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Thursday Book Reviews:

Crochet with creativity!

  • 12 fun crochet projects with a charming, offbeat sense of style
  • Create kids’ toys, beanies, buntings, scarves, a beehive mobile, and more
  • Step-by-step instructions, coordinating photography, and skill-building tutorials
  • Beginner-friendly introduction to common stitches and crochet basics
  • Author Stephanie Pokorny has a one-of-a-kind style that has both wide appeal and originality

You’ve never seen a crochet book like this before!

Whether you want to learn how to crochet or you’re looking for fresh, new projects to try, Creative Crochet Projects is for you! Featuring a variety of 12 colorful, fun, and quirky crochet projects with a charming, offbeat sense of style, this project book starts off easy, slowly introducing new techniques one design at a time.

Opening with an introduction to the basics of crochet, including materials, tools, terms, and techniques, this crochet project book also includes helpful visual step-by-step instructions for common crochet stitches to get you started. From there, build your crochet skills as you create a collection of adorable projects, from scarves, hats, and wraps to a roll-away kitchen playmat, bee mobile, foldable burger and hotdog, and more—each project beaming with personality, color, and original charm!

With detailed stitch-by-stitch instructions, inspiring photography, skill-building tutorials, tips, tricks, and more, Creative Crochet Projects gives this timeless craft an exciting and playful new twist, all while you improve your skills and have fun!

This exciting guide contains crochet patterns you won’t be able to find anywhere else! Author Stephanie Pokorny is the designer, owner, and sole creator of Crochetverse.com, a brand that offers an original style to the crochet world. Her elaborate work and children’s crochet costumes have been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Beyond the BizarrePeople MagazineNational Geographic Kids, BoredPanda.com, MyModernMet.com, and more.

These unique projects make for beautiful handmade gifts, as they offer something refreshing and new with their sense of hands-on play. From a kitchen mat that looks like a stovetop to watermelon play food, each project is as fun to make as it is for children to play with. Fun projects include:

  • Finger Crochet Scarves
  • It’s a Chinch One-Hour Cowl
  • Squiggles McGee Hat
  • Bubble Hue Shift Hat
  • Asymmetric Owl Wrap
  • Happy Heart Bunting
  • Foldable Burger
  • Foldable Hot Dog
  • Sliceable Watermelon
  • Bee-Unified Mobile
  • Roll-Away Kitchen Placemat

Perfect for crochet enthusiasts of any level, get started achieving unique and playful designs with Creative Crochet Projects!

From Net Galley : Review

Great book and instructions on everything.. So well written and beautiful pictures too

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SHOE WARS Blog Tour

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SHOE WARS by Liz Pichon Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: SHOE WARS

Author: Liz Pichon

Pub. Date: March 2, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 448

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

Readers who have devoured Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the works of Raina Telgemeier will love the high-energy, hilarious antics of the Foot family from one of the largest names in the UK.

Step up to the challenge . . . win or shoes! Meet Ruby and Bear. Their dad has just invented the most amazing thing ever — flying shoes! But his horrible boss Wendy Wedge knows that entering flying shoes will guarantee the Golden Shoe Award, and she will do anything to win the trophy. Ruby and Bear must outwit a bully, infiltrate a shady company, and rescue their dad all while keeping the shoes hidden. This can only mean one thing. It’s . . . shoe wars! The brand new, laugh-out-loud, spectacular stand-alone story from multi-million copy bestselling author and illustrator Liz Pichon.

 

Praise for Liz Pichon’s SHOE WARS:

 

THE SUNDAY TIMES ‘Book of the Year’ Selection

 

‘Jokey text does [SHOE WARS] fancy footwork on every illustrated page. Reluctant readers will march through it. – THE SUNDAY TIMES

 

‘Every page here is dynamic and attention-grabbing, packed with cartoons and typeface trickery’ –FT

 

“An original and outrageous storyline gives plenty of scope for absurd inventions, loathsome baddies and heroic deeds from underequipped underdogs. This is a tale oozing creativity and packed with pen and ink illustrations, exciting and expressive typography and visual jokes.”

 –BOOKTRUST

 

Bursting with imagination and fabulous gadgets, SHOE WARS is full of Pichon’s characteristic warmth, humor and quirky illustrations.” –THE BOOKSELLER

 

“SHOE WARS is an exciting story with lively characters that offer plenty of laughs […] Like Pichon’s other books, it can be enjoyed as a funny, action-packed page-turner, but also as a comic book of cartoons so that children can keep returning to their favorite bits again and again.”–BOOKS FOR KEEPS

 

THE IRISH TIMES ‘Best Books for Christmas’ Selection

 

THE SUN Christmas Gift Guide’ Selection

 

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About Liz: 

When Liz Pichon was little, she loved to draw, paint and make things. Her mum used to say she was very good at making a mess (which is still true today!). She kept drawing and went to art school, where she earned a degree in graphic design. She worked as a designer and art director in the music industry, and her freelance work has appeared on a wide variety of products. Liz is the author-illustrator of several picture books. Tom Gates is the first series of books she has written and illustrated for older children. They have won several prestigious awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award. The books have been translated into 43 languages worldwide. Visit her at lizpichon.com.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of SHOE WARS, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/11/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

2/12/2021

Books A-Brewin’

Excerpt

2/13/2021

Hurn Publications

Excerpt

Week Two:

2/14/2021

She Just Loves Books

Review

2/15/2021

Lisa Everyday Reads

Review

2/16/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

2/17/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

2/18/2021

Pick a good book

Review

2/19/2021

onemused

Review

2/20/2021

BookHounds YA

Review

Week Three:

2/21/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

2/22/2021

@bookshelfmomma

Review

2/23/2021

michellemengsbookblog

Review

2/24/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

2/25/2021

Little Red Reads

Review

2/26/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review/Instagram Stop

2/27/2021

I’m Shelf-ish

Review

 

Week Four:

2/28/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

3/1/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

3/2/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review


Book Review :

Welcome to Shoe Wars! What a cute book. If you have a young reader in your life that is fan of Captain Underpants – grab this book and get ready for a fun read. Filled with fun characters , flying shoes and villain’s this is a laugh out loud read.

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When We Believed in M

An Amazon Charts, Washington PostWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel

From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.

Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.

After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.

My sister has been dead for fifteen years when I see her on the TV news. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MV8SWZF/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

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Hold it Close By ML Nystrom

Title: Hold it Close (MacAteer Brothers, #3) Author: ML Nystrom Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense Release Date: January 30, 2021 Cover Designer: Booksmith Design Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

A man recovering from a toxic relationship and slowly healing. A woman recovering from a divorce and seeking a new life. When their worlds collide, will Garrett and Bertie finally heal and find their happily ever after?

Garrett MacAteer has rejoined his family and is trying to rebuild his life after escaping a toxic relationship that has left him scarred, vulnerable, and with nothing more than the clothes on his back and the strength of his hands.

After Bertie Shore’s marriage descends into an unfulfilling placeholder in her life, she takes a big leap and finds a new direction and leaves to pursue her lifelong ambition of owning a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Neither is looking for a connection, but one night they find it. Can they survive the challenges they face long enough to accept new love, take it, and hold it close?

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The tension in his shoulders relaxed a bit under my fingers. “Been a shitty day.” Those beautiful eyes suddenly looked sad and my heart pinged for him. “I’m sorry.” “Not your fault. Just really bad timing.” “I get that. My day’s been rough too.” As the song played, we descended into silence. Keeping any distance proved impossible on the jam-packed dance floor and from time to time, his body brushed against mine. The raw lyrics and driving chords echoed in my head and a different kind of heat started in my belly. One I hadn’t experienced in a long time. It made me ultra-sensitive to his every movement. His hands stayed on my waist, but his thumbs brushed across my ribs in a teasing caress. The tips of my breasts grazed his chest, and I wanted to press them in harder. Our lower bodies connected, grazing against each other. He was hard, and my mouth watered with need. I didn’t remember anything this forceful the last time Karl, and I were together or any time before that. My imagination took over, and I pictured this green-eyed man driving into me. Oh, I could almost feel it happening right here and now. He pulled back and his eyes looked into mine. “I need to get out of here.” Their intensity hit me like a lightning strike. I became feverish and my belly quivered with tightness. “Sure.” “Come with me.”

ML Nystrom had stories in her head since she was a child. All sorts of stories of fantasy, romance, mystery and anything else that captured her interest. A voracious reader, she’s spent many hours devouring books; therefore, she found it only fitting she should write a few herself!

ML has spent most of her life as a performing musician and band instrument repair technician, but that doesn’t mean she’s pigeon-holed into one mold. She’s been a university professor, belly dancer, craftsperson, soap maker, singer, rock band artist, jewelry maker, lifeguard, swim coach, and whatever else she felt like exploring. As one of her students said to her once, “Life’s too short to ignore the opportunities.” She has no intention of ever stopping… so welcome to her story world. She hopes you enjoy it!

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The tension in his shoulders relaxed a bit under my fingers. “Been a shitty day.”

Those beautiful eyes suddenly looked sad and my heart pinged for him. “I’m sorry.”

“Not your fault. Just really bad timing.”

“I get that.  My day’s been rough too.”

As the song played, we descended into silence. Keeping any distance proved impossible on the jam-packed dance floor and from time to time, his body brushed against mine.  The raw lyrics and driving chords echoed in my head and a different kind of heat started in my belly.  One I hadn’t experienced in a long time.  It made me ultra-sensitive to his every movement.  His hands stayed on my waist, but his thumbs brushed across my ribs in a teasing caress.  The tips of my breasts grazed his chest, and I wanted to press them in harder.  Our lower bodies connected, grazing against each other.  He was hard, and my mouth watered with need.  I didn’t remember anything this forceful the last time Karl, and I were together or any time before that.  My imagination took over, and I pictured this green-eyed man driving into me.  Oh, I could almost feel it happening right here and now.

He pulled back and his eyes looked into mine.  “I need to get out of here.”

Their intensity hit me like a lightning strike. I became feverish and my belly quivered with tightness.

“Sure.”

“Come with me.”

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Connect Five Friday : First Lady’s

Today I am celebrating the First Lady’s of the US. The power behind the man that holds the Presidency.

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
 
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. 

The former first lady’s memoir covers her small-town childhood, her life as a wife and mother, her role in the family business, her public and political efforts, and her years near the center of power

In a mere one thousand days, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy created an entrancing public persona that has remained intact for more than a half-century. Even now, long after her death in 1994, she remains a figure of enduring—and endearing—interest. Yet, while innumerable books have focused on the legends and gossip surrounding this charismatic figure, Barbara Perry’s is the first to focus largely on Kennedys’ White House years, portraying a First Lady far more complex and enigmatic than previously perceived.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

Thanks for stopping bye this Friday….. Lisa

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You are the Star Blog Hop — Lisa s Everyday Life

Welcome to week#3 of the January 2021 “You’re the Star” Blog Hop! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog: ________________________________________ Please join me in welcoming our newest Cohost: Lisa from “Lisa’s Everyday Life“ (click HERE to view her wonderful blog) ________________________________________ WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of theJanuary 2021 “You’re the STAR” […]

You are the Star Blog Hop — Lisa s Everyday Life
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A Promise for Christmas (Spinster Mail-Order Brides Book 29)

After a decade serving as a governess for a wealthy Chicago family, lively Fiona Carthage is ousted from her job and their house. She turns to the Matrimonial News and responds to an ad from a Colorado storeowner. Anson Lorentz, a man who prizes routine and a quiet life, sees the happiness a mail-order bride brought his friend and takes a chance on bringing a bride to Gunnison City. Fiona works to make his house into a real home. Her arrival sets his household upside down, which causes friction for this new couple.
Will Anson stand by his promise to provide Fiona a secure home, or will his newly discovered family ties sway his allegiance?

Net galley Book:

This is a sweet clean romance that holds your attention. It is beautifully written and is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter evening. I enjoyed reading Fiona and Anson’s story. And look forward to reading more from this series. Also on Kindle Unlimited book. Lisa

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Lisa Book Club

Tuesday : Lisa Book Club at the Library

Lisa s Everyday Life

Thanks for joining me at the local Library for some Holiday books , a fun Chat and some Hot Chocolate . So let’s check out today’s book:

Holiday Book:

If only life was a cheesy holiday movie…
Unfortunately for Aspen Harris, her life doesn’t even come close.

Finding herself unemployed just before the holidays, she has no choice but to move back home and in her parents’ house. And that means leaving behind her best friend Gabriel and all her dreams of someday owning her own chocolate shop. So when Gabe suggests she come to Silver Bell Falls to spend the holidays with his family, it seems like the perfect distraction.

What’s so great about holiday movies?
Don’t people realize that living in an actual Christmas town is anything but magical?

Every year, Gabriel Andrews goes home to Silver Bell Falls to help his father run the family Christmas tree…

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Misleading a Duke: A Thrilling Historical Regency Romance Book


Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspicions are aroused when she learns that he has recently returned from France. Is he a traitor to his country? The truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network.
 
After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s deceptive investigation. How can he wed a woman who doesn’t trust him? But a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicholas that they are a true love match but his past catches up with them when three French spies come to exact revenge. Surviving rather than wooing has become the order of the day.

Net Galley Book Review :

Incredible book of love and happiness. The main characters were absolutely perfect for each other. Neither of them wanted to bend for each other in the beginning which was really cute. I really like it that Ms. Fenichel brings a story to life. If you are a fan of this author or series grab this amazing book…. Lisa

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At the Library

Today I am at the Library and thats a good thing since I am still without internet at home. A perfect time to pick up a book to read or watch a DVD from the Library collection.

Have you joined our Tuesday book club:

Low drama and free. You read what you want and how you want. And then we sit around and talk books.

Today’s discussion: New Releases for October. Have anything you are excited to read? Share

Today’s library find:

Book published in 2006

This author is always a good read even if its 14 years old. Our library is filled with donated books , tapes and DVD and you can always find a gem… Lisa