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PARIS TIME CAPSULE: A Little Romance Within a Real Life Mystery ~Ella Carey

Monday, September 28th, 2015

I was so ready for a romance read on the schedule and PARIS TIME CAPSULE did not disappoint.    I just gathered up my Kindle and headed to the deck umbrella for a lovely day of escape reading and staying cool in the unusual heat wave.   The city became still as folks left for a last holiday experience and to escape the heat before school starts here.  I traveled to Paris and enjoyed the adventures of CAT.

The story begins with the arrival of a mysterious package and the information that Cat has inherited an estate of a woman who lived in France.   This opens the story up to the true historic event that intrigued the author to write this novel.  In Paris, an apartment was found which had been locked up for 70 years and belonged to a French Courtesan in the 1840s up until World War II.  It was a time capsule of a lifestyle and a life and has revealed interesting secrets of its own.  The author found this to be a fascinating idea and a good foundation for her novel.

I found myself to be desiring a croissant and a glass of wine very soon into the story and the reports of the lovely food kept my mouthwatering.   Cat becomes engaged to a young man who is a member of the wealthy New York jet set and likes being in NYC close to his extended family.  Because Cat’s parents are deceased the family takes her under their wings and begins to make all the preparations for the parties and wedding.  Cat loses herself into the hustle and bustle of the expectations and yet still flies off to Paris to remedy the inheritance and to work on solving the mystery.

Enter dreamy, handsome French man and his family who have been left out of the will and their family’s inheritance.  Oo La La!   We have quite a story to tell now and yet the time capsule of the apartment and the mystery of the connections keeps us reading forward.

TLC Book Tours sent me the advanced reading copy of the book for review and apparently for a lovely afternoon escape.   I enjoyed the book and can recommend it to my readers as a delight – PARIS TIME CAPSULE

Ella Carey has been studying French since she was five and has degrees in music and art, and was a classical piano major in school.  Writing is her passion and this book was independently released in 2014 and rose to #10 on Amazon’s Indie selection during the year.  It is now being published by Lake Union Publishing and to be made into a motion picture.   She has been to Paris many times and is currently working on her second novel, walking the beach with her dogs and enjoying her life with two children.

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PARIS TIME CAPSULE has gone to #1 on historic fiction!  And is free for Kindle Unlimited readers

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ABOUT A GIRL: A novel ~International Bestselling Author Lindsey Kelk

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

“Hilarious and madcap but full of heart for a heroine we can all love,  ABOUT A GIRL is the perfect summer read!”  (cover)


ABOUT A GIRL just unleashes the problems to be resolved right away and never lets up on the action or the reactions that Tess Brookes needs to resolve.  After being downsized from her career making ad agency job, she then sleeps with best male friend she has been hoping to connect with for 10 years only to discover he has already had sex and a weekend away with her incredibly awful flat mate.  Life is just too tough to deal with and to cope with when along comes an impulsive idea which gives Tess her first out of the trauma and into a bigger pressure point and interesting adventure.

Her flat mate’s agent calls with a photography job in Hawaii and she has gone some place else for the week without the camera.  It is actually Tess’ camera, which she scoops up and along with roomies clothing and heads off to Hawaii to do the assignment and complete the fashion shoot.

I think I always wished something wonderful like this adventure would happen to me when I was pink slipped at a job.    The book was a happy escape and would make a great beach read anytime.  Lots of banter between characters, some great comic relief and all served up with the beauty and party atmosphere of the young and wealthy in an island paradise.   Plenty of sexual tension and references to keep everyone interested and lots of fashion advice and assistance for the plainer figure of Tess the creative.   The drinking was a bit over the top and reflected the roommate not the loyal and hardworking, talented Tess, who was having fun playing a different role.

I liked that Tess actually bumped into her next career move by her actions and then was able to save the day when an island storm ruined the shoot.   She took her own ideas and spoke and photographed her concepts and found success.  You will need to read WHAT A GIRL WANTS  to find out what Tess decides to do next Milan and Nick or Charlie and London?

TLC Book Tours sent me an advanced readers edition of ABOUT A GIRL. I enjoyed the book for the great escape it offered me and the whimsical content.  It made me laugh and was not heavy or suspenseful – just great fun.

I believe a number of 30 something’s would really enjoy this read and I recommend it to those young women in a career slump after college.

About Lindsey Kelk

“Lindsey Kelk is a writer and children’s book editor. When she isn’t writing, reading, listening to music, or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes, and judge the shoes of others. Born in England, Lindsey loves living in New York but misses Sherbet Fountains, London, and drinking gin and elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order. Find out more about Lindsey at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  (from TLC tours page)”

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Beautiful Discoveries for Which I am Thankful

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Pacific Ocean at Ruby Beach

Pacific Ocean at Ruby Beach

We went to pick up our CSA (community supported agriculture) share at the Farmer’s Market and we noticed that the flower stall was filled with a different kind of beauty.  As the weather was cooling down the flower merchant had packed up and a photographer had move into the spot.  We were drawn to her stunning pictures of our world and of things smaller.

We recognized the beach where we had visited for our honeymoon and returned just this summer to celebrate our 35th anniversary.   My partner purchased one of the prints as he wants to paint it for his Thanksgiving painting days.  We went back to purchase a card of the picture for a family in grief.

Ice & Snow blackberries 2011

Ice & Snow blackberries 2011

I asked Linda if I could show case her beautiful work as a Thanksgiving gift of beauty to my blog readers and she said yes!

In her own words:

Linda Schwerzler was born in 1960, the second child of four children.  She grew up in Iowa and loved spending time in the woods.  She met and married Kirk Schwerzler and moved to Western Washington in 1991.  She and Kirk have three beautiful girls and a home snuggled in the woods of the Great Northwest.

Linda is the author to all her verses, registered with the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress.  She was a professional portrait photographer for over five years.  Her love of nature and photography are combined in this print.

“I received my first camera when I was nine years old.  I’ve loved the art of photography ever since.  I hope you feel the same thrill viewing this print as I did when I first printed it.”

social responsibility and protectiveness

social responsibility and protectiveness

You can see more of Linda’s work at Zazzle.  The t-shirts with her nature photography are just wonder full and she has poetry and cards and many other products to showcase there.

Contact her via email or phone: 360 427 5359.

What beauty does your eye see and allows you to feel grateful or inspired?

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you.  Donations also welcome.

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A Suggestion

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
OffTheMap

OffTheMap

Recently we were at gathering of friends and the conversation turned to books being read and favorite movies.   OFF THE MAP starring Joan Allen, Sam Elliot, and Valentina De Angelis was suggested to us.

It is about a family who is living off the grid and is being audited by the IRS.

It was out and about in 2003, and we had never heard of it before so looked it up and had the DVD sent to our house.   It is an Independent film.   We enjoyed watching the movie.  We laughed and cried and were in suspense and ended our sojourn just delighted and pleased that we had heard of the movie and had taken the time to watch it.

We found the story meaningful and lovely.  The photography and colors in the movie were gorgeous.

If you would like to know more there is an official website but I liked the information from Wikipedia better.

This movie was nominated for a number of awards and received several Film Festival Awards.

You may already know about this film,   I just wanted to share my enjoyment with you and make a suggestion.

Have you watched a film that you just truly enjoyed?  Do you like the block buster movies the best or Independent movies?   I mostly watch documentaries, what genre do you enjoy the most?

Please suggest some movies that we might all enjoy watching.  How fun is this?


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