Saturday, December 10, 2011

Books To Enjoy And Give

The books I have to share with you today are from completely different genres, but have a couple of things in common. Both books are enjoyable and would make wonderful Christmas gifts.

First I’ll share a bit of suspense/romance/fantasy and then a look at some amazing items to create.

Dreaming Of The Wolf by Terry Spear

Author Terry Spear has a way of making the unbelievable believable creating realistic characters that seem as normal as your next door neighbors, but with a tiny hidden secret.

Alicia Greiston is a bright and beautiful woman. She also happens to be a bounty hunter on the trail of the mobsters who killed her mother. She’s a bit more than she appears to be as well.

Jake Silver is handsome and sexy, and enjoys taking amazing photographs in his spare time. Managing a leather goods factory and running the town and pack as his older brother’s sub-leader is Jake’s main job. You see, Jake is a werewolf.

A chance meeting in town draws Jake and Alicia together. When he sees what she’s up against, Jake is determined to protect her. With their first encounter, sparks begin to fly. Their attraction is hot and intense, even in their dreams.

DREAMING OF THE WOLF is filled with murder, mystery, suspense, family loyalty, humor and lots of passion. Spear not only creates main characters that hold your attention, but supporting secondary characters that enhance the story. The action is fast-pace. The intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat and the romance sizzles.

While DREAMING OF THE WOLF is the 8th installment in the Heart of the Wolf Series, it is a stand alone read. However, there are a number of characters fans of the series will remember from previous stories. At the same time readers will wonder which of the secondary characters may show up in their own story later.

With a blend of vast wolf knowledge, an intriguing plotline, and great characters, Spear brings the story to life making it seem natural to be a shape-shifting werewolf.

For readers who shy away from paranormal stories, I would recommend giving one of Spear’s werewolf books a try. There is always great depth to the characters, intriguing story lines, action, mystery, suspense and romance along with the fantasy that she makes seem plausible. 

Author Terry Spear’s website is

Dreaming Of The Wolf by Terry Spear, A Heart of the Wolf, Sourcebooks Casablanca, @2011, ISBN: 978-1-4022-4555-8, Paperback, 384 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Classic Elite Quick Knits from the studios of Classic Elite Yarns

125184248If you are a knitter or know someone who is, CLASSIC ELITE QUICK KNITS, 100 FABULOUS PATTERNS FOR WRAPS, SOCKS, HATS AND MORE is a wonderful book to have.

This delightful instructional book is filled with 100 patterns for quick-to-make accessories. It features 120 beautiful color photographs highlighting the finished products. In addition, there are 100 drawings/charts showing the color arrangement and/or stitches for the patterns.

The book is divided into chapters. They include: Hats, Mittens, Gloves; Scarves, Cowls, Wraps, Shrugs, Capelets; and Blankets, Bags, Toys. 

There is also an introduction to Classic Elite Yarns, a section on general pattern instructions, and a listing of the pattern designers. 

Each pattern gives in-depth information and instructions, along with the skill level. There are also notes with a number of the patterns, giving recommendations for different yarn types and additional tips about the project.

While CLASSIC ELITE QUICK KNITS doesn’t have a lot of patterns for a novice knitter, it features some amazing patterns to work toward.

Novice or professional-level, knitters of all expertise will love this book. It will have you checking your yarn supply.

Classic Elite Quick Knits, 100 Fabulous Patterns For Wraps, Socks, Hats And More; From The Studios of Classic Elite Yarns; The Taunton Press; @2011, ISBN: 9781600854033; Paperback, 224 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Are you including books among the gifts you’re giving this season?


  1. Mason - I just love this variety! The knitting book reminds me of how much I used to like to crochet (I know, they are different skills...). How interesting! Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Whenever I see a book like the knitting one here, it makes me want to pick up knitting needles and learn to knit! I'd love to be able to make my own custom accessories like the ones mentioned here ...

  3. Both look great! I love the variety of books too - that's just the way my brain works with eclectic tastes :)

  4. The knitting book looks intriguing. I love winter evenings when I sit for a little longer and can get some knitting projects completed quickly.

  5. Never read Terry Spear's books before but Dreaming of the wolf looks very interesting.
    I'm giving books to my goddaughter and my sister.


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