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Friday, April 16, 2010

Waking Up In The Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Martha Stewart ain’t got nothing on the crafty chicas featured in the new sassy novel, “Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter,” by Kathy Cano-Murillo.

In a world where glue guns can double as dangerous weapons and imported vintage glass glitter is the drug of choice, Murillo introduces her readers to three wild, loveable, and a teeny bit crazy women who have hearts of gold, and creativity and imagination up the wazoo.

Estrella “Star” Estevan is the beloved artistic daughter who has made her parent’s restaurant, La Pachanga’s, in Phoenix one of the most visited eatery/art galleries in the Valley. But when her over-abundance of enthusiasm combines with her helter-skelter love life, disaster is certainly a possibility. Determined to prove that she is not a total screw-up to her parents and her “on again-off again” boyfriend, Theo, Star arranges for the restaurant to be one of the sponsors of the CraftOlympics, and promises to provide all the centerpieces for the big awards banquet.

Recruiting her best friend, Ofie Fuentes – a craft diva of questionable taste – to help her find enough people to make the decorations, Star doesn’t realize that she is actually feeding Ofie’s obsession with crafting, bringing it to a new obsession. If it can be glitter, Ofie is your girl for the job, and no amount of glue, paint or macramé will stand in her way of creating the tackiest, outlandish works of “art” ever seen.

Meanwhile, news reporter Chloe Chavez, known as “Crafty Chloe” is determined to make her big break into the big time as a professional craft show hostess, regardless to the fact that she hates anything to do with crafting. When she is sent to cover a mural disaster at Star’s restaurant, Chloe smells a story bigger than just some spray paint mishap. So she ingratiates herself to Star and Ofie to help with the CraftOlympics, which she has been promised to host. But will her aversion to glitter and gunk be her downfall in her rise to the top of the hobby world?

Kathy 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 project, “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.

About The Author:

(In her own words!) I drink too many Venti Quad Mochas, spray too much high gloss varnish (on art) and was born a left-handed, middle child Sagittarian. But those are the things that make life so dang fun!

I'm married to my artist/musician best friend, we make and sell handmade chicano pop art, I'm a syndicated crafts columnist (The Arizona Republic/Gannett News Service), , book author and I operate my web site and podcast at http://www.craftychica.com.

I recieved this book for review from the publisher and was not obligated to give it a favorable review - but I did!


Lesa said...

Can't wait to read it! I bought it recently since Kathy is going to speak to my library late this summer!


holdenj said...

This looks like a fun book! I really like to stamp and scrapbook, but don't have a lot of time to devote to it!