Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Captain's Daughter ~ Book Review

The Captain’s Daughter
Author: Jennifer Delamere
Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing Group)

When I’m traveling through the adventure that an author is taking me on with their story line, I enjoy a flowing read. Stories that help envision all that is happening in the character’s world as if I’m there right along with them. The Captain’s Daughter doesn’t disappoint. The character story lines are active and easy to immerse oneself in the story. When reading, a good story helps the mind’s eye view as if not only reading, but watching the story unfold.
It starts with a background of three sisters who have lost their parents and end up in an orphanage. Introductions to the sisters show that they have been brought up well bred, with manners, and a true faith in God. The question as you continue the book is, will that upbringing bode well for one of the sisters, Rosalyn, who finds herself in the middle of trouble. She has left the orphanage only to find a few years later that life can dish out some harsh lessons.
Rosalyn finds herself on the run from the people who employed her, and she thought was a safe place. During her escape, she is thrust into somewhat more serious problems because her trust in people make her blind to the cruelties of life. She is thrust into a large city where she doesn’t know anyone nor her way around the city at all. Should she trust a stranger who tries to help. Only time will tell, and will her faith be enough to guide her in the right directions.
The story line also goes parallel with Nate’s story. His injury when in service for his country, a mistake that plagues him, and decisions he is trying to make. When he meets Rosalyn, will her circumstances interfere with where life is leading him? The only way to find out is to read the book.
Trying to give no spoilers, I can just say this book is a good, fun read that is enjoyed to the end with the ups and downs of the characters. The theater parts are well written and interesting. The characters that the author has chosen for this book are a delight. I like how the author has gently intertwined Rosalyn and the other character’s faith in the story line.
As with all good books that I read, I’m usually sad to say by to the characters.
Because it is just the kind of genre that I like to read, I am giving this book 5 stars. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Once picked up, it is hard to put it down without reading right to the ending.

About the author: Jennifer Delamere
Jennifer and her husband currently reside in North Carolina, and are active in their local Christian fellowship as Bible students and teachers. Learning the practical keys to Christian living and seeing the victories that come to pass when we believe the promises of God can provide the most wonderful adventures in life.
You can read more about the author HERE

An excerpt from the book:
Warm-Hearted Victorian Romance Brings 1880s London to Life
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind

The Captain’s Daughter is available here:
Barnes & Noble
And is also available for Kindle

Thank you to the author for permission to use a photo of the book cover.

There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy reading this book. I give it Five Stars

I received The Captain’s Daughter as a copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise was required. All opinions are my own.

The reviews on my blog are specifically my own interpretation of my like or dislike for a book that I read.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday Link Up 6 27

Slicing a photo is so easy. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, but use the Adobe Photoshop CS programs and probably other photo software to do this. This photo is from a field of Tulips that I took some years back.

Original Photo:

Below is a fun one from my grandson's birthday.

One more for fun...The San Francisco Bridge

I've added some information below on how to slice your photos.

Open the photo that you want to slice. From the drop down, choose to turn on Grid. Now decide how many grid windows you would like of your photo. Staying on the photo layer duplicate of your photo and with the rectangular marquee tool, highlight the number of scares that represent the size of your photo slices. They can all be the same or different. Once you've highlighted the first square for the first slice, do a Ctrl J and that will slice it. Now still on the photo layer, do the same for the next square you want and do a Ctrl J and that will slice that one. If doing three, stay again on the photo layer and do your last outlined square still using the rectangular marquee tool. (If your squares are hard to see at this point, you can do an Edit Stroke Outline. Once you have all your sliced squares, then turn off the photo layer and background layer and you will only have your photo slices. I then make another layer and fill it with color, a pattern paper or whatever you like. Hope this is helpful, and please let me know if you have questions.

Using the Marquee Tool on your photo layer, go around the number of squares for first photo slice. Then do a Ctrl J and it will make a layer of the slice. Then go back on the photo layer and do this again with Ctrl J for next slice....then go back on the photo layer and do this again with Ctrl J for another slice.

This is where you've selected all your slices and then have turned off the photo layers.

Now make a new layer and add color or however you want for a background.

Have fun slicing photos. :)

Now time for your photos added to Pictorial Tuesday. Thank you so much for sharing. As always, if no blog to link...just comment or say hello. Happy Tuesday.

~hugs 'n giggles 'n scribbles~


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessing Link Up 6 25

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12 kjv

This past week has seen me accompany my daughter for her final wedding dress fitting. Her wedding is next month. My first ever trips to Trader Joe's and Ikea (that was an adventure in itself with all the rooms set up and ideas ~ awe, how fun it would be to be starting housekeeping and new beginnings). Then we took in Costco and Target. To say the least, I had some tired feet after that day. It's been a while since I've spent the complete day shopping. Blessings come in many forms, and for me, some of the best blessings in my life is time spent with my adult children. Once they leave the coop with families of their own, jobs, and many activities, time spared is a real treat. Also, she always has new places to show me for food. We had a simple meal at Piada.

I hope your week held some blessings that you can share. You're next for linking up. Thank you. Each is appreciated.

~hugs 'n blessings~


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday Link Up 6 20

Found this at Goodwill shop last fall so she was a 'must have'. :)

Sharing some of my 2017 flowers.

It's another Pictorial Tuesday so I'm looking forward to what you've been shooting.

You're Next for sharing. Thanks..

~hugs 'n giggles 'n scribbles~


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings Link Up 6 18

Malachi, the last of the prophets of the Old Testament. The book of Malachi contains a prophecy of the coming of Messiah and the announcement that Elijah will return as his forerunner. Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament.

Blessings on this Sunday in June.

Thank you for sharing a Scripture link or just a comment. Have a great week ahead.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday Link Up 6 13

Welcome to Pictorial Tuesday (link up below). I've had a few questions about what can be shared at Pictorial Tuesday so thought I would post some clarification as to my link up.

Whether you like to manipulate your photos to look like a scrapbook page, painting with software programs or you just love the way the photo looks straight out of the camera, Pictorial Tuesday would like to see your photography or digital graphic masterpieces. To me, all photos are master pieces. So each Tuesday, I'm hosting a linky party to share your photos and mine. :) I love photography and always have since a child. To me, it's a great way to capture and view things that might be missed with the naked eye, and also to preserve memories.

Freebie Alert:
If you like the action that I used for the photo above, you can find it here: Studio Zap as a free download at the bottom of that page. I love this easy to use on any photo

My selection below for this week's Pictorial Tuesday is from a new fun procedure that I learned this week; scanning a flower so I'm sharing some of the flowers that I scanned this week. I learned about the procedure over at French Kiss Textures. If you subscribe to her newsletter, she shares some great tips as well as a monthly freebie. She fashioned a black box to lay over her scanner with lid open, and since I didn't have one or want to make one, I laid a piece of black material gently over the flower.

This one is a scan of my Lily

This is one of my Gerbera flowers that I scanned. I like how you can kind of see the reflection in the scanner glass.

There are just a couple rules on what photos you share:

  • Share your favorite photography, digital scrapbooking, or graphically manipulated photo
  • Keep your photographic sharing family friendly (no sexual innuendo photos or inappropriate comic type photos - no nudes of any type. I realize some find nudes very artistic, but would rather not have them shared here in case smaller little eyes might happen upon my blog).  
  • I would ask that you would visit at least a few of the other's who have linked up their sites and make some new or visit some already virtual photographer friends.
  • Try to leave a comment for those you visit so they know you visited and they can then visit back.

You're welcome to share my button on your post, appreciated but doesn't have to be. Thank you.

Instructions: Select all (ctrl a) code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

So, you're next. Just click on the button below and link up to share your masterpieces.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings Link Up 6 11 2017

Thought I would share some of my graphics from my reading through the Bible over the past couple years.

Feel free to share a scripture that you enjoy from your blog. Thank you.

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~hugs 'n blessings~


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday Link Up ~ Cardinal

This little fellow made a visit last Spring with his pretty song. Have only seen the Cardinal a few times this year. They are my favorite along with the wrens.

Definition: a New World songbird of the bunting family, with a stout bill and typically with a conspicuous crest. The male is partly or mostly red in color.

You're next for linking your pictorial or graphic favorite. Thank you.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings Link Up 6 4

Welcome to Sunday Scripture Blessings. I thought maybe I would go over what my posting is all about for those who might be new. Each Sunday, I post a Scripture Blessing to share. Those who would like, are welcome to link up a Blessing. There really are no rules to my meme. Just a blessing that is shared with a link to your blog posting so others can come visit and maybe leave a comment of thank you for your blessing. I do ask that you link to the Scripture blog posting rather than to your main blog so it is easier to find your sharing. If that isn't possible than any way you can share is a blessing; either with a link or a comment blessing is always heartwarming too. Thank you.

Feel free to take my Sunday Scripture Blessing button. Code is found on the side menu.

Today, I'm sharing a photo of my Lily flowers that are just now beginning to bloom. This, itself, is also a blessing to me. My middle son who came home for a bit about six years ago, bought the bulbs for these and planted them. Each year as they return, I am blessed for his lovely gift. I call them my Jerry Lily. :) I am just not much of a gardener so each year I am so tickled when the flower pops open because they really don't take much care or at least they haven't from me. Just a drink of water and some food once in a while. Love my Lilies.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:17-18 NIV

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