Review~ A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine

14 January 2010

A Black Tie Affair

Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her hands on the Clayworth family's couture collection for her exhibit. So she's thrilled when she's called in to authenticate the gowns...until she falls ill while examining them and wakes up face-to-face with notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.

Drew doesn't trust Athena one bit. He still believes she betrayed him years ago. So when his family's gowns go missing and Athena offers her help in exchange for the dresses, he reluctantly accepts. But they're both taken off guard by the barely restrained passion that's still between them...and the memories that are both bitter and sweet. As they work together to find the dresses, can they resist the sparks between them?

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My thoughts:

I started this book, thinking that it would just be like any other romance novel. But let me be the first to tell you that it wasn't! Sherrill kept me turning the pages just to find out what happened next. I kept asking myself "What happened?" "When will they see the light?" and many other questions throughout this book. 

The ending leaves a little to be desired, but makes you want more!! I finished the book in a little less than 12 hours and I can't wait to read Sherrill's next book. Bring us some more of those Clayworth's!!!

Etsy Spotlight Artist: JavaGirls

Hi everyone!!! Today we are going to meet Ruth, one part of Javagirls.
Tell us about yourself...
Java Girls is a two person team. My friend, Renee Coombe, and I have been coffee drinking friends for about 20 years. That's how this whole business idea started.  I've admired Renee's talent for many years and after discussing it (over coffee, of course)we decided to give it a try. God has blessed us and we're just amazed.  My family is grown, and my husband and I recently married all four of our children off in a 10 month span.  Whew!  Renee has 3 grown children, and 1 ten year old, and 3 grandchildren.  Renee is the one with amazing crafting talent and I have the business mind.  We complement each other in that she can enjoy creating  while I take care of photographing, blogging, advertising, shop set up, mailing, banking, bookkeeping, etc. We are both able to do what we love.
What inspires you the most?
For both of us, our biggest inspiration is our family.  Family is far more important than anything.   I think that our products reflect that.
What's been the most rewarding thing about being an artist?
The most rewarding thing about being an artist is that we are doing what we love.
How much of your day is spent creating?
With our busy lives, we spend as much time as possible.  We can't really say how much time, but be assured it's every chance we get!
What promotional tools have been the most effective for you?
As far as promoting, I'm not sure which tool is best. I've been using Facebook, blogging, Craftcult, and we had an open house, "Shop For the Holidays", in my home.  I'm very active in etsy forums and chat rooms.  
{Your Child Says the Cutest Things Journal}
What advice would you give a new crafter and/or a crafter who's been at it for awhile and hitting a rough spot?
Set your goals and work hard.  When you hit a rough spot and you're discouraged, take a break.  Put etsy aside for just a bit and regroup. Take a day off and do something totally unrelated to your business.
{Mom's Busy Taking a Break Journal}
As a handmade seller, what lesson did you learn the hard way?
One lesson I learned is that one should not just guess at shipping prices.   Be informed.  I've lost a few dollars because I didn't have a good handle on shipping prices. 
What's your best selling item?
Our best selling items seem to be "(your child's name) Says the Cutest Things journal", but I must say that we've had requests for a variety of custom altered journals.
Any little quirks you have for when you are crafting? { anything you must have around}
I can't speak for Renee as far as quirks, but when we're working together, we've found it's best that I do my thing and she does hers. :)  When I try to give too much input as she is crafting, it's not a good thing, and vice versa. Things work really well when we just stick to doing our individuals parts of the business!
{Brown and Teal 2010 Pocket Planner}
Thanks to Ruth for answering our questions! I just love all of their products and plan to purchase some this year.
You can find all these wonderful products at Javagirls
And check out their wonderful blog on journaling.