Bursting with Pride

Have you ever had one of those moments when you were so proud of someone that you literally thought your heart would burst?  Your child’s first steps, their graduation day, a family wedding.  I had one of those moments yesterday afternoon when I opened my mailbox and found this waiting for me…..

Haunted on Bourbon Street, by Deanna Chase

Deanna signed up for the NaNoWriMo project a couple of years ago, and unlike most of the people I know who give it a try, she discovered there was a serious writer inside her just waiting to bust loose!  A few of us were lucky enough to get to follow along with Jade’s adventures as Deanna was crafting her chapters, and we literally couldn’t get enough!  Reading it this way reminded me of the excitement of getting the next installment of the seriel novels I used to read as a kid.  And when the story was complete, I was already begging Deanna to get started on the next book.  LOL!

Needless to say, I was completely over the moon when she decided to go forward with publishing, and I’ve literally been counting the weeks until I had the hard copy in my grubby little hands.  There is something so satisfying about watching someone you love bring their dream to fruition, and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to see that spine with Deanna’s name on it peeking out from my bookcase without tearing up with pride.  I’ll be adding to the Chase literary collection through the years (I hope!), but I can’t imagine that owning another book will ever affect me as emotionally as this one has.

Here’s a little teaser about Haunted on Bourbon Street, and if you’d like to pick up your own copy, just go here.

Jade loves her new apartment  ̶ until a ghost joins her in the shower.

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and having feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade, to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help—and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own—to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

An Old-fashioned Book Report

Today I want to talk about a fantastic how-to book.  Its called “The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques”, by Anastasia Young.

The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques

Not only am I a tool junkie, but I’m a bit of a book whore, too.  And this is one that I’d had in my Amazon wish list for a loooong time, but the $35 price tag had me a little gunshy.  I love to be able to hold a book in my hand and browse through its pages to see if its really something that is going to further my education.  But the reviews for this one were so overwhelmingly positive, that I decided to take the plunge, and boy am I ever glad that I did!  This book is hands-down one of the best, most comprehensive jewelry books I’ve ever seen.  A treasure trove of advice for the novice, and a wealth of information for intermediates, too.

It starts with a guide to setting up your workbench, and Ms. Young has shown tools and materials that I didn’t even know existed, but now I realize I need!  She then goes on to discuss materials in great detail from precious metals to gemstones and more.  Then she gets down to the nitty gritty in the techniques section.  Everything is covered…drilling, filing, soldering, annealing, polishing, constructing, fold forming, stone setting, carving and casting….and I could go on and on.  But I’d rather you didn’t waste any more time reading what I’m writing.  Instead, RUN, don’t walk….and get your own copy of this amazing reference book.  Oh, and did I forget to mention??  Now that I’ve bought my copy.  It’s on SALE!  😀