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Marvelous Monday

Monday, February 20, 2017
Marvelous Monday, currently reading, TBR

Since I will not be online the week of February 27th, I'm adding a couple weeks' worth of books to my TBR list. If I end up not being chosen for jury duty, I will resume posting on my normal schedule. If I am chosen, then I will let you know what to expect during that time.

After giving the 'No More Walls!' design on My Life's Miscellany some thought, I decided to add a brick wall background to give it a bit more visual interest.

No More Walls! My Life's Miscellany, Society6, CafePress

It seemed like it would be an easy project when I came up with the idea; until I put the design on a t-shirt. The result was this big, rectangular design that didn't look very attractive. After downloading some plugins from, and a whole lot of trial and error, my vision was finally achieved.

Unfortunately, the bricks plugin that I downloaded yields bricks that are only 200px in height making the bricks look very tiny on a 6000 x 6000px design, so I ended up having to draw the first brick manually and manually pasting each brick in a staggered pattern.

I'm sure that this task would have been easily accomplished with Photoshop, but is free and I wouldn't know what to do with Photoshop if I could afford it.

By the way, 'No More Walls!' is currently on my Society6 store and I plan to add it to my CafePress store in a couple of days.

Rather than continue to bore you with stories about creating designs on, let's move on to what I'm reading:

Currently Reading

Seconds Before Sunrise, Shannon A. Thompson, currently reading

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

To Be Read

The Daughters of Maine, The Witches of BlackBrook, Tish Thawer, to be read
Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

After being reunited in the present day, three sister witches are forced to separate once more in an effort to save their newly formed coven and themselves.

Foes from their past now threaten their future, and a trip that spans centuries is their only hope of survival.

Chasing their enemy back through time seems like the right choice, but will walking in the footsteps of their previous lives provide the answers they seek?

Only time will tell.

Fight for the Kingdom, Victoria Schwimley, to be read
It's summer vacation and all Aiden can think about is the coming camping trip, where he is going to convince his dad he's mature enough to join the Adventure Scouts. Aiden gets plenty of opportunities to prove this when he and his brother, Trystan, follow a mysterious light behind a waterfall and step through to the other side, and into the Kingdom of Anka-where they must defend the kingdom from an angry dragon, who is intent on retrieving her stolen egg. On their quest, they encounter some interesting characters, including the beautiful Queen Aryana-the youngest ruler in history; the peddler, Jay James-who possesses a magic stone the group desperately wants; Zachary-keeper of the foxes, who can't seem to keep track of a single fox; the two beautiful fairies, Jayden and Jacy-who help the group out of some sticky situations; the competent guide, Alyssa-without whom the group would be lost; and Fizzle girl, who will help them rise above their problems.

Twice as Fatal, Jarvis Mann, R. Weir, To be Read
Twice the business, twice the danger and Twice as Fatal. PI Jarvis Mann has two cases he is working, making his professional and personal life twice as difficult.

Ray Malone is a promising college football star whose career is derailed by injuries When he disappears, close friend Jarvis is recruited by Ray’s father to locate him. After tracking him down a video is sent of Ray with the warning of it going public, threatening his career and those that love him.

Case two has landlord Kate Tanner hiring Jarvis to gather evidence against her cheating, thieving husband so she can divorce him. As Jarvis investigates he learns of the husband’s connection to a powerful man, with a dangerously perverted agenda that crosses into Kate’s life with deadly consequences.

Across the Rocky Mountain Front Range Jarvis tries to balance both cases, each dragging him deeper into different sleazy underworlds, jeopardizing him, his clients and their families. With danger and death all around him, he somehow must rescue everyone before this fatal business claims the lives of all involved, his life and the one he is growing to love.

Camelot's Queen, Guinevere's Tale, Nicole Evelina, to be read
Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies.

Meanwhile, within the walls of Camelot their closest allies plot against them. One schemes to make Guinevere his own, another seeks revenge for past transgressions, while a third fixes her eyes on the throne. When the unthinkable happens and Guinevere is feared dead, Arthur installs a new woman in her place, one who will poison his affections toward her, threatening Guinevere’s fragile sanity and eventually driving her into the arms of her champion.

Amid this tension a new challenge arises for the king and queen of Camelot: finding the Holy Grail, a sacred relic that promises lasting unity. But peace, as they will soon learn, can be just as dangerous as war. As the court begins to turn on itself, it becomes clear that the quest that was to be Arthur’s lasting legacy may end in the burning fires of condemnation.

This highly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Destiny proves there is much more to Guinevere’s story than her marriage and an affair. See the legend you think you know through her eyes and live the adventure of Camelot’s golden days yourself – but prepared to suffer its downfall as well.
I will continue to post reviews with online retailers and Goodreads as I am able to; however, I will not be able to share the reviews on the blog next week.

Have a marvelous Monday and a couple of great weeks!