Friday, 11 May 2018

Book CLub 19/52 - Boxset by Kylie Walker

Technically as this was a box set of six books I should ramp up my reading numbers for 2018 but as I am so far ahead already and they weren't super long stories (I spent a glorious 10 days reading this 18+ set of books) I will count them as read 19/52.


That pretty much sums up Kelly Ward's life in a nutshell. 

Surviving a childhood filled with horrific abuse and then at the hand of the one man 
that saved her... her first love that she trusted only to discover he was really a monster. Jesse Donovan will try and kill her again once he gets out of prison. 

On the run... New city...New identity is the new Chloe Green. Not the broken, scarred and frail Kelly Ward.   Trying to build a new life towards her life-long goal of becoming a teacher, she accepts a job at one of the most prestigious gentlemen clubs in Rhode Island as a pole dancer. Her goal - save as much money as she can...No Men...No Distractions. 

That is until she meets Derek Stark. Self-made Millionaire, dark haired, blue-eyed and a body of a gladiator. He wants Chloe...but does he have an ulterior motive? Is he connected to her old life somehow - Kelly Wards life? She soon discovers that Derek does have secrets of his own, secrets that will change her life forever...right before Jesse is released from prison and is ready to start hunting her. 

There were a couple of times when I felt like my heart was racing, when I held my breath, when I exclaimed out louand several when I cried. Emotional roller coaster and a half which I enjoyed and would recommend. 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Book Club 18/52 - Good Me, Bad me

Another thriller this week, picked this one up from Tesco having been drawn to the cover and my interest maintained having read the cover sleeve blurb. I did find this took me a little longer to read as my kindle app on my phone is easier to navigate on a crowded tube!

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

How far does the apple really fall from the tree?  Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. 

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. 

Hell of an ending that is all I can say!! Don't want to spoil it and whilst I did feel the book was a bit flat and slow at times, the ending made up for it!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Book Club 17/52 - Another T.R.Raglan book

Well I had to retrospectively come back and update my blog with my book club reads as I have had a busy few weeks and let my blog slip (so it is actually May when I am posting this!)

So I did go on to read the sequel to book 16/52 by T.R.Raglan, this one called Deadly Recall. Same characters as before and equally as good, following on from the previous story.

PI Jessie Cole is about to discover that there’s no revenge too wicked as New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan’s gripping series continues.

When you search for the missing, there’s no telling what you’ll find. PI Jessie Cole learned that painful truth firsthand when her sister disappeared. Now a new case will test Jessie and Ben once again as Ben is still seeking insight into the man he used to be before a car crash erased his memories. And each discovery is leading Jessie and him down a frightening road. What they find could scar both of them forever.

Definately just as gripping as the first book and I eagerly await book 3 due for release later this year.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

ATDML Virtual Crop weekend

Pop over to the ATDML blog for three classes this weekend from the design team,and whilst you are there don't forget to check out last nights Mood Board challenge for April. It's a funky one and I created this layout last weekend at the retreat to illustrate how I was inspired.

Enjoy you day crafting if you manage to grab some time. I am spending most of my day at sporting adventures with the kids, swimming first and then presidents day at our Rugby Club in the afternoon, hoping the weather holds for a pleasant day! Assuming I am not too exhausted after all that I may play with pretty paper this evening and use up some more of my Mind The Scrap April kit.

Friday, 20 April 2018

My Minds Eye Wander class for ATDML Spring Retreat

I loved these travel themed papers from My Minds Eye Wander collection and my last class from last weekend's ATDML retreat featured a half pack of 6x6 papers, two of the 12x12 designs, cardstock, a 6x12 sticker paper and enamel dots in the kit.

We made three layouts in total, one with lots of banner elements hanging from a wavy top of the page and using elements cut from the papers and the sticker sheet. The second page shown here made a background from four of the 6x6 papers and a pocket behind the second photo with pull out tabs for journaling.

The last page used my favourite paper from the collections which gives the illusion of triangles of bold colours placed together to form the background, the edges along which we added faux stitching.

I then made a pocket to sit to the right of the photo with elements tucked in side but stuck down so none moved and then we drew the white tag directly onto the background for the journaling. I made a few pages for the passport making it 3D and added plenty of stickers and elements cut from the smaller designs printed on the 6x6 papers.

I am definitely going to paper piece some other products together to achieve a similar look to the layout above, I am really happy with it!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Book Club 16/52 - Her Last Day

Loved this book, read it in just a few days picking it up at every opportunity. Great intertwining of story threads kept me wanting to know what happened to the missing sister and would the journalist regain his memories? I certainly raced through this book and wasn't disappointed with the ending at all, great story line and I have downloaded the second book as well called "Deadly Recall" (already started it!)

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives—and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare.

For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie’s daughter, she realises that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.

For Ben, a horrific car accident resulted in scars both physical and emotional—and amnesia that has made his life a mystery. But curiously, out of his shattered memories, there’s one person he recognises without a doubt: Jessie’s sister. He just doesn’t know why. Yet.

But Sophie isn’t the only phantom drawing Jessie and Ben together. An elusive serial murderer known as the Heartless Killer has reemerged from the shadows. His next move will cut even deeper into Jessie’s worst fears. And for Ben, what happens this time is going to be unforgettable.

This book has the added advantage of being free on Kindle Unlimited and just £4.99 with Amazon on paperback

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Simple Stories Travel minibook for ATDML retreat

My second class at last weekend's ATDML retreat was a 4" mini book using Simple Stories new Travel range where I made a star book with plenty of interactive elements. Featuring photos from my trip to New York last year with my daughter for her 21st some delegates had photos ready to fill their albums and others made the book up ready to use to document a forthcoming trip.

I was mildly apprehensive about this class as mini book classes are harder to write instructions for and harder to teach than layout classes in my opinion but it actually went really well with great feedback from the attendees.