January 13, 2024

The Night of Many Endings won my heart - highly recommended


The Night of Many EndingsThe Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book in one sitting. The characters were so well developed that I didn't want to stop, reading just one more chapter to see what was coming up next, until I ended up staying up way past my bedtime.

Five people get trapped in the library during a freak winter storm, that basically buries the whole town. Nora was front and center the main character, a young passionate librarian, yearning to find a long lost brother. The story is written in third person, with each character having their own chapters, so rather than head hopping, the author gave them their inner dialog through different chapters. All characters were likeable and you find yourself worrying about and admiring each one.

This book was so well written that the characters become real to you, and they stay with you well after closing the book.

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April 26, 2022

Writer's Market 100th Edition - a good general guide


Writer's Market 100th Edition: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting PublishedWriter's Market 100th Edition: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published by Writer's Digest Books
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As usual this edition has some very useful articles in the front; I found some information in the articles important enough to make notes, and the query letter examples were priceless. However, that said, this is a very generally, lengthy guide for both freelance non-fiction work, all the way through fiction. The literary agents section does not list all of the agents available (there is a separate guide for that with 600 agents listed). I am a fiction writer and found this book of somewhat limited scope for fiction writing. This book does have a comprehensive list of publishers, but most fiction writers will want to start with going through an agent. I will likely shell out a few more books for the literary agent's division of this book, or shell out the cash for the online version of Writer's Market.

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April 20, 2022

Unboxing ~ Let's Make Art ~ is it worth it?

April 19, 2022

Team Project Pan 2022 ~ a little late on this one this year #TeamProject...

November 6, 2021

The Magdalene Prophecy: Quickening - book one, not sure I want to read book two


The Magdalene Prophecy, Quickening: Book OneThe Magdalene Prophecy, Quickening: Book One by Shams-Tabriz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really did enjoy this book and found the characters were very well developed; however, the first couple chapters were populated by endearing characters, then the entire book shifted to someone from a clandestine organization, a killer. Not a spoiler since you learn all this at the beginning of the book.

The story felt unfinished and there were many loose ends. They may all be tied up in book two and three, but I'm not sure I love the characters enough to continue reading. The killer does redeem herself to a degree, but I didn't love her enough to proceed with further books in the series.

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November 1, 2021

Yarn Bliss ~ October Mary Maxim Knit Club box

Hi everyone, here is one video from my couch; I couldn’t resist showing the Mary Maxim Knit Club bag for October. I have temporarily placed my subscription on hold until I get better and can start making some of this stuff. I probably won’t be back until I get this cast off and can weight bear my way upstairs.

Here are the details of this subscription bag

Pattern for cowl, mittens, fingerless gloves – Mary Maxim pattern number 202110KN

Yarn hank – Araucania Yarns Alpaca Reina (medium 4)

Two Willow Fair Isle yarn cakes (light 3)


Thank you so much for sticking with me. I truly appreciate all of you.

October 22, 2021

Yarn bliss ~ Mary Maxim Mystery Box & September Knit Club

October 2, 2021

Better late than never ~ Ipsy Glam Bag August ~ plus flash sale purchases

I have managed to record a stockpile of videos. I’ll be going to surgery soon. If you’re interested in Ipsy glam bag or glam bag plus please use my link:

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September 25, 2021

Declutter Project Pan ~ Use it Up ~ Late September 2021

This is a great project that Ruby Rouge (April) thought up. We all have stuff we loved too much to finish, or just forgot about. The rules for this one are to pick 4 items Here is a quick update. I’m hoping to film another update before my surgery – even if I don’t finish much, I’ll likely add a lot of things to this project that I will likely finish over the course of my recovery.


Here is April/Ruby Rouge’s YouTube channel  link - https://www.youtube.com/c/RubyRougereviews


Third week of September:

Marcelle micellar water

Avalon Organics Eczema Relief Intensive Cream

COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion

Cologne sample – Tocca Florence cologne sample


Removed from project, but not decluttered – finished everything else from July:

Alterna Caviar Multiplying Mist

It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave in Treatment

Cypress Skincare Foot Love (oil)


July (carried over 3):

Alterna Caviar Multiplying Mist

It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave in Treatment

Cypress Skincare Foot Love (oil)

Carried over:

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Cologne

BalancedGuru Sooth-Me body oil

Super-Max Care Collagen Cream

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream

TRYING: Oribe Apres Wave and Shine Spray



Dr. Foot Callus Exfoliating Cream

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray

Phyto Paris Lightweight Hydrating Oil

AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face

Seraphine Botanicals Carrot & Rose Hydrating Cream

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo

Elizabeth Arden Millennium Night Renewal Cream

Strivectin Nia 114 TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream

b.glen Clay Wash

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Cologne

BalancedGuru Sooth-Me body oil

Super-Max Care Collagen Cream

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream



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September 20, 2021

Sample Sunday #9 ~ mini reviews and a whole bunch of little samples