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Sunday, September 30, 2018

To Kiss a Thief by Susanna Craig - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sarah truly loved her husband St. John, but the viscount broke her heart. They didn’t even have the chance to dance together as husband and wife before a scandal destroyed their brief marriage. Sarah fled and St. John was left behind with plenty of anger and even more questions. He thinks Sarah has stolen a precious family heirloom and will do anything to find it. When he finally locates her after several years he’s surprised he finds her in a small village without any wealth, working for a living. Where is the jewel he so desperately wants to get back?

St. John never had the chance to get to know Sarah. Their marriage was arranged and he doesn’t trust his wife after everything he heard about her. Sarah’s disappearance broke many people’s hearts and he wants her to pay for what she’s done. However, when he finds her and spends time with her, her behavior confuses him. Sarah gives full openness, while he expected her to be secretive. She is living a simple life, especially for a woman who’s supposed to have means, and she’s trying to help others whenever she can. Is this wonderful person really the woman who robbed him?

To Kiss a Thief is a fantastic intriguing story with fascinating main characters. Sarah is strong, capable and smart. I loved how much she cares about other people. She will do anything to help and to be there for her loved ones. She’s loyal, sweet and genuine, but she’s also the suspect of a terrible crime. I loved this contrast and couldn’t wait to find out the truth behind the theft. This kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough and was eager to discover more. It was fun to figure out what happened together with St. John. At first he’s grumpy and distant, but he slowly defrosts and I liked his multilayered personality a lot. I was curious to find out if love would conquer even the most complicated situations and adored the chosen theme for the story.

Susanna Craig has a gorgeous mesmerizing writing style. I loved how she makes the era she’s chosen for her story come to life. I could easily picture the rules, the obligations, the social inequalities and the manipulations she writes about. I also admired the way she describes her surroundings, she makes them come to life in a terrific vibrant way. The result is a gripping and complete story filled with surprises. To Kiss a Thief is entertaining, romantic and incredibly interesting. I absolutely loved this swoon worthy story.

Advice

If you love historical romance, you don’t want to miss To Kiss a Thief.

About Susanna Craig


A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.

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Giveaway

One very Lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of To Kiss a Thief by Susanna Craig.

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Hot Mess: Lucy Davenport: Season One, Episode One by Kelly Moore & Shannyn Leah - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Lucy thinks she's seen it all living with a crazy family, until the day her in-laws decide she should marry again. They think that their son Cash is the perfect candidate. Cash promised his brother that if something would happen to him, he'd take care of Lucy and he's more than willing to become her new husband. The only thing Lucy's in-laws are after is her house and all of the other belongings Lucy gained when she married her late husband Mark. Lucy and her family are prepared to do anything to keep that from happening. What will it take to make her in-laws back off?

Since Mark died the family is discovering some of the secrets he kept. The comic store she inherited from him seems to be a more than just a store where people can buy comic books. Lucy also has a new friend, someone who stirs up long lost feelings inside of her. Yaya, Lucy's mother and grandmother of Lucy’s daughter Beth, has rented out her pool house and the tenants are an interesting couple. They fit in perfectly with the madness of The Davenports. Every day is full of surprises. Does Beth's imaginary friend, Frankie, have a few tricks up his sleeve to complete the chaos?

Lucy loved her husband Mark very much and his death shattered her. Slowly Lucy comes out of the fog she constantly felt she was going through while grieving for her lost husband and decides she needs to pick herself up again to prevent her family from falling apart. Lucy is feisty and is really good at solving problems. She's had a lifetime of experiences, which helps a lot and gives her plenty of useful skills. Lucy is now the head of the house and I loved to get to know more about this interesting woman. Lucy is such a great person and I was rooting for her to outsmart her in-laws.

Hot Mess: Lucy Davenport: Season One, Episode One is another hilarious story about the family I just can't help but love. If this series would be a television show I'd also be hooked from the start. I can't help but creating mental images of the scenes and this causes many laugh out loud moments. I found it hard to put this book down, so I kept reading whenever and whenever I could. There might have been some people who probably thought I had my own imaginary friend since I couldn't prevent laughing really hard. Ever since Dare To Enter: The Crazy Rich Davenports: Season One: Series Pilot I'm hooked on Kelly Moore's and Shannyn Leah's way of writing and their truly dysfunctional family and I can't wait to start reading the next episode, The Loon: Yaya: Season One Episode Two.

Advice

If you like to read books that make you laugh out loud Hot Mess: Lucy Davenport: Season One, Episode One would be a perfect choice. Please keep in mind that the books in this series can't be read as standalones and to fully understand the madness you have to read them in chronological order.

About Kelly Moore


Hi my name is Kelly Moore and I am Southern girl raised in Florida. I am a registered nurse actually an ICU traveling nurse, wife, mother of two children and I have three grandchildren. I have always been an avid reader and kept journals. Until Broken Pieces, I never had the courage to attempt an erotic romance book and submit it for publishing. I tend to embrace the brokenness in all of us. It makes us who we are. I love to see people come out strong and win against past pains.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the story.

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About Shannyn Leah


Contemporary romance author Shannyn Leah loves olives, lip gloss and reading (and writing) romance novels. Her love of words started at an early age and soon grew until, during her teenage years, she’d started writing her own novels. When her mom pushed to finally publish some of the stories, she quickly amassed two complete romance series (By The Lake and Caliendo Resort series) and, in 2016, released her first Fantasy Romance entitled The Gatekeepers (Part One of the Winters Rising series). In 2017, she released her first BAD BOY Romance.

When she's not writing contemporary romance books into the early hours of the morning, Shannyn can be found antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and sister, in their picturesque London, Ontario hometown.

Shannyn would love to get to know her readers as you get to know her (just don’t send her any carrots!)

Shannyn also writes under her sweet & clean name Audrey Delaine.

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Giveaway

Five very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive one digital copy of choice each from Kelly Moore and Shannyn Leah's backlists.


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Saving the Sheriff by Kadie Scott - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway


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Review by Suze

Holly is back in her old hometown, where she’s working as a vet. She always dreamed of working with animals, but her choice to leave and study came with a price. Holly doesn’t know if the town will blame her for going away, but most people welcome her with open arms. The only person who isn’t happy with her arrival is Cash, the town’s sheriff. He was married to Holly’s best friend Georgia. Even though Georgia knew about Holly’s feelings for Cash, she went after the man that made Holly’s heart beat faster anyway. Georgia’s little girl Sophia mended their rift, but becoming best friends again put a huge responsibility on Holly’s shoulders. She knows things about Georgia that she hasn’t told anyone else and this knowledge can cause difficulties for everyone Holly holds dear. What can she do to make the situation right again?

Cash doesn’t want to like Holly. After Georgia broke his heart just before she died, Cash doesn’t trust women, especially not his late wife’s best friend. Sophia loves Holly though and keeps wanting to spend time with her. Each moment in the woman’s company weakens Cash’s resolve. Does Holly really deserve his distrust and the distance he tries to keep because of it and what will happen when he opens his heart again? Can Cash risk letting the one woman he isn’t supposed to like back into his life?

Saving the Sheriff is a wonderful romantic story. I loved Holly. She has a great own style and she’s fabulous with both animals and people. Being a vet suits her and I enjoyed reading about her job. Cash is serious and closed off and it’s time for him to feel some happiness again. He loves Sophia with all his heart and because of her he starts being kinder to Holly. Holly brings back Sophia’s sunny nature and I liked how sweet they are together. This is a lovely addition to the chemistry that is always surfacing as soon as Cash and Holly see each other. Finding out if they’d have a chance at love together despite the large number of obstacles they have to overcome kept me glued to the pages.

Kadie Scott has a warm and descriptive writing style. Her writing has a nice constant flow and I was captivated by her beautiful setting, her main characters and the emotions she so cleverly paints a picture of. Saving the Sheriff is charming and fascinating. It’s a delightful feelgood story with many terrific twists and turns and gorgeous main characters. I highly recommend this amazing book.

Advice

If you like small town romance Saving the Sheriff would be a perfect choice.

About Kadie Scott


Contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories).

10+ years since finishing her first book, Kadie has published 22 novels/novellas under two pen names with more to come. An award-winning author, several of her books have won, placed, or finaled in multiple awards. She is also the owner/operator of Authors On A Dime, a company which provides a la carte services to help authors like herself. Kadie loves every part of the publishing journey and considers herself lucky to be living out her dream every day.

Kadie currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero (and she married that guy!) and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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Texas… Dancing!
Guest post by Kadie Scott

I love to write about Texas because I grew up here. To me, Texas is home, and memories, and a wonderful place I’m proud to be part of. One of the best aspects of writing books set in Texas is coming up with things about my state or my life that I want to highlight for those who don’t live here. 

In Saving the Sheriff, one of those aspects of Texas life I tried to bring to the page was… Texas dancing. 


You heard me. There is nothing sexier than a cowboy who can move his stuff on the dance floor. However, I would feel remiss if I didn’t take a moment to educate you on what I mean by Texas dancing. Thanks to Hollywood, every person not from Texas pictures this as line dancing. 

Nope! Let’s revise that to hell, no! 

First of all, in Texas we do have a range of options when it comes to clubs and dancing, and not all of it is country. In fact, in the big cities (did you know Houston is the 3rd largest city in the entire US?) I’d argue most of the clubs are the same as you’d find anywhere else. But for my purposes, I’m focusing on what you’d picture in smaller towns—the bars and honkytonks and what goes on in there. 


My younger, single years were spent in a lot of establishments with names like Hurricane Harry’s or Denim and Diamonds (D&Ds for short). These places look just like you’d expect—wooden flooring, long wood bar, wrought iron fixtures, neon signs, DJ booth, stage or area for a live band, sometimes a mechanical bull, and lots of beer. But, instead of the dance floor being packed with line dancing fools, it’s packed with…couples. 

Every once in a while, the DJ or band will break out in a song that gets everyone on the floor—yes line dancing, but also the usual R&B stuff you’d hear in most any club. But at least 80% of the time, the songs played are country, and the people dancing are couples doing things like the two-step, polka (not like you’re thinking), waltz (again, you’re way off), and jitterbug (yup, also not what you’d expect). 


I learned to do all these dances in high school, and I got even better at them in college by taking lessons from a performance group at Texas A&M called the Aggie Wranglers

These students are the best at the type of dancing I’m talking about, but if you go to just about any Texas country dance hall/bar, and you’ll see at least a few couples spinning and flipping in this style of dancing, and just about everyone doing at least a basic version. Most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the floor is so packed, you can’t do the fancy moves. 

And let me tell you, while a cowboy who can move is sexy, there is also nothing more romantic than being in the arms of a man who knows how to take the lead on a dance floor (and I’m not talking just swaying side to side). 

You want to see what I’m talking about? Check out this video (Make sure you get all the way to the part about the jitterbugging. That’s my favorite!) 


BTW…The pictures of the couple dancing is me and my husband at our wedding, and that’s a jitterbug (in a wedding dress). Whoop! 

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10 Amazon gift card from Kadie Scott.


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

$50 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway


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Talented Artist - Su Mwamba from Whirling World - Interview & Giveaway

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About Su Mwamba


Obsessive reader, wordsmith & collage artist. I know I'm not alone in my passion for either books or notebooks but I love having found a way to combine some of my ideas. Designing notebook layouts & sharing my favourite quotes is very satisfying!

"I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still." - Rimbaud

Words are powerful things, and those of us who are obsessive readers, writers or 'just' compulsive note-makers are at their mercy. Whether we write our own stories, or just try to keep our lives organised, the humble notebook is quite simply an essential tool. 

I'm a wordy person (you may notice) - but my creativity ventures in all kinds of directions. Most recently, I have been making collages with vintage postage stamps; however, I have found that my ideal canvas is not a canvas at all, but actually the plain old common-or-garden notebook. I mention this to illustrate just how far my pre-occupation with notebooks stretches... (Check out my collaged notebooks here: http://tanglecrafts.etsy.com)

My collage artwork and a search for the perfect notebook to use as canvas eventually led me to the possibility of having my very own notebooks printed - at first just the covers, and then - finally! - the inner page layouts, too. I was very happy!

I grew up in a house full of books, with parents who were both avid readers and hoarders. My entire adult life, I have worked as a bookseller. I have thus read widely and somewhat eclectically, discovering all manner of word-filled treasures. I love my postage stamp collages, but the (lack of) winter light is not conducive to getting as much work done as I would like. Notebook design, however, can be done in any light, at any time of year, and so my creative frustration has found a new outlet. It is also the perfect excuse to sit down and read a good book, because now that is just 'research'. ;)

I hope this Whirling World shop will appeal to fellow readers, writers and bookish types. The quotations I have chosen for my notebook covers are a very personal selection that (with one or two exceptions) are a little less common. They're the words that have stuck with me over time, and exemplify (or, in some cases, helped to build) my own world-view. They made MY whirling world stand still. :)

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Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I'm just a bookish person, with a creative streak. I devour books whole, and savour that moment at the end of a good book when the real world isn't quite real again, yet. I work in a book shop, married a fellow book lover (and ex-librarian), and there are book cases and books crammed into literally every room of our house.


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

I wish I could remember all the books I've ever read, but the detail definitely blurs over time. Sometimes, though, a particular sentence or phrase stays with me – whether for its meaning, or sentiment, or the magic of its language. So I make notebooks featuring the quotes that I have connected with personally, and that it makes me happy to see again and again. My designs are simple and typographical because I want the words to speak for themselves. I imagine they paint different pictures for different people, so I try not to get in the way of that.

Literature is only half of the equation, though: the function of the notebook is also really important to me. Sometimes, a blank page is as practical as a notebook needs to get; but at other times, those extra little details really make a difference (a calendar, page numbers, an index etc). Why do you prefer to write in one notebook over another? When I create new page layouts, I'm trying to find a formula that complements the experience of writing in that particular notebook.



3) What does your work place look like?

I'm lucky enough to have a home office/studio which is where all of my creative work takes place. I don't sit at a desk, but work with my laptop on a comfy chair with footstool! The room is in dire need of re-organisation... I have a wall of cupboard space, yet the floor is currently stacked with boxes full of stock, packaging materials, and swimming in thousands of postage stamps (my other love, see below). But so long as I can still get to my work chair, I can continue to ignore it for a while longer...!



4) Where does your love for books come from?

I've always been a reader, for as long as I can remember. I remember pretending to read before I had learned how; and as soon as I could read for myself, it was my favourite thing to do. I have so many memories of going to the library and bookshop to choose books, then curling myself up in a corner at home, or standing in the corner of the playground at school with my nose in a book! 

My parents are both avid readers, so I grew up with nightly bedtime stories, in a house that was full of books, knowing that reading was an intrinsic part of life. Reading really was how I came to know the world.



5) You also have a postage stamp collection which you use for collage artwork. How did you come up with this idea? 

As well as reading, I was always a writer, and as a child I had lots of penpals around the world. I think all the foreign envelopes and stamps that I hoarded must have sown the seed for the stamp art obsession that developed much later in my life. My parents both had small stamp collections which they passed on to me, too. As an adult, I have explored lots of crafty ventures, but my collection of stamps was becoming unwieldy, with lots of duplicates. I wanted a project to use up some of the excess, so a notebook cover was the obvious choice. And once I started, I couldn't stop.

The feel of working with old stamps is almost like the book lover's affinity with second hand books – everything about them speaks to me, from the feel of the paper, to the faded colours, to the sense of forgotten history encapsulated. I love blending the stamps together to create impressionistic imaginary landscapes (although I also have a fondness for a very contrasting geometric style). Collaging notebooks is now at the core of my (other) online business. It hasn't helped decrease my stash of stamps, by the way. That just continues to grow and grow...



6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

When I first started collaging notebooks, I used simple, store-bought books with blank covers. But when I found a company that could print my own notebook designs, all sorts of new options opened up to me. At first I only customised the inside covers of the notebooks, leaving the front blank, to be covered in stamps. After a while, though, I realised that I could also have something printed on the cover, and offer two variations for the same product: an original collage or a simple kraft notebook with a literary twist.

My first quote notebook was actually a diary, and I sold both stamp and quote versions in my other shop. The success of the text-cover diary gave me the confidence to start building a range of quote notebooks. As my ideas started growing, the quote range soon outgrew a sub-section in my stamp shop, so I created them their very own space. 

Over the last year, in addition to new notebooks, I've also started to add more different kinds of products. While I could theoretically 'stick a quote on anything', I want to limit myself to items which are thematically complementary: bookmarks, ex libris book plates, tins for storage of notebooks, bags for carrying books, and - of course! - mugs & coasters, because really, is there anything better than settling down in a cosy corner with a good book and a hot drink?



7) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

I like having an outlet for the things that I would absolutely definitely create anyway. And I love being surrounded by the things I love: books and notebooks, and the words that inspire me.



8) What are your plans for the future?

I've just made the first steps in setting up a new website, so will be fine-tuning that for a while. I'm also getting started with a Whirling World blog, and planning a printed newsletter to run alongside it. In terms of the shop, I would really like to set up some kind of subscription box for the future. I have lots of ideas which currently still need a lot of fine-tuning, but watch this space... 

Otherwise, my plan is just to read more books! Between my two shops I spend a lot of time designing, making, photographing, packaging, and posting out orders; but I'll be squeezing as many new books into the inbetween-times as I can!



Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive The Ultimate Bookish Gift Set for Lovers of Literature from Su Mwamba that contains a hinged storage tin with a quote on the lid, a reading journal with the same quote, a matching ruled notebook, a stainless steel fountain pen, 4 mixed quote ex libris bookplate labels and 4 mixed quote bookmarks.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Monday, September 24, 2018

The Brotherhood of Brimstone: Gangster School by Kate Wiseman - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Milly and Charlie have become good friends. They’re going to Blaggard’s, a school where the children of criminals are being trained to become the best in their field. Milly and Charlie aren’t typical criminals, but they are good spies and clever plotters. Charlie’s computer skills and Milly’s creative thinking are extremely helpful to solve each mystery they encounter. Together with their robot dog and Charlie’s smelly pet dog they try to rescue their school from the constant threat it’s under.

The Brotherhood of Brimstone, a secret society that’s holding regular meetings on the school grounds, is planning something evil. When a disastrous theft puts the future of the school in jeopardy Charlie and Milly are the only ones who can save the day. Will they be able to keep pretending they’re as evil as their fellow classmates, while making sure the school keeps its impenetrable image? Will they make their parents proud and will their newfound friendship be able to survive the constant obstacles in its way?

Gangster School: The Brotherhood of Brimstone is a terrific gripping story. I love the wonderful super smart and resourceful Milly and the bright and kindhearted Charlie. They’re a fantastic pair. Their adventures are surprising and fun and I enjoyed every single page. They don’t easily fit in at Blaggard’s, but they make it work. Because of their carefully constructed plans they’re always prepared and they’re much more resilient, informed and attentive than their classmates and teachers, due to which they’re usually one step ahead. I love their easy friendship and each new idea they execute, they make the story a true joy to read.

Kate Wiseman has an easy flowing writing style that’s filled with humor and warmth. Her descriptions are thorough and imaginative, which makes her story come to life in a great way. I had no difficulties to picture Blaggard’s and liked every single detail of the school, the teachers and the pupils. The idea of a school to train criminals is brilliant and the execution is flawless. Reading about Milly and Charlie’s antics put a big smile on my face, I absolutely love this unusual quirky duo. I highly recommend their amazing stories and can’t wait to read more about this delightful pair.

Advice

Gangster School: The Brotherhood of Brimstone is meant for the 10 to 18 age category, but is perfect for anyone who loves an entertaining story about friendship at a terrific original high school. I’d advise you to start with the first book in the Blaggard’s series, Gangster School before reading The Brotherhood of Brimstone.

About Kate Wiseman


Kate is a children’s writer. She lives in Saffron Walden with her husband, her son (when he’s home from university) and three neurotic cats. One of her cats, Maisie, is actually a ghost cat now, but Kate still talks to her every day.

Kate was a late developer. Before going to university at the age of 38 to study creative writing, she did lots of different jobs ranging from working in a library to promotions work. When she grew up a bit she worked in schools, doing everything from mopping up sick to judging poetry competitions. She graduated from uni with a First and annoyed her family and friends by bringing it into every conversation for a Very Long Time. She also has a Masters in English Literature, which she took while she was trying to gather the courage to write children’s fiction.

Her claims to fame include winning a prize in a Halloween competition that she hadn’t even entered – “I was just standing there, looking at the costumes,” having criminal ancestors who were hanged and fainting onto a famous film director in a London theatre.

When she’s not fainting on the famous or scaring people with her witchy looks, she writes about Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants, the world’s best school for trainee criminals. The idea for Blaggard’s originated with her son, who used to say that when he grew up he wanted to be an evil genius. He’s now studying history, so perhaps the world is safe. Or is he just biding his time…..?

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Talented Artists - Keila Scott and Katia Kiss Miller from Enjoy the Traffic - Interview & Giveaway

Enjoy the Traffic
About Keila Scott and Katia Kiss Miller

Hello, we are Keila Scott and Katia Kiss Miller, we are both architects, Keila is based in Brasil and Katia in the USA and we would like to introduce ourselves. We are a small design company based in Brazil and in the USA to offer our clients a better service since most of our sales are concentrated in the USA. Our products are created and produced in Brazil and follow all international laws of fair labor.

Our products are not the cheapest in the market, but we make sure that all the processes involved are under law and fairly remunerated. We only use the best materials and supplies making sure that the quality of our products are way above average. Our main goal is to Enjoy the process of bringing to life products that will captivate and evolve people.

When you choose one of our products be sure that you are enabling a group of individuals whose main goal is to lead a sustainable, non aggressive and cooperative way of life.

We hope you enjoy the pieces as much we enjoyed developing them and we tell you this, no matter how difficult the path seems to be follow your heart!

Hope to be hearing from you soon!

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Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hello, my name is Keila Scott, I am a Graphic Designer with a passion for textile printing.
I have a BA in Architecture, but since college I knew I would like to work with graphic design. Since I graduated from college I worked with motion graphics, scenography, and corporative visual communication until I finally got involved with textile printing.

2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

My inspiration comes from a variety of places and references, it can be a movie, a song, nature, or even human relationships. I always look for the poetry behind reality and its relations with our inner selves.

3) Where did you learn how to design?

When I graduated from college I had a lot of passion for graphic design, but no professional experience. Then I had the opportunity to work in a major advertising agency in São Paulo, there I had the chance to develop my graphic designer skills, and learn the principles of art direction and all the technical processes of turning an idea into reality.

4) What does your work place look like?

I live in a farm in the countryside of the state of São Paulo. My studio is in my living room with a window to the trees and nature, I work cradled by the sound of birds and the company of my family members and pets.

5) Can you tell a bit more about the fabrics and other materials you use?

Our products are made using dye sublimation* process, where the images are transferred to the fabric by a high temperature exposition. This process only works with synthetic fabrics and we make sure all materials we use are high quality and ecofriendly.

6) You make beautiful bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

I am a very romantic person and love to daydream, so books are like a gateway to different dimensions.

7) You use a lot of quotes, how does a quote end up on your products, do you select them while reading or do you read a story first and look for quotes later?

I usually select the most famous quotes from the book and work the graphic idea from there. But the process can also be the other way around, I have a graphic idea for the book and I choose the quote that suits better my idea.


8) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I started my shop 5 years ago to showcase my illustrations, the book themed products came a little while later with the Alice in Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice scarves.



9) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

The freedom to create and a flexible work day.

10) What are your plans for the future?

We plan to keep expanding our line and start a project with children´s books and products.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown - Book Reviews & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Jancy wasn't planning on staying in Pick. She was just passing through the town where she spent some happy years. However, her car is broken and can't be fixed. When Jancy sees that the Strawberry Hearts Diner is looking for help she decides to check it out and offers her services. She has fond memories of the diner and the ladies who run it, Vicky and Nettie. They immediately treat her like family, but Jancy isn't there to stay, or is she?

Jancy is used to moving around a lot. She doesn't have any roots and has no idea if she's capable of growing them. While she makes friends in Pick and is happier than she's ever been she's also having doubts, is she like her father, who always wanted to leave as soon as he arrived somewhere? When someone is threatening to ruin everything that makes Pick special Jancy has to decide if she wants to stay and fight for the people she's grown to love or if she should go like she's always planned to.

The Strawberry Hearts Diner is a fantastic romantic story. Jancy is insecure and doesn't know how wonderful she is. She's sweet, smart and generous. I immediately loved her and couldn't wait to find out if she'd find some much deserved happiness in Pick. She's had a hard life and being with Vicky and Nettie is exactly what she needs to heal. I loved that The Strawberry Hearts Diner is a combination of heartwarming friendship, love and family and that this is being offered to every decent person who enters the premises.

Carolyn Brown's writing has a lovely easy flow that immediately made me like her story. The Strawberry Hearts Diner is a magical setting. It's warm and welcoming, a place that feels like home. Carolyn Brown's descriptions of food are mouthwatering and she makes this precious diner that means so much to many people come to life in an incredible way. The Strawberry Hearts Diner is such a gorgeous book, it's charming, entertaining, adorable and captivating. It's a mesmerizing feelgood story that put a big smile on my face. 

Review by Anniek

Jancy lived in Pick for a couple of years, until her wandering father decided to move his family elsewhere. It was her happiest time, but Jancy never stayed there, or in any other place, long enough to make any real friends. After her mother passed away, she had to keep living with her father. Money was always tight and on many occasions Jancy had to work while she’d rather have been studying, so that she and her father would have a place to sleep. Will Jancy ever be able to settle down anywhere long enough to start calling it home?

Jancy is on her way to her cousin’s house when her car goes up in flames in Pick. She just visited her grandmother’s grave and wasn’t planning on staying. She’s sitting in the parking lot of the Strawberry Hearts Diner when Netty and Vicky, who own the diner, come to her rescue. Jancy can work at the diner and stay at their home until she gets back on her feet. Jancy wants to earn enough money so she can get to her cousin and figure out the next steps she should take in her life. When trouble is coming to town will Jancy stand united with her newfound friends or will she leave? Will Shane, the handsome local who’s proving to be a great friend, be a key factor in her decision?

Jancy had a rough childhood because of the constant moving from town to town to accommodate her father’s urges. Her mother loved her father very much and followed him wherever he wanted to go. Jancy is a hard worker, but hasn’t made the best choices in life. She’s sweet and resourceful and I loved her from the start. Jancy just wants to live a simple life and I loved how the community is taking her in straight away. She just needs the courage to allow herself to put down roots and I was cheering for her to open up to the possibility of finding peace, family, friendship and love.

The Strawberry Hearts Diner is a sweet and heartwarming story about finding a place to belong. I love small town romance and I kept swooning over the kind and caring Shane who lost his heart to Jancy so many years ago. When true love finds you, you don’t have to clip your wings because you won’t have the urge to fly away anyway and this is exactly the life lesson Jancy is about to learn, I really enjoyed witnessing this journey. I also loved reading about how people in a small community stand together in times of need. Suze is a big fan of Carolyn Brown’s books and after reading The Strawberry Hearts Diner I’m completely hooked on her stories as well.

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If you love to read about second chance at love that will make your heart melt, The Strawberry Hearts Diner will be a perfect choice.

About Carolyn Brown


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma, a small town of less than three thousand people where everyone knows everyone, knows what they are doing and with whom, and read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught.

A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas. That is her motto and muse as she goes through the days with quirky characters in her head, telling their stories, one by one, and loving her job.

She has been married almost half a century to a retired English teacher that she calls Mr. B and he does not read her books before they are published because she cannot afford a divorce. They have three grown children.—and enough grandchildren to keep them busy and young.

When Carolyn is not writing she likes to sit in the back yard and watch the two tom cats protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, other cats, spiders and blue jays.

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