Waking Up in the Land of Glitter

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter

By Kathy Cano-Murillo

Grand Central Publishing, Paperback, 9780446509244, 324pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2010

Description
With glue guns, glitter, twigs, or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary . . . especially at La Pachanga. Owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family, the restaurant has a rep for two things: good food and great art. La Pachanga brings people together-even when it looks like they couldn't be further apart.
One ill-fated evening, Star jeopardizes her family's business, her relationship with her boyfriend, and her future career. To redeem herself, she agrees to participate in a national craft competition, teaming up with her best friend, Ofelia-a secretly troubled mother whose love for crafting borders on obsession-and local celebrity Chloe Chavez-a determined television personality with more than one skeleton in her professional closet. If these unlikely allies can set aside their differences, they'll find strength they never knew they had, and learn that friendship, like crafting, is truly an art form.


About the Author
Cano-Murillo is an entertainment reporter and crafts columnist for The Arizona Republic newspaper. She also designs online Chicano pop art.


Praise For Waking Up in the Land of Glitter

"A fun read about stumbling into love, honoring friendship, and celebrating the power of craft. Full of good cheer!"
-Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club

"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."

"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."

"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