Friday, 26 April 2013

Artful Reader Club - April

In a change to the advertised programme  book, this month I'm reviewing "Tangled in Divine" by Heather Rainier.

I originally intended to read and review another "cosy" by Laura Childs, then it was going to be # 11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood but I haven't quite finished it and pictures of hunky vampires (who don't sparkle) are hard to come by.

As most of my reading these days is done on my Kindle and Heather had a new book out I thought why not?

When I first got my Kindle I became aware of genres that I'd never even seen let alone considered. There is a whole world of erotica out there with sub-genres such as paranormal, western, sci-fi, steampunk and my personal favourite...menages...a trois, a quatre....and so on.

The second menage I ever read was "Divine Grace" by Heather...I fell in love with Grace and her men to such an extent that I was loath to read the other books in the could I read about Divine and not have Grace and her men in the story? I eventually bit the bullet and I'm so pleased I did!

"Tangled in Divine" is # 14 in the Divine Creek Ranch series and tells the story of Gwen Henderson, a champion rider, whose dream of retiring from the rodeo circuit is shattered. Gwen ends up in Divine and meets up with Julian Alvarez and Chris Potter. The story chronicles their growing relationship and the problems Gwen faces through no fault of her own.

The book is suitable for over 18's only as there are, understandably, sex scenes.

These scenes are pretty hot and are an important element of the book. However the focus of all the books in the series (and not all are menages) is relationships. Good ones need working at and trust and honesty are important between partners, regardless of how many there are. The wider community and a sense of belonging (and being supportive) are also stressed.
Divine Creek really is so much more than just a place on a map.
What I love about the series is that you do meet up with the characters from previous books and you see them change and develop.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - joyous is the word I'd use to describe it.
I laughed and I cried and I'm still giggling several days later when I recall one particular scene in the Dancing Pony.....if you read the book you'll know the one I mean!

And so, on to the art work.....

I did a gel image transfer of some "cowboy country" paper on to a 5 x 7 canvas. I coated this with mod podge and then embellished the life out of it...the stamps are by Unity; the metal tokens are Tim Holtz (capture life's moments was the nearest I could get to "carpe diem", a motif in all the books);buttons are TH and October Afternoon;flowers by Petaloo and the horse is a patch for sewing on to s'thing.

This is my tribute to Gwen and all the other feisty ladies of Divine.

And finally to my friend Gill Parker...I'm so pleased you found "Still Life" (the first book in the series that I reviewed last month) and that you enjoyed it! It really is beautifully written. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series too.

I'm not predicting what I'll be reviewing next month....

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday to Max my fur baby.....11 today.