28 July 2016

Emoji characters by Cantor Fine Art Gallery

Enjoy these Emoji characters by Cantor Fine Art Gallery!





The source is Designboom.

Florence Grace by Tracy Rees - #QuercusSummer

This month is the turn to Florence Grace by Tracy Rees to enjoy a few days of holidays thanks to @Quercus and ♯QuercusSummer!
Florence took a trip to London by ferry...


And she was so lucky that she met a giant friend.. the ♯bfg!


If you are in London you have visit the Kew Gardens, of course!


And if you are thirsty, the best drink is beer! ;)


Florence Grace by Tracy Rees
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Quercus
Rating: 4/5

Florrie Bluckley's life will change forever after knowing that she is related to the wealthy family the Graces in London. There will be a lot of changes in her life, not all of them for good... will it be worth the change? Grace will have to be brave and enter to Grace's world.

""I was young a hundred years ago or more now," she said and I was almost sure she was teasing, "but I remember the first time I thought I was in love. I have learned a lot about it in the meantime. Don't be in too great a hurry to rush towards your destiny.""

I have to say I am not a big fan of historical fiction, but this book will be the exception, Tracy Rees has created a powerful woman that against all the adversities she faces, never loses her heart and persist with her beliefs.
I have to say this is one of the few books I have read that I loved the main character, she is resolute in her thoughts but never despise anyone, even if they deserve it! We all would have to be more like Florence! And she always fights for her feelings, but knows when she has lose the battle...
If you read this book, you will not only love Florence, you will want to take care of Sanderson, the handsome cousin who is not quite lucky in his life... or love Calantha, a young beautiful woman who just wants love... but I don't have any good words for Mr. Turlington!
Don't doubt to immerse yourself in the Cornwall cliffs and let Florrie Buckley delight you with her adventures.
Will we meet Florence Grace in a new adventure? I hope so! ;)

12 July 2016

Holidays...

I promised myself that I would not stop blogging after the death of my mum, but it has been quite impossible...
Today I am leaving for holidays for a week and I will take till the end of the month to recover from this horrible month...
I will return the first of August with some amazing products I have discovered in Japan and some giveaways, so don't be a strange and see you in August! :)

11 July 2016

Blog Tour Dandy Gilver & A Most Misleading Habit


Today was my day for the blog tour of Dandy Gilver & A Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson, but it has not been a good day, so I will share with you the argument of this mystery book and some Q&A by Catriona McPherson. After holidays I will share with you my review, I just advise you, this is an amazing book!


DANDY GILVER AND A MOST MISLEADING HABIT is the eleventh case for gently-born private detective, Dandelion Dahlia Gilver, and her co-detective Alec Osborne. They are summoned to the Lanark moor in the depths of February 1934, where a spot of convent arson on Christmas Eve is still a mystery, and two inmates from a nearby insane asylum are still at large. 

Now then, wondering what people would like to know,Catriona put out a plea on Facebook and got a slew of great questions from fans and newcomers alike. Today: the convent, inspiration, titles, California, Scottish dialects, writing challenges and bloopers. More tomorrow at The Mitford Society 


Tammy Kaehler & Cathi Turnbull asked “Why nuns? Were they the funniest group of suspects you could think of?”  ’

Ha! Pretty much so, yes. The nuns have been rumbling for a while. It was after Book 4, set in a circus, that I finally realised I was free to write anything I wanted in the wide world. (Being a university lecturer caused quite a hangover of seriousness.) So I . . . played at houses, played at shops, played at schools, played at doctors and nurses and it was only a matter of time before I played at nuns. We always played at nuns as kids, with pillowcases on our heads. If it got dull,  we added daisy-chain coronets and played at weddings.  When I first mentioned the possibility of a convent setting, my editor said “Oooooh, I do love a nun” in a quite Carry On film kind of way and immediately started thinking up puns. (see below: titles).

Cindy Domasky added “Does Dandy  go undercover in a habit? And what does Alec do?’

Oh, how I wish I’d thought of that. Unfortunately not. She goes to stay in the guest retreat (thin mattress, no wardrobe) but she does enjoy the break from having to dress for dinner. Alec, obviously, doesn’t stay in the convent, but he visits every day. The cook, Sister Abigail, is a culinary genius and I don’t think Alec misses a single meal during the entire case. 

Now would be a good time for:
Jean Kritenbrink “Dandy Gilver is a new character for me, can you describe her?”

Certainly. Or I could let The Guardian describe her: “Dandy is brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised  . . . and above all very funny.”  She’s a woman of her time and her class, who married respectably after a conventional Victorian childhood, produced the required pair of sons, and then, to her surprise as much as to anyone’s, fell into detecting. I want to stress, to Jean and other newcomers, that the books don’t have to be read in any kind of order. The characters do develop, but the only thing you won’t know if you start with this book is how Alec and Dandy met, back in Book 1. But you can email me and I’ll tell you. catrionamcpherson@gmail.com 

Eileen Rendahl “Is the convent in the book based on a real one? Or is it one from your imagination? If it's real, which one is it?”

Kind of both and neither. There was a orphanage attached to a convent on the Lanark moor. Its name was Smyllum and it was a dreadful place where children were mistreated horrendously, buried in unmarked graves if they didn’t survive, and where the facts were denied and covered up for years after it finally closed its doors. My fictitious orphanage is very different. It’s too late to do anything for most of the children who passed through the hands of the Sisters of so-called Charity at Smyllum, but the orphans in A Most Misleading Habit are loved and cared for (and very well-fed) by my imaginary Sisters of St Ultan.

Pat Dupuy  “At this time what percentage of the population was RC? Was there any bias towards them?”

I’m not sure about the number, Pat. It’s 16% now, after being boosted a bit by Polish immigrants. And it was lowered by mass emigration to the US in the early 20th century. As to the bias. Oh yes. Just a bit! For instance, in 1923, the Church of Scotland published “The Menace of the Irish Race to our Scottish Nationality”, although Hitler’s project soon quashed the appetite in Scotland for racial and religious purity.  For another example, in Glasgow, organisations of Protestant workers retained all the skilled (and well-paid) jobs in the shipyards for themselves, leaving the dirtiest, most backbreaking and lowest-paid jobs for Catholics. The sectarianism persists to this day, I’m sorry to say, with Catholic and Protestant football teams in the large cities and religiously segregated schools. It’s Scotland’s dirty little secret. 

Dru Ann Love & Rebecca Zimmerman: “How do you come up with each story?”

This is the toughest question I ever get asked. By the time a story is written I usually have no memory at all of where it started. [Break for lunch while I think]. Nope, I’ve got nothing. And my first page of scribbled notes says: Mill owner, industrial accident, Brownie troupe, rubber . . . none of which play any part at all in the finished book. I think the most honest answer is that I have no idea where the stories come from and it scares me that I wouldn’t know where to go looking if they ever dried up.

Margie Bunting, Kathy Boon Reel and Hilarie Berzins all asked about the title - who came up with it and when and what do I think of it?

I love it! My editor, Francine Toon, is chief title wrangler for these books. When our former colleague, Suzie Dooré, first floated the notion of DANDY GILVER & I said “Fine. Great. But I’m not promising to be able to think them up.” Francine came up with the template CRIMEY WORD + DANDY WORD + NOD TO THE PLOT and supplies most of the specific words too. Me? All the way through the writing of  this one I called it Dandy Gilver and Some Nuns. And the new one’s even worse: Book 12.

Fiona Oliver “From writing your first Dandy books in the (beautiful!) Galloway hills, has a move to the States affected your writing and influenced the characters that you have developed?”

I was updating the home page of my website recently and I had to laugh at the short descriptions of the newest ones. See www.catrionamcpherson.com. All my books seem to be set in winter and take place in terrible weather. The last time I wrote one that wasn’t was 2010. The characters in the Dandy Gilver series were set before I moved here, so they’re okay, although I have just put four American ladies in the newest one: Mrs Cornelius, Mrs Rynsburger, Mrs Westhousen and Mrs Schichtler. Ooh, actually, that’s a clue to my biggest challenge: I don’t run across great Scottish names in day-to-day life anymore, so naming secondary characters (without them all starting with Mc/Mac) is tough. I’ve often got a surname Sharpied on my hand because I meet a reader who’s called Porteous or Gunn.

Ann Mason  “How do you familiarize yourself with the different dialects? I presume you did not grow up in a rustic village on a North Sea cliff” [DG & THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS]

I cheated, Ann. I’ve got an MA in English language and a PhD in linguistics, so even though I’m a Lowlander, I can study the Doric and the Gaelic and winkle out what I need to know. Isn’t that the dullest answer ever? The challenge was leaning to trust my (English) editor when she told me I was using too much and the book would be impenetrable.

Mandy Eve Barnett What is the most difficult aspect of writing for you?

I kind of love all of it. I was a useless and miserable university lecturer (after that ridiculously long education) and it still feels like a miracle that I get to sit and make up stories. But, if I have to pick, I’d say the last-gasp dregs of the final bitter-black edit before the book leaves the building. I’m so disenchanted with it by then, every page seems tired and thin and stupid. Every single time, I’m convinced my career is over. I sent one off to my agent yesterday. The covering email said “Well, here it is then”. Hers back to me said “Ta.” We both know there’s no point getting into again.

Erin Mitchell How do you keep track of all the details from one book to the next? Do you re-read the last before starting the next?

I’ve never thought of that, Erin. I wonder if that’s what other writers do? I specifically wonder if that’s why other writers don’t  get in a complete fankle about dates and realise that they have missed out 1931. Oh yes. Thankfully, there’s a way to make it seem deliberate. In 1931, a character dies and we have a year of dark while we’re all in mourning. This would probably work better as a cover story if I didn’t keep admitting it, mind you. ☺

6 July 2016

Qatar Islamic Bank

I found this advert very curious and tries to teach how important are the belts in our world. Enjoy!
Qatar Islamic Bank; Seat belts save lives let's make them part of our culture.




The source is Ads of the World.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5


A body, a lot of blood and a missing body... The new case of Will Trent doesn't seem different from the others he had investigated before till they found proves that maybe the missing body could be Will's wife, Angie Polaski. Would it be possible that Angie is dead? First they will have to find her body...

"Faith supplied, "Dark hair, smart mouth, killer body."
Collier said, "His wife is a blonde."
Faith rolled her eyes. "I'm a blonde. She's a bottle."
"You can discuss hair color after we find the woman." Amanda told Collier, "Get that partner of yours to run missing persons reports submitted within the last forty-eight hours. Women, young, Rippy's type.""

I have to say I am a big fan of the Will Trent series, this is the 8th book of the series, as always, you can read it standalone, but I highly recommend you to start the series from the beginning, you will love them!
I have ambivalent feelings about this book, I loved the case, the twists and Will and Sarah (seems that they have a more or less a normal relationship; they are so cute together!). But Angie... how can Will still be married with her? In this book Karin tries to explain Angie's past... but no, I can not understand her philosophy with Will, neither with me or without me... really?
Reading a Will Trent book is entering in the police world where there's always a surprising twist, humour and a little bit of love! I feel sad every time I arrive at the end of one of his books, I have to wait at least a year for a new case!
I love all Karin Slaughter books, it's like watching a Hitchcock movie, there's mystery till the end!
I would love to see a Will Trent series, would this dream ever be real? Fingers crossed!
What is your type of blood?

5 July 2016

Paweł Jońca Art

The curious pieces of Paweł Jońca! ;)

Your Inner Animal 

The Guilt 

Mystery 

Overworked

Daruma Club by Tamashii Nations


Do you know the Daruma doll mythology? They are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck. They came with blank white eyes and the recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting the goal, then the other upon fulfilling it.


Now I found the Daruma Club by Tamashii Nations, a vinyl toy Daruma with a curious design!


I was lucky and I had the Japanese style! :)

4 July 2016

12 Animals (That are not definitely and octopus) by Gabe Pyle

Can you see the octopus in these 12 animals?
The original idea is from the artist Gabe Pyle.




The source is Bored Panda.

Periodic Table of NYC Trash


I have seen a lot of different types of Periodic Table but this one is quite original, made with the New York City trash, take a look! 



You can fund this project with Kickstarter!

3 July 2016

Finding Dory Bubble Bath Bomb


Have you seen the movie Finding Dory?


I haven't seen it, but in Tokyo I couldn't resist to buy this bubble bath bomb, it was perfect to relax at night after all day walking but the best of all it was the little character I found inside!

 Hank!

Snickers, You're not you when you're hungry

A funny and original advertiser from Snickers, You're not you when you're hungry!



The source is the Ads of the World.

2 July 2016

Surreal Worlds 2.0 by Antoni Tudisco

Take a look at these beautiful and surreal worlds, they are amazing! By Antoni Tudisco.



Bunbougu Cafe

Can you imagine sharing your coffee with some amazing stationery?
That's how the Bunbougu Cafe in Tokyo works, you enjoy your favourite drink while you are writing or drawing with some stationery they have to play with.


I enjoyed a cake with avocado, cheese, honey and vinegar, I have to say it was amazing!



The best part of this coffee is the secret drawers that every table has and that you need a key to open! You pay 700 yens and you are allowed to have the "key of your happiness" with some exclusive stationery and a secret menu only for members!


The best part was the surprise envelopes you can buy for only 100 yens, they hide some amazing surprises, take a look at mine!


Really, if you are planning a trip to Tokyo, don't doubt to make a visit to this coffee shop!

1 July 2016

Dear Mum...

My mum was diagnosed a 4 stage Cancer Colon 3 years ago, her life prediction was 3 to 6 months if we were lucky, but she bait all the prediction and was able to see my wedding day and meet my 4 month son.
It had been 3 difficult years, always knowing that one day would be the day that the illness would win and there would be nothing to do, and sadly this day has arrived. I was in Tokyo the last days of my mum and she and my family didn't told me that she was so bad, she didn't want me to suffer or to change anything of my life for her, but this was the worst she could do, I couldn't say goodbye to her and she didn't see me one last time, it wasn't fair!
Everyone loved her, she was very strong and a happy woman, she was always there for everyone and always with a positive mind. I would like to think that she will be remembered for everyone and all the family and friends will miss her very much.
Here's a photo of the day of my wedding day, the hills of the shoes where very tall and we wear the shoes days before to have our feet used to them. We made a photo to remember the fun we had wearing the shoes...


I will miss her very much, but I was lucky she was my mum and I have a lot of memories together.
Take care mum!