Friday, April 17, 2015

I'm a Button Collector, Are You?

All of us collect things. One of my favorites to collect is buttons.

Why, you ask? I use buttons in crafting, so different sizes, styles, colors are important to have on hand.
Above are some of the unique ones: ice cream cone, hand, anchor, lock, skeleton, book, etc.
Here are some of my purple buttons: star, horse, teddy bear, heart.
Just plain old button shaped buttons in different sizes and colors.

What I use buttons for:
Eyes, noses on toys
Jointing doll limbs
Decoration on Christmas ornaments
Adding a design on quilts, sweaters, etc
Making ornaments

I prefer older style buttons. I used to be able to find big bagfulls at Thrift Stores. Not so anymore, but EBay has a great selection. Here's a page on Vintage Buttons (my favorite): EBay Vintage Buttons

You can buy them in bulk from amazon: buttons on amazon

Even Etsy has buttons: buttons on Etsy

What about button art? Etsy Button Art

I'm not fond of today's resin buttons. They just don't have character like buttons used to.

Are you trying to decide what to do with buttons? Never fear. There's craft books too.
Great creative today. Developing one talent will only lead to even more talents.

Leo Buscaglia once said: Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

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Special Note: I'm finally getting back on top of things. If I haven't caught up on your blog yet, I soon will.

Love, Honor, and Respect to all

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ready for 2 More Excellent Reads?

The last couple of blogs have been about author Roger Lawrence's latest novel, Book of Pain.

Today, I want to mention 2 more reads.
Kay Kauffman has just published her latest poetry work, A Song for All Seasons. I read her first poetry book, Tuesday's Dreams and absolutely loved it. I can't wait to read A Song for All Seasons.
The book sells for $2.99 on Amazon. You can click on the above picture to find it or click on this link: A Song for All Seasons Amazon
Kay's poetry is gentle and relaxing and makes for a wonderful read. Be sure to follow her author page too.

Clash of Legends by Joleene Naylor. This is Joleene's newest book in her Amaranthine series, and she has yet to disappoint her fans. The book isn't released yet, It will be in 3 days, but you can pre-oreder it. Check out the information on her website: Amaranthine Night

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy. I must say that when I finish one of her books, I'm disappointed - disappointed that the story ended.

This book was everything I as a fan had hoped for. It starts off where her last book ended. Have a favorite character of hers? You'll probably find him or her in this book. Want tons of vampiric action? You'll read about that in this book. Curious about Samael and Katelina? I won't give anything away, so you're going to have to read the book to find out. What about Jorick and Katelina's relationship? Well, I think you better read this book. Trust me. Things happen quickly. Don't lose out.

If you've never read any of the Amaranthine series, start with book one, Shades of Gray. However, don't miss out on Clash of Legends because I'll tell you, her stories just get better and better.

Pre-order your copy today. It's one of the best reads I've had this year.

LHR, my friends.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Interview With Author Roger Lawrence

As I mentioned in my last blog, Roger Lawrence has published what I think is his most brilliant horror story yet.
Libro Agonia (Book of Pain) is available where most e-books are sold for only $2.30.

I asked Roger to answer a few questions, so here is my interview with this extraodinary author:

Did you always want to be a writer?

Not until I was about twenty, by which time I’d read thousands of books and suddenly decided “Hey I’d like to do that and earn millions.” The reality soon set in but the love stayed. My first three novels were absolute trash, filled with passive voices and cliques but I was thrilled that I had actually written something. My next task was to learn how to do it properly. I don’t think that job will ever end.

What inspired you to write the book?
The story has been floating around in the murky depths of my mind for years. The only problem was that it had two potential endings. In fact I did write both and sat on them for months before deciding which was the better – or at least more acceptable.
How long did it take you to write it?
Most first drafts take about three months before I actually being editing them into something readable. This was a long one, for me, at 150k words so that took almost six months. Then with the editing and decision as to which ending I would use, the whole thing took nearly two years.
Of all of his experiences, which is your favorite?
Curiously, and possibly an indication of my utter weirdness, his friendship with the horse was my favourite. The animal’s character was identical of that of a horse I used to ride as a child. He was very much in charge and would always let me know if I ever got above myself – usually with a well placed hoof, and being nearly nineteen hands, he was no lightweight.
Will you write another one similar to this?
Similar perhaps, but not identical. I wrote another series of monster books of which there as only to be one. A number of people asked for more and I managed to eke it into three. Book of Pain can only be a one as I wrapped it all neatly up at the end – probably.
This novel is unique because of the subject matter and is a true horror story, yet it's much more that. What's the blurb?
There was a lot to go through so I settled upon this.
    After being cursed to live forever, Tom Fletcher thinks that's as bad as it could get until he discovers that eternity will be spent in unspeakable agony. Unable to sleep or eat, and that madness is denied him, he truly begins to understand the meaning of hopelessness.
   Two hundred years of mind numbing pain later he discovers a means to escape the punishment. He must wait another century before that opportunity arrives, but has his mind become so warped by pain and misery that he could ever commit the awful crime required to free himself?
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m writing the third in two other series’ of novels, Old Geezers 3, and Kongomato 3, SF and horror respectively.
Is horror your favorite genre?
I love writing in most genres; SF being a firm favourite but I must admit to a sneaking love of horror. I can do all the things a normal human being could never conceive – without actually breaking the law.
Do you build monsters and horrors stories in your mind, working to develop them around the clock or do they suddenly just appear?

Worryingly, they just appear. My wife of thirty years has long been convinced of my sickness and often suggests that I seek help.

You have a sense of humor written in all your books. If we were to meet you in person, would you still have that sense of humor, or are you essentially a shy person?
At first I would be very quiet but given free rein I always succumb to the need to make silly jokes. With writing I can hone that but not be there when I inevitably gross people out.
Where can you be found on the internet?

My daily blog and all my books can be found on :

Roger is definitely an author worth reading. He is quite talented and his books are so interesting and intriguing that they are hard to set down.

Hope you enjoyed the interview. Please be sure to check out his blog and follow him.

LHR my friends