Friday, July 15, 2016

YBC Book Review - Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

I recently finished reading my first e-book, "Sister Dear" by Laura McNeill, and I really enjoyed it.
I have been pushing against the tide of Kindles and e-books and computerized reading, but I really wanted to review this book and it was only available in the e-format.  So I gave it whirl.

First my review of the book.
Incarcerated for a crime she didn't commit, the story line starts with Allie Marshall's release from prison, and moves along at a smooth even pace on how she manages to get her life back.  Allie was a young single mother with a very bright future, but then a scandal came to her small town, and she was not afraid to confront it.  But that ended up with a murder, her arrest, a trial, and 10 years of her life gone.  Now she's back home, trying to reconnect with her teenage daughter and clear her name.  There is not much left for me to tell you without giving out the ending, but it is an interesting story with lots of twists and clues to help you along.
Laura McNeill gives you lots of clues during the story, so the truth at the end is not really much of a surprise, but she does a good job keeping it interesting and juggling all the different plot lines for the different characters.  I found the book easy to put down when real life needed my attention, and it was easy enough to pick up the story and get involved again, even after a few days.
 I give the story a 4 thumbs ups.
Here is some information about the author, Laura McNeill.
Laura was a tv news anchor for CBS News affiliates in NY and Alabama, and is right now completing a PhD in Instructional Leadership at the University of Alabama.  She is also a mother, and enjoys running, yoga, and being a beach bum.  She has a second book coming out titled "Center of Gravity" and in the preview it looks very good.

Now for my feelings of e-books.  While my tablet was set to adjust the lighting on the pages to make it easier on the eyes, and I did find it easy to carry the tablet around instead of a book,  I still prefer "real" books.  There is just something about the feel of real paper in your hands, finding a good bookmark, and not having to worry about losing my $200 tablet since I like to read during my work travel time.  :-)

Until next time,
Be blessed,

*I received a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers for my impartial review.*

Monday, July 11, 2016

YBC Artist Feature - Dori Danner from Designs by DKD

It's time for another artist feature from Scott's Marketplace....
blue baby blanket

 What is the story behind your shop name? 
 I didn't want to limit myself to just one kind of "craft". 
Designs can be anything and DKD are my initials.

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
My mother taught me how to knit and crochet as a child. 

What has been your biggest obstacle, or challenge, to finding and achieving success?
My biggest challenge is finding stores to sell my products. I really like the little mom and pop stores but there are not so many around anymore. I started to sell online with Etsy, then branched out to Facebook, Ebay and Scotts Marketplace. 

scrubby set of 3

Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc.
I am married to my husband for 36 years and we have 2 children who are married and 4 grandchildren.
Tell us a little bit about where you, farm, suburb. We live in Hillsgrove, PA, which is northeast of Williamsport, PA. My parents had a cabin here and we came here as much as possible. We bought the property from my parents about 10 years ago and moved here about 6 years ago. We are situated in the Endless Mountains which are beautiful.
Jelly Fish Towel

Pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite. I have sooo many favorite items, it is hard to pick just one. Right now, I guess it would be the Jelly Fish Cotton Towel. My daughter send me a picture of one, so I went to the blog it was on and found it is a towel for little children to use. My daughter is potty training her daughter and I thought that might be a fun way to dry her hands. I made a purple and pink jelly fish for her and sent it in the mail. She loves it!

flower baby sandals

What advise would you give a new artist just starting out? It's not easy, but stick with it, if that is your dream.

Share your social media links and where we can find you on the internet.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Dori as much as I did...she has lots of wonderful handmade goodies, so hurry and click on any link above to see them.

Until next time,
Be blessed,

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

YBC Book Review - "Modern Printmaking" by Sylvie Covey

Today's review is brought to you by my daughter Amanda Haskin.  You may remember her from years ago, she was my partner when we started this business, and this blog.  When I saw this book available through Blogging for Books, I thought it would be great to have Amanda review it, since she does has a masters degree in Graphic Design and has a dream to own her very own printing press and graphic business.  So, here we go....

“Modern Printmaking: A Guide To Traditional & Digital Technologies” – Sylvie Covey

Through her book, “Modern Printmaking: A Guide To Traditional & Digital Technologies” by Sylvie Covey, we are taken on a historical journey on techniques and applications of printmaking. From the basics of relief printing all the way to digital transfers, each process is meticulously outlined with historical reference and step by step instructions on how to properly achieve the specific style outlined in each chapter. Each style of printmaking outlined showcases one or two artists renowned for their respective process, giving credit to the innovators of the printing style period. From student to professional, this book is accommodating informationally no matter the expertise level. It reads much like a history book, but not so much that the content is unbearable to read through. With that said, I advise the reader start on a chapter that interests them the most. The book is written with a solid template for each chapter to where jumping around is easy, slightly predictable, and not confusing. I would categorize this piece as a solid reference book worthy of an artist’s bookshelf.

Now for some background on the author.  
"SYLVIE COVEY was born in France and studied graphic arts at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. She has taught digital and photo techniques in printmaking at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York since 2001 and has been an instructor at the Art Students League of New York since 1995. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America and has been acquired by major museums and institutions. She lives in New York City."

You can purchase this book by following this link to Penguin Random House Publishing.  At $35.00, that's a great price for a hardcover reference book that you will use for many years.

Until tomorrow (I promise)
Have a blessed day,

 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

YBC Book Review - "More" by Todd Wilson

Do you ever wonder why?
Why are you here?
What are you supposed to be doing?
Is there more?
Than maybe this book is for you.

Todd Wilson asks, and answers, these questions, and many others in his book, "More".
More is full of scriptures and ideas for those who are looking for their place in God's world.  How to be an effective witness.  How to bloom where you're planted.  And how to find your personal calling from God.  We all have one, but many of us don't know what it is or how to look for it.
More not only describes what a calling is, but helps us to ask ourselves questions to find our own.
The main questions of our lives is BE - DO - GO, and these represent the core dimensions of our personal callings.  Not everyone is called to the mission field, or to the pulpit, but we are all called to be His Hands and Feet wherever we are in life.
Personally,  I found this book a bit dry, but then again I am not questioning my calling anymore.  I have read and studied and applied many books on that subject already.
But this book would be great for new christians, and as a group study, or school curriculum.  You can purchase this book (and request an exam copy) direct from Zondervan here.

So, until next time,
Be blessed,

*I received a free copy of this book for my honest review from Zondervan and BookLookBloggers.*

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