Have you heard of The Crafty Chica? She's pretty hard to escape if you're into crafting of any type. Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, is an all-encompassing craft force to be reckoned with.
From her yearly Crafty Chica cruises, seven crafting how-to books, television features, and a line of Crafty Chica products sold nationwide at places like Michaels, Kathy's pretty much done it all with flair, amazing amounts of upbeat energy, and of course, a healthy dose of glitter.
This uber-crafty gal has done it again, branching out by writing her first novel! Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is in stores now.
After the jump, read a review of the book and enter to win a free copy of your own!
This book was one of the most fun reads I've had in a while. Waking Up in the Land of Glitter oozes energy, fun, drama, and crafts, and will surely suck in any craft-o-phile in from page 1!
The story opens with a mystery at La Pachanga, one of Phoenix, Arizona's landmark Mexican restaurants. Star Esteban, daughter of the restaurant's owners gives an uncomfortable interview to news-reporter-slash-craft-diva-wannabe Chloe Chavez about vandalism that occured at the eatery, which sets a whole energetic chain of events in motion.
Star and her best friend Ofie share crafty adventures (and mis-adventures!) as they continue to cross paths with Chloe; eventually the three end up in a craft collective together with a new friend Benicio. The four are tasked with creating table centerpieces for the upcoming CraftOlympics; as they learn some new techniques and grow as artists, they learn something about themselves as well.
I don't want to give too much away, so I'll stop there. I loved reading this book because Kathy Cano-Murillo's true personality shines through on every page. It almost felt like she was on the train with me, reading it out loud enthusiastically. I also loved the craft project ideas she included at the end of the book - I can't wait to try making a love shrine of my own!
Another fun aspect of Waking Up in the Land of Glitter was references to real crafters sprinkled in with the fiction. When I was reading the chapters about the CraftOlympics, and the people Star, Ofie, Chloe and Benicio were seeing there it was just neat thinking "Oh, I've met her! I know her!" When asked if her ficitonal characters were based on real people, The Crafty Chica replied:
"Chloe, Star and Ofie - all of them have a little bit of me from different phases in my life... As for the other characters, in my first draft, I did have specific people in mind, but as I went through dozens of rewrites, the characters bloomed in their own way. They didn't want to reenact my experiences; they had their own stories to tell."
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We have a free copy of Waking Up in the Land of Glitter to give away, courtesy of the Hatchette Book Group. Since glitter is a major theme in this story, it's a major theme in our giveaway as well! Leave a comment telling us your thoughts on glitter, and you'll be automatically entered to win a free copy of the book. Do you like glitter? Hate it? (gasp!) Is there something fabulous you've made featuring glitter that you can link to? Share, share, share!
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