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Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel (Crafty Chica Novels) Paperback – March 1, 2010
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"Every word in this hilarious, fun read sparkles. Kathy Cano-Murillo is certainly an author to watch. I woke up in the land of happy reading!"―Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is wildly addictive! Funny, sweet, and slyly wicked, it draws you in so deeply that you're not even remotely mad you've spent the night on the couch, reading, and missed all of your shows on Bravo."―Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author
"Kathy Cano-Murillo is an amazing storyteller--her narrative is as bejeweled as her crafty creations!"―Alberto Ferreras, author of B as in Beauty
"Kathy's novel dazzles! Through Ofie's purity of heart, Chloe's emotional transformation and Star's awakening to the shine that was always there, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter weaves a story of friendship, trust and self-discovery. Whether you're a painter, crocheter, sewer or have nary the crafty bone in your body you'll leave reading this book with the feeling that creativity is key, but love conquers all! A must-read for crafty women of all generations!"―Vickie Howell, host of DIY Network's Knitty Gritty and author of Pop Goes Crochet
"Who knew that glitter really does make the world a better place? Kathy's book is creative, inspirational and empowering, just like she is. I couldn't put it down!"―Terri O, TV Personality, Spokesperson, Craft Expert www.terriocraftprojects.com
"Clever character building and a fun storyline will leave readers with a case of the warm fuzzies. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold stormy day or take to the beach."―MonstersandCritics.com
"Cano-Murillo celebrates friendship and crafting in her fun, fabulous Crafty Chica novel. You'll want to get out your glue gun and invite your best friends over after reading this one."―RT Book Reviews
"Cano-Murillo, known as the 'Crafty Chica' and for her line of craft products, has delved into the writing world to create one of the most lively, imaginative novels I've run across lately. Full of humor, love, friendship and some pretty cool art projects, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter will have readers howling one minute, sobbing the next, and reaching for their trusty glue guns to create their very own 'love shrines' before the end of the book. This novel was just a delightful glittery, shiny, light-hearted treat."―Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Am I being picky? Absolutely! So my picky bits aside, I loved this novel to pieces. The author is truly gifted at writing and bringing her whole world to life for me to see, taste, and feel. Not only that, but I walked away totally inspired to craft myself a shadow box assemblage ASAP!
This novel is unique in being about crafty (Hispanic) women in Arizona who come together in unusual circumstances - yet the bottom line, the love, friendship, and finding the right path messages present are so universal and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a happy, glitter-fied, read. At first I worried the characters would make cliched moves, be too predictable, or bore me... NOPE! I was very interested and entertained (and even laughed few times!) the whole time. As a crafter I loved the misadventures and projects gone wrong so very much.
Crafty Chica, I hope for many more novels from you - and I look forward to seeing how you grow as a novelist!
I teach in a primarily Hispanic area. I gained more background information and connections from references in the book. I really hope that this book will be published in Spanish.
The story opens with Chloe interviewing Star about the recent vandalism to an important mural on Star's family's business. While Chloe and Star immediately dislike each other, they both live and work in Phoenix and keep running into each other. The CraftOlympics bring Chloe, Star, and Ofelia together, and they make a few more solid friends along the way. Together and individually, these characters find their way and give us a story of friendship, love, and being true to yourself.
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is a heartwarming, fun read.
ISBN-10: 0446509248 - Paperback
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 1, 2010), 336 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
She elicits the help of her bestfriend Ofelia, whose passion is crafting. She is being held back by her mother- in-law Nana who thinks that she has no talent. They meet Chloe Chavez who is a television reporter about crafts. Chloe would do anything to get ahead in the business, from stealing her assistant's ideas to having an affair with the producer. She also was named host of the Craft Olympics and felt that joining the group would increase her standings in the crafting community. They have to resolve their issues and work together to get the job done. Do they do it?
Throughout the story, other characters are intertwined in the plot and they play a large part in the outcome of the story. The three women form a strong bond and friendship that helps them through many predicaments and emotions. The author develops the characters fully and while reading the book, I was able to feel all the emotions that the characters were feeling. There were many Spanglish terms used throughout the book and she even supplied a glossary if I needed it.Read more ›
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I absolutely loved this book! I live in Phoenix, so I loved all the local references. I was so inspired by the book that I am now trying to figure out the next creative chapter... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie Gasca
I didn't know what I was getting when I ordered this book. I bought it for the cover originally but find myself quoting this book and recommending it to friends.Published 11 months ago by Michelle
A fun and entertaining escape. The perfect travel companion.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read that really inspired me to follow my dreams, be more crafty, and appreciate all of my friends and family members. This would be a great book for a book club. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elizabeth M.
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Review: I liked the way it started--very gripping and honest. Read more
Wonderful Read! I can SO relate to all the characters in this book..I felt lke I was one of them..I hope there is a Part 2..I hated to see it end!Published on October 17, 2013 by Yellow Rose
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is a fun read about a group of women dealing with love, friendship, and finding their creative selves. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Heidi Gustad