Monday, April 28, 2014

Freaking Idiots Guide to Selling on eBay, fiverr, Public Domain, and Kindle by Nick Vulich

This book is four guides in one package. If you have any plan to try eBay, fiverr, writing for Kindle, or using public domain works, this is a good place to get information.

The four titles by Nick Vulich are:

Freaking Idiots Guide to Selling on eBay
Freaking Idiots Guide to fiverr
Freaking Idiots Guide to Making Money with the Public Domain
Freaking Idiots Guide to Writing a Kindle Bestseller.

The author has been selling on eBay for 15 years and making a living at it since 2004 and that is the largest section in this book. The other titles are also very helpful.

Kathi Linz

Monday, April 21, 2014

Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland

Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland is written for quilters who use traditional designs working with modern fabrics. The authors say that this book isn't for beginners, but explain that the designs are fairly simple and they give tips and tools in the back of the book to make it easy to understand what they are talking about.

This book is currently in the New Book section.


Ornament Extravaganza by The Decorative Arts Collection Museum

Ornament Extravaganza is a great book for artists who would like to paint ornaments for various holidays.
Many of these designs would work beautifully on a Christmas tree. There are also designs for Valentine's Day, Fourth of July and Halloween.

If you are handy with a paintbrush, come and check this book out for some new ideas.


Little Aran and Celtic Knits for Kids: 25 Designs for Babies and Young Children by Martin Storey

If you are a passable knitter and have little ones to keep warm, you will enjoy Little Aran and Celtic Knits for Kids: 25 Designs for Babies and Young Children by Martin Storey.

Most of the patterns are sweaters and jackets with cabling, Celtic knot designs, or little animals knitted into the piece. Some have hoods, some are slip-overs, and some are button-down. There are also socks, blocks, and an alphabet blanket.

It's currently in the New Book section.

Kathi Linz

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Among Thieves by David Hosp

Jackson County Public Library's Fantastic Fiction group is reading Among Thieves by David Hosp this month.

The first chapter is rife with language I would ordinarily prefer not to read. Once I got past that obstacle, the story was full of interesting twists and turns.

Everything turns on a twenty-year old robbery at a private art museum. No one to date has figured out who did the robbery or where the Old Masters' paintings are. Also a two men with checkered pasts are found murdered with evidence of unbelievable torture preceding their deaths. How are these tied together? It seems that someone who wants those missing paintings is tracking down anyone he believes might have knowledge of their whereabouts and will stop at nothing to get the information.

Scott Finn, an attorney whose life started on the wrong side of town, finds himself with a client who does know about the paintings and whose life is now in danger because of it. As the story progresses, the client's daughter and Finn himself find themselves in the murderer's sights.

If you can stomach the earthy language, this story will keep your attention. It's even more compelling because it is based on a real theft at that museum.

Kathi Linz

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke is still cooking when it comes to her mysteries with recipes. The cookie and muffin recipes tucked between chapters sound excellent.

Hannah is driving her cookie truck through a rural area during a crashing thunderstorm when she spots a tree limb down in the road. As she hits the brakes to stop, the truck skids and she feels a thump. Hannah gets out of the truck to check it out and finds that she has hit a man and he's dead.

Although it was completely an accident, Hannah ends up in jail for the weekend on a charge of vehicular homicide. She sends her family, friends and coworkers in search of the man's identity, since no one in town has ever seen him before.

On top of that, Delores, Hannah's mother, has told her four daughters that they can plan her wedding. But every time they try to suggest, colors, flowers, music, or anything else about the wedding, Delores changes her mind. The end result is that there is still no plan and time is running out.

A few of the riddles posed in this book come to a satisfactory conclusion, but this book is obviously part one of two since Hannah still has to go on trial for the man's death and the wedding has not yet taken place. I have to wait (as patiently as possible) for part two.

Joanne Fluke, soon please.

Kathi Linz

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Crochet Love: 27 Sweet and Simple Zakka-Inspired Projects by Jenny Doh

In Crochet Love: 27 Sweet and Simple Zakka-Inspired Projects, Jenny Doh has found small and simple decorative pieces that will make your home more cheerful or would be great gifts for any occasion.

If you (like me) were not aware of the meaning of Zakka, it is a Japanese-inspired way of improving anything and everything that has to do with your home, life, and appearance.

Some of these cheerful patterns include crocheted covers for a rock paperweight or a brick that serves as a door-stopper. There are crocheted belts and cocktail rings. Old sheets are turned into pretty seat covers and old plastic bags into strong and useful totes. She makes jar cozies, coasters and decorations for lemonade glasses. There a pattern for a cover for a three-ring binder, a toddler's crown, and a skinny scarf which looks like it wouldn't take more than half an hour to work up.

That is only the tip of the iceberg. So if you have an itch to decorate yourself or your space, come and check out this book. It's in the new section for the time being.

Kathi Linz