no idea what your grandparents like, this is a great gift as it is definitely random and probably contains nothing your family member would have,  aside from crosswords, though I prefer wordsearch myself.  Also I think that it would be great if you could pick the items you would send in the box.

 Maybe it was because I was not sent a personalized box or because mine seemed more thrown together then thought out, but it was just a review box that I had no way to customize or create so my thoughts would probably be different based on that.  My last thought would be for you to try it out and see how you feel because not every thinks the same way. 

The Sweetest Spark $25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in PayPal Cash Giveaway

  The Sweetest Spark by Liwen Y. Ho He’s a fun-loving ice cream shop owner looking for more than a fling. She’s a straight-laced food critic too scared for love. Little did they know how much a foolish kiss would trigger an avalanche of emotions too great to contain. Colin Spark may not have the best track record when it comes to his career choices, but he’s loved the same woman since he was thirteen. His only obstacle to winning her heart is proving he’s ready to settle down—an impossible task now that his store is going out of business. Since her sister’s passing, Candy Connelly has survived by being in control and protecting her heart. There’s only one man she’s let her guard down with, but his unreliable past shakes her confidence in his future. Colin won’t give up pursuing his passion; Candy won’t give in to her attraction. That is until an accident brings all their unspoken issues to the surface and forces them to listen to their hearts. Will this incident be the spark that drives them apart for good or gives them their sweetest taste of romance yet?

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