Thursday, May 21, 2015

Supporting a Great Cause: Swimmers are Readers, too!

Using my talents to raise funds for a great cause! 100% of profits on this book charm (ordered before May 30th) will support the 2015 Team Eugene Aquatics Swim-A-Thon.

What is a Swim-A-Thon?

A Swim-a-thon is a fundraiser used by year-round swim teams all over the United States to raise money for their respective club. To raise money for a Swim-a-Thon, swimmers receive pledges and donations from family members, friends, neighbors, and local businesses (me in this case!).

This year the team is raising money to go toward greatly needed new timing equipment (over $20,000) as well as a 25% increase in pool dues. In addition, a small percentage of the funds received will go to support the following:

- TEAM Eugene has a scholarship fund that allows children to swim year around in a sport that their families cannot afford on their own. Many teams do not have a scholarship fund.

- A portion of the funds donated by you go to supporting the US National and US Olympic Team.

Thank you for your support. Go TEAM Eugene!

Price: $10 each, and that includes shipping throughout the US only. And, you have your choice between a necklace charm OR a keychain charm.

Order through ETSY by clicking here!


Contact me by email to order through Paypal, at tkartistry (at) gmail (dot) com

Please expect anywhere from 5 days to 4 weeks for delivery (depending on the level of interest on this charm, and my ability to keep up with the volume).

*These charms are handcrafted, made-to-order, by me personally.
*Charms are water resistant, but not waterproof.
*They look like a miniature book-- but they do not open.
*The back of the bookcharm has just lane-lines and no words.
*Approximate size is 1 3/4" high, 1 1/4" wide, 3/8" deep.
*All materials are acid-free and meant to last.

 <--- back side of this design

*After May 30th, 2015, proceeds from this charm design will go towards meet fees, dues, and team travel. :-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On a Ring and a Prayer: A Jessie Stanton Novel, by Sandra D. Bricker

Twelve years of marriage, 4,000 square feet of dream house, and a handsome husband. Jessie Stanton has it all… until one fateful afternoon when she notices her BMW bouncing by the window behind a tow truck. Her husband has gone, and he’s taken it all.

The whirling tornado that cuts down the life she’s built drops Jessie onto the sandy beach of Malibu with a thud, penniless and alone. When all she’s left with are the designer labels in her closet and the dreamy Neil Lane rock on her finger, Jessie tries to make ends meet by pawning her prized ring to fund a new business venture: a small shop where her designer duds and shimmering accessories are temporarily leased out to Southern California women with champagne tastes but root beer realities. As Jessie tries to rebuild, she realizes she can’t move on, not without answers. Reluctantly, Jessie turns to beach bum/private investigator Danny Callahan for help. But is she staking her future success and happiness…on a ring and a prayer?
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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Shot at Happy, by Chris Guiton

28-year-old Drew Kelly knows exactly how to be happy. No work, no bills and no responsibilities.

And definitely no relationships.

Rather than dealing with life’s daily struggles, Drew only does what he wants, when he wants. Like volunteering at the local soup kitchen, reading for hours, and playing basketball every morning with his buddies at the sports club.

Life is good.

Or so he thinks.

When Drew meets the charming but conventional Natalie, their instantaneous connection turns his world upside down. While Drew can’t resist Natalie’s positive vibe, Natalie is inspired by Drew’s spontaneity and is liberated with every unpredictable moment spent with him. Together, they explore a depth of happiness they never thought possible….but are they willing to give up life as they know it just to make it work?

A Shot at Happy is a quirky, lighthearted love story that will not only make you laugh, but it will also make you rethink your life’s priorities, appreciate the value of your relationships, and reconsider what truly makes you happy.

But mostly, it will make you ask yourself: In the quest for happiness, should you follow your head or your heart?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dreamscape: Saving Alex, by Kirstin Pulioff

Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she's loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fortune's Horizon, by Andrea K. Stein

She risks everything to deliver gold to the Confederacy.

Lillie Coulbourne marks time in Paris while the Civil War rages back home. While translating dispatches for the French Finance Ministry, she accepts a spy mission through the Union blockade. When the captain of the only blockade runner headed back to a Southern port won't deal with women, or spies, she sneaks aboard as his cabin boy.

He refuses to risk his ship, or his heart.

Blockade runner Captain Jack Roberts has never been caught, and he's not about to let a spoiled American heiress ruin his perfect record. After he discovers her deception, he fails miserably at keeping her at arm's length and vows to send her packing on the first mail ship back to England.

When she surprises him with her skill as a seaman and navigator, he grudgingly allows her to finish the run. But ultimately, he has to choose what is closer to his heart - Lillie or his ship.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Cat That Went To Homecoming, by Julie Otzelberger

The Cat That Went To Homecoming is the coming of age story of Ellen Jones, an overweight teenage girl from a single family home. She is under constant attack by her peers, bullied because of her weight and her family's poverty. Through volunteer work with her cat, Hershey, Ellen finds her self esteem and the courage to stand up to her bullies. Along the way, she discovers what true friendship and forgiveness are and tells us how Hershey became The Cat That Went To Homecoming.

"The Cat That Went To Homecoming addresses many serious social issues including family separation, bullying, homophobia, social isolation, and depression. The compelling story is also about fun, friendship, and forgiveness."
—Paula Scott-Ginn, Pet Partners Marketing Coordinator

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sponsorship in Marketing, by T. Bettina Cornwell

Sponsorship of sports, arts or events can be a powerful form of marketing communication for businesses and organizations. This book introduces the fundamentals of sponsorship-linked marketing, helping the reader to understand how sponsorship can be planned, executed and measured. Drawing on original research, and exploring key theory, best practice and cutting-edge issues, this is also the only book to fully explain how the sponsor can implement successful sponsorship campaigns and achieve their communication objectives.

The book covers every important conceptual and functional area of sponsorship in marketing communications, including:

-audiences, strategies and objectives
-leveraging and activation
-building sponsorship portfolios
-measurement and evaluation
-ambush marketing
-managing relationships
-internal audiences
-public policy and legal issues

Every chapter includes case studies, examples and data from real organizations, business, campaigns and events, vividly illustrating the link between fundamental principles and effective practice. No other book provides such a comprehensive, evidence-based introduction to sponsorship, demonstrating how organizations can connect brands to real life. This is essential reading for all students and practitioners working in sport marketing, sport business, events marketing, arts administration, business communication or marketing management.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Gift of Sunderland, by J.E. Rogers

An Australian Fantasy Adventure!
For all animal lovers, The Gift of Sunderland is an epic animal fantasy in the tradition of Brian Jacques' Redwall Series. A rift has been created in the Ayers’ lineage. Roland Ayers, Guardian of the Forest, knows that he must obey the voices of past Guardians and declare the next in line. When the announcement is made, two estranged brothers will be torn further apart, causing the Forest to rise from its long sleep. Follow Fergal, Waylond, and the rest of our heroes as they trek across Sunderland to the depths of Mt. Olga where evil dwells. It's there they will discover the importance of family and friendship!

(This book is a sequel to The Sword of Demelza, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.)

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The Sword of Demelza, by J.E. Rogers

Cynric, King of Demelza, is haunted by his past. In an effort to escape it, he wields a powerful sword, commanding his dragon lizards and a malevolent thylacine, to wreak havoc throughout the realm. Villages are burning and innocent creatures are dying.

Erik and Emma, two young marsupials, and Devon, an orphaned red fox, are on their own personal quests; two to save a life, one to destroy another. When their paths cross, these natural enemies forge an unusual friendship. Soon they hear of the devastation caused by the evil king and they realize that their personal objectives must be put aside. Even though that decision will affect their own lives, and the lives of the ones they love, they are determined to help their fellow creatures. They put themselves at risk by joining a motley crew of animals, whose main objective is to end the reign of King Cynric.

A final battle will take place in the shadow of Fortress Demelza as the king’s forces clash with this rag tag band of creatures from the countryside. The fate of Sunderland and its inhabitants is at stake.

From the Author: The Sword of Demelza is a middle grade fantasy where endangered animal heroes roam the pages, and the Australian landscape comes alive! A glossary at the end of the book provides information about the unusual flora and fauna found within the story, and only on the continent of Australia. Wonderful Illustrations throughout the book will help bring the creatures to life. A sneak peek of The Gift of Sunderland, the second book in the Australian Fantasy Adventures, is included.

Filled with profound lessons of loyalty, friendship, tolerance and dedication to a cause, J.E. Rogers delivers a fantasy filled with excitement and unforgettable characters. It is truly an exciting journey, populated by fascinating beings. A must read for every child, young and old!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Sleep so Dark, by Inara Scott


After watching her mother die in a car accident, sixteen year-old Tandy McIntyre is plagued by violent dreams. Terrified to sleep and losing her grip on reality, she agrees to attend an experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman, an expert in lucid dreaming.


In the bitter cold of a Colorado winter, Tandy follows Dr. Gillman and his enigmatic son Cade as they lead a group of troubled teens into the wilderness. There, Dr. Gillman claims he will teach them to control their unconscious minds and master their dreams. But when the dreaming and the waking collide, will Tandy ever be safe again?

Don’t Fall Asleep…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

YumUniverse, by Heather Crosby

Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle

More than 150 plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free recipes!

No matter where you land on the diet spectrum, more whole, plant-based foods can enrich your life and improve your health.

If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet or you just want some ideas for preparing scrumptious veggie dishes, Heather Crosby provides a step-by-step guide to simply adding more delicious, health-boosting meals to your existing routine, whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegan.

YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle offers a creative collection of more than 150 craveable recipes without meat, dairy, gluten, or soy. But this is more than just a cookbook—it’s a treasure chest that will help you build health-promoting habits and recipes of your own for a lifetime. As a former veggie-phobe, Heather knows firsthand how overwhelming yet rewarding the transition toward a plant-powerful diet can be, so she offers expert advice for folks seeking to adopt and maintain a whole-food approach to what they eat.

Fans of, Heather’s inspirational food website, and new readers alike will discover recipe goodness like her Fig & Caramelized Onion Tart and Almond-Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding with Fresh Berries, as well as divine desserts like Mexican Unfried Ice Cream and Chocolate & Salted Caramel Stack Cake.

A plant-powerful, gluten-free lifestyle is delicious and doable. So, say “goodbye” to the dieting roller coaster and embrace a long-term wellness adventure with tasty, healthy, plant-inspired cuisine.

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You don't have to be a health nut or a foodie to easily incorporate plant-based, gluten-free foods into your life. YU just have to start.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Boy Who Loved Fire, by Julie Musil

Manny O’Donnell revels in his status at the top of his high school food chain. He and his friends party in the mountains on a blustery night, sharing liquor and lame ghost stories around a campfire. The next morning, as a wild fire rages in those same mountains, Manny experiences doubt. He was the last of the drunken crew to leave the cave, and he’s uncertain if he extinguished the flames. Within hours, he becomes the number one arson suspect.

Santa Ana winds + matches = disaster. You’d think he would've learned that the first time he started a fire.
As he evades a determined arson investigator, Manny, a modern-day Scrooge, is visited by ghosts of the past, present, and future. He’s forced to witness the fate of his inadvertent victims, including Abigail, the scarred beauty who softens his heart. Manny must choose between turning around his callous, self-centered attitude, or protecting his own skin at the expense of anyone who gets in his way.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Twist, by Roni Teson

A Romantic Suspense full of twists and turns....
When a steamy incident in the back seat of a borrowed car plunges sixteen-year-old Beatrice Malcolm smack in the middle of a global manhunt, she discovers that the search for her fugitive father has more to do with her than she could ever imagine. With her mother gone, Bea's life is unraveling in the worst possible way as she's thrust into a world of government conspiracy, insanity, and mind-altering experimentation that forces her to make a life or death decision on who to believe—the FBI or her father.

In Twist, Roni Teson has crafted a suspenseful tale of love, betrayal and intrigue with a cast of characters who will leap off the pages and stay in your heart long after the last page has been turned.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Twice Upon A Time, Anthology

--Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered
Joshua Allen Mercier (Author, Editor),
S.M. Blooding (Author),
Rick Chiantaretto (Author),
Richard Chizmar (Author),
Liz DeJesus (Author),
Alethea Kontis (Author),
RS McCoy (Author),
Brian Rathbone (Author),
Luke Spooner (Illustrator)

Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?

Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combines classics and modern lore in peculiar and spectacular ways. From Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, this unique collection showcases childhood favorites unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Both traditionally-published and independent authors will take you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Cherished stories are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.

Featuring stories from Bo Balder, AJ Bauers, Carina Bissett, Rose Blackthorn, S.M. Blooding, Rick Chiantaretto, Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Court Ellyn, S.Q. Eries, Steven Anthony George, Dale W. Glaser, Jax Goss, K.R. Green, Kelly Hale, Tonia Marie Harris, Brian T. Hodges, Tarran Jones, Jason Kimble, Shari L. Klase, Alethea Kontis, Hannah Lesniak, Wayne Ligon, RS McCoy, Joshua Allen Mercier, Robert D. Moores, Diana Murdock, Nick Nafpliotis, Elizabeth J. Norton, Bobbie Palmer, William Petersen, Rebekah Phillips, Asa Powers, Joe Powers, Brian Rathbone, Julianne Snow, Tracy Arthur Soldan, C.L. Stegall, Brian W. Taylor, Kenechi Udogu, Onser von Fullon, Deborah Walker, Angela Wallace, and Cynthia Ward.

Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

The Great METRIA, by R.L. Fogg

(The Damascus Chronicles Book 1)
Everything you have been told, doesn't matter. Everything has its own interpretation. Man is fallible and weak. Leaving him open to the control of Maenad and his father, Samil.
METRIA is hidden in the bowels of South America. This majestic city holds warriors trained to battle the ultimate evils of the last days.

Damascus Albinus, a infant left on the doorsteps of the Palace of Holy Offices which resides outside Vatican Square. This child grows to a man and becomes the key-holder to the destruction of the world. Soon, everything goes cattywampus. Everything becomes chaotic. The rapture is for the innocent, sin free.

The father of all evil has his own rapture for his sorry, pathetic, crime ridden souls that inhabit the earth. This leave's only the good people. Small in population from the north to the south, east and west. The last test is for them. Will they be able to withstand the evil that surrounds them and wants their sacred souls?

Can the warriors win the battle against the evilest of dictators, Damascus Albinus?
Everything isn't what it seems. The answers to their pleads are everywhere, but do they see them?