Don't Look Behind You Crime Files #15 by Ann Rule

Don't Look Behind You
Crime Files #15
by Ann Rule
(Paperback, 480 pages, True Crime)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent—a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don’t look behind you . . . run. Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the bestselling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states—ending, finally, in Alaska—where he unraveled not one but two murders. A second case appears to begin and end with the hunt for the Green River Killer, focusing on a Washington State man who was once cleared as a suspect in that deadly chain of homicides. But the millionaire property owner believed he had successfully buried his own murderous past and the awful truth behind his young wife’s disappearance. She vanished soon after she left for a day at the Seattle World’s Fair, and her three small children grew up believing their mother had abandoned them. But one amazing witness remained—the missing woman’s best friend, who heard her last words in a frantic phone call—“He’s coming!”—before the line went dead. Only since Robert Hansen’s suicide has the monster within been revealed. In another true story, a petite woman went to a tavern, looking only for conversation and fun. Instead, she met violent death in the form of a seven-foot man who had seemed shy and harmless. You’ll feel a chill as you uncover these and numerous other cases of unfortunate victims who made one tragic mistake: trusting the wrong person—even someone they’d known intimately, or thought they knew.

My thoughts:  I have read all of Ann Rule's True Crime Files and most of her novels, and she is still one of my favorite authors but I found this collection to be just okay.  It didn't hold my attention and I seemed to get bored with it pretty quickly, good thing my mom let me borrow her book and I didn't have to purchase it.

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
by Julie Klassen
(Kindle Edition, Historical Fiction)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?

Observing both brothers as an "invisible" servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?

On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of "serve one another in love."

My thoughts:  This is the second book I've read by Julie Klassen and once again she did not disappoint, I truly enjoyed this book immensely.  It's a tale of the very wealthy, their loyal servants, beautiful gowns and masquerade balls, deceit and unrequited love.

The things that Margaret "Nora" had to go through as a housemaid certainly made for some amusing moments, especially her first time at emptying a chamber pot.  Margaret's character goes through tremendous growth and maturity throughout the book and she becomes aware of how badly she treated people prior to her going into hiding. I enjoyed how she gets to secretly observe both brothers and realize just how wrong she was to judge them on appearances alone.

If you love the Jane Austen classics, then you have to try one of Julie Klassen's novels.

Birthday Dog

Another birthday card to share that I made for my dear friend Betty. I had to wait to post it on my blog, at least until it arrived at her house.

Birthday Dog

The image Birthday Dog is from Inky Antics Delightful Dogs #1 clear set, he's so adorable with that cupcake on his head.

I've been trying to use colored pencils without blending with Gamsol, something to learn and I just like the look. I did most of this image without blending but I had to finally break down and use some Gamsol around the edges. What I really should be doing is spending less time with the pencils and start using the Copics I have.

Until next time, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Birthday Dog/Delightful Dogs #1(Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Petunia (Bazzill), Juniper (Close to My Heart), Happy Go Lucky (6x6 Pad/My Mind's Eye) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sky (Close to My Heart) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils, Prisma Glitter, Liquid Appliqué, Clear Glass Beads, Glossy Accents, "Hello" Twine (My Mind's Eye), Scalloped Edge Punch (SU), Mounting Tape ~ Card Size: 5 x 5

Music Saves My Soul

This past weekend we took a trip to Cheyenne to spend time with my parents, it's about a 3 1/2 hour trip from Colorado Springs. Bryan and I are in the front seat rocking out to Matchbox Twenty, we must have easily listened to all their albums. My son is in the backseat playing a video game on his ipod, my sixteen year old daughter is updating her Facebook status with "they should play Matchbox Twenty to prisoners because this is torture"... sixteen years old can be so dramatic!

Being the great mom that I am... I've been "torturing" her the last few days in her little prison (she's grounded because of her Math & Chemistry grades) by playing Matchbox Twenty songs/videos louder than normal (inserting evil laugh here), she needs to appreciate great music when she hears it!

If you would like join in Music Saves My Soul Saturday, it can be any day of the week, not just on Saturdays, head on over to Marcea's blog and link up.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Birthday Hugs

Just a quick post today to share the card that I made for my sister's birthday. I have no idea what took me so long to make my first Popcorn the Bear purchase, I've seen this little bear for years in the galleries and on blogs and I always thought he was so adorable.

Birthday Hugs

Popcorn the Bear is easily turning into my favorite beary images. I just need to figure out a way that I like to see him colored, blending him more and try to make him look furrier... I better start watching those You Tube coloring tutorials.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Birthday Hugs (Popcorn the Bear/Crafter's Companion) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Juniper (Close to My Heart), Springtime Collection (Echo Park Paper Co.) ~ Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Paper Flowers (Bazzill), Princess Brad, Pinking Hearts Border Punch (SU), Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter, Mounting Tape ~ Card Size 6 x 6

Music Saves My Soul

Every Saturday Marcea shares her favorite music on her blog and I've been wanting to join in with her Music Saves My Soul Saturday for a few months now... all you have to do is post your favorite song at the moment on your blog and link up at her blog. Easy peasy... right?

Here it is, an older Coldplay song but is still one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

If you would like join, it can be any day of the week, not just on Saturdays. Just head on over to Marcea's blog and link up... if you need help with embedding a video into your blog post she has instructions there as well.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
(The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare
(Hardcover, Collector's First Edition, 502 pages, Young Adult)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

My thoughts: Clockwork Prince is the second installment in the Infernal Devices series, and it was well worth the wait, I devoured this book and it has easily become one of my favorite Young Adult series. Clare has completely outdone herself, it picks right up where Clockwork Angel left off, and dives right into a brilliant story that is fast paced and doesn't let up for a minute. Each chapter left me wanting more and it has the love triangle to end all love triangles, it's perfect.

Without a doubt, Clockwork Prince is a must read that will engage you and instantly transport you back in time to the 19th century London Victorian Era with a mix of action, mystery and suspense, steampunk, and has at its heart... a love story. It's going to be difficult waiting until March 2013 for Clockwork Princess.

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 135

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to 2012 .

It's been awhile since I updated my blog and do you believe I've actually been crafting the last couple of days, what a great opportunity to participate in What's on Your Work-desk Wednesday. Although I am a little embarrassed to share my workspace today... for me it's pretty messy.

4 Jan 2012

I've been working on cards using new Inky Antics images... unfortunately I had to hide those because those sets are not released just yet, but soon. To the right I have out my little Janome Sew Mini, I've decided that I like stitching on cards... only because I'm getting better at sewing a straight line!

After all these years of stamping I finally purchased my first Whipper Snapper image, Yin & Yang... I'm so looking forward to using it. I'm sure next time I make it back to Archiver's I'll come home with another one.

This is the other side of my room, my cutting area. I usually clean up between card making but today I was out of practice and paper collections just ended up mixed together, it was not fun cleaning up.

4 Jan 2012

Make sure to stop in over at Julie's blog, Stamping Ground to see more work-desks and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi