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Monday Again…and PINTEREST!!!!

I wish we could have Mondays off. Don’t you think three day weekends would help the world in general? We would all be more rested and in better spirits. Less war. Less strife. A happier you. A happier me. I love to dream big.

I chopped my hair off. I mean really chopped it good. I think it is rather cute….kinda sassy, if I do say so myself. It is a little shorter than what I thought I wanted, but I like it. It’s easy, which is a plus. What I find funny is all the people that don’t say a word about the change. I always wonder if they can’t find anything good to say about it, so they keep their mouth shut! Funny, huh?

So have you heard about Pinterest? It is an interesting site, though I’m not sure the real purpose of it, other than it is like a visual bookmarking site. What you do is add a little button to your internet toolbar and when you see something you like while you are surfing the net, you “pin it”. You have these little “corkboards” on your Pinterest page and you add interesting or cool things to your categories. I have categories like…Photos that move me, Travel Dreams, DIY Crafts, Artsy stuff, Cool Clothes, etc…

Here is a  look at my DIY Crafty Things category up close.  The cool thing is that it will link to the internet page that you “pinned it” from. That way you can go back to the page to get the directions for the craft.  There is a stream of other people’s pins and you can repin anything you see that you like. You can follow other people that you like or get your friends to join.

Yes, I need another online thing to do like I need a hole in my head, but this is really neat. I’ve found some DIY Crafts that I am going to do for Christmas presents!

So what new cool thing have you come across lately?

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A Labor Day Winner

What a blessed Labor Day. Seriously, after sixty-seven 100+ degree days this summer, today’s high of 82 was a bit of heaven. It was so cool this morning that we got out in the garage and cleaned it out. We had so many boxes from our move last year that we hadn’t gone through and there was only a path through the garage. A coworker gave me two shelving units and we got organized. Now we can even park a car in the garage!

I started a movie, but fell asleep. I suppose that’s okay, given it is a holiday, but it sure makes me feel lazy.

Lazy is okay once in awhile, but when you forget to draw a winner for Kaye Dacus’s book, Ransome’s Quest, well, that is NOT a good thing! So without further ado, the winner of Kaye’s book is:

Jodie Wolfe

Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your snail mail address!

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Review & Giveaway: Ransome’s Quest by Kaye Dacus

About Ransome’s Question:
The pirate El Salvador has haunted the waters of the Caribbean for almost ten years. When he snatched Charlotte Ransome, it was a case of mistaken identity. Now Charlotte’s brother, whose reputation in battle is the stuff of legend, is searching for him with a dogged determination. But another rumor has reached El Salvador’s ears: Julia Ransome has been kidnapped by the man feared by all other pirates—the pirate known only as Shaw. The violent and blood-thirsty savage from whom El Salvador was trying to protect her.
When word reaches William of Julia’s disappearance, his heart is torn—he cannot abandon the search for his sister, yet he must also rescue Julia. Ned Cochrane offers a solution: Ned will continue the search for Charlotte while William goes after Julia. William’s quest will lead him to a greater understanding of faith and love as he must accept help from sworn enemy and have faith that Julia’s life is in God’s hands.
My thoughts:
Ransome’s Quest is a swashbuckling, high adventure with plenty of action and high intensity scenes that sweep you into a world of danger and intrigue upon the high seas. Seriously, this book was a lot of fun and kept me turning the page with gripping kidnappings and naval battles. One thing Kaye Dacus can do is write authentic battle scenes. She has the verbage down and knows her ships! I was swept away  into another world and felt as if I could taste the salty air.
Another thing I loved in this book were the villains. First we have El Salvador, who is a surprising gentleman aboard  his pirate ship, and then we have Shaw, as evil and unwholesome a character as I’ve ever come by. These two made for great contrasts and added depth to the story.’s use of secondary characters made the story fun for me. I loved Declan, El Salvador’s first mate. In fact, it sure would be nice to have another book featuring him. *hint, hint* The ship hands were interesting characters and very visual. I felt like they were friends.
I think if I had one thing about the book that wasn’t as top notch as Kaye’s other books was that it was not quite as romantic as her others. I suppose it had to do with the fact that both heroines already had their hero at the very beginning of the book. Of course, I love to read romance where the characters grow in their love for one another, so maybe that is why this one fell a little flat for me. Otherwise, this book is a great read and thoroughly enjoyable. It would make for one awesome movie, to be sure!
Check out Kaye’s other books at her website HERE.

Because I love Kaye and her books so much, and because it’s my birthday, I am giving away a copy of Ransome’s Quest to a lucky commenter! Please leave your spam-free email in the comment section. ie: sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com. A winner will be drawn Sunday, September 2, 2011. 

*Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.