Maid Marian by Elsa Watson – just a review

For as long as I can remember I have always been a fan of Robin Hood legend. Movies and books alike have told various versions that I have soaked up and loved. Earlier this year I found the best ever with the first two installations of Stephen Lawhead‘s triology Hood and Scarlet. Those two books being from the perspective of, of course, Robin Hood (Bran) and Will Scarlet. This book fits right in!! I know that Elsa Watson is her own author and nothing to do with the former, but really this tale fits well into the mix. Here you have a version of the historic bard tale written in a way never read before. Of course the setting is different, so don’t get me wrong, but what I mean is the perspective.This book is the retelling from Marian’s point of view. Through Elsa’s words she is as real as. . .

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Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson

It is November 1st, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature author is: LISA SAMSON and her book: Hollywood Nobody Th1nk Books (August 30, 2007) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Samson is the author of twenty books, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird. Apples of Gold was her first novel for teens. Visit Lisa at http://www.lisasamson.com/ These days, she’s working on Quaker Summer, volunteering at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, raising children and trying to be supportive of a husband in seminary. (Trying . . . some days she’s downright awful. It’s a good thing he’s such a fabulous cook!) She can tell you one thing, it’s never dull around there. Other Novels by Lisa: Straight Up, , Club Sandwich, Songbird, Tiger Lillie, The Church Ladies, Women’s Intuition:. . .

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Disclaimer per say

So I’ve made a discovery and a decision. When I’m posting reviews I am going to post what I find in it’s original color, most commonly black and when I add to it, I’m going to write in purple. This way when I look at it, I know what I wrote versus what I found elsewhere. I don’t want to confuse myself or anyone else intentionally as to what are my words or someone else’s. Make sense? I hope so!

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Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing SURRENDER BAY (Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007) by Denise Hunter ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too! In addition to Surrender Bay, the second Nantucket book releases in April 2008. The title is The Convenient Groom and features Kate Lawrence, a relationship advice columnist, whose groom dumps her on her wedding day. Denise is currently at work on the third Nantucket book (Oct 2008) which is untitled so far. ABOUT THE BOOK:When Sam’s estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage. . .

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The Return by Austin Boyd: an introduction

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing THE RETURN(Navpress Publishing Group July 13, 2007) by Austin Boyd ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Austin Boyd writes from his experience as a decorated Navy pilot, spacecraft engineer and an astronaut candidate finalist. Austin lives with his wife Cindy and four children in America’s “Rocket City”–Huntsville, Alabama, where he directs business development for a large NASA and defense contractor. His creative talents include inspirational fiction and poetry, finely crafted reproduction colonial furniture, archery and long distance cycling. He serves his community as an advocate for a crisis pregnancy center and as a motivational speaker in the area of lifestyle evangelism. THE RETURN is part of the Mars Hill Classified Series with The Evidence and The Proof ABOUT THE BOOK: IS SEEING BELIEVING?Six years after completing a manned mission to the Red Planet, Admiral John Wells is set to make another journey to Mars. But. . .

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Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

Illuminated(Thomas Nelson August 7, 2007)Matt Bronleewe, you remember the Jars of Clay guy? Yup the same one… He has written this new book Illuminated. At first glance I thought I dunno, there are not many “male” Christian Fiction Writers that I have gotten into, guess I’m a hopeless romantic more than I realized… but just within one chapter of his new book I’m hooked and so excited to keep the pages turning!!! I dunno why, but whenever I read something new, especially from an author that I’m not used to, I always compare it to other things that I liked or disliked to see if I might continue… in the first chapter I have already thought of the National Treasure movie, all sorts of archaeological twist movies, as well as the good parts of the scary movie the 9th Gate. For all people who enjoy basic religious fiction, but are. . .

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Garden Twist class

On Saturday I had a class on Garden Twist. The class was at Sweet Home Quilt Co. in Conyers and the book was from In The Beginning fabrics. The class was 4 hours long and I accomplished a lot, but when I got home I worked until 9pm that night and then another two hours today. The quilt top is completed finished. All it needs now is backing and binding. I’ve decided to go with little blue rosebuds for the backing fabric on white, so hopefully they’ll still have it when I get there next week. Take a peak, what do you think?

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Current projects, etc

Currently I am working on many different things. I have a baby quilt top – Lambs in the Daisy Patch – that I am going to take to a tie & tack class. There is a Beatrix Potter quilt – not yet named – that I will use for my first machine quilting piece, the top is all finished. There is of course, the wall quilt that I’m working on in and out of my beginner’s quilting class. A fall tablerunner that has a finished top and just needs to be quilted. Sally the Scarecrow, a Raggedy-Ann type doll that needs clothing. Three Advent Calendars for Christmas gifts for the nieces and nephews. Many many soft books. A cross stitch for my Daddy’s birthday. A cross stitch for my sister, just in general, maybe for Christmas, maybe for her birthday. The Star of Wonder Shepard’s Flock Quilt. My first Turning. . .

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Visual Value of color Workshop

Today I had a workshop with my new quilt guild. It was my first time meeting these ladies and it was fabulous! Two of them I already knew! I was shocked and amazed at this. So in this workshop we worked hands on learning about shades of color and their value rather than being all about “matching” and more about coordinating with lights, mediums, and darks. It was great! See my gallery to view a photo of my inspiration for colors now on my wall. This Saturday I will be taking a Garden Twist class and I’m very excited to see what turns out. I am pretty unhappy with attempting to use my current board and ruler for rotary cutting… so I’ll need to get a few coupons together and head out to JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. My current board is a 12×18 and it just doesn’t do it for. . .

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Welcome to Creative Madness that Makes Me Myself! I am a young mama to a darling girl due August 15th, 2009 and so excited about all the new products out for Maternity, Baby and Family. I thoroughly test and review a varying array of products (family-friendly) and will include pictures and perhaps even video when available. My start was with books, but now I am branching out to let other mommies know what I love most! Please email me if you are interested in having a review posted on Creative Madness and we can figure out what comes next. My reviews are guaranteed to be honest with positive thoughts even if my overall view is negative. I will not promise a glowing review for something that does not earn it, but I will always find the good within. As an avid reader, I am happy to hear from authors and. . .

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PR Media Information

Welcome to Creative Madness that Makes Me Myself! I am a young mama to a darling girl born in the summer of 2009 and so excited about all the new products out for Maternity, Baby and Family. I thoroughly test and review a varying array of products (family-friendly) and will include pictures and perhaps even video when available. My start was with books, but now I am branching out to let other mommies know what I love most! Please email me if you are interested in having a review posted on Creative Madness and we can figure out what comes next. My reviews are guaranteed to be honest with positive thoughts even if my overall view is negative. I will not promise a glowing review for something that does not earn it, but I will always find the good within. As an avid reader, I am happy to hear from. . .

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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and other Speculative Reads

Publisher: Author: Title:*Review pending Berkley Publishing GroupLisa Tawn Bergren – Novels of the GiftedThe Begotten NavPressSharon Hinck – Sword of LyricThe RestorerThe Restorer’s Son*The Restorer’s Journey* Thomas NelsonStephen R. Lawhead – King Raven SeriesHoodScarletTuck WaterbrookDonita K. Paul – DragonKeeper ChroniclesDragonSpellDragonQuestDragonKnightDragonFireDragonLight Jeffrey Overstreet – Auralia Thread SeriesAuralia’s ColorsCyndere’s Midnight ZondervanBryan DavisBeyond the Reflection’s Edge Eternity’s EdgeNightmare’s Edge

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