Color Me Wed

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Color Me Wed: Stress Relieving Wedding Coloring Book: Adult Coloring Book, Wedding Coloring Book, Bride to Be, Bridal Shower GiftsColor Me Wed: Stress Relieving Wedding Coloring Book: Adult Coloring Book, Wedding Coloring Book, Bride to Be, Bridal Shower Gifts by LightBurst Media

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Title: Color Me Wed
Publisher: LightBurst Media
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Category: Adult Coloring Book
Publisher Website: http://lightburstmedia.com/

In June, just in time for wedding season, I won a copy of Color Me Wed on LibraryThing.* I apologize to my readers for taking so long to review this adult coloring book. I was delayed by good and bad news. The bad news first is that I have been sick the last few months while the good news is that I had two family weddings this summer that put me in the perfect mood for Color Me Wed.

Color Me Wed designs immediately inspired my creativity. I had lots of fun coloring the design and even more using them in craft projects.

HINT: If you think you would like to use an image in a craft project it is a good practice to scan the design rather than making a photocopy. Scanning will allow you to resize the image if necessary. (Just remember to abide by all copyright laws.)

Here are five reasons why I spent my summer coloring with Color Me Wed.

1. Stress Reliever
Getting married is one of the most stressful times in life. I have always thought that planning a wedding was a test for the bride and groom; if they make it to the altar without killing each other then they deserve to spend the rest of their lives together. One way to ensure the couple makes it to the ceremony is scheduling some stress relievers during the wedding planning stage. Send the groom out golfing (or whatever his hobby is) while the bride has some quiet time with my favorite wedding coloring book, Color Me Wed. I spent more than one afternoon happily lost in the beautiful images of Color Me Wed. In fact, I believe the wedding cake image could help brides pick the color theme for the wedding. Think of all the color combinations the bride might like to are consider and then color a wedding cake image with each color scheme. Now the bride has a visual of each color theme to help her (the groom, and their parents) pick the perfect colors for the wedding.

2. Adult Coloring Book
Before I colored Color Me Wed, I didn’t understand why coloring books were called “adult” coloring books. Yes, I know some coloring books have adult subject matter, but was that the only reason? I believe the term “adult” should also address the skill level. I discovered that adult skill level in Color Me Wed. It has beautiful designs created by Bonnie Bright of LightBurst Media. Bonnie’s wedding illustrations are filled with realistic detail. Each one of the 34 original designs have been drawn with the small details that bring realistic images alive. I have found that even a novice colorist can create finished pictures that look professionally colored if they pay attention to coloring those small details. Those small details bring out shadows and focus in the finished image. And while all little girls want to color wedding dresses, Color Me Wed is for the grown-up girls who can stay within those small detailed lines.

3. Wedding Cards
Another benefit of crafting with a coloring book is that the colorist can select the paper and size of the image. Color Me Wed has 34 designs that can be used for Wedding Announcements, Save the Date cards, Wedding Invitations, and Thank You cards. Just remember that while you can use these images for making cards, it is recommended that you give the image designer credit on the back of the card. Color Me Wed images are copyrighted protected and cannot be used for creating profit-making crafts. You are not allowed to sell products using Color Me Wed designs without written approval of LightBurst Media.

4. Coloring Games
If you know someone getting married, you might be attending Wedding Showers and Bachelorette parties. For a wedding shower game where the bride is a coloring enthusiast, print out your favorite Color Me Wed image and challenge the shower guests to color them. I like having the bride or the mothers of the bride and groom pick the winner (it’s up to you what they win, but it could be as simple as bragging rights.). My favorite is to pick a wedding gown design and ask party-goers to color the wildest dress for the bride. This activity gives the bride plenty of time to circulate tables and greet all of her guests. And the back of the finished colorings can be used to record the wedding shower gifts as the bride opens them. Put all finished Color Me Wed designs together in a scrapbook and now the bride has a unique checklist keepsake for writing her Thank You cards. The bride can also add gifts received on the wedding day. The bride will treasure this artwork by her friends forever.

For a fun pre-Bachelorette party, invite all guests to dinner. This will help ensure guests have food in their stomachs before the Bachekorette party starts. Ask guests to color one of the Color Me Wed designs and write memories of the bride on the back of their colored illustrations. This is a great way to get everyone involved in the wedding.

5. Wedding Journal Keepsake
The flexibility and beauty of Color Me Wed will bring out creativity. Over the course of planning the wedding, the bride could color all 34 Color Me Wed images. After coloring each design, use the blank backside as a wedding journal page. After the wedding (or as a very special wedding gift), the bride could give this wedding journal keepsake to her groom to tell their love story, to her parents to thank them for the wedding, to her maid of honor to express her friendship, and even to her new mother-in-law, with the hopes for their marriage. Or if the mother of the bride (or mother-in-law) is a colorist, she could use the wedding journal keepsake to record cherished memories of her daughter (or son), to pass on wedding advice, or even to gift favorite family recipes to her daughter (or new daughter-in-law.)

I hope you can see how coloring Color Me Wed can be a relaxing solitary activity or used to spread joy with coloring party activities and games. I enjoyed every one of the 34 Color Me Wed illustrations. And I’m sure colorists involved in the wedding season, or just day dreaming about a future wedding, will enjoy Color Med Wed too.

Learn about other adult coloring books by LightBurst Media:

  • Back to the 80s: 1980s Fads and Fashion Coloring Book
  • Gift Wrap Redux: Vintage Coloring Book
  • Retro Robots: Robot & Space Coloring Book
  • Adult Coloring Book: Beautiful Butterflies & Flowers
  • Pysanky Eggs: Easter Coloring Book
  • Haunted: Scary Halloween Coloring Book
  • Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure
  • Magical Unicorns and Fairies: Adult Coloring Book
  • Kaleidoscope Dreams: A 60s & 70s Retro Inspired Psychedelic Adult Coloring Book
  • Fashion Forward: 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults
  • Groovy 70s: Fashion Coloring Book for Adults

* LibraryThing offers early release copies of books to reviewers in hope that they will post an honest review. There is no guarantee or promise of a favorable review.

A Belated Bride

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A Belated Bride (Rogues, #2)A Belated Bride by Karen Hawkins
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series:  Rogues
Book: 2 of 3
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 9, 2001
Category: Romance/Historical
Setting: England
Author Website: http://karenhawkins.com/
Author Twitter: TheKarenHawkins   

About this series:
This Regency trilogy focuses meetings of abduction and seduction. It has strong confident men and sassy opinionated women.

About this book:
The second book in this series, A Belated Bride, has passion from the opening scene to the last. An innocent, country girl, Arabella Hadley, fell in love with Lucien Devereaux, heir to the Duke of Wexford. And then Lucien abandoned her for London.

A lot has happened since Arabella had her heart broken. She is now a strong and confident women who manages Rosemont, her family’s country estate and home to her two scheming aunts and her war crippled brother, Robert. Equally, Lucien has grown into a man worthy of his title and responsibilities. So when Arabella finds Lucien unconscious on a country road in the middle of the night near Rosemont, both are torn between their instant desire that still flames hot as a burning coal and their curiosity as to why the other is out on this dark night.

Hawkins does an amazing job of mixing humor (usually via Arabella’s two aunts, Jane and Emma) with a passionate romance and an interesting mystery. Arabella and Lucien’s romance is a classic damsel in distress story with a twist as Arabella proves to be as intelligent as she is beautiful. The mysteries at Rosemont includes a fiesta pirate ancestor and smugglers.

I started this series with this book and I enjoyed it enough to seek out the remaining two books. If you are looking for a humorous and passionate romance A Belated Bride will satisfy your romance reading itch. But don’t be surprised if it sparks a desire to read the rest of this series and more from Karen Hawkins’s.

Disclaimer:  I won this book as part of an author contest.

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The Queen’s Fool

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The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series:  The Tudor Court
Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: February 4, 2004
Category: Historical Fiction / Romance
Setting: London, 1548
Author Website: http://www.philippagregory.com/

About this series:

The Tudor Court series highlights several of the key women in Tudor history who have influenced England. Gregory has a unique talent for combining historical details with fictional portrayals giving readers intriguing stories stacked with knowledge. At the end of each book Gregory provides an Author’s Note section which will let you know where the fiction in her story deviates from history and how she has filled in the blanks. These are great stories that will entertain but I think they will also inspire some readers to do their own research and rediscover an appreciation for history. History doesn’t have to be the boring subject most high school curriculum would make you believe. Gregory should be the spokesperson for a new history ad campaign. We could avoid so many pains if we just took some time to look at our history and learn from our mistakes. The Tudor Court series contains both some success stories and some failures we could learn from.

About this book:

All Hail the Queen of Historical Fiction!  Long Live Philippa Gregory!

The Queen’s Fool is a page-turner; full of intrigue, desire, and lust in the Tudor court. Gregory, who is a master historian of Tudor power players, weaves entertaining plotlines with her Average Joe characters to give us a glimpse of how the rich and famous lived. Her main characters would be mere bit players in some other author’s books, but with Gregory’s crafting these average secondary characters come to life and take center stage with such realism and that it is hard not to think of them as real people. By the end of this book – and basically every novel Gregory has written – her characters feel so real that I often feel as if I’ve lost a great friend when I finish the last page.

In this offering, Gregory sets the stage at a critical point in England’s history. Young but sickly Edward VI, only child Jane Seymour (wife #3 for Henry VIII), dies suddenly at fifteen. King Edward was determined to keep England faithful to his father’s religion, the Church of England. To do so Edward excluded his Catholic half-sister, Princess Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon (wife #1 for Henry VIII), from inheriting his throne. But in doing so, Edward also excluded his Protestant half-sister, Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of Anne Boleyn (wife #2 of Henry VIII). Lacking a clear heir, Edward picked his cousin, the daughter of Henry’s sister Mary, Lady Jane Grey to take the throne just before he dies.

However torn the people of England are between Catholicism and Protestantism (and thus between their love of both Princesses Mary and Elizabeth), they united against the usurper. Everyone realizes that Lady Jane is an innocent pawn in an attempt to capture the throne by her power-hungry relatives, but no one wants her to sit on the throne.

Confused yet by the troubling relationships of the English monarchy? Don’t worry! Gregory presents this complicated backstory in a much more interesting manner than my poor recitation. Amidst all this royal juggling, Gregory turns our attention to young Hannah Green. Taught all her life to hide who she is, Hannah falls under the spell of handsome Robert Dudley, who casts her as a Holy Fool with the gift of the Sight. Hannah, like the two Princesses, is influenced greatly by her mother. All three of were denied a mothers’ guidance. As a result, all three women must forged their own futures.

There’s a message in this story. Not a starch priest’s sermon. Not a cautionary tale of youth. But a message of hope. Please take the time to discover on your own the gifts that only Gregory, a talented wordsmith, could give readers. For example…

First, you might notice a different more human portrayal of Robert Dudley. Typically cast as a schemer, Gregory tempers Dudley’s political wheeling-and-dealing with a touch of kindness and romanticism that a real man would likely be conflicted with in such a powerful role. Secondly, I fell in love with Hannah like she was my best friend or a special sorority sister. Reading the final pages was painful, as I knew my time with the Holy Fool grew short.

But that is the wonderful promise of books, isn’t it? When times are tough, I can open The Queen’s Fool again. I’ll say “Hello” to an old friend, and find some strength and comfort between the pages for a few hours.

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Other books of interest: The Cousins’ War series