Cover reveal: When Stars Come Out, by Scarlett St. Clair

Every once in a while, when doing these reveals, I come across a cover that I think is really quite beautiful. Everything about it just seems to work–the font, the imagery, the colours. Everything.

Such is the case with the cover of When Stars Come Out, by Scarlett St. Clair. It’s gorgeous, and I can’t help opening it up to look at it over and over again.

Plus, the book itself sounds like it’s going to be a great read. You can’t ask for a better combination than that.

Before checking out the cover and summary for yourself, though, take a moment to visit Scarlett’s rafflecopter, where she’s giving away some art prints.

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Book excerpt: Three Mages and a Margarita, by Annette Marie

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is sit down with a book that’s just pure fun to read. Something entertaining and sassy, maybe with a little fantasy thrown in, if that’s the genre of your choice.

That’s exactly what I’m expecting from Annette Marie’s Three Mages and a Margarita–and based on today’s excerpt, it’s what we’re going to get from the book. And I have to tell you, I’m really looking forward to reading the whole thing.

Before you take a look at the excerpt yourself, hop on over to Annette’s rafflecopter, where she’s giving away three $10 Amazon gift cards.

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Book excerpt: Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies, by Addison Moore

Here’s the thing about Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies, by Addison Moore: I love the concept of it. I fell in love with it as soon as I read the summary. I mean, a woman who knows something ominous is going to happen because she sees dead pets? How can you not want to read a book about that?

At the very least, that little bit of a teaser should make you want to read today’s excerpt–which is great, by the way. Funny and intriguing all at once.

Before you take a look, though, stop by Addison’s giveaway, where you have the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies.

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Tomato harvest

Garden tomatoes

Let’s start with a disclaimer: These tomatoes most certainly did not come from my garden. I harvested a grand total of three tomatoes just this past week. The rest grew in with black spots on the bottom, and ended up going to waste.

Instead, my sister-in-law’s family was kind enough to share these with me. A whole bag-full of beautiful, multi-sized garden tomatoes. They’re turning ripe quickly, so I’m going to have to figure out what to do with them.

Not that I’m not looking forward to that. I’m thinking pasta of some sort this week, maybe some sort of soup next week. I’ll make some sort of plan, don’t you worry.

Smooth as glass

A piece of Italian blown glass in the shape of wrapped candy

Every once in a while, I get a little hint that my photography skills have moved forward, even if it’s just a bit. The success of this photo is one of those hints.

You see, I’ve tried photographing this piece of glass candy before, and it’s never worked out. I haven’t been able to capture the light properly, to get the texture of the wrapper ends. Or manually focus well enough that the pattern on the candy appears sharp. Or find an angle that that presents the candy in a way that I’m happy with.

This time, though, everything just seemed to click (no pun intended), and I wound up with a picture I’m really quite happy with. I love the way the light glides smoothly from the piece of candy down to the end of the wrapper.

Sure, it may not be perfect yet–it didn’t fill the frame in quite the way I wanted it to–but it still turned out better than I expected. And that’s really all I could have asked for.