ARTFUL READERS CLUB: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Maurice Swift is one of THE most devious protagonists I can ever remember in my readings. His goal is to be a great writer…to win the most prestigious literary prize. Unfortunately, he has no imagination, can’t decide on a theme or plot, and he’s unable to create interesting, believable characters. So, he uses his charm […]


DIGITAL WHISPER’s art challenge group ( is hooked on a DANCE theme for this week’s task. Here is my work for art-in-motion…DANCE. Nick Bantock, this week’s inspirational artist at Flicker’s DIGITALMANIA art challenge group ( began his career as a 23 year old freelance artist, producing 300 book covers in 16 years. Schooled in England, […]


EDUARDO RECIFE, this week’s inspiring artist for art challenge group, DIGITALMANIA, (,) is an artist, illustrator and typographer from Brazil known for his distinct collage style combining vintage imagery, magazine cuts, textures,, stains and many details and symbols…very interesting art. He’s actually one of my favorites. I had fun trying to emulate his style. Here […]


POST SECRET is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren in 2005. People anonymously mailed in their secrets, written and illustrated on a homemade postcard. It’s a fun idea that DIGITALMANIA’s challenge group ( has decided to make their theme this week. Loved doing this… SUNDAY POSTCARD ART’s art challenge blog (sundaypostcardart.wordpress,com,) […]

ARTFUL READERS CLUB “An Elephant in the Garden” by Michael Morpurgo

It’s no secret that I love elephants, historical fiction and adventure. This book, “AN ELEPHANT in the GARDEN” satisfied all those loves. Not a typical WWII story, it’s a sweet tale that touches only lightly on the horrors of the war. Instead, we learn the perspectives of non-Nazi German citizens and their struggles with becoming […]

ARTFUL READERS CLUB “WENCH” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Here’s MY cover for this book…different from the book’s real cover. THIS cover tells you, immediately, the theme and genre of “WENCH…” historical fiction about our pre-Civil War period…a period that history books cover only so far. It takes place, primarily, at an American resort in Ohio…a northern state where our protagonists, who are slaves, […]