Thursday, July 25, 2013

Finally, I’m a Blythe Mommy!

The first time I saw their round faces with their huge blinking/changing eyes, I was in love. They seemed to talk to me. They are adorable and quirky, with just the right amount of strange. If I were a doll, I’d want to be a Blythe.

When I was little, dolls scared me. I did have a couple and those little girls were as friendly and timid as I was.  My older sister’s dolls, on the other hand, were bold and evil!  They were too pretty, frilly and much too delicate. Their boxes were even treated with the best care and stacked nice and neat in our closet with the original pink tissue paper carefully folded inside. Most of these dolls were displayed on our walls. Some even hung over my bed.  In my nightmares, they came to life and liked to bite me and pull my hair.

I like to think that if I had a Blythe, when I was little in the 70’s & 80’s, my sister’s dolls would have stayed away. The original dolls sat on department store shelves because they were just a little too freaky for that generation. I think they would have been freaky for those fancy dolls too. But, they would have been perfect for me.  I have always been a little strange.

Earlier in the year, one of my friends had a beautiful Custom Cinnamon Blythe dolly up for sale. The moment I saw the doll, I was in love. More in love than I had been with any other Blythe. She was perfect. This little dolly wanted me as much as I wanted her. After a miracle of her not going into another’s home, things worked out and I was able to adopt her.

Cora Wren is the name I was never able to use for a daughter but now it has been given to a doll, my very first Blythe. She will always be a treasure and always stay in my care. It’s nice to be one of those girls who will never grow up, the kind who collect old childhood toys and always plays with her dolls.

For more history on these amazing little dolls please visit this site:

Take a peek at my Cora Wren’s custom transformation:

Please take a look at Phillaine’s site as she’s such an amazing Blythe artist:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

First Time Author, Katie Lee and her Amazing Story, 'What Endures'

I have been blessed with the privilege of getting to know an amazing little lady. Katie Lee is someone with much strength and character. She has over come so much in her life and is an inspiration to me. One thing Katie and I have in common is the dream of our books getting published. No one will understand the struggles, wishes and heartaches of book dreams unless you have lived it, and no one will understand the joy when it finally happens. Congratulations, sweetie! I'm so proud of you! Thanks for the chance to read your ARC!

I don’t normally read romance but I was ensnared from the beginning all the way to the end with Katie's book, 'What Endures'.  I love reading debut works from first time authors. What a new and refreshing voice.  What an amazing storyteller!  I expect great things from this author.

I’m a rather picky reader. Bad dialogue is what I hate the most but with this book, I could tell the characters controlled the story and the author was only the fingers that typed their tale. Katie let her muse flow. She allowed her characters to come to life. I love this book!

Jason has been involved in a serious car accident. When he awakens from his coma, he discovers he has no memory of the last fifteen years. His life as a major league baseball player is gone. His life as a super star and living the high life is gone. And, his world with the love of his life has faded away. He has no memory of Megan.

Megan has not left Jason’s side since his accident. Faithfully she stays only to discover the dreaded news. Jason’s physical injuries will take time but his memory might never come back. Carefully he is introduced back into his world in hopes to re-learn the past. To prevent any added post-traumatic stress, Megan’s and Jason’s relationship is put on hold.  Megan moves out of their home together and starts a new life as Jason’s friend and not his finance.

As the months move on hints of the past come to life but not because of remembered memories. Can Jason’s and Megan’s love be found again or is it just too hard to love a woman he doesn't know.

If you’re looking for the kind of book to get lost in, the kind you can’t put down, pick up Katie Lee’s book 'What Endures'. I’m still thinking about this book weeks after reading it. It has stuck. Be one of the first to order your copy off Amazon on August 1st!   

I’m a Katie fan!